Songwriter and producer Collin McLoughlin writes on Medium about the disturbing rise in electronic music ghost production. He explains:
The term “ghost producing” refers to a scenario where an established artist outsources the production of a song to another creator and essentially buys the rights of that creator’s work to release it as an original. The process normally goes like this: large artist A buys a song from up-and-coming artist B for cash; then artist A releases the song as his/her new single. The fans assume artist A actually made the song he/she released.
I never understood why someone would ghost produce or ghostwrite for someone else. It just leads to horrible regrets, just ask Tony Schwartz, who wrote Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal.” Oops.
If you have great intentions, ghosting for someone else just makes you more of a bottom feeder. The owner is always self-interested.
Money talks. Just be careful what you wish for.