• For the past five years, Will.U.Stop and Britney Spears have been embroiled in a legal battle over royalties for their 2012 hit song, “Scream and Shout.”
• According to Tulisa Contostavlos (once a member of the UK group N-Dubz and went on to be a judge on the UK version of The X Factor, and was most famous for mentoring superstar girl group Little Mix), the song was originally titled “I Don't Give a F*ck” and was meant to be on her debut album The Female Boss. Her label ultimately decided not to include the song on the final cut of her album.
• Tulisa maintains she wrote the song's opening line, “when you hear this in the club, you’d better turn this shit up” and was never credited or has seen any monetary compensation for her contributions on the song including some of her vocals left on the finished version. (Myah Marie hew?)
• Back in 2012, Will.I.Can't said: “Tulisa wrote to that song before I did - this is the truth. But the producers of the beat, two brothers from Belgium called Lazy Jay, didn’t want her to have it, so I wrote to it and Britney is the only person I ever had in mind.”
• This past week, Contostavlos won her lawsuit against the pair and has now been awarded a co-writing credit, as well as 10 percent of everything the worldwide hit song has made in its lifetime (these funds have been frozen since 2012 due to the lawsuit and nobody has seen any money from its success until now).
ONTD, do you still bring the accent and listen to Scream & Shout?
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