Tulisa Contostavlos Wins Copywrite Battle Against Will.i.am and Britney Spears Over 'Scream and Shout'
Tulisa has finally won her five-year court battle after she first claimed she co-wrote and featured on Britney Spears and Will.I.Am’s song Scream and Shout.
The song was released in 2012 and topped the UK charts – giving Brit her first number 1 in over a decade – but Tulisa long maintained she co-wrote the hit before the Black Eyed Peas rapper took over and released it for himself and Britney.
Former N-Dubz singer Tulisa wrote the track with Will’s producers back in the day as it was reportedly set to appear on her album The Female Boss under the title I Don’t Give A Fuck.
However it was then said the song was ditched for Tulisa after Will’s producers didn’t like her version, releasing with the writing credits featuring will.i.am, Jef Martens and Jean Baptiste.
‘Tulisa was annoyed when the song was taken from her and given to Britney – especially as she co-wrote it,’ a source told Metro.co.uk ‘It was set to be one of the big songs on her debut album. She didn’t let it lie, and took it all the way to the courts and has now won. ‘She just wanted to be recognised as the writer of one of the biggest pop tracks of the last decade.’
The singer and X Factor judge sued Will, who admitted at the time: ‘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.’ During the court case, it was also found, though a fancy musicology report, Tulisa’s vocals were still present alongside Brit’s in the finally-released track. She’ll now be officially credited as a writer and has won 10 per cent of the world wide publishing rights and income for the record, after all money made from the track was frozen as soon as Tulisa launched her lawsuit in 2012.