Fox411 columnist Roger Friedman is claiming that Beyonce’s new single, “If I Were a Boy,” was written by an up-and-coming songwriter from San Diego who had no idea that the singer had recorded her song until it was too late.
Friedman quotes sources who say 21-year-old female singer/songwriter BC Jean and her manager/mother “have been strong-armed by Beyonce’s people and others who saw gold in ‘If I Were a Boy’ and didn’t care how they got it.”
“Altogether, I am told, BC Jean wrote and recorded about a dozen songs with German pop-factory producer Toby Gad for an album the producer was planning to make of his own,” Friedman wrote. “When the deal fell apart, Gad — whose 300 plus credits are all co-written, never solo — took the songs and started marketing them to big name, established artists. Gad’s past ‘collaborators’ include Fergie, on ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.’
Last week, Friedman wrote a column praising Beyonce’s version of “If I Were a Boy,” but it was met with e-mails from people “who knew the real history of this story,” he says. “BC Jean’s mother/manager, Lori Carlson, told me she couldn’t comment on the situation. But plenty of people knew the saga of Beyonce’s legendary manager/father Mathew Knowles’ aggressive pursuit of the publishing rights to the potential hit record. His goal was to get the rights to the song and to put Beyonce’s name on the writing credits.
“The Carlsons, I’m told, recently came to terms with Beyonce, after enduring the kind of record biz terrors that would curl the hair of the guys from ‘Hit Men.’ Now, ‘If I Were a Boy’ is hitting big time. Part of the deal, my sources insist, is that the two singers will duet on BC Jean’s debut album once she gets her own recording deal. Right now, managers, publishers and A&R people from all over the industry are falling over themselves trying to sign BC Jean. They should be. She seems to be the real deal, a potential artist with a big career looming in front of her. It’s a shame that this is the way she had to find out about the record business.”
Listen to BC Jean’s version of her own song, “If I Were a Boy,” below: