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Britney could have had 'Umbrella'
Posted on: March 28, 2008 04:29 MST
Filed under: Gossip

Britney Spears

Britney Spears was apparently offered to record hit single Umbrella before it was given to Rihanna.

Songwriter Taio Cruz told the Daily Telegraph that Britney turned the song down, saying it wasn't suitable.

"They sent it back saying it didn't work for her," he explained to the newspaper.

Taio, also known as Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere, also offered the hit to Mary J Blige, before Def Jam boss Jay-Z spotted the hit and passed it on the Rihanna.

The song was a huge hit for the Barbadian and stayed at the to of the UK charts for 10 straight weeks.

The London-bred producer also unveiled some of his secrets for penning a international hit - and put his success down to the short attention span of the audience.

"The audience can be distracted quite easily, so you want something they can sing along with immediately," he explained.

"'Umb-er-ella, 'ella, 'ella, 'ella, eh eh eh eh' is so simple, it's like a playground chant. If you look at the most successful songs they are choruses of four of five words, three notes, repeated. Its not rocket science."

Taio, who worked alongside US hip hop legend Tricky Stewart at Redzone productions, said Umbrella cashed in on loved-up couples looking for a song to share.

He said: "The sentiment - 'When the sun shines, we shine together' - is something any girlfriend or boyfriend would really want to hear."
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