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18 December 2012, 12:29
The Black Eyed Peas man says the producers of the track didn't like the N-Dubz singer's version.
Will.i.am has confirmed reports that Tulisa originally wrote a version of his new single 'Scream And Shout'.
The 'Great Times' rapper told MTV UK that the producers of the track didn't like the N-Dubz star's version, so he re-recorded it and got Britney Spears on board.
"She [Tulisa] wrote to that song [Scream & Shout] before I did – this is the truth," he confessed. "But the producers of the beat – two brothers from Belgium called Lazy Jay – didn't want her to have it, so I wrote to it and Britney is the only person I ever had in mind."
Yesterday (17th December), it was reported that Tulisa had originally wanted to release the track as a single from her debut album 'The Female Boss' after she teamed up with Will's friend Jean Baptiste.
A source told The Sun: "The song was due to be Tulisa's third single from her album until Will told his protégé Jean that he wanted the beat for him and Britney."
The insider continued: "Tulisa's team thought it was a surefire hit but, after losing the battle for the rights, they were forced to release 'Sight Of You'."
It was also suggested that the X Factor judge was considering releasing her version of the track to rival Will and Britney's, however, the source said the only likely way anyone will now hear the song is if it's leaked online.
Will recently called working with Britney on their new single a "life changing experience" and the song is expected to feature on his forthcoming studio album '#willpower'.