From Ariana Grande To Camila Cabello: 10 Hit Songs You Didn't Know Were Turned Down By Other Singers
17 December 2019, 16:44
Here's a look at the hit songs that were originally meant to be sung by different artists - check out who COULD have been singing your favourite jam if they hadn't turned it down.
It's no surprise that songs are passed between artists in the music world, but it's hard to imagine your favourite artists' tracks being sung by someone else.
Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' was originally meant for Camila Cabello
Camila told SiriusXM that only the chorus was written when it came her way, but it ended up not being her vibe.
She said: “I think they had a chorus for the song and then I wrote verses to it. It didn’t end up sounding right for me.”
The song then found its way to Ari. She continued: “So then Ariana and everybody wrote to her version and it sounded amazing!”
Liam Payne & Rita Ora’s ‘For You’ was originally penned for Justin Bieber
The makers of Fifty Shades Freed originally wanted to get Biebs on the soundtrack for the latest instalment of the movie.
Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ was sent to Britney Spears first then passed to Mary J. Blige
Arguably one of Riri's biggest hits, we cannot imagine a more iconic duo filling the part of Rihanna and Jay Z on the track.
The song was actually originally penned for Britney, but her team passed it on because she had already finished recording her album.
It was then turned down a second time, by Mary J. Blige and sent over to the Bajan singer who earned a well-deserved Grammy for it in 2008!
Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ was meant for Leona Lewis
However the song-writer, Ryan Tedder, claimed the song was Queen Bey's all along, he just gave it to the X Factor winner to make her hurry up with the recording process.
His reasoning was, if Bey thought another star wanted the single, she'd want it more. We guess it worked!
The 'Formation' singer's version was very similar to the original penned by Ryan.
Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop' was turned down by Rihanna
Ri could have been the one dancing around with some oversized teddies if she had taken on 'We Can't Stop' as producer and song-writer, Mike Will originally wrote the song for her.
He explained: "When I originally worked on 'We Can't Stop,' we had did it for Rihanna. The idea was more towards Rihanna. [But] she heard 'Pour It Up' right away, and she didn't even hear 'We Can't Stop.'"
Miley definitely made it her own and we love the track!
Sia’s ‘Alive’ was turned down by Adele and Rihanna
The hit was originally written with, and for, Adele, but she changed her mind last minute about recording it.
Sia ended up keeping the tune for herself, saying: "It's about [Adele's] life, so I now sing a song from [Adele's] perspective.
Riri was also offered the track for her 2016 album 'Anti', but it didn't make the cut.
Beyoncé’s ‘Pretty Hurts’ was turned down by Rihanna and Katy Perry
Bey and Sia had teamed up to write 'Pretty Hurts' for Katy Perry, but when the 'Harleys in Hawaii' singer failed to record it, it was then offered to Rihanna.
Since the Fenty Beauty star didn't get round to the song either, Beyoncé laid down the vocals herself and absolutely killed it!
Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ was first given to Nicole Scherzinger
X Factor judge, Nicole, revealed she was sent the demo for the 2011 hit but couldn't do it because of her busy schedule.
She said: "I passed on 'We Found Love'. I got the demo of that song I was busy at the time. They'd sent me a few dance tracks and I wasn't able to get 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."
Riri smashed the song and gave us a beautiful music video to go along with it.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ was written for Britney Spears
She originally wrote 'Telephone' to included in Britney's Circus album, but it was left out of the running.
However, there have been leaked vocals as the pop-star already recorded it.
Rihanna’s ‘Disturbia’ was meant for Chris Brown
The track was originally intended for the re-release of Chris Brown's Exclusive album, but her ex-bae handed it over to her, saying it would serve better as a female-oriented song.