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The Hit for Me, But Written for Who?

Updated on August 31, 2011


I thought about this topic a few weeks ago when I was watching the Top 100 Number Ones on Fuse and they named several songs that were written for other artists but ended up going to another artist. There were several songs I thought of that fit this topic and I'd be interested to see what would have happened if they intended artist actually recorded the song.

Big Girls Don't Cry

Crafted By: Fergie Ferg aka the Duchess wrote this song when she was in the process of recording her debut album, but felt the song didn't fit her album and decidedly shelved it. Her management thought otherwise and decided to shop the song around to other record labels, eventually sold to Bad Boy Records

Intended For: When the song was sold to Bad Boy, it went to American Juniors contestant Jordan McCoy. Who, you ask? My thoughts exactly. I don't remember American Juniors either, but I'm sure some other pop culture fiend does.

Possible Results: Had McCoy recorded this she could have had a hit and thus been added to the pantheon of Diddy's one and done business model. Yeah, we know Diddy makes stupid money but it only seems to stay in his own wallet. Anyways, it probably would have helped a young artist get a new chance and maybe a decent career.

Actual Results: It became the Duchess' biggest hit so far. It was number one in multiple countries and one of the biggest songs of the past decade. I'm sure Fergie's glad she changed her mind.


Crafted By: Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Kuk Harrell and Terius "The Dream" Nash wrote this song in January 2007 after playing around in the studio and came up with the huge beat and sound that would define the hit.

Intended For: Originally intended for Britney Spears, who at the time was recording her fifth album and in need of a comeback, it was rejected by her management who said she had enough songs for the record. It then bounced around to a then-unknown Taio Cruz and then to Mary J. Blige. Finally, the producers let Rihanna record it but it was not without reluctance since Rihanna wasn't much of a superstar at the time.

Possible Results: Well, if Britney Spears had recorded it, she probably would have moved into uncharted territories and could have had a crossover success. If Taio Cruz had recorded it, he probably would have been known in the States sooner. If Mary J. Blige recorded it, I don't think it would have worked. Her voice is too powerful and he relationship with music is so deep, this would could have possibly hurt her career.

Actual Results: Rihanna is now a pop music force with many chart toppers behind her. This is now her signature song.


Crafted By: Lady Gaga and Rodney Jerkins wrote this song a while back.

Intended For: They wrote the song with Britney Spears in mind. Spears recorded the demo, but her label rejected it.

Possible Results: Britney could have had a huge dance hit on her hands. However, it may have been pigeonholed for repeating the suffocation themes that she alluded to in past songs (i.e., "Overprotected" and "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman").

Actual Results: Gaga recorded it alongside Beyonce' and had another mega hit.


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    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thank you Torrilynn.

    • torrilynn profile image


      5 years ago

      Hi Alecia,

      thanks for the information that you

      have composed of here in your hub

      this was a very nice read

      thanks and voted up.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thank you jen!

    • jenbeach21 profile image


      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hey Sunshine,

      LOLOL! Compared to her current work- it's a revelation if you ask me.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I actually like Umbrella now. It only took me over 13 months! :)

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina


      I think once we hear the final product, it clicks for us. Just like when they some roles are supposed to go to other actors, you're like huh since the actor with the role did it so well. Thank you for your thoughts and comments.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Interesting hub and it is also interesting to think about how it could have been with another artist! I also like Umbrella, I guess I had to since my daughter played ithe song over and over again some year ago:))


    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Daisy,

      Thanks for coming by and commenting. I haven't considered getting a job as an agent in the music industry but my dream is to write for a website like MySpace.

    • Daisy Mariposa profile image

      Daisy Mariposa 

      6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      What a great Hub! Have you ever thought about getting a job as an agent in the music industry?

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Telephone is my ringtone but it is rather redundant. I somehow love Umbrella but then again I have a thing for cheesy pop standards. And well Fergie knocked it out of the park as usual.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      These three songs are annoying, but they entertaining to poke fun at. Telephone? What were they thinking! Umbrella? Ugh. I cried when I heard Fergies song! lol

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks for your comments!

    • ournote2self profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub!


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