12 different artists turned down this MASSIVE song before it became a top 10 hit

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

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by Anna Sky Hulton |
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It may have been a top 10 hit in the UK, but it's had quite the journey to get there. Turned down by no less than 12 artists, 'The Middle', released by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, was originally written back in January 2017.

According to Variety, the song was offered to top female artists such as, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Anne-Marie, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Bishop Briggs, Bebe Rexha, Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony, Daya, and Elle King, before being finally released earlier this year.

Demi Lovato was offered it first, but turned it down for being 'too pop'. Then, Camila Cabello turned it down because she didn't want anything to overshadow her hit 'Havana'.

When it came to British singer Anne-Marie, it actually went very far down the line. According to NME.com Anne-Marie even had artwork and a release date for the track, however the decision was taken not to release it, as it would clash with her collaboration with Marshmello 'FRIENDS'.

Now take a look at some of the biggest collaborations this year:

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Biggest collabs of 2018

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Camila Cabello and Young Thug

Former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello dominated the charts with her massive collaboration with Young Thug on the catchy single 'Havana'.

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Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris

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Cardi B and Bruno Mars

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Rita Ora with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charlie XCX4 of 27
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Rita Ora with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charlie XCX

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Liam Payne and Rita Ora

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Paloma Faith and Sigala

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Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton

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Anne-Marie and Marshmello

British singer Anne-Marie and American music producer Marshmello worked together to create the incredible 'Friends'.

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Jess Glynne and Rudimental

Jess Glynne teamed up with Rudimental on the single 'These Days' to help her become the first British female solo artist to ever score six UK Number 1 singles.

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Calum Scott and Leona Lewis

Former Britain's Got Talent star Calum Scott and winner of The X Factor Leona Lewis teamed up on the stunning single 'You Are The Reason'.

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Camila Cabello and Pharrell

Camila Cabello and Pharrell have teamed up for 'Sangria Wine'. This new song didn't make it onto Camila's self-titled debut solo album, but it has now been released as a single.

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Maroon 5 and Cardi B

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Nicki Minaj ft. Ariana Grande

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Sigala - 'Feels Like Home', featuring Fuse ODG, Sean Paul and Kent Jones14 of 27
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Sigala - featuring Fuse ODG, Sean Paul and Kent Jones

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Little Mix and Cheat Codes

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Jax Jones featuring Mabel

'Ring Ring' is Jax Jones's first song since 2017, the music video includes graphics of a spaceman interspersed with a bag of sweets called Jax Jones, in the style of a Haribo bag.

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David Guetta and Anne-Marie

David Guetta and Anne-Marie team up for the first time to release 'Don't Leave Me Alone'.

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DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo

DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo have teamed up to release 'No Brainer'.

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith teamed up on 'Promises'.

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Bastille and Marshmello

Bastille and Marshmello have teamed up for their new single 'Happier'. Lead singer Dan (pictured) tweeted saying, 'Last year we wrote a song called "Happier" which we thought would be great as a collaboration. We had a lot of fun getting to work on it with Marshmello who managed to find some joy in the melancholy…'.

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Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana

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Olly Murs and Snoop Dogg

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Little Mix and Nicki Minaj

The Little Mix girls teamed up with American rapper Nicki Minaj for their amazing hit single 'Woman Like Me'.

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Liam Payne, Jonas Blue and Lennon Stella

Liam, Jonas and Lennon teamed up on the hit 'Polaroid' in 2018. The single was a massive hit with fans with its summery vibe.

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James Arthur and Anne-Marie

The amazing James Arthur and Anne-Marie teamed up to release their own rendition of 'Rewrite The Stars' from The Greatest Showman.

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper teamed up together when they both starred in 2018 film A Star Is Born. Their duet 'Shallow' took the charts by storm, with many fans dubbing it their 'favourite duet' of the year.

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Ellie Goulding and Diplo

After taking time off, Ellie Goulding returned in 2018 with 'Close To Me', featuring Diplo.

Speaking about the search to find the right artist to release the song, Stefan Johnson of the production team Monsters & Strangerz said, “It was a super long process. You’re confident at the start, but the longer the song [sits around], the more you start feeling like it’s slipping."

The song was eventually picked up by German DJ Zedd who joined forces with Maren Morris and Grey for the vocals. The song was premiered during this year's GRAMMYs in January and has since been a top 10 hit around the world.

You can watch the music video for 'The Middle' below:

'The Middle' was Zedd's follow-up to his 2017 collaborations, 'Get Low' with Liam Payne and 'Stay' with Alessia Cara.

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