Skylar Grey Says She Had to Sell Her Catalog to Pay for Divorce – Billboard

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Skylar Gray has crafted hits for Eminem, Rihanna, Kehlani and extra, and in a brand new interview, the singer/songwriter says she needed to unload her complete catalog with a view to have the funds for legals expenses for her contentious divorce.

Talking to Selection on Monday (June 6), Gray unfolded about why she’s in large part stayed out of the limelight lately. “I wasn’t truly allowed to discuss the entirety that used to be occurring as a result of I used to be in a felony dispute. … However since 2017, I used to be going via a divorce and lawsuit, that used to be simply wrecking me emotionally and financially,” she mentioned. “This previous yr, 2021, we in spite of everything resolved it, settled, I needed to promote my catalog with a view to have the funds for the agreement, which used to be very unhappy in some way, as a result of the ones songs like ‘Love the Method You Lie’ and ‘Coming House,’ the ones are my small children.”

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Whilst the songwriter maintains she didn’t have any plans to position her again catalog — which additionally incorporated tracks by means of Ciara (“Attractiveness Marks”), G-Eazy (“Pick out Me Up” that includes Anna of the North) and Nick Jonas (“Proper Now” with Robin Schulz) — available on the market, she reached some degree the place it felt like she didn’t have some other choices. “On the similar time, no one can inform me I didn’t write the ones songs simply ’motive I don’t personal the rights to them anymore,” she added. “I didn’t wish to promote them, nevertheless it used to be my most effective solution to put the previous at the back of me.”

Now that Gray isn’t seeing any dividends from her existence’s paintings, she’s fascinated by transferring ahead and proceeding to make new track like her self-titled 2021 album. “I think like everyone’s categorizing me because the songwriter, and I wanna be an artist,” she mentioned, evaluating her state of affairs to a scene she noticed in Kanye West‘s contemporary Netflix documentary sequence Jeen-Yuhs: A Kayne Trilogy.

At the present time, Gray says she’s “taking all issues into my very own arms, managing myself and generating my very own album. I’m doing my very own merch, I’m promoting my very own merch and transport, packing and transport out of my space at this time. I’m again at sq. one, however I truly imagine in what I’m doing.”