So, we were sitting around the VH1.com offices, discussing the various merits of Britney’s bad-good hit “Till the World Ends,” when we remembered that pop tart Ke$ha actually wrote the song (yep, the gin-soaked starlet is a total wordsmith)! Which begged the question — how many other pop stars in their own right had penned huge smashes for other artists?
The answer? More than you’d think. For many up-and-coming artists, songwriting is a clever way to break into the industry (while also racking up ultra-lucrative writing credits). And for established artists, crafting tracks for other singers is a way to explore sounds or subject matter that might not jibe with their own persona. Hence, Bruce Springsteen penning The Pointer Sisters‘ steamy ’70s soul ballad, “Fire.” So deliciously random!
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