Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Blind Items Revealed #2

August 25, 2017

This foreign born former A+ list singer is altering history again. I love when singers who get songwriting credits then say what inspired the song when they know very well they just bought it from a writer and paid them enough to give up any credit or to mention to anyone they wrote it. Our former A+ list singer has a great big yarn about what inspired one of her hits. I wouldn't put it past her ex to talk about the real story.

Shania Twain

40 comments:

just sayin' said...

The Brad Pitt story line -- his nude photos with Gwynnie being the inspiration for "That Don't Impress Me Much". Mutt's been a dog but if he hasn't outed this lie yet I doubt he will.

just sayin' said...

I take it back, the story being why she lost her voice, fell ill for a long time after he betrayed her (she blames it on the stress he caused.)

JGC said...

I guess she didn't really feel like a woman after all.

Brayson87 said...

I think Sheryl Crow gets the lifetime achievement award for taking credit for the "Leaving Las Vegas" song.

sandybrook said...

@Just sayin' she did also say the Brad Pitt thingy. Plus she's another one with Lyme Disease. But maybe hers was\is legitimate.

DDonna Tarttty said...

Somebody in the music business told me once half the songs credited to "stars" were written by somebody else and that it happens all the time. We know Blurred Lines wasn't written by the Thicke creep. Occasionally there are songs that seem so far outside the artist's talent range--"Missing You" by John Waite, "Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver, for example, that I always figured somebody else wrote them.

Gordon Scott said...

Huh. My understanding was that "Rocky Mountain High" was practically autobiographical. There were certainly lines in it that were very contemporary to events in Denver's life. But hey, there's lots of poets in Colorado.

Normal. Yes indeed. said...

Let’s talk about Robbie Robertson ripping off everyone else in The Band.

Thursday November said...

Shania was made by her ex hubs and producer, Mutt.

I knew John through his Ex wife Annie (Annie's song), he did write rocky mountian high.

sandybrook said...

Look stars do get credited for things they didn't do in a way to get extra money. Musicians get credited as songwriters and producers actors get credited as producers and executive producers. It's a recognized part of both businesses. The bigger the star, the more likely it happens.

nancer said...

seems kind of a tip off when someone has a big hit and supposedly wrote it but mostly sing songs written by others. songwriters don't write just one song. so even though i didn't know for sure they really just lie about this, i kinda suspected it.

Mad Hominem said...

I know that writers who are hired under a work-for-hire contract must complete the job without being entitled to ask for credit. This is how a lot of big-name authors manage to crank out books consistently without fear of "writer's block"—because someone else is doing the work of writing it. Example:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/genius-factories-past-and-present

I presume that work-for-hire contracts must be used with songwriters, too: you write the song, someone else buys the credit.

Farmgirl said...

Back off John Denver. That is like going after Neil Diamond.

plot said...

Robbie Robertson ripped off The Band?

Everyone knows which songs Levon Helm is responsible for - the good ones.

Xpensive Hobutt said...

Billy graham was a pedophile cocksucker who will roast in hell

hothotheat said...

Shania was well known incountry music and had hits before she met mutt. He made her better, though.

Gordon Scott said...

And let's not forget: she looks very good standing in a pond. Mutt had nothing to do with that.

MichiganMama59 said...

Now I wanna hear some John Denver

zerooptions said...

Oh god, we just had a "songwriters festival" in town.
Lots and lots of throwaways and only a few keepers.
But everyone was nice and said how good everyone was.
No doubt Shania probably had spies in the audience looking for her next hit.

Sierra said...

@Mad Hominem - Tom Clancy is still "writing" books, and he's been dead five years

Raging Bunnies said...

Dear God I love John Denver's songs.

Gordon Scott said...

Me, too, Bunnies. Yeah, he was a corn dog, but he could play guitar pretty well, too.

It's Zombie Tom Clancy. He has someone operating the keyboard on his Mac, because the skin flaking off his fingers kept shorting out the machine.

Normal. Yes indeed. said...

RIP Levon. Saw him live in 2009. His scene in Shooter is the hook of the movie.

Gordon Scott said...

"Still got the shovel."

Sign Name Below said...

I think James Patterson wrote one book.

Brayson87 said...

Pretty sure John Galt recruited all the good songwriters years ago.

Juliaph said...

Hey, I also have a friend that swears that a guy he knows was really the one that wrote the song "Dreams" that was sung by Stevie Nicks. My friend said that there was even a newspaper article to the fact. It was some guy in some small Texas town.

Please don't tear me up people... I understand she is an icon... I'm just sayin'...

Jennerationb said...

Who is John Galt??

bellebottomblues said...

Nicks has consistently said since 1976 that she wrote the song in the studio in one sitting. That it was a very rough demo that Lindsey then did his magic on. If somebody else wrote it, it sure seems autobiographical and sounds like her writing. That said, who really knows..sigh.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

Love songwriting stories, Enty.

Can't imagine how these writers part with their work so easily. There's just no amount of "enough money" because it's not about the money.

Then again, I never understood fans who mail their original fan art to actors (FFS, you know they'll just chuck them—I don't think even the most narcissitic celeb would actually keep them to stare at). If I were famous enough to have fans who make fan art, I would tell them to keep their original copies for their portfolios (and share the scans online) so hopefully they can use them to get work/create them a job.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

I don't enjoy sick creepy fantasies about stealing credit for other people's work. That's why I timestamp my stuff online, in public where everyone can see. Even after I'm dead.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

I don't understand how anything can NOT be autobiographical. You write what you know. I also happen to believe that there's no shame in being a one-hit wonder. Just stick to creating based on your urges, because forcing yourself to produce through "brain-storms" just makes for crap (I know because I tried and it sucks). And if that means being a one-hit wonder, then so be it. I'll go back to working at an office.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

Oooh. I know a lady on Tumblr who's a huge fan of hers—I wonder how she'd feel about this...

I just know her from "AHS: Coven" and the first song I heard of hers was actually a cover by The Corrs. 🍀

Sd Auntie said...

Me too @ raging bunnies. Was really shook up when he died! Even dreamt that I saw his plane crash..kind of bothered me. Learned to play guitar with his songs

Court b said...

Ugh, letterman interview...that dude killed himself after.just ugly story.

Henriette said...

This was pretty well-known and many Canadians have great stories about how she lied about her background and raising her half-brothers. Twain has always been a spinner of tales.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

@Court B: Well, holy fucking shit. I had to Google it, but you're right. Just an ugly pre-internet tale: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/amp/More-Than-The-Piano-Player-Dumped-by-Sheryl-2966770.php

"For Gilbert, the final straw came when Crow sang "Leaving Las Vegas" on the David Letterman show. Afterward, when Letterman asked her if the song was autobiographical, a flustered Crow blurted out, "Yes."

"I've never been to Las Vegas," continued Crow, who nobody remembers having contributed greatly to the writing of the song. "I wrote it about Los Angeles. It's really metaphorical."

The next day, she and Gilbert exchanged angry words over the phone. He wasn't the only one furious. Author John O'Brien -- who wrote the novel that inspired both Baerwald's early song lyrics and the movie starring Nicolas Cage -- was still grumbling about Crow's gaffe to his literary agent on the day he blew his brains out, a scant few weeks before the movie deal was complete."

DAMN.

AIP said...

@Brayson: I never heard that story either. As if I ever needed more reasons to dislike Sheryl Crow’s stuff.

AIP said...

I’d be embarrassed to admit to That Don’t Impress Me Much, personally.
And who’s slagging off John Denver?...I’ll take on every last one of ye!!! 🥊
😄

TimC said...

Sheryl Crow, as someone mentioned, is in a league of one. she ripped off an entire book of poems from one guy who sued her. of course, he settled out of court, big, big money. "all i want to do", and a couple of others were used.

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