Ricky Reed, producer (above, right: Miles heard the song in January and played it for me on his phone in Los Angeles. As soon as the saxophone riff came in, I knew it was a hit waiting to happen.
Jason Derulo: When I first heard the track, I loved it because it sounded exotic and Eastern. The chorus came to me immediately. I channeled my experience touring the world. You don't need to speak the language to communicate -- body language is universal.
Frank Harris, manager (above, left): We knew it would be huge, but it wasn't the first single we released. After Jason broke his neck in 2012 [while practicing tour stunts], he had taken some time off to heal. We wanted to reintroduce him first.
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Peter Gray, executive vp/head of promotion, Warner Bros.: I was one of the people most concerned about the song. I wasn't nervous about it becoming a hit, but I was nervous because it was such a big, ambitious artistic step.
Derulo: This was a shift -- Jason Derulo like you've never heard before. That's why 2 Chainz is so important. My mother doesn't like his verse: "Does he have to say ‘penis'?" But I told him to be as dirty as possible. His appearance opens up new doors. It's easier for a hip-hop artist to move into pop than a pop artist to move into hip-hop. After "Dirty," I recorded "Wiggle" with Snoop Dogg, and that spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on R&B Digital Songs.
2014's No. 1's: J Balvin & Farruko | Idina Menzel & the 'Frozen' Soundtrack | Tove Lo, Kiesza, & Nick Jonas | Taylor Swift | Barbra Streisand | Weird Al Yankovic | Ed Sheeran & Charli XCX | Nicki Minaj | 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack | Enrique Iglesias | Kacey Musgraves | Santana | Sam Smith | Iggy Azalea | Jason Derulo | Meghan Trainor, Nico & Vinz