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While reps for Gaga did not respond to a request for comment, a source with knowledge of the situation says that Gaga had recently approached her label, Interscope Records, asking for their help in removing “Do What U Want” from iTunes and streaming services, and the label quickly moved to coordinate with the major digital music services in getting the song taken down. The source said that Gaga “wanted to send a message” by removing the song in addition to denouncing the past collaboration.

How can Gaga erase one of her top 20 hits without affecting those still receiving royalties from its streams and downloads? In addition to Kelly as its featured artist, “Do What U Want” has four more credited writers: Gaga, Paul Blair (better known as DJ White Shadow, who also co-produced the song with Gaga), Martin Bresso (a songwriter-producer who records as Tchami) and William Grigahcine (also known as global hitmaker DJ Snake).

Prior to a song being released, co-writers are typically at the whim of the artist recording the song as to whether that track will appear on an album or be selected as a single -- especially when the artist is also listed as a co-writer, as Gaga is on “Do What U Want.” Although it’s extremely rare for an artist to decide to release a song and then un-release it, that same control would apply, and the co-writers would not have a say in what happens to the availability of the record.

It’s also worth noting that “Do What U Want” is credited as a Lady Gaga song featuring R. Kelly, not as a duet between Gaga and Kelly. In instances where the word “featuring” is used, those artists typically are not paid artist royalties for that song, instead being compensated with an upfront fee or by trading favors. Therefore, Kelly is likely not missing out on any royalties as the guest star on the version of “Do What U Want” that has been removed.

Most importantly, Gaga needed the support of Interscope and parent company Universal Music Group in removing “Do What U Want” from digital music services after the label released the song as part of ARTPOP. Interscope/UMG hypothetically could have blocked the removal of the song since they own Gaga’s masters, but considering that Gaga is one of the label’s flagship artists -- and that few within the industry currently want to align themselves with Kelly and attempt to protect his art -- the label’s decision to help Gaga was undoubtedly a simple one.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8493148/how-lady-gaga-removed-r-kelly-collaboration-streaming-services?utm_source=facebook

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PrincessVenus
6 minutes ago, Rainbow1 said:

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While reps for Gaga did not respond to a request for comment, a source with knowledge of the situation says that Gaga had recently approached her label, Interscope Records, asking for their help in removing “Do What U Want” from iTunes and streaming services, and the label quickly moved to coordinate with the major digital music services in getting the song taken down. The source said that Gaga “wanted to send a message” by removing the song in addition to denouncing the past collaboration.

How can Gaga erase one of her top 20 hits without affecting those still receiving royalties from its streams and downloads? In addition to Kelly as its featured artist, “Do What U Want” has four more credited writers: Gaga, Paul Blair (better known as DJ White Shadow, who also co-produced the song with Gaga), Martin Bresso (a songwriter-producer who records as Tchami) and William Grigahcine (also known as global hitmaker DJ Snake).

Prior to a song being released, co-writers are typically at the whim of the artist recording the song as to whether that track will appear on an album or be selected as a single -- especially when the artist is also listed as a co-writer, as Gaga is on “Do What U Want.” Although it’s extremely rare for an artist to decide to release a song and then un-release it, that same control would apply, and the co-writers would not have a say in what happens to the availability of the record.

It’s also worth noting that “Do What U Want” is credited as a Lady Gaga song featuring R. Kelly, not as a duet between Gaga and Kelly. In instances where the word “featuring” is used, those artists typically are not paid artist royalties for that song, instead being compensated with an upfront fee or by trading favors. Therefore, Kelly is likely not missing out on any royalties as the guest star on the version of “Do What U Want” that has been removed.

Most importantly, Gaga needed the support of Interscope and parent company Universal Music Group in removing “Do What U Want” from digital music services after the label released the song as part of ARTPOP. Interscope/UMG hypothetically could have blocked the removal of the song since they own Gaga’s masters, but considering that Gaga is one of the label’s flagship artists -- and that few within the industry currently want to align themselves with Kelly and attempt to protect his art -- the label’s decision to help Gaga was undoubtedly a simple one.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8493148/how-lady-gaga-removed-r-kelly-collaboration-streaming-services?utm_source=facebook

so then he won't get royalties for the solo version or the xtina remix?

✨oh the lights dim while we’re dancing yeah the floor is shaking in this disco heaven✨
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retroglamx

EDUCATE HA

so considering this, I think Gaga took a while to voice her opinion on R. Kelly because she was waiting for UMG to give her the green light for removing the song.

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gabrielflorin01
2 minutes ago, Runway said:

Gaga doesn’t own her masters confirmed 

what does that mean? :poot:

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SHALLOW

Ok but can she release the solo version or include the Christina featuring in ARTPOP?

Don't you know my a$$ is famous?

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Dominic
1 minute ago, retroglamx said:

EDUCATE HA

so considering this, I think Gaga took a while to voice her opinion on R. Kelly because she was waiting for UMG to give her the green light for removing the song.

I don't think so. As BB said it was a simple decision to make. She probably had just hoped it would blow over but the backlash got too big. 

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Lizzie Jacobson
9 minutes ago, PrincessVenus said:

so then he won't get royalties for the solo version or the xtina remix?

He didn’t write or contribute to them in any way so I don’t think he would 

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Red

There is so much bureaucracy behind music OMG :saladga:

ask me anything :hor: http://gagadaily.com/forums/topic/249494-ask-red-anything/
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monketsharona
20 minutes ago, PrincessVenus said:

so then he won't get royalties for the solo version or the xtina remix?

R. Kelly only wrote his part on the main version so no he is not credited on Christina's version

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PrincessVenus
2 minutes ago, monketsharona said:

R. Kelly only wrote his part on the main version so no he is not credited on Christina's version

so then why was everybody saying that he'd be getting royalties on Christina's version:oprah:

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Enzo
1 minute ago, monketsharona said:

R. Kelly only wrote his part on the main version so no he is not credited on Christina's version

he is tho

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