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    Updated on Jun 8, 2019. Posted on Jun 3, 2019

    Songwriter Ester Dean Just Spilled The Tea On Rihanna's Song "Rude Boy" And My Thirst Is Absolutely Quenched

    The mastermind behind Katy Perry's "Firework," Rihanna's "Rude Boy," and more spills some juicy secrets!

    Between entertaining us in the Pitch Perfect trilogy, schooling us in NBC's new songwriting competition Songland, and gifting us with chart-topping hits sung by Rihanna, Katy Perry, and more, there's nothing that Ester Dean can't do.

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    So, we had the musical genius stop by BuzzFeed and answer some of our burning questions on everything from her songwriting process to her dream plans for a Pitch Perfect 4.


    1. Her first No. 1 hit, "Rude Boy," famously sung by Rihanna, was inspired by a guy with a really big [insert eggplant emoji].


    "That one time you write a song about a guy and how big his penis is, it'll be your first number one," she said.

    2. Speaking of her inspiration process, Ester usually works up her "mojo" by daydreaming about imaginary relationships.


    "I have imaginary relationships with people so I can get mojo," she explained. "[I wonder], 'What would he do? How would that work?' And then I use all of that emotion and write songs about him."

    3. She also penned Rihanna's No. 1 hit "S&M," but she'd actually been writing raunchy pop songs waaay before that. People just didn't get the vision though, and said the lyrics were too "dirty."


    "I had a song years ago called 'Spank Me.' I wrote it for Britney Spears," she remembered. "And then I had a song called 'Theme Park of Love,' and it was like, 'Don't you wanna ride on the pony?' Everybody was like, 'Ester...those are too much dirty songs.' And then all of a sudden 'S&M' [came out]! So, who was wrong?"

    4. Some of her favorite new songwriters are Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx, and Denisia "Blu June" Andrews, three young powerhouses who've already worked with everyone from Beyonce and Jay-Z to Ariana Grande.


    If Tayla and Victoria's names sound familiar, it's because they co-wrote "7 Rings" for Ari, who happens to be one of their besties. The award-winning singer-songwriters are actually two of the seven friends who inspired the smash hit.

    5. Her biggest piece of advice for aspiring songwriters? Have the guts to send out your material and be okay with "failing."


    "Be strong enough and have the guts to send it out," Ester insisted. "I know so many people who write songs that just won't send it out...Fuck it! Send your work. Don't be afraid. Have the guts to fail, because you're gonna fail so many times."

    6. As for the representation of black women in her field, Ester says the songwriting industry is "full of black women."


    "I think it's just full of black women. It's full of us!" she explained. "It's a sisterhood. Everybody that I know in the music industry is a black woman. [There are] a lot of us. It's good stuff."

    7. Bonus fact: Ester's writing skills extend beyond the music industry. The actor who played Cynthia-Rose Adams in the Pitch Perfect trilogy revealed that she wrote a pitch for a fourth film and her castmate Rebel Wilson's on board if it happens!


    "Everyone gotta DM Elizabeth Banks," Ester said, laughing. "I'm sorry, Liz!!!"

    Want more? Watch our full Burning Questions video with Ester Dean below.

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