Heather Bright, a veteran pop songwriter who contributed to Britney Spears's Femme Fatale, wrote a blog post defending Spears from those criticizing her for not having any co-writing credits on the new album, and — perhaps accidentally! — made an interesting claim. Take it away, Heather:
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!
ONTD also points to a recent interview with Bright where Justin Bieber is specifically called out for getting a songwriting credit on the Bright-penned "Somebody to Love." (Bright: "Umm ... How did he get a writing credit on it? ... That's an interesting question. I don't know. (laughs)")
Of course, Bright's not in every studio session; she can't say for sure that Katy Perry didn't come up with "do you ever feel / like a plastic bag." But it's also not far-fetched to imagine domineering pop stars demanding credit — as a boost both to their finances and their reputation — on tracks they had minimal input on. So is Heather Bright the Jose Canseco of the pop-songwriting world?! Is Justin Bieber a pop criminal?!! Is something something worse than the other two things something something?!!! At the very least, it's yet one more reason to respect Britney: She's no thief.