Ariana Grande reportedly hated "Bang Bang" when she recorded it as a solo song.
Jessie J was the first to officially release the tune with Grande and Nicki Minaj as the lead single off her most-recent studio album Sweet Talker, but only after Grande passed on it.
According to Wendy Goldstein, the Executive VP/Head of Urban A&R at the ladies' label Republic Records, Grande recorded it then decided it was a flop and left on the cutting room floor. That's when Goldstein stepped in to amp it up with collaborations from J and Minaj.
"It's very rare that you sit on something for a long time -- two, three, four years -- and pull it back out again. If I think a song is strong, I try to flip it really quick. The best example of that was 'Bang Bang.' It was written for Ariana [Grande]," she explains to Billboard of the track, which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100.
"She cut it, and she hated it. So I sent it to [Republic executive vp Rob Stevenson], got Jessie J on it and then sent it to Nicki Minaj. I made them finish the record anyway. And then I was scared to send it to Ari. So I sent it to [Republic Records chairman/CEO] Monte Lipman and said, 'Play this for Ariana.' When she heard it, she was like, 'I want it back.'"
And what Ari wants Ari gets.