In case you didn’t know, songwriting is a very lucrative business.
So lucrative, that while recent years have seen many acts have fall prey to bankruptcy and other financial woes, the writers they enlist to pen their material have gone on to become- in many instances- even more financially secure than some of the industry’s highest paid executives.
Take serial chart topper ‘The Dream’ for instance.
Responsible for Beyonce‘s ‘Single Ladies’, Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby‘ two name just two, the singer-songwriter has risen to become the go to man for any in need of a hit.
Now, he has revealed just how much he earned for penning Rihanna‘s 2007 hit ‘Umbrella‘ and air out his thoughts on ex wife Christina Milian, all during a recent appearance on ‘The Tim Westwood Show‘.
With information like this, it is now no wonder so many acts fight tooth and nail to have their names placed on the credits of the music they release.
For, whether or not you believe Dream’s ‘$15 million’ claim, the well publicized success of Diane Warren, Esther Dean, Ryan Tedder and the like is a reminder that when it comes to making money in the industry- it is the pen and not the mic creators should be flocking to if they truly hope to secure their income for the long term.
Such a shame Rihanna had nothing to do with cut’s conception, because if she did- she might just have been able to afford an exorcist powerful enough to rid her body of the God forsaken goat that currently resides in her vocal chords.