#PlayTime: Grimes Wrote A Track For Rihanna?! And 9 Other Songs That Were Originally Written For Different Artists

05 June 2014 by


In a bit of a work slump right now? Welcome to #PlayTime, Grazia Daily's new music feature bringing you a different hot track every day of the week. From just-dropped music premieres to cool covers and throwback classics, its the new soundtrack to your afternoon.

Grimes played at New York's Governors Ball festival this weekend - and treated attendees to a track she originally wrote for Rihanna. Grimes worked on the song with producer Blood Diamond. RiRi rejected it so it was never recorded.

'For those at gov ball, u should stick around for my final song because its special & top secret & new, actually im playin 3 new songs,' she tweeted. 'But the last song is one me and @BLOOD_DIAMOND5 wrote for rihanna but they turned it down it so its kinda different from regular grimes.'

Grimes isn't the only artist to perform a track intended for another star, here are nine other tracks taht weren't recorded by their intended artist. 

1. 'Happy'

Pharrell's admitted he originally wrote his mega hit 'Happy' for Cee-Lo Green but the 'powers that be' weren't into it.

2. 'I’m A Slave 4 U'

This classic Britney Spears track was supposed to appear on Janet Jackson’s 'All For You' album, but didn’t make the grade.

3. 'We Can’t Stop'

When Rihanna didn't include 'We Can't Stop' on album 'Unapologetic' producer Mike WiLL Made It offered it Miley Cyrus.

4. 'My Humps'

will.i.am wrote this little ditty for the Pussycat Dolls' debut album, but went on to release it with the Black Eyed Peas

5. 'Rock Your Body'

Justin Timberlake's 'Rock Your Body' was originally intended for Michael Jackson’s 'Invincible' album.

6. 'Telephone'

Lady Gaga wrote 'Telephone' for Britney Spears' 'Circus' album but Brit rejected it. No bother though, Gaga recorded it herself with Beyonce instead. 

7. 'We Found Love'

Nicole Scherzinger's revealed she had the chance to record Rihanna's anthem 'We Found Love' but was too busy. 

8. 'Irreplaceable'

Written by Ne-Yo and Norwegian producing duo Stargate, it turns out Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable' was originally a county hit aimed at Faith Hill and Shania Twain.

9. '...Baby One More Time'

The track the made Britney Spears a star was actually offered to TLC for their 'FanMail' album. 



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