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These 13 Smash Hits Were Rejected By Other Huge Artists

Nicole Scherzinger had the opportunity to record Rihanna's "We Found Love" and passed on it.

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1. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris, "We Found Love"

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This song was originally offered to former Pussycat Dolls member Nicole Scherzinger. "I passed on 'We Found Love,'" Scherzinger said to Notion Magazine (via PopJustice). "I've got the demo of that song and I was busy at the time."

2. Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé, "Telephone"


Did you know "Telephone" was originally written for Britney Spears? According to MTV, Britney passed on it, but there's a leaked version of her vocals on a demo floating around the internet.


3. Rihanna, "Umbrella"

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Another Britney reject, according to Billboard, "Umbrella" was offered to Spears by writer/co-producer The-Dream. Can you imagine Britney on this track? The song went to No.1 and changed the trajectory of Rihanna's career forever.

4. Whitney Houston, "How Will I Know"


This iconic bop was originally offered to Janet Jackson first, according to, but no dice! The song was recorded and released by Whitney and became a defining moment in her career.


8. The Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha"

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Paris Hilton said no to "Don't Cha" but according to, she heard the song as a demo, and not the way we all have come to love it now.

10. Kelly Clarkson, "Miss Independent"


The very first American Idol winner released this as her first single from her debut album, but this was originally intended for Christina Aguilera's album Stripped, according to MTV.

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