Let me present to you: Some Swedish news from last year about a song released in 2014 where Jason Derulo and his crew collaborates with a woman and then skips the important part of credit that woman for her work
Swedish artist and songwriter Molly Sandén talks about the incident in a book from 2019 about women’s conditions in the music industry called Ni måste flytta på er (~You have to get out of the way) by Annah Björk. Molly first met Derulo when he walked into a studio where Molly recorded some songs. Derulo was impressed by her and told Sandén that they should write together sometime. The next time they meet is in the studio property The Jim Henson Company Lot in Hollywood with both their crews and some additional songwriters. This meeting results in the song Stupid Love (that also includes some vocals from Molly) and was released as the fifth single from Derulo’s album Tattoos (2013)
But the problem for Molly is that she doesn’t get a cent from this. When she starts look into things she realizes that she is not credited for her work. She makes some calls and gets a hold of the manager that was present when the song was written. He tells her: ”Molly, sweetheart. You were only in the studio because he wanted to sleep with you. The others in your team have said that you didn't write anything on the song, you were there as the fluffer. What got him in the right mood” refering to Derulo.
She decides that she will not accept this. A few weeks later she is back at the Henson Company, but this time it is without Derulo and in a meeting room with the manager, the other songwriters with their lawyers and three representatives from the record company. All but Molly are men. She tells them that she wants credit for her work, someone from her own team suggest that she should be happy with the compensation she can get for her vocals in the song. It is obvious that they are trying to deceive her. But she did not come to that meeting without any evidence. She takes her cell phone, puts it on the table – and presses play on the audiofile she recorded from the studio session. Today Molly Sandén is credited as a songwriter of Stupid Love
In an interview with Swedish newschannel SVT Molly says:
- For me, it's not really about the money, it's about getting my rights. And it is so typical that as a single girl, I am being outmaneuvered by so many men that blames it on something that is so terribly diminishing
In 2019 Molly Sandén recived a prize from the copyright organisation ALIS for her "powerful and skilful actions in asserting her copyright rights in an industry where the power structures are difficult to stand up to"
Source: My own paraphrasing of the book Ni måste flytta på er, SVT and ALIS