MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT (January 2013): The ASCAP listing for “Beautiful”, work ID #884495336, has finally been updated and Alex has been officially credited as a co-writer!
MAJOR UPDATE: Alex has FINALLY been credited as a co-writer! BMI “Beautiful” – Carly Rae Jepsen
One week ago, with the September 18th release of Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen’s album ‘Kiss’, we were poised to break some exciting news regarding former American Idol contestant Alex Lambert. But, due to what appears to have been an oversight or misprint, we thought it better to sit on that knowledge… until now.
For those who haven’t heard the news, the song “Beautiful”, performed as a duet by Carly Rae Jepsen and teen superstar Justin Bieber, was co-written by none other than Alex Lambert, along with hitmaker Toby Gad. And while this credit does not appear in the digital booklet (there, the song is credited to Bieber and Gad), Gad has confirmed it to us directly, saying “Alex and I wrote the song and Justin and Carly got a little piece of the writing for little changes.” Moreover, Gad stated that “Alex’s credit was on the label copy we gave out”. Scooter Braun, Bieber and Jepsen’s manager, has not been available for comment.
This latest notch on Lambert’s songwriting belt comes just three months after he received his first pro songwriting credit for “Trouble”, which was performed by X-Factor finalist Chris Rene. However, “Beautiful” was first penned by Lambert and Gad back in November, 2010 — almost two years ago. At the time, Gad even tweeted about their collaboration:
The track was originally titled “What Makes You So Beautiful”, as seen in this entry (work ID #882770858) on ASCAP, a performing rights organization which licenses songs.
[suffusion-column width=’066′]After its registration on ASCAP, the title was changed from “What Makes You So Beautiful” to “Beautiful”, most likely because the British-Irish boyband One Direction later released their own hit song, similarly titled “What Makes You Beautiful”.
Our sources indicate that “Beautiful” was first earmarked for Bieber’s 2012 album, ‘Believe’, with Bieber singing it solo (it was probably recorded by him in August, 2011). Then, as Jepsen explains in this MTV interview, Bieber came up with the idea of releasing it as a duet: “It was a song that him [Bieber] and Toby Gad brought to the table and asked [me to record] … actually, on my first introduction of Bieber, he was like, ‘Do you wanna sing this song?’ I said, ‘Yes!’ I love that track as well, so it was exciting.”
Since recording “Beautiful”, Jepsen has continued to express her enthusiasm for the track. In an interview with M Magazine she said, “The song was just gorgeous, so I felt very beautiful to be able to sing on it”, while in this video interview with Clevver TV, she says that ‘Beautiful’ is one of her favorite songs on the album.[/suffusion-column]
As might be expected, ever since a preview of Jepsen and Bieber’s “Beautiful” was leaked earlier this month, the media and One Direction fans have been discussing the supposed similarities between the lyrics of the two songs. However, since One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” was released on September 11th, 2011, and Lambert wrote “Beautiful” almost a year earlier, there are no grounds for controversy: this is just a case of common pop/love song sentiments being expressed at about the same time — entirely by coincidence. More proof of this is that in July, 2011 — again, before One Direction’s song was released — Bieber tweeted a line of lyrics from “Beautiful”.
We can certainly see why Jepsen would feel that way. The song is sweet, catchy, and most of all sincere — just what we would expect of a song written by Lambert — and we couldn’t be more proud. So, though Lambert himself has been closemouthed about his involvement, we at alex-lambert.com would love to see him get the recognition he deserves.
Be that as it may, even if the credit is never publicly acknowledged, it is still a major accomplishment for Lambert: unsurprisingly, the song has been performing well on the charts, and he does get a percentage of every download. So, what are you waiting for? Go order your copy of ‘Kiss’ (or at least purchase the track “Beautiful”) today!Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Kiss’ can be purchased online from iTunes or Amazon.
UPDATE: A listing for “Beautiful” has today been added to ASCAP under work ID #884495336, crediting only Gad, Bieber and Jepsen. The listing for “What Makes You So Beautiful” crediting Lambert remains under work ID #882770858.
UPDATE #2: Toby Gad is officially our hero, as he has not only reconfirmed his previous statements, but has contacted various industry people in an attempt to have the credit corrected. Stay tuned for further developments!