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'Hit Me Baby One More Time' was originally for TLC? Chris Brown gave one of his songs to Rihanna? It's hard to imagine, but the people that made some songs famous were often never suppose to even touch them.
After being in the limelight for reasons other than music, Britney Spears was ready for a comeback in 2007 and The Dream had the perfect track for her - 'Umbrella.' But Britney's management rejected the track, and it was also passed on by Mary J. Blige before it ended in Rihanna's hands. The impact the song had on Rihanna's career speaks for itself. Would the track have done the same for Britney?
Breezy said of giving the song to his once girlfriend: "It's fun being creative and even if you have a concept in your head to write about, you can write it and give it and give it to someone else because it might not personally fit you, but it might be an idea you have."
Rita Ora's breakthrough hit 'R.I.P.' was actually written by Drake and intended for Rihanna. However after Rih Rih passed on the track, Rita Ora took it and made a hit alongside Tinie Tempah. Picture: Splash/Getty
Sia, who wrote the hit single, actually wrote the song for Katy Perry. However after she got no reply, she then forwarded the song to Rihanna. However according to reports, Rihanna's manager held onto 'Pretty Hurts' for 8 months but didn't want to pay the soaring fee to secure the song. According to Sia, "When Beyonce heard it, she slid into home base and just closed the deal.” Picture: Getty
In a recent interview TLC were asked why they rejected the song that went on to give Britney Spears worldwide fame. "I'm not saying 'hit me baby.' No disrespect to Britney" T-Boz said. "It's good for her. But was I going to say 'hit me baby one more time'? Hell no!"
Pusha T has admitted that Jay Z and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' collaboration was originally going to be his. He humbly said in a 2011 interview "I tell people all the time that I don't know if I would've attached it that way… Which means the record might not have been as special once I got on it".
Us singer Shawnna passed on the song that went on to be one of 'Ye's biggest hits ever. After it fell into his hands, he rewrote the hook to accommodate a male perspective. That must hurt for Shawnna.
Iconic Noughties anthem 'Milkshake' was actually intended for Britney Spears' fourth studio album 'In The Zone' but found its way to Kelis - who turned it into a classic! Picture: Getty
Skylar Grey's Eminem collaboration 'Kill For You' was actually written for Rihanna. The 'Work' singer even tweeted lyrics from the track back in 2014 however RiRi ended up not using the song. Grey later told Genius, she was "secretly pleased" because she wanted to keep the song for herself.
Nicki Minaj's 2012 ballad 'Make A Baby' was actually intended for Ciara. Although CiCi expressed interest, Nicki was too scared to send her the song, so she kept it for herself instead!
'Find Your Love' was made for Rihanna by Kanye West and his mentor No I.D, who claim to have made the song in just one hour. The song's producer Jeff Bhasker said: "For one reason or another it didn't make it to Rihanna's album, so Drake took it and made a smash out of it."
Christina Milian famously passed on 'S.o.S' - the song that went on to become Rihanna's first number one. Meanwhile Milian is yet to have a hit since her 2004 'Dip It Low' - but who's to say if it would have had the same impact if it was from anyone other than Rih's lips?
This is a funny one, because 'Resentment' wasn't turned down by Victoria Beckham, she actually recorded it for her own album (and you can find her version on YouTube). Fortunately for us (sorry Victoria), Mrs Beckham's album was shelved. If that wouldn't have happened, Bey would never have got her hands on it and recorded it herself.
Miley Cyrus' recent Mike WiLL Made It's produced hit was actually written for Rihanna, the producer revealed. "When I originally worked on 'We Can't Stop' the idea was more towards Rihanna" he said, but he ended up working on 'Pour It Up' with Rih, and said Miley "nailed" the record, and that her version it "totally different than from what we originally tried to come up with."
In an interview with Howard Stern, Pharrell made the shock revelation that even thought he wrote 'Happy', which went on to break records, he did it for Cee Lo Green. "[Cee Lo Green] wanted to do it…and he did do it. He burns my version! But…how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him…they elected not to do that song."
'Rock Your Body' was written by Justin Timberlake and The Neptunes (aka Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) specifically for Michael Jackson, who sadly rejected it. The good news is that it meant JT recorded it for his debut album 'Justified,' and the version we all know and love was born.
Gaga may have written 'Telephone,' but it was never with herself in mind. She actually wrote is specifically to be included in Britney's 'Circus' album, but Brit didn't want it. To say Gaga showed her would be an understatement, she only went and recruited Beyoncé to collaborate and made it a hit.
'Irreplaceable' was written by the extremely talented singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, along with production duo Stargate. The track was actually written with a country vibe in mind, and intended to land in Shania Twain or Faith Hill's lap, but when Beyoncé heard it she loved it and took it for herself. Now you think about it, you can still kind of hear the country vibe in the track can't you?
Halo was written by Ryan Tedder, and was once offered to Leona Lewis. Tedder says that he offered it to Lewis as a threat to get Beyoncé to hurry up with the recording process, but Leona's manager Simon Cowell said Leona was too busy, which is when Bey came in and grabbed it for herself.
It became B.o.B's breakout song, but before he put his vocals to it Bruno Mars-assisted song 'Nothin On You' was offered to his Atlantic label-mate Lupe Fiasco. Fiasco actually recorded the track himself, but the label rejected his version of it. He referred to the experience as an "audacity."
Many stars get their start by songwriting for already-famous singers. Jessie J actually penned Miley Cyrus' 'Party In The USA'. But when she wrote 'Do It Like A Dude' and sent to to Def Jam for Rihanna, they sent it back, saying it was so good she should record it herself, which Jessie did. The song put Jessie on the map.
In an interview with Notion Magazine Nicole Scherzinger revealed that although Rihanna recorded the Calvin-Harris produced song, she was also sent a demo of 'We Found Love.' "I've got the demo of that song and I was busy at the time" she said.