Top songwriters call for end to ‘bully tactics’ by artists over royalties

Writers behind string of chart-topping songs pen open letter, alleging pressure from artists to give up publishing royalties

Top songwriters for artists including Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have written an open letter calling for an end to artists claiming royalties for songs they had no hand in writing.

As new collective the Pact, the songwriters – who do not name any specific artists – claim pop stars and their teams can “abuse leverage, use bully tactics and threats and prey upon writers who may choose to give up some of their assets rather than lose the opportunity completely”.

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