One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! In the world of entertainment, that’s the case when it comes to possible hit songs being passed from one artist to the next, trying to find the perfect fit to turn it into gold.
It was revealed that Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” (from his debut solo album Justified) was actually never intended for him -– it was for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. When MJ said “no thanks” to the tune, it landed in JT’s lap and turned out to be a major hit, launching his career as a solo artist. This happens more than you’d think in the music industry, even though it’s hard to imagine another voice on a song that may have jump-started a career or fits that particular artist so perfectly.
Take a look at these eight hit that songs that were actually intended for someone else!
1. “We Found Love”
Not one, but two people turned this smash hit down! U.K. pop star Leona Lewis revealed that she actually recorded “We Found Love” with Calvin Harris and had the nerve to say, “It was the same version and production but mine’s better.” Yikes! Nicole Scherzinger, on the other hand, just admitted she turned the song down by saying, “I got the demo of that song and I was busy at the time.” Sorry ladies, but we can't picture anyone else on that song –- Rihanna kills it!
2. “…Baby One More Time”
Made Famous By: Britney Spears
Turned Down By: TLC
Could you imagine if this one worked out as it was planned?! Max Martin penned this pop-heavy track for TLC’s Fan Mail album, but the group turned it down. Since it’s not really their style, it kind of makes sense and it launched Britney Spears’ monstrous career. Thank you, TLC. Thank you.
3. “My Humps”
Made Famous By: The Black Eyed Peas
Turned Down By: The Pussycat Dolls
While The Black Eyed Peas totally made “My Humps” work for them, it was supposed to go to The Pussycat Dolls. Maybe the ladies should put their own spin on the song, since it would definitely fit them too!
Made Famous By: Rihanna
Turned Down By: Chris Brown
Well, isn’t this one a little ironic? Before the infamous 2009 assault, Chris Brown helped create “Disturbia,” which was being considered for his Exclusive album. After he decided to go with “Forever,” he passed the song to his girlfriend Rihanna, who made it a number one single.
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5. “Since U Been Gone”
Made Famous By: Kelly Clarkson
Music masterminds Dr. Luke and Max Martin came together to create “Since U Been Gone” for the attitude-heavy Pink. After she turned it down, they reached out to Hilary Duff. Thankfully, Clive Davis was able to convince the two to give it to Kelly Clarkson, which helped her album Breakaway sell 2.6 million downloads. It’s kind of hard to imagine Hilary singing it, right?
Made Famous By: Kelis
Turned Down By: Britney Spears
Good choice, Britney. “Milkshake” was the song stuck in everyone’s head back in 2003 and pretty much the only major hit Kelis had. Britney was much smarter back in the day to turn this one down.
7. “Don’t Cha”
Made Famous By: The Pussycat Dolls
Turned Down By: Paris Hilton
Back when Paris Hilton actually thought she had a music career, “Don’t Cha” was offered to her but ended up being the lead single off The Pussycat Dolls' debut album PCD. Believe us, their version is way, way better and we don’t even know what Paris’ would be like.
Made Famous By: Rihanna
Turned Down By: Britney Spears & Mary J. Blige
Rihanna strikes again! Oh, 2007... Britney Spears was going through a pretty tough time, so “Umbrella” writer and co-producer The Dream created the song as a way to bring Brit back where she belonged -– at the top. Unfortunately, her management passed on the track, since clearly Britney couldn’t make any decisions for herself. Mary J. Blige also famously turned it down, which is how it made its way into the hands of Rihanna.
Which of these songs surprised you the most?
And which do you wish wasn't turned down?