Love it or hate it, Julia Michaels’s breakout hit, “Issues,” has been in heavy rotation rotation this summer. It has been certified double platinum in the U.S. and has peaked at number 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100. “Issues” serves as the lead single from her EP, Nervous System, which has helped her snag a Best New Artist nomination for this coming Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Before having aired out her dirty laundry in the form of a catchy rhythmic single, Michaels was penning tracks for some of the industry’s biggest pop artists. Below are just a few of the songs she’s had a helping hand in writing.


  • “Sorry” by Justin Bieber – During the recording sessions for his comeback album, Purpose, Justin Bieber teamed up with Michaels, along with Skrillex and BloodPop, to create “Sorry,” which went on to become certified eight times platinum and peak at number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

  • “Good for You” by Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky – Before penning tracks for the Biebs, Michaels had been writing for his ex, Selena Gomez. She contributed two tracks to Gomez’s solo debut, Stars Dance, and went on to write nearly 80% of the tracks on her sophomore album, Revival. One of the most notable tracks on Revival is the sexy lead single, “Good For You.”

  • “Used to Love You”  by Gwen Stefani – Following her divorce from Gavin Rossdale, Stefani sought Michaels out to pen an emotional, catchy lead single for her third solo album, This is What the Truth Feels Like. The result came in the form of “Used to Love You,” one of the most poignant and heartbreaking tracks of Stefani’s career.

  • “Close” – Nick Jonas & Tove Lo – On his sophomore solo album, Last Year Was Complicated, the former Jo-Bro explored an edgier side of himself. For the lead single “Close,” He sought out the help of Michaels, as well as Tove Lo, to help sex up his image.

  • “Friends” – Justin Bieber & BloodPop – Whether or not “Friends” is a standalone single or the lead to an upcoming album, it’s catchy, emotional, and dance-able. On the day of the track’s release, both Michaels and Justin Tranter confirmed via Instagram that they co-wrote the song.


With “Issues” getting heavy airplay, making contributions for the likes of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, as well as landing a VMA nod, this year has been big for Julia Michaels. Before tuning in to see the results of Sunday’s award show, get pumped by checking out the playlist below, full of Michaels’s musical contributions.