“Gold Digger” was originally meant to be sung by a woman and was offered to Shawnna, but she passed on it. However, Kanye West knew it’d be a hit, so he reworked the song and kept it for himself.
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth was offered to Eminem first, but he passed because he was already invested in his songs for the movie Southpaw.
“…Baby One More Time” was originally meant for TLC, but when they rejected it, producer Max Martin ended up giving the song to Britney Spears.
Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” was originally recorded by Cee Lo Green and ready to be released, but some of the members on his team felt that he needed to focus on his album instead.
Stevie Nicks was approached to sing “Call Me,” but she had to decline because she was busy at the time, so Blondie recorded the song instead.
Justin Timberlake originally wrote “Gone” for Michael Jackson, but his team rejected the song, so Justin took it back for NSYNC to record.
“Since U Been Gone” was offered to Pink and Hilary Duff before it finally landed with Kelly Clarkson.
“Black Widow” was partially written by Katy Perry and she intended it to be included on her album Prism, but she gave it to Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora instead.
Ed Sheeran originally wrote “Shape of You” for Rihanna, but then he realized the lyrics didn’t sound like something she’d say, so he kept the song for himself.
NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” was originally meant for a British boy band called 5ive, but they turned it down.
Katy Perry was originally meant to sing “Pretty Hurts” but her team passed on the song, then it went to Rihanna but her team forgot to secure the song, so it finally went to Beyoncé.
Camila Cabello was originally featured on the Chainsmokers song “Closer” but had to turn it down because Fifth Harmony was about to put out an album, so Halsey did it instead.
Charli XCX originally wrote “Boom Clap” for Hilary Duff, but her team passed because the song wasn’t “cool enough,” so Charli kept it for herself.
“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” was intended for S Club 7 to sing, but they turned it down and the song went to Kylie Minogue instead.