In a recent interview, some of your favorite “singer-songwriters” were slammed with allegations of not writing many of the hit songs they are famous for. Reportedly, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West have been accepting publishing credits with full knowledge that the songs were not written by them.
At the helm of this fraud allegation is songwriter to the stars, Heather Bright. Bright leaked names along with her frustrations in a recent interview with Free-Wired.
“Rihanna takes publishing, Justin Bieber takes publishing, Kanye West takes publishing,” Bright vented. “On all the stuff that they don’t write, they take publishing.”
When asked about teen-heartthrob, Justin Bieber, in which she has songwriting credit on his single “Somebody to Love,” Bright expressed, “Umm…How did he get a writing credit on it? That’s an interesting question.” She laughs then added, “I don’t know.”
So why don’t these so-called songwriters write their own songs? Bright has the answer.
“You can’t be Rihanna and be producing and writing records. You just can’t be doing that. You just won’t have time. All the appearances, the performances, and the ‘this,’ and the ‘that,’ you gotta show up to record, you gotta promote the album, go on tour.”
Bright assured Free-Wired that not all artists commit songwriting fraud as she gushes over the free-spirited Lady Gaga. Bright’s awe couldn’t be contained as she said, “It’s amazing that they can find time to write! They have to write on tour, all of those artists who actually write!”
The noted songwriter took to her blog to give other artists like Britney Spears praise as well. According to Bright, the pop icon didn’t try to “take something that wasn’t hers.” Bright is speaking of the tracks ‘Femme Fatale’ and ‘Trouble for Me’ that she co-wrote. She finished in saying about Spears’ crew, “In my experience, from a business standpoint, her entire team is nothing less than a bonafide class act!”
How do you feel about Bright’s recent revelation about Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Kanye? What would possess these decorated artists to take credit for songs they didn’t write?