Can you believe Pink’s party jam “Get the Party Started” was initially penned for Madonna?
During a recent profile piece for Rolling Stone, the composer behind the smash record, famed songwriter Linda Perry, revealed she’d written the song somewhat on the fly, not really aware she had a hit on her hands.
Linda Perry – who has penned some of the biggest pop songs of all time, including ‘Beautiful’ for Christina Aguilera – has revealed that she had offered the hit song to the Queen of Pop, but the ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ hitmaker, 60, didn’t want it.
It’s one of her biggest hits and launched her second album ‘Missundaztood’ in 2001, which sold over 13 million copies worldwide. and reached the top 10 in many countries.
Pink’s 2001 single Get The Party Started was originally intended for a different singer (pictured Jan 2018)
First refusal: Madonna (pictured Jan 2014) turned down the track which went on to become a big hit for Pink
But Pink’s 2001 single Get The Party Started was originally intended for a different singer: Madonna.
Linda Perry, the song’s writer and producer, revealed the surprising news in an interview with rolling stone on Saturday.
The track, which became Pink’s best-selling song at the time, was originally sent to the Material Girl singer – who turned it down.
Wrote the hit: Linda Perry, the song’s writer and producer.
On how it landed in the ‘So What’ singer’s hands, the 53-year-old songwriter spilled: ‘I sent it to Madonna and she passed, but a week later, Alecia [a.k.a. Pink] called. She left me this really crazy message how she would come find me if I didn’t call her back,’ Perry told the publication. The former 4 Non Blondes front-woman revealed that Pink nearly missed out on recording it as she wasn’t sure that she was the right person for the song.
‘I saw what she looked like – she was a bling-bling girl – and I said, “I think you have the wrong Linda Perry,”‘, she said. However, Pink was determined to win over the song-writer, explained Perry: ‘She’s like, “Is this the Linda Perry who sang Dear Mister President in 4 Non Blondes?” I’m like, “Yeah.” She’s like, “Well, I have the right person.”
‘I had just written Get the Party Started and I go, “Well, I’ve got something I wrote last week,” and sent it to her.” I guess she sent it to [producer] LA Reid and they said, ‘OK, we have our first single.’”
The song – which is now 18-years-old – went on to peak at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for Pink, and was certified Gold in the United States.
Perry revealed that Pink (whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore) won her over with her talent and modesty, effusing: ‘Alecia’s awesome. She’s so sassy. We were sitting one day and I said, “This album’s going to be huge.” She laughed at me. But I was like, “It’s going to be a groundbreaking record and change things for you.” She didn’t believe me. But we completely changed her format and it worked.’ And my life took a complete turn. That song put me on everybody’s Blackberry at the time. All the boy bands were reaching out.”
However, Perry “just was not interested” in going that route. “I’m an artist. I’m not a hit-maker,” she added. “My intention is never to go write a hit. I don’t even understand how to do that. I just can only stay as true as possible, and either one’s going to happen or it’s not. My main focus is always to write a great song. That’s what I do. I don’t write bad songs. I write great songs. Some of them are hits, some of them are not.”
Guest appearance: Linda Perry is seen in the background as a bar-tender in the music video
Perry revealed that she initially wrote the hit record as a bit of a joke to try out her recording equipment.
‘That was kind of a joke, to be quite honest. When I moved to Los Angeles, I called up a friend and said, “Hey, what’s that sound on the radio right now that’s going on? What’s that on MTV? What’s this hip thing going on?” To me it was godawful, just ridiculous.
‘He said, “Oh, it’s pretty much what everybody’s using.” So I got ProTools and set it all up. Get the Party Started was just me figuring out what all this stuff does. I came up with that beat, laid it down, found all these weird chords and sounds and put the horns.
‘Then I went back to my guitar for the wah-wahs. I was just having fun. I picked up a microphone and said, “I’m just going to say every clichéd line I can think of.” And I came up with, “Get the party started on a Saturday night” and wrote a bunch of stuff down. I called up my manager afterwards and said, “I just wrote a d*mn hit.” It was too easy. she said, recounting the stories behind the 15 most significant songs she’s written.’
“Get the Party Started”, she admitted, still holds a special place in her heart. “But with that song, it became clear to me that helping artists with their vision is kind of cool,” she said. “I got the bug. It’s not me and my drab emotions. I was putting on Alecia’s clothes every day as she came in. It was an escape from myself.”
Pink is married to former professional motocross racer Carey Hart and they have two children, seven-year-old daughter Willow and son Jameson, two.
She’s one of the best-selling music artists in the world, shifting over 40 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide.