Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” has been dominating the charts since it was released in late April. Not “chart,” mind you, but “charts” — the single reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on the Mainstream Top 40, and #1 on the Dance Club Songs. It’s one of the biggest hits of Harris’ career, and it was reportedly written by his ex-girlfriend.
I believe Shakespeare said it best: don’t sh*t where you eat.
Taylor Swift, one half of the music video couple known as Hiddleswift, reportedly wrote the song while she and the Scottish DJ were dating, and recorded a demo. “She sent it to Calvin, who loved it,” according to TMZ. “They both went into a studio and did a full demo with Taylor on vocals and Calvin doing the beat. They both knew the song would be a hit, but Taylor wrote it for Calvin and both agreed it was a bad idea to let the world know they collaborated as a couple… it would overshadow the song.” So Taylor allegedly used a pseudonym — Nils Sjöberg — but still kept the publishing rights. The day after “This Is What You Came For” was released, Harris appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. When the host asked, “Will you do a collaboration with your girlfriend?” he responded, “You know, we haven’t even spoken about it. I can’t see it happening, though.” Nils Sjöberg was not happy.
We’re told Taylor was hurt and felt Calvin took it too far. It was a quick downward spiral from that point. One source called it “the breaking point in the relationship.” (Via)
Do I want to believe Taylor Swift is actually Nils Sjöberg, songwriter by day, secret agent by night? Of course. But there’s one thing about TMZ’s report that doesn’t make sense: if Taylor agreed to the undercover alias, why would she be mad about Calvin going along with the “my girlfriend had nothing to do with this” story? It’s not like he pulled a Kanye, and took credit for her career.
We may never know what happened between Taylor and Calvin, at least until Nils Sjöberg releases a tell-all book. Ironically ghost-written by Rihanna.