Lets also not forget that in the Pop and R&B world 90% of your favorite records ARE NOT WRITTEN by the artists singing them. As a writer of cheesy love songs myself, I found this to be super heartbreaking when I was a kid, but it’s been the norm pretty much since the beginning.
This is what makes guys like Pharrell the very best because he’ll sit there and create the beat from scratch, than starts humming melodies and eventually words form, number one records, etc. but even he uses references for production. (Look up Blurred Line LawSuit).
EVERY SINGLE ARTIST NEEDS INSPIRATION. We can not do it alone. Why do you think so many producers sample????
Because after you make 1,000 original beats on your own, your ideas begin to sound the same and because of that we listen to other ideas and just try to flip them to sound the way we want and need them too.
There literally is NOTHING new under the sun.
By the way this happens in art, fashion, the tech industry (Apple Vs Microsoft) automotive, and literally every other industry.
I mean come on, Henry Ford set the tone for the automotive industry. The rest of us HAD to follow it.
Some ideas are so fresh, so clean, so creative that the only thing you can do is recreate it or remix it.
NOTHING NEW PEOPLE!