Good News Positive news 17 Hit Songs That Were Almost Sung By Someone Else
Music·Updated on Jul 21, 2020. Posted on Jul 21, 2020The Paris Hilton version of “Don’t Cha,” anyone? 1. “Telephone” by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé was almost sung by Britney Spears. UMG / Jason Merritt / TERM / Getty 2. And “Umbrella” by Rihanna was also written for Britney. UMG / Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty…
July 24, 2020
Updated on Jul 21, 2020. Posted on Jul 21, 2020
The Paris Hilton version of “Don’t Cha,” anyone?
“Telephone” by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé was almost sung by Britney Spears.
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And “Umbrella” by Rihanna was also written for Britney.
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yet another song written for Britney Spears — in fact, after Mary J. Blige, RiRi was the songwriters’ third choice. Britney passed on the song for Blackout and Mary was too busy with the Grammys, leading to the version we all know and love now.
However, Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” was penned for TLC.
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On the flip side, Britney also isn’t a stranger to singing songs written for other people — her debut single, “…Baby One More Time,”
was written for TLC. Speaking to MTV News on the group’s decision to pass, TLC’s T-Boz said, “It’s good for her. But was I going to say ‘hit me baby one more time’? Hell no!”
“Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley could have been a Pussycat Dolls song.
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“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson was offered to Pink and Hilary Duff.
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The song was
turned down by Pink and then given to Hilary Duff, who apparently couldn’t quite hit the high notes in the song. The song ended up being the lead single from Kelly’s album Breakaway, aka her move into a more pop-rock space.
“Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls was turned down by Paris Hilton.
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Paris turned down the song, but
later said, “I think I did hear the song, but not in the format that we all came to know and love. If I’d heard that, of course I’d have jumped at the chance.”
Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” was written for Hilary Duff.
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Meghan Trainor offered the song “All About That Bass” to Adele and Beyoncé.
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Both Beyoncé and Adele, as well as “a dozen” other artists,
were offered the song written by Meghan, but turned it down. On the rejection, Meghan said, “I’ll bet some of them didn’t even know the song was being pitched to them. Some artists get thousands of songs pitched and they never know.”
“Toxic” by Britney Spears was almost sung by Kylie Minogue.
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“Closer” by Chainsmokers ft. Halsey almost had Camila Cabello on the track.
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recorded a version of the now-famous Halsey hook and was offered the part, but turned it down because Fifth Harmony was about to put an album out.
“We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris nearly had Leona Lewis on the song.
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recorded a version with Leona Lewis, but the vocals went to Rihanna after Calvin went on tour with her and Leona opted to release a different track as her third album’s lead single. However, Leona maintains that her version was better, so there’s that.
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NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” could have been sung by Five.
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The song was turned down by the British boy band Five, and,
according to Simon Cowell, it was, “bye bye bye after that.”
“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye ft. Kimbra nearly didn’t have Kimbra on the song.
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According to Gotye, a super high-profile Australian vocalist
bailed on recording the female portion at the last minute. Gotye even tried out his IRL girlfriend, Tash Parker, but it didn’t quite work. He eventually went for the Kimbra version that, despite his reservations, obviously became a huge hit.
“Get the Party Started” by Pink was originally offered to Madonna.
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Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” could have been a CeeLo Green or Carly Rae Jepsen bop.
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Both CeeLo Green and Carly Rae Jepsen
were interested in the song.
“Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande was written for Carrie Underwood.
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The song was actually written with
Carrie Underwood in mind and was supposed to have a more country vibe. Alicia Keys and Rihanna were also considered before Ari won over the songwriters with her persistence and respect for the craft.
Finally, Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” was written for Little Mix.
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