Buzzfeed posted an awesome list this week that features interesting facts about well-known songs, so we’ve plucked out some of our pop favorites for your reading pleasure!
1. “Rock Your Body” was actually written by Pharrell Williams for Michael Jackson’s last studio album Invincible (2001) but when it was rejected, it got picked up by Justin Timberlake for his debut LP Justified.
2. Britney Spears’ breakout hit “…Baby One More Time” was originally proposed to TLC for their 1999 album FanMail, but they rejected the song.
3. Rihanna’s “We Found Love” was initially intended for Leona Lewis, who even recorded the song before Ri-Ri heard it and requested to make it her own.
4. Kylie Minogue was offered the chance to record “Toxic” as a follow-up to her 2001 hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” but passed. The song later won Britney Spears her first Grammy.
5. Similarly, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” was penned for the UK group S Club 7.
6. “I’m a Slave 4 U” was actually offered to Janet Jackson before Britney Spears recorded the single.
7. Before it became a Kelly Clarkson anthem, “Since You Been Gone” was offered to both Pink and Hilary Duff.
8. It was actually Bruno Mars that wrote CeeLo Green’s 2010 hit “F*** You” – the singer must have had a little pent-up rage!
9. Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 single “Breakaway” was co-written by Avril Lavigne for her own debut album, but when it didn’t fit with her pop/punk vibe, it was offered to the American Idol winner.
10. Leona Lewis’ breakout hit “Bleeding Love” was actually written by Jesse McCartney for himself, but it got rejected by his label! It was later offered to Lewis by Simon Cowell.
11. Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” was written with Rihanna in mind but ended up being instrumental in re-launching Cyrus’s career and image.
12. Beyoncé’s classic breakup song “Irreplaceable” almost had a country vibe, as both Faith Hill and Shania Twain were offered the tune which was written by Ne-Yo.
13. Usher’s 2004 single “Let It Burn” was written about ex-girlfriend Chilli (TLC) and the end of their tumultuous relationship.
14. Gwen Stefani reportedly wrote “Holler Back Girl” after Courtney Love called her a “cheerleader” in an interview with Seventeen Magazine.
15. Britney Spears recorded an early version of “Telephone,” which later became a hit duet between Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.
16. Rihanna’s “Disturbia” was actually written by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, and he intended to include it on the reissue of his 2007 album Exclusive before ultimately deciding it was a better fit for a female singer.
17. Additionally, Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was originally offered to Britney Spears, but her management team rejected the song. Perhaps because 2007 was already the year of the umbrella for Spears…
18. The Pussycat Dolls’ 2005 single “Don’t Cha” was almost recorded by Paris Hilton…which probably would’ve been awful.
19. Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” was almost told from a female perspective, as the song was offered to Chicago rapper Shawna before Yeezy scooped it up!
20. Though Justin Timberlake has often said that 2002’s “Cry Me a River” is NOT about ex-girlfriend Britney Spears, producer Timbaland reportedly said in 2011 that the song was penned after JT had a particularly bad fight with Spears over the phone. The song later won him Best Male Vocal Performance at the Grammys, so perhaps all is forgiven…
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