Mary J Blige Confirms That She Was Originally Supposed To Sing ‘Umbrella‘
It’s not a new feat in the music industry, to have one song written with a certain artist in mind, only for it to be passed on to another artist and become a hit song.
After all, Beyoncé’s hit song, Halo, was originally written for Leona Lewis before it went to Beyoncé.
It’s not a secret that Rihanna’s Hit Song Umbrella was originally written with artist Britney Spears in mind.
The songwriters behind Umbrella, Terius “The Dream” Nash, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, and Kuk Harrell originally wanted to Britney Spears to sing Umbrella.
It was inspired by a 2007 incident when Britney Spears was at a gas station and thrashed a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella.
Said The Dream
“That record was written out of pure pressure in life.I was getting checks out of the game. I had a publishing deal. It clicked. It’s almost like having an out of body experience. I watched myself walk in and write that record. The record was written for Britney Spears.”
Britney Spears’ team turned the song down ,saying they didn’t see its potential, so it was offered to Mary J Blige.
For the longest while, some believed that it was just a rumor that Mary J Blige was offered Umbrella before it went to Rihanna, but the former recently confirmed it during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.