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Hit songs that were rejected by Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, more
Hit songs that were rejected by Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, more

Cee Lo Green’s missed opportunity with the song “Happy,” which Pharrell Williams recently revealed that Green recorded but then chose not to release, isn’t the first time a pop, rock, R&B or country star turned thumbs down on a future hit. “Umbrella,” composed by The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, Kuk Harrell and Jay Z, was written for Britney Spears, but her record label reportedly rejected it because they felt she already had enough material for her album at the time. So Rihanna took a stab at it and scored a No. 1 hit that stayed at the top of the pop singles chart for seven weeks. Spears also passed on “Telephone,” which Lady Gaga had offered...

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