Song Title: “Lease My Love.”
Originally intended for: Alicia Keys
Recorded by: The Saturdays
Written By: Priscilla Renea Hamilton and Rodney Jerkins
Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys teamed up with super producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins during the recording sessions of her latest album, “Girl on Fire,” out now via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.
Among the songs recorded for the follow-up to 2009’s “The Element of Freedom” are the John Legend-assisted “Listen to Your Heart” and Priscilla Renea-penned “Lease My Love.” Unfortunately, the latter did not make the final tracklisting.
However, the song will now be included on The Saturdays’ upcoming fourth studio album, “Living for the Weekend,” out in the United Kingdom on October 14 via Universal Music Group / Fascination / Polydor Records.
Priscilla Renea also collaborated with the British quintet on hit single “Gentleman,” which peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.
Track Title: “Easier to Lie.”
Written By: Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Karl “Shellback” Schuster
Originally intended for: Christina Aguilera [RCA Records].
Recorded by: Cassadee Pope [Republic Nashville].
Before Christina Aguilera released her album “Lotus” in 2012, rumors circulated around the net that the lead single was entitled “Easier to Lie,” as it was registered with American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
Unfortunately, the highly-anticipated track was not included on the album, which peaked at number seven on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
However, lead single “Your Body” was helmed by the same writers of “Easier to Lie.” The songwriting/production trio also collaborated with Aguilera on the Bonnie McKee-assisted “Let There Be Love,” which was another fan favorite.
Meanwhile, Cassadee Pope is currently putting the final touches on her upcoming debut album with Universal Music Group / Republic Nashville Records. The still-untitled collection is trailed by lead single “Wasting All These Tears.”
Song Title: “Ain’t No Reason.”
Turned Down By: Alicia Keys.
Recorded By: Christina Milian.
Written By: Alicia Keys, Taneisha Smith, Harold Lilly, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Rich Harrison.
“Ain’t No Reason” was originally intended for Alicia Keys sophomore album, “The Diary of Alicia Keys” [Sony Music Entertainment / J Records].
I remember reading the CD’s booklet over and over again, looking for Harrison’s name on the credits as I’ve learned from online reports that both musicians have collaborated for the project and always wondered how music would sound like if Keys and Harrison got together in the studio.
Somehow I’ve got my answer through Christina Milian’s rendition of “Ain’t No Reason,” which was featured on the original motion soundtrack “Be Cool.”
The “Dip it Low” singer later on re-enlisted the songwriting and production services of Harrison for her third album “So Amazing” [Universal Music Group / Island Def Jam Recordings]. Unfortunately, the track “Wind You Up” was only included as a bonus joint on the Japanese edition of the album.
Song Title: “Unfaithful.”
Intended for: Megan Rochell.
Recorded by: Rihanna.
Label: Universal Music Group / Island Def Jam Records.
While doing the promotional rounds for her debut album, Megan Rochell was asked “What was the worst thing that has happened to her as an artist?”
The answer – “When her label – Island Def Jam Recordings – took one of her songs and gave it to Rihanna.” The track in question was “Unfaithful,” which was originally entitled “Murderer.”
The track was written by Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith along with frequent collaborators Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen of Stargate. It peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
Meanwhile, Rochell had further contributions from both Ne-Yo and Stargate – “Betcha” and “Floating” – on her debut album “You, Me & The Radio.”
Unfortunately, Island Def Jam Recordings pulled the plug on the project after the first single “The One You Need” failed to take off.
Track Title: “The One You Need.”
Label: Universal Music Group / Island Def Jam Recordings.
Written By: Delisha Thomas, LaShawn Daniels and Rodney Jerkins.
Turned Down By: Christina Milian.
Recorded By: Megan Rochell.
Christina Milian received a lot of flack for turning down Rihanna’s monster hit single “S.O.S.”
In order to clarify things, she did a radio interview and revealed that the song L.A. Reid begged her to record was actually “The One You Need.” She turned it down because it did fit the sound of her then-released album “So Amazing.”
That project was fully produced by R&B and hip hop producers Marcello “Cool” Valenzano and Andre “Dre” Lyon. The only other musician she collaborated with on “So Amazing” was Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith, who previously teamed up with Milian on the Poli Paul-produced “I’m Sorry” and “Peep Show.”
Meanwhile, Megan Rochell landed “The One You Need” and it was the lead single of her shelved debut album “You, Me and The Radio.”
After she parted ways with Island Def Jam Recordings, Rochell signed with Rodney Jerkins’ label Darkchild Records. We haven’t heard anything ever since!
Track Title: “Stay or Go.”
Written by: Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith and Brandon “Bei Maejor” Green.
Originally Recorded By: Tynisha Keli.
Made Famous By: Monica.
“Stay or Go” was initially slotted for inclusion on Tynisha Keli’s debut album “The Chronicles of TK” [Warner Music Group / Warner Bros. Records].
The “I Wish You Loved Me” singer even posted a video clip with Ne-Yo on her MySpace profile, talking about the song and how excited she was to have collaborated with Ne-Yo on the project.
Unfortunately, the track did not make the album’s final cut and ended up on Monica’s critically-acclaimed sixth offering “Still Standing.” That release debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and delivered hit singles “Everything to Me” and “Love All Over Me.”
Track Title: “I Do Not Hook Up.”
Written by: Katy Perry, Kara DioGuardi and Greg Wells.
Rejected by: Katy Perry / Recorded by: Kelly Clarkson.
“I Do Not Hook Up” was christened as the second promotional single from Kelly Clarkson’s fourth studio album, “All I Ever Wanted” [Sony Music Entertainment / 19 Entertainment / RCA Records].
The track was initially recorded by Katy Perry for her debut album “One of the Boys” [EMI Music Group / Capitol Records].
In her book “A Helluva High Note,” Kara DioGuardi revealed how a conversation with Perry in which the latter stated that she’s happy “I Do Not Hook Up” did not make the album’s final cut.
The hit songwriter understood where Perry was coming from with that catty statement as the track’s chart success paled in comparison with the singles released from “One of the Boys” – “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot ‘N Cold.”