Before rising to become a bonafide Pop superstar Bebe Rexha made a living writing songs for artists she now shares chart space with.
Today, she has urged the music industry to change the way it assigns publishing splits to writers and producers as she feels it is unfair that producers pick up upfront frees as well as royalties…at the expense of lyricists.
Her accurate estimation below…
Here is where the songwriting and producer world is ****ed up. Songwriters get publishing, while producers get a ridiculous fee, points on a record, as well as publishing. Which means they make more then the songwriter! It’s almost 2019 not 1970!!!! Things need to change. Back in the day there was a difference between a producer, session player, writer. Today producers are programers, producers are also writers. The double dipping is unfair.Get your fee. Get your publishing. It’s insane this hasn’t changed. At least split the points between all the actual writers in the room. THATS FAIR. Unless you’re producing records Quincy Jones style don’t ask me for points. This isn’t even about me. I am lucky and grateful to make money doing shows. This is for all the songwriters who make a living off of writing. To me the music and lyrics are equal. And that’s how it should be treated. Every song should be treated differently. It’s very hard to explain.
I’m just tired of songwriters getting treated like we are lucky to be writing songs. No! There would be no complete song without us!! I’m sorry babes I just want the world to be a fair place and sometimes that’s not always the case. I’m not ****in scared to talk about what I believe in. Fight for the things you believe in. Or just live your life on the side lines. A wise man or woman once said…. Haters gonna HATE.
As it stands writers often have to share portions of their publishing splits producers (who are paid for their services) and,in some cases, artists who may or may not have contributed to their lyrics.
Every song should be treated differently. It’s very hard to explain.
I’m just tired of songwriters getting treated like we are lucky to be writing songs. No! There would be no complete song without us!!
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) December 12, 2018
Do you agree with her?