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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 09:32

    SCRAPPED LEAD SINGLES


    This is a survivor of songs that were announced and planned as the lead singles of an era, but due to various reasons (mostly underperforming) were:


    • scrapped from the album completely
    • reduced to a buzz/promo single
    • added to the album only as a bonus track


    or the entire parent album got


    • scrapped
    • turned into an EP
    • delayed for years


    Here's a list that I compiled of all the scrapped leads that I remember, but you are welcome to correct me if I made a mistake or add other songs that you know.

    Ariana Grande - Focus
    Bebe Rexha feat. Nicki Minaj - No Broken Hearts
    Becky G - Shower
    Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea - Pretty Girls
    Camila Cabello - Crying in the Club
    Carly Rae Jepsen - Party for One
    Charli XCX feat. Lil Yachty - After the Afterparty
    Cher Lloyd - Activated
    Gwen Stefani - Baby Don't Lie
    Iggy Azalea - Team
    Iggy Azalea feat. Quavo - Savior
    Jennifer Lopez feat. Gente de Zona - Ni Tú Ni Yo
    Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - Live It Up
    Mariah Carey feat. Rick Ross & Meek Mill - Triumphant (Get 'Em)
    Marina and the Diamonds - Radioactive
    Meghan Trainor - No Excuses
    MØ - Kamikaze
    Mutya Keisha Siobhan - Flatline
    Nicki Minaj feat. Sean Garrett - Massive Attack
    Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne - No Frauds
    Porcelain Black - This Is What Rock n Roll Looks Like
    Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
    Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down
    Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

    Add other scrapped lead singles you know!


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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 09:44

    Kerli - Army Of Love
    Kerli - Feral Hearts
    Hilary Duff - Chasing The Sun
    Lena - Lost In You
    Loreen - Paper Light (Higher)

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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 10:17

    The Veronicas - Lolita
    The Veronicas - In My Blood
    Samantha Jade - Firestarter
    Zayn feat. Sia - Dusk Til Dawn (Like Ariana's Focus, it only appears as a bonus track and on the Japanese Edition of Icarus Falls; Let Me was the official lead according to wiki).
    Shannon Noll - We Only Live Once

    I could list a couple more, but from what I gather it's only the initial song that would have likely been the lead.

    Like in your list, Bitch Better Have My Money and American Oxygen would also also be eligible but they wouldnt have been the 'lead' of Anti - just FourFiveSeconds since it was the 'start' of that run of singles.
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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 10:19

    Delta Goodrem - I Don't Care
    Delta Goodrem - Think About You
    Little Boots - Headphones
    The Veronicas - In My Blood
    Jessica Mauboy - This Ain't Love
    Melanie C - Rock Me

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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 12:27

    Quote Originally Posted by Affillate View Post
    I could list a couple more, but from what I gather it's only the initial song that would have likely been the lead.

    Like in your list, Bitch Better Have My Money and American Oxygen would also also be eligible but they wouldnt have been the 'lead' of Anti - just FourFiveSeconds since it was the 'start' of that run of singles.
    Exactly, this is not for all singles that got scrapped, just those that were truly supposed to be the leads of an era.

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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 12:32

    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon View Post
    Exactly, this is not for all singles that got scrapped, just those that were truly supposed to be the leads of an era.
    Ok, so I just deleted Hilary Duff's "All About You" from my list as that probably doesn't count. A shame, as it's often the second 'scrapped' single that really stood out (Fetish, All About You, Lena's "If I Wasn't Your Daughter" or Loreen's "I'm In It With You" for example).

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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 13:15

    some more obscure stuff (thanks to the destiny for the existence of Eurovision, so many acts with singles released and subsequently delayed/withdrawn albums)
    Kimbra - Sweet Relief - scrapped from the subsequent album
    Evermore - Between the Lines - turned into a buzz single
    Myrkur - Juniper - turned into an EP
    Carl Espen - Silent Storm - album delayed, never released
    Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love - album delayed, never released
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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 13:40

    what about songs that were one offs and probably never intended to be on album? Some end up being soundtrack songs as well.


    Kylie Minogue - Timebomb
    Katy Perry - Rise

    These two kinda were one off buzz singles.

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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 15:05

    ^ not eligible because they were intended as random/standalone/soundtrack singles, not announced as the first singles of an era

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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 21:58

    Mariah Carey | You're So Cold
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    by » Sun July 7th, 2019, 23:55

    Got to say Space - Love You More Than Football.

    I’m sure there’s others I can’t think if at present.

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 00:17

    I like the idea of this. There's so many I can think of, especially as an R&B fan in the late00s/early10s.

    Ciara - Go Girl (feat. T-Pain)
    Alicia Keys - In Common
    Cassie - Official Girl (feat. Lil Wayne)
    Cassie - King of Hearts
    Cassie - Love a Loser (feat. G-Eazy)
    Jennifer Lopez - Louboutins
    Yasmin - On My Own
    M.O - Who Do You Think Of?
    Samantha Mumba - I'm Right Here
    Christina Milian - Us Against the World
    Jordin Sparks - I Am Woman
    Katy B - What Love Is Made Of
    Victoria Beckham - This Groove / Let Your Head Go
    Mario - Somebody Else (feat. Nicki Minaj)
    Charli XCX - SuperLove
    Tinashe - Party Favors (feat. Young Thug)
    Usher - Pop Ya Collar
    Usher - Good Kisser
    Lil Uzi Vert - New Patek
    LIZ - When I Rule the World
    Nicole Scherzinger - Whatever U Like (feat. T.I.)
    Skylar Grey - Invisible
    Mýa - Ayo! (feat. DJ Kool)
    Nadine - Go to Work (also is it too early to put the Cheryl single on here dddd)
    Kelis - Distance
    Becky Hill - Losing
    JoJo - Disaster
    ALMA - Chasing Highs
    RAYE - The Line
    Clean Bandit - Tears (feat. Louisa)
    Louisa - So Good
    Sky Ferreira - One

    As for ZAYN "Still Got Time (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)" should be the single featured in this over the Sia song since it was the original first single and got relegated to track #29 on the Japanese version of his album.

    Stefflon Don’s Hurtin’ Me could end up on here if they don’t hurry up and get a debut album out. It was such a big hit in the UK that I wouldn’t be surprised if she includes it despite being three years old.

    Beyoncé's Grown Woman could also count since she scrapped the album (and single release entirely) it was supposed to be on and included it as a video only on self-titled. Possibly stretching it since the release was canned though.

    I'm also not sure how many of the Cassie songs count. Technically they're all lead singles for her second album, just three different scrapped second albums.

    Plus I'm shocked that all of Kat DeLuna's lead singles ended up making it onto her albums (and that the title of her debut album 9 Lives foreshadowed her existence in the music industry ).

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 09:45

    What about Mariah ‘Triumphant (Get Em)’ and ‘I Don’t’
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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 10:04

    @urbanmusik But "In Common" made it onto "Here" while "Tears" also ended up on Clean Bandit's album, so I don't think they fit into this survivor?

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 11:16

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike View Post
    @urbanmusik But "In Common" made it onto "Here" while "Tears" also ended up on Clean Bandit's album, so I don't think they fit into this survivor?
    They're both bonus tracks. The Clean Bandit track is only the deluxe version of the album, the same goes for Alicia, with In Common being relegated to a deluxe/target bonus track depending on the territory.

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 12:37

    Some Male artists

    Jesse McCartney - Shake (was meant to be the lead of his 2010 album Have It All that got shelved and is technically unreleased although some pressings of the finished album are out there)
    Calvin Harris ft. Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love

    Nick Jonas - Remember I Told You (ft. Anne Marie & Mike Posner) (could technically still end up on an album but I doubt it now its approaching 3 years by next year).

