Sara Bareilles performs at the 2nd Annual "Grammy in the Schools Live!" at USC Grand Ballroom on February 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Her breakout hit "Love Song" was the singer-songwriter's response to her record label, which had been pressuring her to write radio-friendly hits.
It was, Bareilles told CBS News' Ben Tracy, "kind of a nasty song, but it was very tongue-in-cheek, which is so me to, like, be nasty in a passive-aggressive way!"
"I'm trying to let you hear me as I am!
I'm not going to write you a love song
Because you asked for it,
Because you need one, you see."
The irony was that, after writing what was basically a kiss-off to record execs, Bareilles got the phone call: "It's like, 'We love it! We're on board!' Are you crazy? Who's playing this joke on me in my life?"