'Telephone' by Lady Gaga Was Meant For Britney Spears And There Is A Demo

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé made a superb collab in 'Telephone' but it almost didn't happen because the song was meant for Britney Spears

By Ingrid Mateos

- January 12 , 2022 - 10:00 hs
Lady Gaga, Britney Spears

Lady Gaga, Britney Spears (AP, Youtube)

Throughout her career, Lady Gaga has released so many amazing songs that have become anthems to her fans. From 'Just Dance' to 'Born This Way', Stefani Germanotta has grown up as an icon for the pop industry. However, just like many other singers, there are certain songs the singer is not a fan of, despite she wrote them herself, and in this case, the hit has a complete history itself.

The year was 2009 and Lady Gaga was releasing her third EP 'The Fame Monster'. The album includes a lot of memorable songs like 'Bad Romance' 'Alejandro' and 'Teeth.' But one of the most commented ones was 'Telephone' not only because it was catchy but because Gaga released a music video with Beyoncé.

READ MORE: Why Lady Gaga Hates 'Telephone'?

Anyway, the album was a success and the rest is history, but what most people do not know is that 'Telephone' by Lady Gaga was meant for Britney Spears, and there is a demo around the internet. 'Telephone' was supposed to be added to the album Britney Spears released in 2008 'Circus' but such a thing did not happen in the end. However, for the die-hard fans of the duo, there is also a treat since they later collaborated in one of Britney's songs 'Quicksand'.

So, 'Telephone' did not end in Britney's hands but a year later Gaga released it with Beyoncé. Was it for better or worse? Well, Telephone” was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 2010 Grammys, and The Fame Monster won Best Pop Vocal Album. The song was meant for Britney, but it did mean Lady Gaga's success.

In fact, Gaga has declared in the past that 'Telephone' was inspired by her fear of suffocation, clarifying that when the lyrics imply she prefers relaxing on the dance floor to answering her lover's phone call, is a metaphor, because the phone calling her represents the fear of not having worked hard enough to succeed. Does it sound familiar? (Hint: Britney's conservatorship)

Nevertheless, you will be more than happy to know that there is a 'Telephone' demo where Britney Spears can be heard and while it is way softer than Gaga's version, it is as epic as the original.

While Britney Spears rejected Lady Gaga, no bad blood exists between them. In fact, before and after the conservatorship they exchanged messages publicly supporting each other. "The way that she was treated in this business was really wrong, and the way that women are treated in the music industry is something that I wish would change," Gaga says in a red carpet interview. "I think she will forever be an inspiration to women."

Britney then replied “Thank you @ladygaga for genuinely taking your time to say something so kind. You made me cry !!! I love you !!!"

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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