has slammed long-standing reports alleging instrumentals for her 2001 album Vespertine
were written by engineer Valgeir Sigurosson
, insisting she composed them herself.
The Icelandic pop star blasted the claims in an open letter to local music paper Reykjavik Grapevine
, after her album was referenced in an interview with hip-hop/electronica DJ B Ruff
In the article, the DJ talked about "Bjork's voice mingling with Valgeir Sigurosson's instrumentals" - and the comments riled the star so much, she felt compelled to write in and set the record straight. And Bjork recalls a previous incident involving Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.
to prove her point about the difficulties faced by women in the music industry.
She says in the letter: "M.I.A. had to deal with this with Pitchfork.
com, where they assumed Diplo
had produced all of her Kala
album without reading the credit-list. It just had to be - it couldn't have been M.I.A. herself! It feels like still today after all these years people cannot imagine that women can write, arrange or produce electronic music. I have had this experience many times that the work I do on the computer gets credited to whatever male was in 10-metre radius."
"One thing that could have kept this misunderstanding alive is that neither me nor Valgeir Sigurosson have bothered to correct it. But I am doing it now."
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