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Tulisa to sue will.i.am over 'Scream & Shout' royalties?

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Tulisa Contostavlos has reportedly started legal proceedings against will.i.am in relation to his recent number one 'Scream & Shout'.

The X Factor judge recorded the track first under a different title and also co-wrote it with Jean Baptiste.

Tulisa arriving for the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

© PA Images / Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Britney Spears and will.i.am in 'Scream And Shout' music video


She was allegedly planning to release 'Scream & Shout' as her third single, before will.i.am took the song and re-recorded it with Britney Spears.

The former N-Dubz singer now claims that she is owed royalties for her co-writing credit, according to The Sun.

A source said: "Tulisa is still fuming with Will for taking the song off her. The fact the song blew up only makes it worse.

"She's well within her right to claim some of the publishing money. If she proves the words are hers, she could get a huge pay-out."

The X Factor Finalists and Judges press conference. TV Programme, Manchester. - 06 Dec 2012
Judges : Tulisa Contostavlos

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If the star's publisher Sony ATV is successful with the lawsuit, she will have to be named as a co-songwriter on the track.

The original song was titled 'I Don't Give a F**k' and was intended for her debut album The Female Boss.

will.i.am recently said of the track: "She [Tulisa] wrote to that song ['Scream & Shout'] before I did - this is the truth.

"But the producers of the beat - two brothers from Belgium called Lazy Jay - didn't want her to have it, so I wrote to it and Britney is the only person I ever had in mind."

Watch the video for 'Scream & Shout' below:

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