Matt Sayles/AP/REX/Shutterstock Doja Cat ’s fast-rising hit “Say So” — which soars to No. 2 on the Rolling Stone Top 100 this week and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 — is the kind of song that you feel like you’ve heard before.
Maybe it’s because of the razor-sharp vocals or the TikTok-ready guitar licks, or — bonus — the Nicki Minaj guest rap on its just-released remix. But most likely it’s because the effortlessly effervescent chorus, which is virtually impossible to get out of your head once you’ve heard it, came from the same writer as Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me,” Pink’s “U + Ur Hand” and dozens of other hits.
That would be Lukasz Gottwald, a.k.a. Dr. Luke , the formerly high-flying hitmaker who was “disgraced” by a widely publicized 2014 lawsuit by former protégé Kesha that alleged sexual assault and emotional abuse and attempted to free her from her label and publishing contracts with him — charges he has steadfastly denied while his lawyers have won multiple rounds over five-plus years in court. It’s been as many years since Gottwald’s name was attached to a major chart hit.
While the credited producer of “Say So” is one Tyson Trax, that name is among several pseudonyms Gottwald has used since being effectively shunned in the court of public opinion. In reality, the music never stopped for the producer, songwriter and executive. His Prescription Songs […]
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