Monday, August 06, 2018

Blind Item #7 - Mr. X

This is part 2 of the BI featuring the B-list singer/celeb spawn.

I know this may shock you, but the majority of popular musicians who say they write their own songs don't. Enter the "song doctor" which is code for ghostwriter. The artist whom the ghostwriter is paid to churn out/tinker with songs for have little to no input in the writing process itself. Ghostwriters for a specific artist are usually put in a room with the producer of the album and let their creative juices flow.  In the industry this is called a songwriter camp and it can usually last for hours. So where does our singer/celeb spawn fit into all this? Well, according to hearsay by one of my sources, she is one of the most highly paid "song doctor"s in the music biz. She has written or co-written many top 10 hits dating from the late '80s to present day. She has ghostwritten enough #1 songs to fill a greatest hits album. They are songs you will definitely know and artists you definitely know (including the usual suspects who frequently use ghostwriters: BK, TS, MC, JB, JT, LG, etc). So those reports of her being broke... yeah, they're not true. As for the other song doctors, that's for another BI.

42 comments:

Tricia13 said...

LMP?

andrea said...

Lisa Marie Presleyyyyg

andrea said...

She was the Mr X blind yesterday, so this is her side gig

Tricia13 said...

I know she (Lisa Marie) famously ghosted a Sheryl Crow song I think... although sheeyl jas real talent imo

MDAnderson said...

Beyonce does this all the time

andrea said...

http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2018/08/blind-item-6-mr-x.html?m=1

Kevin Connolly said...

I am not buying that Lisa Marie Presley is secretly a hit-making song ghostwriter. Why would she not have had ONE hit of her own by now, if that was the case. I just don't believe it, at all.

Krispyc said...

Beyoncé
Taylor
Mariah
Bieber
Timberlake
LG ???

MDAnderson said...

Lady Gaga

Moose said...

Dolly Parton tells a great story about how Elvis wanted to cover "I Will Always Love You" - but in order to get him to record it, Dolly would have been required to sell the authorship rights to Elvis (and Colonel Parker), so that Elvis would be credited as the songwriter. She refused to do so, even though she needed the money she would have earned by selling the song to Elvis.

Years later, Whitney records "I Will....", and Dolly makes (and continues to make) a fortune off the recording.

Neal M said...

Holly Knight?

gauloise said...

Do ghost writers in music have any claim to royalties? Or are they work for hire? (only get contracted and paid a set amount for the job).

Most ghostwriting in writing is just work for hire.

That could explain her brokeness even with all these hits.

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Neal M said...

"Holly Knight is an American songwriter, vocalist and musician of pop music and rock music. In 2013, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has won thirteen ASCAP Awards and three Grammy Awards, and has written hits for some of the most successful artists in music. "

Guesser said...

Her ex Husband claims she is hiding money.@Kevin Connoly,a lot of ghost songwriters can't get their songs out on their own, mostly marketing. Jesse J gave up her version of Party in the USA for Miley,and probably made more money from her doing the song. She certainly is talented enough, but the song wouldn't be played at the time. If this is Lisa Marie,her age and being unreliable due to drug and personal issues make her unmarketable.

Sara, Making It Work said...

You can write a hit song but be a bland performer, or be limited talent wise. Writing and performing are two different skill sets.

No Wuckin' Furries said...

Can't be Lisa Marie Presley. She would have been in her late teens or barely out of her teens in the late '80's and didn't release her first solo record until 2003. She also relies heavily on co-writers for her own songs. So if she can't even right her own songs by herself, then how the heck are we supposed to believe she's writing songs for other artists?

plot said...

LMP has no presence and can't really sing very well.

She could be a song tweaker though. Songs, like movie scripts, pass through a lot of hands these days. If LMP is a songtress or ghost writer, it would be nice know just one of her hits for other people. Can we assume she contributes mostly to country music? She is best friends with Pink, or was for a long time, so I wonder if LMP contributed to any of Pink's songs.

One has to have a really good ear to be a song doctor or lots of knowledge of music theory, one or the other.

