Payday! Jessie J Says “Party In The U.S.A.” Paid Her Rent for Three Years

Photo: Billboard
Photo: Billboard

Jessie J never stops surprising us. The British singer, recently named one of Billboard’s Women In Music 2014, may be known for her powerhouse vocals and catchy pop tracks, but it turns out she has other talents too.

Speaking to Glamour UK, Jessie revealed that song writing royalties for “Party In The USA”, a worldwide hit she wrote for Miley Cyrus, “paid my rent for, like, three years.”

She continues, “Actually it was longer than that. That’s where I get most of my money. I write songs. I’m a singer. I love doing endorsements and stuff, but that’s all added on”.

Jessie wrote the hit song, my favourite version of which featured in Pitch Perfect, along with Dr Luke and Claude Kelly. Actually, I’ve listened to “Party In the USA” a few times whilst writing this and it really does sound like a Jessie J track. Also, can we have 2010 Miley back, please?

It may come as a surprise just how many famous singers make the bulk of their money from writing for others. Song writers are paid whenever their work is sold, whether it be CD or mp3; when it’s performed in a nightclub, television commercials or radio, or in a movie. Those numbers can add up really quickly.

Despite her excellent song writing credentials, which include numbers for Alicia Keys, David Guetta, Chris Brown and even Dizzee Rascal, Jessie is of course no slouch when it comes to making her own music.

Her latest album, Sweet Talker, was her first to break into the US Top Ten, helped no doubt by the hit collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang” (which ironically Jessie didn’t write). Jessie has reigned over the UK charts since 2011 with “Do It Like A Dude” and her unique style of contemporary R&B, pop and soul should ensure her popularity for a good while yet.

Speaking to Billboard, Jessie seems like she had world domination already planned. “At the beginning of this year, I really evaluated myself as a human being and asked, “Am I doing enough?”…I changed my management, I sat with my label, I was a grown-up, and I was like, “This is what I want to achieve””.

Have another listen to “Party In The USA”; as good as Miley is, can’t you just imagine Jessie singing this instead? No, it may not be quite edgy enough for Ms J but maybe a track for the next album?

Sara Hunter Smith