You'll Never Guess Which Pink Song Was Originally For Madonna

By Paris Close

January 27, 2019

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.

"'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 … I picked up a microphone and said, ‘I’m just going to say every clichéd line I can think of,’" Perry said of the track's beginnings. "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 damn hit.’ It was too easy."

Perry went on to explain how she originally pitched "Get the Party Started" to the Material Girl, who "passed" on the opportunity — but it was the outrageous phone call that followed which led the track to Pink.

"She left me this really crazy message how she would come find me if I didn’t call her back. I saw what she looked like — she was a bling-bling girl — and I said, ‘I think you have the wrong Linda 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,'" she continued, adding, "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 LA Reid and they said, ‘Okay we have our first single.'"

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