Ghost Singers: Who’s Behind the Biggest Songs?
Some artists are accused of having ghostwriters and some producers are accused of putting their names on instrumentals from lesser known producers, but the idea of “ghost singers” is something that often times doesn’t come up in music conversations. Many artists, including the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, and Selena Gomez have been known to feature a female vocalist on choruses, but won’t list them as a featured guest. Here are some of the biggest songs which feature anonymous vocalists that you may not have caught the first time around.
- Ester Dean on Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” – While this Pink Friday bonus track was a sleeper hit in the U.S., peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2011, it’s not Miss Minaj singing that catchy chorus. The hook is actually sung by the song’s co-writer, Ester Dean, who has also penned tracks for the likes of Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and Usher.
- Charli XCX on Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” – While Selena Gomez’s album Revival was praised for having a more honest and raw sound compared to her previous works, the former Wizards of Waverly Place actress wasn’t so honest when she opted not to list Charli XCX as a guest feature on “Same Old Love”. The British pop songstress can be heard on the chorus, most obviously during the “oh-oh-oh-oh” part.
- Ashanti on Jennifer Lopez’s “Ain’t It Funny (Remix)” – When the original version of J.Lo’s “Ain’t It Funny” failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100, she enlisted the help of Murder Inc.’s Ja Rule and Cadillac Tah to create a more hip-hop/pop radio ready version of the track. However, Ashanti, whose vocals can be heard on the chorus and the outro, is not listed as a featured guest. Ashanti also sang the chorus on Lopez’s remix of “I’m Real”.
- Bebe Rexha on David Guetta’s “Hey Mama” – When this track was first sent to radio back in summer of 2015, it was listed as featuring Afrojack and Nicki Minaj. Albanian singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha’s name was withheld, as the label felt that it didn’t look good having so many guests featured on one song. As a result, many believed that Rexha’s chorus was sung by Nicki Minaj. Later pressings of Guetta’s “Listen” album now credit Rexha as a guest vocalist.
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