    Also urbanmusik is right about Zayn's 'Still Got Time' it was mentioned in an article I found about scrapped lead singles.
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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 12:47

    Quote Originally Posted by Affillate View Post
    What about Mariah ‘Triumphant (Get Em)’ and ‘I Don’t’
    "I Don't" most definitely was not going to be a lead single as Mariah wasn't even intent on recording an album at the time the song came out. It was simply a single to go along with the reality show.

    You could classify "Triumphant" as a lead single but it again was never intended to be anything more than a stand alone project while she was recording her album that was expected to be released during her Idol stint. I guess it could be included in this survivor as it was a song Mariah loved and probably would have made it on the album had it received a better reception.

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 13:47

    Quote Originally Posted by Affillate View Post
    Calvin Harris ft. Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love

    Nick Jonas - Remember I Told You (ft. Anne Marie & Mike Posner) (could technically still end up on an album but I doubt it now its approaching 3 years by next year).
    The Nick Jonas single definitely counts, his album isn't coming out anytime soon, and if it does none of the singles he released will make it onto it.

    However the Calvin Harris track was never intended for an album, he released that during the period when he said he wouldn't be making albums any more.

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 13:51

    Quote Originally Posted by urbanmusik View Post
    However the Calvin Harris track was never intended for an album, he released that during the period when he said he wouldn't be making albums any more.
    ah yes that's right, The aforementioned article was going on about how 'This Is What You Came For' never made it onto Funk Wav Vol 1 and I went back to the discography.

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 16:48

    Haven’t had time to check all of the singles if they fit - one of the conditions is that they were released as singles. So the Mariah song that @RayRay nominated is not eligible as it was not released or hyped as a lead (as far as I know based on wikipedia).

    @Tansike the songs don’t have to be fully scrapped from their albums. Reducing them to bonus tracks still means stripping them of their true lead single status because they flopped or whatever.

    I thought Mariah’s Triumphant was announced as the lead single, but not sure really. Fans know better so y’all can correct me.

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 16:53

    Quote Originally Posted by urbanmusik View Post
    They're both bonus tracks. The Clean Bandit track is only the deluxe version of the album, the same goes for Alicia, with In Common being relegated to a deluxe/target bonus track depending on the territory.
    Oh sorry, forgot about "Tears" being just on deluxe and up to now I actually always thought "In Common" wasn't a bonus track and the true lead

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 16:54

    This is such a great idea! Everything I can think of has already been named, but will see if I remember anything else.

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 19:53

    I'll also add:
    Janet Jackson - Made for Now - announced as a lead to an "upcoming EP" which never got released
    Ashanti feat. Ty Dolla $ign - Say Less - for an upcoming album that hasn't been mentioned since like 2017

    With this, I will close the nominations for now in order to start the survivor, but if y'all think of some other songs, feel free to add them and I will tack them onto some of the later groups

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    by » Mon July 8th, 2019, 22:11

    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon View Post
    Haven’t had time to check all of the singles if they fit - one of the conditions is that they were released as singles. So the Mariah song that @RayRay nominated is not eligible as it was not released or hyped as a lead (as far as I know based on wikipedia).
    Your title of this thread isn't clear. It says "SCRAPPED LEAD SINGLES". Maybe you should change it to "buzz singles"?

    From wikipedia (and common knowledge among lambs):

    "You're So Cold," was originally intended to be the lead single from Emotions, eventually being switched for the title track.
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    by » Tue July 9th, 2019, 19:17

    Quote Originally Posted by RayRay View Post
    Your title of this thread isn't clear. It says "SCRAPPED LEAD SINGLES". Maybe you should change it to "buzz singles"?

    From wikipedia (and common knowledge among lambs):

    "You're So Cold," was originally intended to be the lead single from Emotions, eventually being switched for the title track.
    Buzz singles is too broad, though I agree that my title is not perfect. It's the closest I could think of without having a long descriptive title.

    Basically: artist releases single, it's announced as the lead single of an upcoming era --> (in most cases) song underperforms --> album gets scrapped / album gets released but with a new lead single --> the original one is left out or moved to bonus tracks

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