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Britney Spears' Demo of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" Hits the Web

Producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins confirms legitimacy of unmixed track

May 4, 2010 5:50 PM ET

A leaked demo recording of Britney Spears singing Lady Gaga's Fame Monster hit "Telephone" has been confirmed as legitimate by producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. This weekend after the song hit the web, fans questioned the authenticity of the track, but Jerkins appeared in a video via Ustream to clarify that the leak was a very early version of the song before it was even mixed, MTV reports.

Gaga reportedly originally penned "Telephone" for Spears' Circus, but even though Spears recorded a demo of the track, it was ultimately left off the album's track list. Another Gaga-penned song, "Quicksand," was recorded by Britney and included as a European iTunes bonus track.

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According to DListed, a snippet of Spears' "Telephone" demo appeared on the site iLeaks this weekend with a $750 price tag for the full track. An unspecified party eventually paid up and released the track online. Its heavily processed vocals made it difficult for fans to verify whether it was actually Spears singing until Jerkins' confirmation.

Jerkins, who is working on Spears' next album, denied leaking the "Telephone" demo. "I've been asked to leak the version, and I haven't leaked the version," he said. "It wasn't even a mixed version. I would never leak something without Britney's approval."

"Telephone" isn't the first time Spears has walked away from what went on to become a smash hit. When the singer was recording Blackout, Tricky Stewart and The-Dream wrote "Umbrella" with Britney in mind, but Spears' management turned the track down. The song went on to become Rihanna's breakout single. Don't expect a Spears' demo of "Umbrella" to leak out though: The label rejected "Umbrella" before Spears had a chance to hear or demo it.

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