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September 13th, 2013
It seems that Miley Cyrus’ latest single Wrecking Ball may have originally been intended for Beyonce. Songwriter Sacha Skarbek posted a tweet back in December that said “Beyonce song now becoming a Miley Cyrus song?!! Good/bad? I don’t know??!!!!”, leaving many music fans to assume the song in question is Wrecking Ball.
If Beyonce did pass the track, she’s not the first artist to miss out on a smash song. Here’s a list of 25 songs that were originally intended for different artists.
Wrecking Ball Passed by: Beyonce
Irreplaceable Passed by: Chrisette Michele
Originally written for Chrisette Michele, the singer passed on the track, which eventually made its way to the left to Beyonce and her B Day album.
We Found Love Passed by: Leona Lewis and Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger takes full responsibility for missing out on the chance to record Calvin Harris’ track We Found Love. “They’d sent me a few dance tracks and I wasn’t able to get to them and I was like, ‘Oh, there’s so much dance and I want to take a break from it’. That was my fault. I slept on it.” Unlike Scherzinger, Leona Lewis didn’t take the high road, instead saying that her version of We Found Love that was recorded before Rihanna released the track is ‘much better’. Dem fightin’ words.
Bleeding Love Passed by: Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney co-wrote Bleeding Love with Ryan Tedder, but McCartney’s label Hollywood Records didn’t think the song was a hit. After Lewis version of Bleeding Love became a massive hit, McCartney released his own recording of the song on his album Departure.
Don’t Cha Passed by: Paris Hilton and Sugarbabes
Written by Cee Lo Green, Don’t Cha was originally offered to Paris Hilton and the Sugarbabes, who both turned down the Pussycat Dolls break out track.
Battlefield Passed by: Rihanna
Well, Rihanna can’t have ALL the hit songs, right?
Who Says Passed by: Jordin Sparks
Sparks saw a hit in Battlefield, but wasn’t quick enough with her next single. Sparks did record Who Says, but Selena Gomez released the song first.
Skyscraper Passed by: Jordin Sparks
Scorned by another Disney alum, Sparks missed out on Skyscraper, but contributed backing vocals to the track to support Demi Lovato.
S.O.S. – Christina Milian
Milian was dropped by her record label shortly after passing on S.O.S., which went on to become one of Rihanna’s early hits.
Disturbia Passed by: Chris Brown
Brown didn’t have time to record Disturbia, instead turning his focus on the track Forever. He decided then-girlfriend Rihanna would be a good fit for the song. For once, Chris Brown was right.
Baby One More Time Passed: TLC
TLC turned down Britney Spears’ break out song, feeling that the track didn’t fit their album Fan Mail. The disc generated huge hits like No Scrubs and Unpretty and Spears went on to become a household name. I think everyone fared well in this deal.
I’m A Slave 4 U Passed by Janet Jackson
Britney helped shed her good-girl image with this sexually charged that Janet (Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty) passed on. Unfortunately, Brit’s luck ran out there.
Umbrella Passed by: Britney Spears
Telephone Passed by: Britney Spears
Bad bad move.
Toxic Passed by: Kylie Minogue
While Britney werked the hell outta that nude body suit in her video for Toxic, we think Ms. Minogue would have also been an excellent option, vocally and visually, for track.
How Will I Know Passed by: Janet Jackson
Originally written for Janet Jackson, the song went to Whitney Houston after Jackson’s management passed, worried the single was ‘strong’ enough. Houston eventually knocked her cousin Dionne Warwick and her track That’s What Friends Are For out of the number one spot in the country with How Will I Know.
Since U Been Gone Passed by: Hilary Duff, Pink
Max Martin originally wrote the song for Pink, but she turned it down. The track then went on to Hilary Duff, but Duff also rejected the song, worried she couldn’t hit all of the necessary notes. Since U Been Gone finally landed in the hands of Kelly Clarkson at the urging of Clive Davis and won Clarkson a Grammy for Best Female Pop Performance.
Whataya Want From Me Passed by: Pink
Pink teamed up with songwriters Max Martin and Shellback to pen Whataya Want From Me, but when the song didn’t make the cut for her fifth studio album, it went to American Idol runner up Adam Lambert, who used it to win a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Rock Your Body Passed by: Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson passed on Rock Your Body while recording the lack lustreInvincible, his final album. In a strange twist, Jackson’s sister Janet infamously performed the song with Timberlake at the 2004 Super Bowl, which we all remember resulted in a big controversy and a lot of fines.
In Paris Passed by: Pusha T
I don’t want to live in a world where Will Ferrell’s voice doesn’t interrupt Jay Z and Kanye West rapping.
Gold Digger Passed by: Shawnna
Singer Shawnna passed on the beat for Gold Digger for her 2004 album Worth Tha Weight and West picked the track up, rewriting the chorus from the original “I ain’t saying I’m a gold digger”.
Nothin’ On You Passed by: Lupe Fiasco
In addition to passing on a song that launched the careers of both B.o.B. and Bruno Mars, Lupe Fiasco also passed on B.o.B.’s track Airplanes with Hayley Williams. I think someone else should be in charge of picking his songs from now on.
Let’s Get Loud Passed by: Gloria Estefan
While Estefan did record Let’s Get Loud, she later gave the track to Jennifer Lopez for her debut album On The 6, with Estefan feeling the song was too similar to her earlier hits.
Miss Independent Passed by: Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera dropped Miss Independent from her album Stripped in order to have room to add her huge hit, Fighter. This is what we call a win-win for both women.
Break Your Heart Passed by: Cheryl Cole
Taio Cruz originally wrote Break Your Heart for Cheryl Cole, but when he didn’t hear back from the singer’s label, Cruz kept the track for himself. Smart move, Taio.Tweet