‘Kiss Me More’: Doja Cat Revealed What SZA Added to the Lyrics

SZA didn’t conceive of Doja Cat’s song “Kiss Me More;” however, Doja Cat felt she needed SZA to add lyrics to “Kiss Me More.” During an interview, Doja Cat revealed what she feels SZA added to her music. “Kiss Me More” became a hit, but it didn’t manage to outperform the classic 1980s song it samples — at least not in the United States.

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The lyrics of Doja Cat’s ‘Kiss Me More’ were different before SZA worked on the song

During an interview with Capital XTRA Breakfast, Doja Cat compared herself to SZA and revealed why she wanted SZA on “Kiss Me More.” “I feel like me and SZA are similar in the way that we both grew up with spiritual backgrounds, but she was perfect for this song,” said Doja Cat. “I feel like I say this every time. She was in my heart when I wrote this, and I needed her to be on the hook, and I needed her to put a verse because she brings a depth to everything that she does.”

Doja Cat also revealed SZA brought a new vibe to the song. “I went in writing the song, thinking it was just going to be about kissing and have silly metaphors for kissing, and things like that, but she took it to a level of ‘I need love. I need to be loved better. I need more love than what you’re giving to me,'” Doja Cat said. “So that kind of vibe I feel like is important.”

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How the public reacted to ‘Kiss Me More’

“Kiss Me More” became a massive hit. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. Its parent album, Planet Her, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. Planet Her is Doja Cat’s highest-charting album in the U.S. so far.

“Kiss Me More” was popular in the United Kingdom as well. The Official Charts Company says the track hit No. 3 in the U.K., remaining on the chart for 19 weeks. In addition, Planet Her reached No. 3 in the U.K., staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

SZA in a white dress
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‘Kiss Me More’ samples the beat of this song but not the lyrics

“Kiss Me More” was popular but it didn’t outshine the song it samples — at least not in the U.S. The track includes a sample from the melody of Olivia-Newton John’s 1980s dance hit “Physical.” According to Yahoo! Sports, “Physical” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the top of the chart for 10 weeks.

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Meanwhile, “Kiss Me More” was more popular in the U.K. than “Physical.” The Official Charts Company reports “Physical” only reached No. 7 in the U.K. It was on the charts for 16 weeks.

SZA added a new element to “Kiss Me More;” however, “Kiss Me More” still did not manage to outperform “Physical” in the U.S.