In a recent interview with Tiger Beat (right now, 10-year-old Kristie is doing the Cabbage Patch and yelling “I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M GOING TO GET TO READ TIGER BEAT FOR WORK ONE DAY!”), teen pop star Austin Mahone revealed something huuuuuuuuuuge: "Break Free" was offered to Mahone before Ariana Grande scooped it up. WHOA WHOA WHOA. The banger of a jam that is "Break Free" almost wasn't Grande's. Here's the dirt straight from Mahone:
Actually, Ariana’s new song that just came out was supposed to be mine like a year ago, ‘Break Free,’ like they sent it to me and I was supposed to record it, but I never did.
Holy crapbuckets. No tea no shade, but that would have been such a different song (Captain Obvious reporting for duty!). I need a moment. [Takes moment.] Okay, I'm ready to continue.
So why did Mahone turn down "Break Free"? The digital brand specialist for FlavorSplash (aka Austin Mahone) did not say.
But because I am me, I did not let that stop me. Instead, I cooked up some totally realistic (read: not realistic) and totally great (read: not great) hypotheses as to why he said "Mmm mmm, no no" to "Break Free":
What if Zedd said, “You can only take this song if you agree to a pair of rockets shooting from your chest in the video,” and Mahone was like, “Ehhhhhhhhhhhh"?
“I only want to die alive”
Maybe that "Break Free" lyric had Mahone like “Excuse me, what? How does that work?”
“Now that I’ve become who I really are”
I can see it now: Mahone listens to the demo and says, “‘Who I really are?’ I’m not a grammar stickler, but I’d mess that one up in concert every time."
A Medium Told Him To Pass On It
Does Mahone consult a medium on the regular? I don't know. But what if he does? And what if she told him the spirits said he should not take "Break Free," and if he were to disobey the spirits, all of his fingernails would fall off... FOR GOOD?
...Told you I had some really great guesses up my sleeve.