Still a juicy BI.

Unknown said...

I thought Hoyt Axtons mother was the songwriter for Elvis?

Sd Auntie said...

Go girl!! Whoever it is but it sure does sound like LMP!

Sara, Making It Work said...

Her cowriters might be worrying the music. Perhaps Lisa just does lyrics, or vice versa.

This is part 2 of a blind. Andrea posted part 1 above. Taking that into consideration, who else could it be??

longtimereader said...

I call b.s on this. Obviously generic modern pop is a committee production but writers/producers are publicly listed, some beyonce/rhianna songs have a dozen+ writers. But claiming an artist with a specific and identifiable songwriting style, used since they started performing like eminem f'instance them is one hell of a stretch. Some performers songs stand out a mile.

BestMan said...

Meghan Trainor

Thonker said...

Beyonce release Sia from the basement!!!

Anyways so you expect me to believe that Lisa Marie Presley writes songs for Lady gaga, Beyoncé
Taylor
Mariah
Bieber
Timberlake

Most of which arent even known for "writing songs all by themselves" They have enough talented people in the studio with them to suggest better wording or to come up with catchy solutions.
Everyone knows that ghostwriters and writing camps exist (again beyonce famously does this)

Bunch of BS, you can tell it's all artists that enty tries to discredit every chance he gets lol

Vessimede Barstool said...

There's no money in recorded music any more. Well at least compared to 20 years ago there isn't. What pop artists want are cookie cutter songs that conform to whatever's getting heavy play at the time. The song writer will pass in on to the producer who'll work with the engineer to actually make the record, the artist will come in and lay down a vocal, doesn't matter the quality as it will be auto tuned anyway. Artists aren't going to spend months in a studio making a great album like back in the day, it's a waste of their time. They only record because it keeps them current and acts as promotion for their tour schedule and merch sales, where the real money is made. Song writers aren't getting rich off this, hell no one is.

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Guesser said...

Songwriters still get rich. If you do not believe it, check out the "Blurred lines" lawsuit. Also,songs are sold to movies and commercials,something writers back in the day would never do. If this is Lisa Marie,her husband's lawyer is looking into it for sure.

Guesser said...

@Thonker,reminds me of back in the day "Basement Baby"(Solange) was kept hidden in the basement, writing hit songs, designing her clothes,raising her secret child.

nancer said...

i don't believe this. i pretty much don't believe about 80% of the crap being posted here anymore.

DDonna Tarttty said...

As someone who worked for many years on the periphery of the music business I can assure you that many songs credited to "singer/songwriters" were not actually written by those "singer/songwriters."

Just look into the lawsuit over "Blurred Lines," it will give you a glimpse beneath the veil.

Krab said...

I don't believe it's Lisa Marie. If she were such a hit songwriter, she'd've saved some for her own crappy career.

RowdyRodimus said...

Kids, there used to be a time when people wrote their own songs. It caused music to have diverse sounds. Not everything was like everything else, this even made it so the same artist or band could have songs that were different types on the same album. Oh, an album was something that usually had 8-12 songs on it in a sequential order that gave the order of the music ups and downs to cause an emotional reaction to the listener.

tl;dr: Today's music ain't got the same soul.

Kno Won Uno said...

Same

Mahogany1 said...

Keri Hilson has ghost wrote(written) that is her reason for taking a hiatus. It got out......

Gator said...

LG- Lady Gaga?

Aoife said...

The performers have to tour to make money.

The writers sit back and count it.

shakey said...

Perhaps Mr. X saw the same youtube video my son did a few weeks ago. He asked me if I knew that most hit songs were written by 5 or 6 people. I'm not surprised.

mercyprosperity said...



Norah Jones. Ravi Shankar's daughter.

Velora said...


Linda Perry for the most highly paid ghostwriter. C'mon people, I know I'm not the only gen x person here.

Lovino said...

Tiny (T.I.'s former/current partner) or Ciara?

kitten1979 said...

LMAO jt writes his own songs doesn't even need paper to do it it all comes from his head to the recording booth

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