ABC/Fred LeeIt takes a big man -- or woman -- to admit publicly that you're wrong, but that's just what British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap has done, in regards to her new friend Taylor Swift.
Imogen co-wrote the song "Clean" on Taylor Swift's new album 1989, and in a blog posting, she reveals that before she met her, she just assumed Taylor had no creative control over her own music or career.
"I have to be honest here and say that I ever so slightly had not done my homework on Taylor Swift but had done what I HATE others do of me, which is to pre-judge a person based on assumptions," reveals Imogen. "I had assumed Taylor didn't write too much of her own music (as is the case with many young, extremely successful artists these days who sell a shed load of records), and was likely puppeteered by an aging gang of music executives."
"How wrong was I?" Imogen continues. "[She was] totally clued up from a very young age...hyper-driven, hard working and really talented and a genuine lovely soul, with a few more boy troubles than most, but you can't get it all right all the time!"
Imogen goes on to document the time she spent with Taylor creating the song "Clean," and reveals their collaborative process, step by step. They wrote and recorded the song in about a day.
"I've been reading the odd report or tweet here and there that the reason the lyrics to 'Clean' are so good is because I wrote the song with her but FOR SURE they are all hers. She deserves all the credit," Heap says. She goes on to hope that Taylor will stop by for a cup of tea, and adds, "I look forward to news of a man who's swept you off your feet."
It's worth noting that Heap stands to make a "heap" of money in songwriting royalties from her contribution to 1989.
Even if you're not familiar with Heap's work, you've definitely heard at least one of her songs, "Hide & Seek." That's the one that Jason Derulo sampled in his #1 hit "Whatcha Say."
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