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Melissa Etheridge/Tammy Lynn

I Write the Songs ...

You Get a Cut

6/5/2012 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We've just obtained the settlement agreement between former domestic partners Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, and get this ... Tammy has a piece of Melissa's music.

Under the agreement, Tammy gets 50% of the royalties from the album, The Awakening.  Tammy also gets 50% from the songs, A Simple Love, All There Is, All We Can Really Do, An Unexpected Rain, California, God Is in the People, Heroes and Friends, Imagine That, I've Loved You Before, Map of the Stars, Message to Myself, Open Your Mind, The Kingdom of Heaven, The Universe Listened, Threesome, and What Happens Tomorrow.

As we previously reported, the settlement requires Melissa to pay Tammy $13,000 in monthly spousal support and $10,000 a month in child support.  They have agreed to joint custody.

Melissa gets to keep some property in Springdale, Arizona and Hidden Hills, California.  She also gets some property in Arkansas.

And the best.  They each get to keep their own Vespa.


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Sheila Shigley    

Two lesbians cat fighting and this is why gay marriage should be banned.

766 days ago


Can either *do* guys now - doesn't say.

766 days ago


Who's on top?

766 days ago


This is what sucks about being an artist -

All of the sudden?

Your live-in "helped you" write everything.

It's easy getting live-ins to come around.

Hard ($) making them disappear.

766 days ago


Between this divorce and Luka Magotta, I am now against gay marriage!

766 days ago


All she knows how to do is CHEAT and make a family that she then abandons only to make yet ANOTHER family and do the same thing all over again! I'm surprised she hasn't started another yet. Maybe loosing all of this money will teach her a lesson.

Melissa got what she deserved!

766 days ago


Why didn't she get a prenup? What you thought you were exempt because you're in a lesbian relationship?

766 days ago


Good for Tammy! And I hope Melissa had to pay the Tammy's attorney too.

766 days ago


She gave up her career and her marriage, was it to Lou Diamond Phillips? to be with Melissa and have children and watch a family, she deserved to be taken care of regardless of her partners gender.

766 days ago

Jay W.     

Melissa... I love you, marry me.

766 days ago

Fat Mike    

Typical woman

766 days ago


Why does this no talent person have all this ludicrous money to spread around? Is her music that good?

766 days ago

Don Martin    

I hear David Crosby is paying up to make sure he doesn't get stuck with the kid now that the happy couple is through posing.

766 days ago


Did Tammy write and perform all those songs? Did she bust her butt on stage performing? Can she play a 12 string guitar? I think she is a gold digger and I'm sorry to say she is from my home town. Talk about Greedy!

766 days ago

It's Dave    

Hey gays, welcome to the wonderful world of marriage! A larger tax burden and the ability of someone you once loved and trusted taking half your stuff. I guess you're truly equal now, eh?

766 days ago
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