It looks like Zara Larsson wasn’t the first choice for David Guetta’s “This One’s For You.” A demo of the dance anthem featuring Ariana Grande surfaced online this morning (January 30) and it makes for an interesting comparison. The Swede’s delivery is more powerful and attention-grabbing, while the poster girl for ponytails’ version is more emotional. Both of them work, but I guess Zara’s was more likely to fire up fans at a major sporting event. (It was the official theme song for UEFA Euro 2016).
While “This One’s For You” failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100, it was a major hit around the world — reaching the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungry, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Basically, anywhere with a competitive soccer team. Ariana is doing well enough on her own, but the collaboration could have raised her profile even further in Europe. I guess she was too busy promoting Dangerous Woman.
Anyway, listen to her demo below.