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Don’t Cha Original

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Hot Like Me

In 2004, Anthony Ray (Sir Mix-a-Lot), Thomas Callaway (CeeLo Green) and Trevor Smith (Busta Rhymes) collaborated on a song called “Don’t Cha”. With its questionable lyrics yet admittedly catchy chorus, the song taunts a man for not having a girlfriend “hot like me”. Former burlesque group, the Pussycat Dolls, released “Don’t Cha” in 2005. The tune reached number one in over 15 countries. But it was former OutKast backing vocalist, Tori Alamaze, who sung the “Don’t Cha” original. And frankly, her version is much better than the Pussycat Dolls cover. The song that was meant to launch Alamaze’s music career instead launched the Pussycat Dolls as a global musical enterprise.

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If I Were a Boy Original

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What is the If I Were a Girl Original Version?

Inspired by a difficult break up, singer-songwriter BC Jean and producer-songwriter Toby Gad wrote “If I Were a Boy”. Like Bonnie Tyler’s “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)“, the song explores society’s double standards for women and men when it comes to relationships (and everything else). Jean recorded the “If I Were a Boy” original but her record label rejected the song. Gad went on to produce a version with Beyoncé that reached the top ten on twenty-five different singles charts.

Although Jean recorded the “If I Were a Boy” original, Spanish musician Francisco Andión González (known as Patxi Andión) released a song in 1986 called “Si Yo Fuera Mujer” (If I Were a Woman). With the same theme and similar melodies, could Andión’s song be the true “If I Were a Boy” original or is this just a coincidence?