All Mixed Up: Sebastian Ingrosso, Will.I.Am, Otto Knows credited, but who really wrote the new Britney Spears single?
Britney Spears revealed the title of her upcoming single yesterday with a cryptic Instagram, but inadvertently opened up another can of worms with the credited songwriters. Among the co-writers of “Work Bitch” listed at the top of the lyrics page were William Adams (will.i.am), Otto Jettman (Otto Knows), and Sebastian Ingrosso. Later that day Ingrosso told Billboard that he didn’t know why he was listed and couldn’t take credit for the song’s production.
Instead he explained that will.i.am (who he refers to as a good friend) asked him for a beat to write on for the new Britney Spears single. Of the music offered, will.i.am chose a production from Otto Knows, one of the artists managed by Seb. While “Work Bitch” won’t be the latest Ingrosso production, the Tuesday release will be yet another episode where will.i.am snatches dance tunes.
I’m good friends with will.i.am. He called me up and said ‘I’m doing Britney’s new album, do you have any beats for me to write on?’ We have a good connection. I don’t care if it’s Britney Spears or if it’s Led Zeppelin. I love music.
On managing artists and the mix up:
I’m always involved musically with the people I manage. I manage two artists right now, Otto Knows and Alesso, and I’m always involved. I say to my artists, ‘You should do a little more like that, maybe do it more like this,’ that’s my job.