Written by the best songwriters include Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande Open letter He called for an end to the artists claiming ownership rights to songs that they had no hand in writing.
As a new group in the charter, the songwriters – who have not named any specific artists – claim that pop stars and their bands can “abuse influence, use bullying, threatening and grabbing tactics for writers who may choose to give up some of their assets rather than lose the opportunity altogether.”
The charter states that they “shall not give credit for publishing or writing songs to anyone who has not created or changed the song or melody or otherwise contributes to the authorship without a reasonably equivalent / meaningful exchange of all writers in the song.”
Artists can claim the proceeds from the performance, as well as income from ticket sales, ad deals, and many other revenue streams, but behind-the-scenes songwriters rely on those copyrights they claim have been infringed upon. The open letter reads: “Over time, the artists’ practice of publishing became a norm.”
Among the signatories of the letter is Victoria Monet, who co-wrote many of Grande’s songs during a long friendship with the singer; Emily Warren, with her song Dua LipaDon’t Start Now, is nominated for several Grammy Awards this year; And Savan Kotecha, who has worked on chart-topping songs with Grande, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, and more.
Justin Tranter, whose credits include songs by Britney Spears and dozens of others, wrote on Instagram: “I hope new songwriters can work with a little fear and anxiety. [a] A little money “.
The songwriters’ statements arrive amid a renewed debate about behind-the-scenes compensation in pop music. In the US, streaming services like Spotify filed a legal challenge against a 2018 ruling that raised royalties for songwriters from 11% to 15% of broadcast revenue.
While a select committee in the British Parliament discussed the impact of live broadcasting and other forces on artists’ income earlier this year, Crispin Hunt, president of the Ivors Academy that awards the annual Ivor Novello Songwriters Awards, argued in March that record companies were taking too much. Funds. Cut revenue. “Record companies still take a part of the manufacturing and distribution when all they do is a marketing job,” He told the Guardian.