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Awkward! Which pop stars missed out on the biggest hits of their careers?


That ultimate bop from your fave? The one that you keep on repeat on your phone? Yeah… That might not have even been written for your fave.

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There’s been loads of instances where pop stars have lost out on songs that have eventually gone on to be massive hits and there’s a very good chance that you don’t even know about it.

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But of course, we at MP! Towers always have our investigator hats on and we can stiff out any hidden stories so we’ve found seven of the biggest hits missed by your faves.

1) Ellie Goulding – ‘Burn’: Ellie might have made it a hit but it was originally intended for Leona Lewis. In fact, she even recorded a demo but it was scrapped from her album and found it’s way to Ellie, who landed her first ever UK number one with it.

2) David Guetta – ‘Titanium’ (feat. Sia): Sia and David originally intended to offer this to Katy Perry, who passed on it because it sounded to similar to ‘Firework’. Mary J Blige recorded a version but eventually, David settled on Sia’s demo vocals as the winner.

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3) Beyoncé – ‘Pretty Hurts’: Written in the same session as ‘Titanium’, Sia offered the track, again, to Katy Perry who missed the email. Sia then sent it to Rihanna who held onto the song for EIGHT months and eventually lost after her management failed to pay the fee.

4) Miley Cyrus – ‘We Can’t Stop’: Producers Rock City intended this to land on Rihanna’s lap until Mike WILL Made It got involved and suggested it for Miley Cyrus. He made the right decision.

5) Rihanna – ‘We Found Love’: Believe it or not, this was originally given to X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger. But it was Rihanna that made it the worldwide smash.

6) Sia – Cheap Thrills: If you ever thought “This should be a Rihanna song” you’d be right, because it was originally written for her.

7) Pharrell – Happy: It wasn’t Pharrell who was supposed to be ‘Happy’, it was Cee-Lo Green who had originally recorded the song. But his label passed on it as Cee-Lo was working on a Christmas album. Damn.

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