Skylar Gray is the songwriter behind such hit singles as as Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Approach You Lie” and Diddy’s “Coming Residence.” Not too long ago, she was compelled to promote the rights to his complete musical catalog in an effort to finance her divorce from ex-husband, Elliott Taylor.
“Since 2017 I used to be going by way of a divorce and lawsuit, that was simply wrecking me emotionally and financially,” Gray advised Selection, explaining that her radio silence in recent times was because of the authorized dispute. “This previous yr, 2021, we lastly resolved it, settled, I needed to promote my catalog in an effort to afford the settlement, which was very unhappy in a manner, as a result of these songs like ‘Love the Approach You Lie’ and Coming Residence,’ these are my infants. However on the similar time, no person can inform me I didn’t write these songs simply ’trigger I don’t personal the rights to them anymore. I didn’t wish to promote them, nevertheless it was my solely approach to put the previous behind me…”
In contrast to artists like Julian Casablancas, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, who’ve bought the rights to their discographies solely to make an enormous paycheck, Gray didn’t see a lot from her sale. “Each time a type of songs get utilized in a film or no matter, I don’t see any of that cash anymore,” she mentioned, including that “the vast majority of what I bought paid for my catalog went to taxes and my ex-husband.”
“It’s like your life’s work, after which immediately it’s like, ‘Okay, I’ve bought to offer the vast majority of this away,’” Gray added. “However that was my solely possibility. Fortunately, I had the choice of doing one thing like that, in any other case I’ll not have gotten out of the case.”
Along with her authorized points behind her, Gray just lately returned with a self-titled LP, her first since 2016’s Pure Causes.