More than a million songs are released in the United States and the United Kingdom each year. About one sixth of them are pitched to different artists than the ones we hear singing the song. Here are the top 7 songs that were written for different artists, according to www.metrolyrics.com and stylecaster.com.
7. Song: “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson
Originally offered to: Avril Lavigne
Lavigne actually cowrote this hit for her own debut album “Let Go” in 2002, but decided it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the material. At that time, Clarkson had just been crowned the first American Idol and the song went on to be her first hit. While it may not have worked on Lavigne’s album, we definitely hear traces of the singer in the song, according to stylecaster.com.
Recorded by: Jamie Scott
Pitched to: One Direction
According to www.metrolyrics.com, after penning the tune “Unbreakable,” Scott thought he’d better keep the track for himself.
Recorded by: Grimes & Blood Diamonds
Pitched to: Rihanna
Canadian producer Grimes originally wrote this unique pop track for Rihanna, but after RiRi passed on it, according to www.metrolyrics.com. She figured she’d better record it under her own name. Grimes calls it a “summer jam” that’s just a teaser of her upcoming LP.
4. Song: “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus
Originally offered to: Rihanna
“We Can’t Stop” producer Mike WiLL Made-It has confirmed that the party song was written for Rihanna, whom he ended up working with on “Pour It Up.” “When I originally worked on ‘We Can’t Stop,’ we had did it for Rihanna. The idea was more towards Rihanna,” he told MTV News. “Rihanna, she heard ‘Pour It Up’ right away, and she didn’t even hear ‘We Can’t Stop.'” He also said Miley “nailed the record, and she did it with her swag. So it sounds totally different than from what we originally tried to come up with,” according to stylecaster.com.
3. “Boom Clap”
Recorded by: Charli XCX
Pitched to: Hilary Duff
According to www.metrolyrics.com, this heartfelt love song from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack was intended for UK pop songwriter Charli XCX’s debut album True Romance, but got left off the track list. Therefore, she thought that Hilary Duff would like the romantic tune, Hils rejected it.
2. “Black Widow”
Recorded by: Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora
Pitched to: Katy Perry
Initially meant for KP’s latest album, Prism, it was put on the chopping block during the final track listing cut. But Perry still wanted the song recorded, so she passed it on to Iggy, according to www.metrolyrics.com.
1. “All About That Bass”
Recorded by: Meghan Trainor
Pitched to: Beyonce
Trainor co-wrote this bouncin’ track over a year ago, and apparently it was presented to a dozen high-profile singers: including Beyonce. But Meghan claims she’s not even sure if Beyonce had the chance to hear the song, according to www.metrolyrics.com.