Will.i.am Sued Over Britney Spears Song – Report

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February 10, 2013 | 9:31am EST

British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos is suing will.i.am over allegations she is owed a writing credit on his hit collaboration with Britney Spears.
The former N-Dubz star initially recorded Scream & Shout for her debut solo album The Female Boss, but it was dropped from the record and subsequently given to will.i.am and Spears.
The song was a chart hit following its release last year, and Contostavlos is now suing the Black Eyed Peas star over claims she wrote some of the song’s lyrics.
The singer has filed a lawsuit alleging she is owed royalties and a writing credit, according to Britain’s The Sun newspaper.
A source tells the publication, “She’s well within her right to claim some of the publishing money. If she proves the words are hers, she could get a huge pay-out.”
The song was originally titled I Don’t Give A F**k and will.i.am recently confirmed rumors Contostavlos had worked on it before him, saying, “She (Contostavlos) wrote to that song (Scream & Shout) 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.”
Contostavlos’ album The Female Boss was hailed as a massive flop following its release in December – the record entered the U.K. album chart at a disappointing number 35 and sold just 15,000 copies in its first seven days of release, before dropping straight out of the top 40.