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Nicola Roberts: Small songwriters need to be paid by big music companies

Written by on 19th July 2015

Nicola Roberts says it’s important that smaller songwriters are acknowledged by big music companies.

The former Girls Aloud singer made the comments when asked about Taylor Swift’s recent letter to Apple.

Apple wasn’t going to pay artists during their free three-month trial streaming period. But they are now.

“We have so many talented writers. Companies need to understand that smaller writers also need to be supported.” “Younger writers and smaller writers need to live and get by. They need to be paid. It has to be fair.”

Lots of artists, including Girls Aloud, work with other writers or perform tracks other people have written for them.

Nicola says pop music is in a good place and that she’s a big fan of Little Mix. “Little Mix are hilarious. Whenever I’ve been in the studio with Little Mix I’ve had the best time ever,” she says. “I continuously say those girls need their own TV show.¬†“I love them.”

There are no plans for Girls Aloud to reunite and Roberts’ second solo album won’t be coming anytime soon. “At the minute I’ve just been taking time to write for other artists. “It’s been four years since Cinderella’s Eyes [her debut solo album] and in that four years I’ve changed quite a lot as a person. “I think you need time to figure out the sounds you are inspired by and I’ve got some really exciting artists cutting some songs that I’m really excited by.”

Nicola wouldn’t say which artists she’d been working with because the sessions might not end up on their final album.

(Source: BBC News)