Beyoncé’s team has responded after Right Said Fred claimed the singer used their song without “approaching” them.
Earlier this week, the pop duo criticized the use of their 1992 hit “I’m Too Sexy,” which was sampled on Beyoncé’s track “ALIEN SUPERSTAR.”
“Usually the artist comes up to us but Beyoncé didn’t because she’s such an arrogant person, she was probably just like ‘come and get me’ so we found out about it afterwards when you did it,” they said at the 2022 BMI Awards.
“But everyone else, Drake and Taylor Swift – they came to us. To use our tune they need our permission so send us the demo and we approve it and if so we get a co-write credit.
“There are 22 writers on this Beyoncé thing. It’s ridiculous so we’d get around 40p,” the brothers added.
The 1990s group referenced their song’s use in Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy” and Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.”
On Friday (October 7), Beyonce’s team responded to the comments and firmly denied the allegations.
“Right Said Fred’s comments that Beyoncé used ‘I’m Too Sexy’ in ‘Alien Superstar’ without permission are incorrect and incredibly derogatory,” the singer’s team wrote in a statement The sun.
“Permission was not only granted for use, but they publicly spoke of their gratitude for being on the album.”
The team also explained that only the song’s composition was used on Beyoncé’s track, not the audio recording.
“The publisher was asked for permission on May 11, 2022 and the publisher authorized use on June 15, 2022. They were paid for use in August 2022.”
The team disputed that the band only owned a small portion of the copyright percentage, suggesting they had a “substantial portion” of the song: “Collectively, the Right Said Fred writers own more than any other individual writer and have Co -Author Acknowledgments. This allegation is false,” they summarized.
ALIEN SUPERSTAR is the third track on Beyoncé’s latest album Renaissance. The song has already had over 73 million streams.
This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has gotten into a fight over copyright issues with her latest album. Earlier this year, Beyoncé removed part of Kelis’ “milkshake” from her song “Energy” after Kelis claimed it was sampled without permission.
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