Lyricist Says Artists Take Undeserved Song Credit

Britney-Spears-Announcement Do pop artists take song credit for doing nothing? In the opinion of Heather Bright, A-listers often do. Recently, Britney Spears received criticism for not writing any of the music on her album. To Bright, the media is missing the point. None of these artists write their own songs. They merely leverage their fame to get song credit and publishing income. On Bright's blog, she comes to the defense of Spears and makes many interesting claims.

"I would just like to address one thing! The media is talking trash about how Britney didn't write any of the songs on her album … HELLO! Wake up everybody! NONE OF THESE ARTISTS WRITE THEIR OWN SONGS!!!!!!

(there are a few exceptions … lady gaga, will.i.am/BEP, chris brown is starting to write a lot of his own stuff … ummmm … and now I'm running out of artists). Anyway … here's my thing … and I feel VERY passionate about this issue. Britney could have come to me, like all these other A-list artists, and said …

"Hey, you wanna be on my album? I'm gonna need writing credit for that song AND part of your publishing even though I didn't write anything! And then I'm gonna go on tour and gross $150 million in ticket sales and not give you any of that, even though I'm performing your song!"

I could rattle off a laundry list of artists who I've had that conversation with! And I'm on the other end like … "Oh okay … so you wanna rape me, but just with the tip?!" *Prince side eye* Britney's one of the few artists I've worked with who didn't try to take something that wasn't hers. In my experience, from a business standpoint, her entire team is nothing less than a bonafide class act!" (Read on.) 


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