The typical publishing agreement contract works like this (exact numbers may vary):
The overall benefits of the song are split in two:
50% writer's income
50% publishing income
Most often, the songwriter trades some or all of the publishing rights to a publishing company in exchange for a large sum of money --enough that Berry could have stopped being ...
Many non-native English lyricists have had success with English songs (especially ones from Sweden, for some reason: ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, Cardigans, etc.). I often find those lyrics to be a bit odd or "off" but in an appealing way. Non-native speakers often phrase things in unusual ways that can help their lyrics stand out from the crowd.
If you do ...
Robin Williams is credit as writer on the album Nobody Else in 1995.
On the song Sure.
Written-By – Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams
Note also that when he came back in the album Progress in 2010 he was credited in all songs:
Written-By – Barlow* (tracks: 1 to 11), Donald* (tracks: 1 to 11), Orange* (tracks: 1 to 11), Owen* (tracks: 1 to ...
I believe there is no basis for the claim that "Kanye wrote it first". In all the evidence quoted below, you'd expect Kanye to have made some claim publicly that he wrote the tune.
1) From the NME article you quote :
It could have all been so different though, as Kanye apparently hadn’t
even heard of Daft Punk just 12 months prior to the release of
If you’re a musician/publisher and have registered to be a member of PRS for Music (or perhaps another copyright society), you can search their musical works database.
You can search for a specific track (if it’s covered by copyright) and the database will tell you who was Author, Composer/Author or Arranger.
The roles are very often not clearly divided within the team, often the lyrics and the music are a collaborative effort. The producer would not usually get a songwriting credit unless they did contribute to either lyrics or music, although it's possible that the producer or other people in the team might insist on a credit, even if they didn't contribute to ...
This isn't really a genre, because Stevens uses the two registers for a very specific reason based on the lyrics --he's playing two different characters, one older and one younger. The only other songs I can think of that do characters by register are the middle section of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody,", and the goofy call-and-response section of Justin ...