In the music industry, sometimes a song becomes tangled in a game of eeny, meeny, miny, more before it lands in the right hands.
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’ could have been Pink’s had she not pass, Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know’ was originally intended for Janet Jackson, and Sia originally reach out to Katy Perry for ‘Pretty Hurts’ before it went to Beyonce.
Then, there’s Rihanna’s huge hit ‘Umbrella’ that floats around to several artists,
along with Mary J. Blige, who confirms the rumor during a recent appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.
WWHL host Andy Cohen asks Mary J. Blige a fan-submitted question about why she turned down ‘Umbrella, ‘ the single that helps propel Rihanna to pop stardom during her Good Girl Gone Bad era.
Blige said the song came to her at a time when she was simply too busy to commit to it.
“It was during Grammy time for me, it was a big Grammy time. I was nominated for eight Grammys and I was trying to get myself together for that.
” And during that time, that’s when ‘Umbrella’ came to me and I couldn’t do anything with it because I’m so busy with my own life and I was like, you know what? It doesn’t even sound like me anyway.”
When Rihanna gets holds the song, Blige knew she made the right call.
Did she sorrow for passing on the now six-time platinum song?
No, because the entire things about that song were so tailor-made for Rihanna and nothing about that song was Mary J. Blige, ”
She also adds.
Blige wasn’t the only one who turns down ‘Umbrella.’
Famed songwriter The Dream, who penned hits for Beyonce, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey, previously told Revolt’s Drink Champs that he wrote ‘Umbrella’ with Britney Spears in mind.