Beyoncé calls Right Said Fred’s accusation ‘false’ and ‘disparaging’

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Beyoncé set the record right after British pop duo Right Said Fred said she was too “arrogant” to ask permission to sample their racy track “I’m Too Sexy” for their new album.

The “Break My Soul” hitmaker, 41, denied the claim, calling the allegations “incredibly derogatory.”

“Right Said Fred’s comments that ‘I’m Too Sexy’ was used in ‘Alien Superstar’ without permission are false and incredibly derogatory,” Beyonce’s team told Pitchfork.

The group, formed in 1989 by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass, have accused the singer of using their racy 1992 hit for their track Alien Superstar, The Sun reported.

The single was part of her hit album Renaissance, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in August after leaking online two days before its July release.

The British duo talk about Beyoncé's new hit "Alien Superstar" sounds very similar to her hit "i'm too sexy"
The British duo say Beyoncé’s new hit Alien Superstar sounds a lot like her hit I’m Too Sexy.

Beyoncé’s team said permission was sought and granted, and the group was subsequently paid.

“Permission was not only granted for use, but they publicly spoke of their gratitude for being on the album. There was no sound recording for their song, only the composition was used.

“The publisher was asked for permission on May 11, 2022, and the publisher authorized use on June 15, 2022. You were paid for use in August 2022.”

Beyoncé’s team said, “The Right Said Fred writers’ copyright percentage in relation to their use of ‘I’m Too Sexy’ is an integral part of the composition.”

“Together, the Right Said Fred authors own more than any other individual author and have co-author credits. This allegation is false,” the statement concluded.

The Post has reached out to Beyoncé’s rep for further comment.

Beyoncé's team said they were granted permission and paid to use the composition.
Beyoncé’s team said they were granted permission and paid to use the composition.
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Right Said Fred found the alleged song sampling particularly troubling given that previous artists had reportedly asked permission to record the track. “Everybody else, Drake and Taylor Swift, came over to us,” the sibling pop sensations insisted.

In fact, Drake sampled the track for his 2021 hit “Way 2 Sexy,” while Swift used the song on her 2017 lead single “Reputation,” Look What You Made Me Do.

This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has been accused of stealing music for “Renaissance.”

Prior to the album’s release in July, singer Kelis accused Beyoncé of allegedly using a sample of her 2000 song “Get Along With You” without her permission. The “Milkshake” singer claims she found out about the sample in Bey’s song “Energy” when the whole world did.

Knowles has since removed the sample from the track. Beyoncé calls Right Said Fred’s accusation ‘false’ and ‘disparaging’

Emma Bowman

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