I know y'all are like, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, get to the part about Kim!" Well when we started talking about auto tune he made the comment that he doesn't like when artists use it, and that they should take the training wheels off. I was saying that some people need the training wheels. Let's be real, we all know what a majority of y'all and some of our cast mates have said about Kim's voice. I wasn't knocking Kim. I was just saying that she did use the "training wheels" (as Ne-Yo calls it), and that she made a hit. She's not the first artist that I've worked with that used auto tune. So personally I feel as long as the song turns out hot, it doesn't matter if you get a little help to make it that way.
Now on to the money part. I hardly got anything from "Tardy For The Party." That is the truth. I am not mad about it. I really blame myself, because I didn't handle my business correctly. The back story is that when we first did the song, I had Vito (the producer that helped me with the music) talk to Kim about how we would get paid. I didn't want to have that discussion with her because sometimes doing business can make a friendship uncomfortable. We had already signed a publishing split sheet that split the publishing (writer's royalty) equally between myself, Vito, her daughter, and Ed (the guy who wrote the country version). I totally wrote the version that everyone knows and is for sale all by myself, but since I took the title "Tardy For The Party" from the country version Kim originally had, I wanted to be fair and give Kim's daughter and Ed something. Okay, I hope y'all are following me.
When Vito talked to Kim the agreement was supposed to be that we were just going to split all the royalties from the song (not just the publishing royalties) equally. Mind you I wrote it, pulled in the people to get the music done, gave her free studio time, produced her vocals, etc. with no upfront fee. So I thought, "Cool, we can split the royalties equally, and it's all good." I didn't know if the song was going to make money or not, so I definitely didn't want to charge her all this money upfront not knowing if she would make any. As a friend I wouldn't do that. If it's just business I don't care, but it wasn't just business.