Tulisa wins a massive ‘scream & shout’ pay out

May 2018

Music publishing


Former N-Dubz member and X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has reportedly won a 10% share of the songwriting income from the Britney Spears and will.i.am track ‘Scream & Shout’ after a six year dispute over who should share the royalties from the hit song.


Contostavlos argued that she had collaborated on an original version of the song ( then called I Don’t Give A F**k) with producers Jean Baptiste and Jef Martens, who work with will.i.am, the plan being to include it on her album ‘The Female Boss’. However the producers didn’t use the song  and instead Will.i.am used the song for a track featuring Britney Spears, with Spears apparently providing the vocals using Tulisa’s original vocals as a guide. The track ended up on will.i.am’s album ‘#willpower’ in 2012, accredited to Britney Spears and will.i.am. Tulisa, 29, immediately filed a claim and all income for the Number 1 hit was frozen by the court.


As the legal dispute continued, Tulisa insisted that Will.i.am and Britney’s version still included parts she had written including the line: ‘When you hear this in the club, you’d better turn this s**t up.’ It also transpired that some of Contostavlos’s vocals were still present on the final version of the sound recording as released.


Reports say that after the legal action began, will.i.am admitted: “Tulisa wrote to that song before I did – this is the truth. But the producers of the beat … didn’t want her to have it”.


According to Metro, as a result of all the subsequent legal wrangling, Contostavlos will now be credited as a co-writer on the track and will receive 10% of the publishing royalties, and also a share of the income from the sound recording.


Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/04/tulisa-contostavlos-wins-legal-battle-will-britney-spears-scream-shout-7439425/?ito=cbshare and https://uk.news.yahoo.com/tuslia-contostavlos-wins-six-year-court-battle-will-co-writing-claim-113940730.html

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