My old friend Ira Losco has sent me a response regarding an article I wrote about the BMAs best single awards. Now I understand why this person has made all this success in Malta and in Europe - she's a very down to earth person and takes criticism very seriously. She's a real professional and merits my utter respect.
Anyways, to cut things short, the facts, as stated by Jagged House's report are the following:
"'Driving one of your cars' -which was released by a different artist in Sweden 4-5 Years ago was originally, actually written by Malcolm Pardon and Fredrick Rimer -Very good friends of Ira Losco's team .
The label of the original artist didn't believe in the project enough to promote it outside of Sweden. The publishing company who owned the rights of the song....after hearing Ira Losco , asked us if she would be interested to re-record the song. The publishing company is Murlyn and one of the biggest publishing companies in Europe with artists like Madonna etc.... as you can check on Madonna's new album-' Confessions on a dance Floor'. After hearing the demos Murlyn were so impressed that they asked if Ira Losco can re- write some words and therefore including her as a song writer, granting the right to reproduce the song and launch it worldwide. Although they gave permission to re- release it in Sweden we decided not to and also gave credit to the original artist and the original writers as shown in the album sleve of ' Accident Prone' next to 'Driving one of your cars'
One Example- The song 'Toxic' which was released by Britney Spears is not a Britney Spears song and she also won an Mtv Award for that song. The song was done at Murlyn and it was meant for Kylie Minogue and was before released by another pop artist in South Africa. We know this because we've been to Murlyn more than once ...and as explained it was the place where they asked us if Ira Losco would be interested in re-recording 'Driving one of your cars'. These are world class Music industry people with no time to waste.
Financialy speaking the original writers get the writing royalties every time Ira Losco perfoms the song so much so that they've asked us to collaborate on other songs together.....including Ira Losco as a writer.
No one is cheating anyone and doing anything illegal- Far from it. Like in every normal procedure in the music industry the original writers are always to be found next to the name of the song of the album release...as is the case with 'Driving one of your cars' found on Ira's album.
An artist can make a difference in making a song a hit or not. This is common every where around the world. In fact on numerous ocassions the music industry has seen the charts with the same song performed by different artists.
70-80% of the MTV music awards honored songs not originally written by the artist singing them.Example- Christina Aquilera, Madonna , Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Justin Timberlake, Nirvana , Seal , Eminem , Nelly Furtado , The Verve etc... etc...
The Bmas is not a songwriters contest- But an award ceremony honoring local artists and songs aired on Bay Radio ( Only )- The artist, all the songwriters, the production, the performance and the marketing team all together can make a song hit or drop out of the charts.
Ira Losco is the only contemporary artist to get such a huge major deal abroad and get in the top 30 German charts with ' Love me or hate me' to date as well as perform support to such big names as Elton John etc.. Another singer who has made us proud and took his career abroad is Marc Storace who was the lead singer of the band ' Krokus' who incidently also had their hit with a song they didn't write called Ballroom Blitz.
Faith has it that a foreign artist decided to cover 3 songs from Ira Losco which have gone up in the Italian, German charts and aired on Prime time Tv- This is also legal and in this case we pocket financially as the artist would still honor the legal copyright and next to 'Love me or hate me', ' someone Else' and 'Get out ' there is nothing but Ira Losco's name.-The only difference is that the artist contacted us and we gave no permission to change the song...therefore it's called a cover version. In 'Driving one of your cars' it's a different story as the publishing company contacted us and we had permission to change words and arrangement and have rights for all territories.
Ira Losco has never ever said publically or not that she is the original and sole writer of 'Driving one of your Cars'-
Some other examples- Natalie Imbruglia's Multi Million seller- ' Torn ' was a number 1 in 3 countries released by a different artist. 3 years later it was given to Natalie Imbrulgia and became one of the most selling songs of our times...Thanks to Natalie....but all the income generated went to the original writer . Another example is The Verve's ' Bitter Sweet Symphony' which was nothing but a Rolling Stones tune which was then released by Verve and also became one of the most selling songs of our times. Everyone thought it was originally written by Verve ... Oh and it won 2 MTV awards- The list of big hits goes on and on with songs being released after being released by a defiierent artist or not written by the artist releasing the song.
The record company of Kelly Clarkson asked us if one of Ira Losco's songs can be used for her new album. So far Ira Losco's publishing hasn't agreed as they own the copywrite to give the go ahead just the same way Murlyn owned the right.
Ira Losco as clearly shown on the album 'Accident Prone' contributed to 65% of the original writing as logged on the album's publishing Out of which- 7 singles released and all went to TOP 10 ...and six went Top 5.
With 23 awards won, 12 Top 10 singles , two number singles ( Just on Bay Radio...) and 4 No.1 album Sales charts clearily shows that Ira Losco has proven to be a successful, credible and yet incredibly humble artist over and over again.
Bay Radio nominated and awarded the most played and voted song of 2006- 'Driving One of your Cars'- performed by Ira Losco."