Becky G’s fun 2014 hit “Shower” put her on the pop music map, but it almost didn’t happen — because the song was originally written for Katy Perry.
In her Teen Vogue cover story, Becky opened up about the impact of “Shower” on her career. “It wasn’t written for me,” she told writer Maria Sherman. When asked if it was written for a white pop star, she shared, “It absolutely was, from what I remember.… For me, the lesson [was] that the song was bigger than me. Anyone could have sung that song, but I was very lucky. It took me to so many places. I can enjoy it now.” Sherman reached out to musical duo R. City, who co-wrote the memorable song; Perry was their original target, though she “never heard it.”
The song was part of a complicated time in her life, when she was dealing with sometimes opaque contracts and what she wanted next for her career. “Because if you told me to run up the mountain, do five spins, clap my hands three times, and do two jumping jacks, I will do it, if it means that I get to provide for my family,” she said. “Thank God, I can speak another language because where I was in my career felt like I was tied to a sinking ship. And it’s terrifying to think at 18–19 years old, This is it. This is the end of what you’ve dedicated your entire life to.”
Luckily, it wasn’t the end — the superstar and beauty mogul has gone on to continued acclaim, singing in both English and Spanish as she’s continued her path to pop stardom. But her story is more than her success. Dive into Becky G’s deep-dive cover story here, and enjoy the candy-coated fun that is “Shower” below: