23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

8. Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.,” Co-Written by Jessie J
When Miley Cyrus wanted to move beyond her Disney Channel roots, she did so with the help of “Party in the U.S.A.,” co-written by British pop singer Jessie J. At first, Jessie J hoped to record it for herself, but after her version of the song was rejected, she handed it off to already-established Cyrus, who turned it into a chart-topping hit.
In an interview with Glamour U.K., Jessie J admitted that the song earned her quite a bit of money (it helped pay her rent for three years), which is why she inevitably began turning to songwriting to pay the bills. “You’ve got to write songs. That’s where the money is,” she said. “That’s where I get most of my money. I write songs. I’m a singer. I love endorsements and stuff, but that’s all added on.”

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