One of Rihanna’s biggest hits was written by the pop star under a pseudonym. WGN Radio 720

(NEXSTAR) — When Rihanna Takes the Halftime Stage on Sunday Super Bowl LVII, is the perfect opportunity to delve into her nearly two decades of discography. (Her first album was released in her 2005.) This superstar’s 2016 single “this is what you came foralong with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, one of pop music’s other biggest superstar women helped write the song.

But she wasn’t originally on the list credit for dance tracks.

Instead, Harris and someone named “Nils Schaberg” were credited as songwriters. The mystery writer went unnoticed for some time before reports surfaced that Schaberg was none other than Harris’ ex-girlfriend, Taylor Swift.

Both Harris and Swift later confirmed it.

Swift, now 33, spoke about her reasons at the time and again in a conversation with music legend Paul McCartney in November 2020. rolling stoneAs Swift explained, she didn’t want her relationship with Harris to overshadow the song.

Swift told McCartney, “I wrote by the name Nils Schaberg because those are the two most popular names for Swedish men.” I remember always hearing that when they wrote Manic Monday, they didn’t reveal it for months.

But the story doesn’t stop there. (Warning: The relationship drama comes first.)

Taylor Swift (right) hugs Calvin Harris after accepting the award for Top Billboard 200 Album for “1989” at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.(Chris Pizzello Photo by /Invision/AP)

By the time “This Is What You Came For” hit the radio, Swift and Harris had broken up after about a year of dating. cosmopolitan It was confirmed by both stars via Twitter in 2016. Harris tweeted, “The only truth is that the relationship has come to an end and all that’s left is a huge amount of love and love.” Respect.” Swift retweeted this message.

But months of tension between the pair ensue, especially after Swift soon began dating actor Tom Hiddleston.

It was never publicly discussed by those involved that Swift and Hiddleston’s relationship may have ended Swift’s relationship with Harris, but it was widely speculated.

Briefly, Harris and Swift deleted photos and mentions of each other from social media and unfollowed each other. Later, when news of Swift’s penmanship for “This Is What You Came For” surfaced, Harris appeared to downplay Swift’s involvement with the song, stating, “I write music, I produce songs. , arranged and cut vocals.

As vanity fair After Harris’ downplay, a Swift rep responded in a way that suggested Swift was solely responsible for the hit, explaining:

In yet another (now-deleted) tweet, Harris responded “I think if you’re happy with your new relationship, you should focus on that instead of trying to break up your ex bf to do something.”

Both Harris and Swift follow up with barbs on social media with songs that appear to take jabs at each other (although many references are to Swift’s 2017 album Reputation). ), the drama over “This Is What You Came For” dies here.

Coincidentally, ‘Nils Schoberg’ was killed Swift’s 2017 single “look what you made me doShortly after, Harris said of the song’s aftermath: British GQ The online drama said, “It was a completely wrong instinct. I was protective of what I saw as my only talent in the world being underestimated. … Now the result of me giving in to the pressure.” As I look at that Twitter thing, it took me a while to realize that none of it matters.”

Ultimately, “This Is What You Came For” reached No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, but also reached No. 1 on two other Billboard dance charts. It arrived at non. It topped the charts in 12 other countries, including Harris’s native Scotland.

The song’s official credits have since been updated with Swift’s real name.

Although it only missed the top spot in the US, the song nonetheless helped keep Rihanna’s long stretch of chart smashes going. It has also earned dozens of accolades. Coming her March 12th, she sang her song “lift me up‘ was nominated for Best Original Song at the 95th Annual Ceremony from 2022’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.

Super Bowl LVII kicks off on Sunday, February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. One of Rihanna’s biggest hits was written by the pop star under a pseudonym. WGN Radio 720

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