Skylar Gray is the songwriter behind such hit singles as as Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Means You Lie” and Diddy’s “Coming Residence.” Not too long ago, she was compelled to promote the rights to his total musical catalog with a purpose 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 informed Selection, explaining that her radio silence lately was as a result of authorized dispute. “This previous 12 months, 2021, we lastly resolved it, settled, I needed to promote my catalog with a purpose to afford the settlement, which was very unhappy in a means, as a result of these songs like ‘Love the Means You Lie’ and Coming Residence,’ these are my infants. However on the identical time, no one can inform me I didn’t write these songs simply ’trigger I don’t personal the rights to them anymore. I didn’t need to promote them, nevertheless it was my solely solution 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 a giant 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 stated, including that “nearly all of what I bought paid for my catalog went to taxes and my ex-husband.”
“It’s like your life’s work, after which all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Okay, I’ve bought to present nearly all 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.”
Together with her authorized points behind her, Gray just lately returned with a self-titled LP, her first since 2016’s Pure Causes.