“I’m too sexy” to ask permission.
British pop duo Right Said Fred have taken a stab at Beyoncé Knowles for allegedly sampling their racy song ‘I’m Too Sexy’ for their new album without getting her blessing.
The group, formed in 1989 by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass, had accused the singer of using her racy single from 1992 for their track Alien Superstar, the Sun reported. The single was part of Knowles’ hit album Renaissance, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in August after leaking online two days before its July release.
“Usually the artist comes up to us, but Beyoncé didn’t because she’s such an arrogant person,” Right Said Fred told The Sun of the alleged theft. “She probably just thought, ‘come and get me,’ so we found out about it afterwards when you did.”
They 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 Reputation lead single “Look What You Made Me Do.”
“To use our tune they need our permission so they send us the demo and we approve it and if so we get a co-write credit,” RSF explained. “There’s 22 writers on this Beyoncé thing, it’s ridiculous, so we’d get like 40 [pounds].”
The British pop stars said they believe this clandestine sampling is happening “because there’s so little money in actual sales now, people like friends, golf partners, engineers, bookers and the guy who brings the coke, they all want a cut.” .”
Anyway, the Fairbrass brothers claim they felt powerless to “stop” the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman, who is reportedly worth a whopping $500 million and has 28 Grammy awards, the most of any female performer in history can.
“There’s nothing we can do. It’s s—t,” RSF lamented. “You’re going to be talking to someone who has a lot more presence and power and money than we do. And that’s not going to go well.”
They concluded that it’s best to “let it go” and look to the future.
Ironically, Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” uses a sample of a Jimi Hendrix tune, something the band didn’t realize until much later, after which they paid the guitarist’s fortune for the privilege.
“I didn’t realize until much later that our guitarist, Rob Manzoli, had played the riff from Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Third Stone from the Sun’ on ‘I’m Too Sexy,'” Fred Fairbrass said in a 2017 interview with the Guardian. “I thought the guitar parts sounded like the Coronation Street theme, but the Hendrix Estate was very cool and just asked for a credit and a charitable donation.”
This isn’t the first time Knowles, 41, has been accused of stealing music for “Renaissance,” which featured the R&B icon nude on the cover.
Ahead of 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 was doing it on social media.
“Some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity,” Kelis ranted in a comment on an Instagram fan page.
Knowles has since removed the sample from the track.
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