“[Fun.] said, ‘who can we get? And I said, ‘let’s get Rihanna,'” explained the song’s producer, Jeff Bhasker in an interview with MTV. “We were shooting for the stars on everything and she was kind of a muse.”
Unfortunately, while she liked the song, she basically just didn’t get back to them.
“Someone tried to reach out and I know she heard the song and liked it,” Bhasker continued. “But I think some wires just got crossed.”
Mind you, the original beat wasn’t even meant for ‘Fun.’ anyway, having been “an inch” away from being on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ album:
“They were going to rap over the beat,” explains our knobtwiddling friend, “but everything gets changed at the last minute.”
The inner workings of the music industry, ladies and gentleman.