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Britney Spears recorded a song with Pitbull and Romeo Santos titled “Hey Ma,” but movie execs traded her and Santos out for Camila Cabello and J Balvin.
Pitbull filmed a Miami-themed music video for his new collaboration with Camila and Balvin. Part of the shoot took place outside, and fans recorded a bit of the song, but the original would have looked and sounded entirely different.
“Funny story behind that,” Pitbull told Radio.com. “At first, it was me and Romeo Santos, Britney Spears was on the record. [The] Fast and Furious [team] ends up loving the record. And they brought on board J Balvin and Camila Cabello. So, it’s been an interesting journey. To watch it go on to become the intro to the movie — the first huge movie franchise to shoot in Cuba — is an amazing honor.” He adds the original version with Britney and Santos may be released at some point.
“You never know, there might be a remix with Romeo and Britney in the future. But it was an honor to be able to work with Britney.”
Britney, being the professional that she is, remained unbothered. “She was a great sport, she’s been in the business for years,” Pitbull continued. “She said, ‘Don’t even worry about that. We’ll use it for the remix, or we’ll do another record together.’”
IN WHAT WORLD DO WE LIVE IN WHERE BRITNEY SPEARS WAS EVER REPLACED BY ANOTHER ARTIST? THIS IS BLASPHEMY. THIS IS MAD DISRESPECT. I’M NOT OK WITH THIS.
No disrespect to Camila and J Balvin though.
— J BALVIN (@JBALVIN) February 25, 2017