Scenario: you’re 20-year-old songwriter Nija Charles and you have not one, but two credits on Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s collaborative album EVERYTHING IS LOVE. Sounds exciting? It absolutely is, but more exciting than having two songwriting credits on THE CARTERS debut album is finding out about one of them on Twitter.
“With ‘LOVEHAPPY,’ I didn't even know I had that song on there,” Charles told The FADER. “I thought that I only had ‘HEARD ABOUT US.’ Then someone on Twitter was like, ‘Yeah, and she wrote "LOVEHAPPY," too.’ With ‘HEARD ABOUT US,’ [Beyoncé] played it to me as soon as she'd recorded it and I was just like, ‘This is the best day of my life! I, Nija Charles, got Beyoncé to sing "skrt skrt" in falsetto.’”
First of all, good for Charles. At 20, she has credits for some powerhouse stars, including Cardi B, SZA, and Kehlani. Second of all, Charles’ story is another in a long string of tales of songwriters and producers not knowing their work is being used until the final product is out. Certainly, this must come as a nice surprise, but other times, this could pose some legal problems.
Most recently, producer Myles William detailed to us his long journey to get the beat for “Let It All Work Out” on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V. Though he always knew he was going to be on the record, if it ever came out, he had no idea what the final product sounded like until the record was released to the public on September 28.
Obviously, Charles knew she was on EVERYTHING IS LOVE, though she must have not listened to the record on release day. While it must have been fun to be recognized for her work from afar, hopefully Twitter is not the next place Nija Charles gets some career-making news.
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