Bebe Rexha decided not to be a witch about the songwriting credits on her new single -- so she's sharing the cash with the writer of a '90s hit.
When a lot of people started mentioning that Bebe's "I'm a Mess" sounded more than a little like Meredith Brooks's single "Bitch," the singer didn't call her lawyer. Instead, she called songwriter Shelly Peiken, who wrote the original with Brooks, and offered a cut of the proceeds.
The chorus to "Bitch" says "I'm a bitch, I'm a lover/I'm a child, I'm a mother/I'm a sinner, I'm a saint," while Bebe's tune goes, "I'm a mess, I'm a loser/I'm a hater, I'm a user/I'm a mess for your love it ain't you" -- to pretty much the same melody.
Justin Tranter, who helped write "I'm a Mess," tells Billboard "We of course wanted to do the right thing and reach out to the writers and include them. I’m so glad Shelly and Meredith are happy with our song and the outcome because we have so much respect for them.”