During an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Sam said Normani’s performance of “Love Lies” on the 2018 Billboard Music Awards really impressed him.
“When I saw her do that on the Billboard Awards, I was like, ‘Wow.’ She’s a triple threat. And you can tell that she works really hard,” he explained.
During a break from his tour, Sam happened to be working in the studio with the production duo Stargate and wrote “Dancing with a Stranger.” It turned out that Normani was due to be at the same studio the next day.
“I said to her, ‘Do you wanna hear this song?’ and I played her the song,” Sam told Zane, adding, “She just jumped on the song there and then with me in the room. And she just sang it and it was perfect.”
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