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Diane Warren reveals Cher HATED If I Could Turn Back Time and Simon Cowell rejected I Was Here track

Songwriter Diane Warren revealed on Lorraine on Tuesday that Cher hated her iconic song, If I Could Turn Back Time, while Simon Cowell rejected the track, I Was Here, for Susan Boyle, which was famously sung by Beyoncé. 

The award-winning musician, 64, appeared on the daytime show to discuss tricks of the trade and the hit records she has written for the world’s biggest stars. 

‘Yes Cher hated it,’ Diane said while discussing If I Could Turn Back Time, which she wrote exclusively for the star, 75. ‘I basically had to hold her leg down in the studio lounge and say, “I’m not letting go of your leg until you at least try this song.”

Revealing: Songwriter Diane Warren revealed on Tuesday that Cher hated If I Could Turn Back Time, while Simon Cowell rejected I Was Here for Susan Boyle, which was sung by Beyoncé

‘The rest is history right, it’s probably her most iconic song but she definitely didn’t want to record it. She hated it.’

Despite Cher’s initial reservations, it became her second consecutive solo number one on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. 

It was also certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) after it sold more than 500,000 copies.

Diane also wrote the song, I Was Here, with both Susan Boyle and Beyoncé in mind to perform it. 

Tell all: The award-winning musician, 64, appeared on Lorraine to discuss tricks of the trade and the hit records she has written for the world's biggest stars (pictured Simon, 61)

Tell all: The award-winning musician, 64, appeared on Lorraine to discuss tricks of the trade and the hit records she has written for the world’s biggest stars (pictured Simon, 61)

Candid: 'Yes Cher hated it,' Diane said while discussing If I Could Turn Back Time, which she wrote exclusively for the star, 75, (pictured) who didn't want to record the track

Candid: ‘Yes Cher hated it,’ Diane said while discussing If I Could Turn Back Time, which she wrote exclusively for the star, 75, (pictured) who didn’t want to record the track

She said: ‘It’s a song I wrote called I Was Here. I sent it to Simon [Cowell], I also called Jay-Z to play it for him, for Beyoncé. He loved it, I was in the studio with her, [it was] brilliant, exciting, and just hearing her. 

‘I had an email from somebody at Simon’s camp [saying], “Simon sent me this song to review. It doesn’t go all the way for us but keep sending more songs,” or whatever.

‘And I’m like [motions texting], “hm, well I was in the studio last night with the world’s biggest artist and funnily enough, it went all the way for her.”‘ 

Music video: Despite Cher's initial reservations, it became her second consecutive solo number one on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart

Music video: Despite Cher’s initial reservations, it became her second consecutive solo number one on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart

Talented: Diane also wrote the song, I Was Here, with both Susan Boyle and Beyoncé in mind to perform it

Talented: Diane also wrote the song, I Was Here, with both Susan Boyle and Beyoncé in mind to perform it

New work: Her latest album is called Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions Volume 1

New work: Her latest album is called Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions Volume 1

I Was Here featured on Beyoncé’s fourth studio album, 4, and was never released as a single. 

Nevertheless, it landed on several music charts across the globe and debuted at number 44 on the South Korea Gaon International Singles Chart in July 2011. 

It also landed at position 131 on the UK Singles Chart on July 9 2011.

Reflective: She said: 'It's a song I wrote called I Was Here. I sent it to Simon [Cowell], I also called Jay-Z to play it for him, for Beyoncé. He loved it, I was in the studio with her'

Reflective: She said: ‘It’s a song I wrote called I Was Here. I sent it to Simon [Cowell], I also called Jay-Z to play it for him, for Beyoncé. He loved it, I was in the studio with her’ 

Turned down: She added: 'I had an email from somebody at Simon's camp [saying], "Simon sent me this song to review. It doesn't go all the way for us but keep sending more songs"'

Turned down: She added: ‘I had an email from somebody at Simon’s camp [saying], “Simon sent me this song to review. It doesn’t go all the way for us but keep sending more songs”‘

Response: Diane continued: 'And I'm like [motions texting], "hm, well I was in the studio last night with the world's biggest artist and funnily enough, it went all the way for her"'

Response: Diane continued: ‘And I’m like [motions texting], “hm, well I was in the studio last night with the world’s biggest artist and funnily enough, it went all the way for her”‘

Success: I Was Here featured on Beyoncé's fourth studio album, 4, and was never released as a single but nevertheless, it landed on several music charts across the globe (pictured in 2011)

Success: I Was Here featured on Beyoncé’s fourth studio album, 4, and was never released as a single but nevertheless, it landed on several music charts across the globe (pictured in 2011) 


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