“It’s not a collab, it’s theft”: Beyoncé’s latest album targeted by singer Kelis

Barely released, “Renaissance”, Beyoncé’s latest album is already blackened by controversy. Singer Kelis accuses the RnB star of using an excerpt from her 2003 song “Milkshake” without her permission and without even mentioning it in the album’s credits.

Unveiled on Friday, “Renaissance” stands out for its many homages to 1990s dance music, in the form of samples (samples). Among these references, we recognize on the title “Energy” an extract from “Milkshake”, produced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the group The Neptunes, notes BFMTV.

A “tribute” which angered the main interpreter of the tube. “I am blown away by the level of disrespect and total ignorance of the three parties involved, she reacted in a video, posted on her Instagram account. I discovered this sample the same way as everyone else. Nothing is ever what it seems, some people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have fooled everyone. »

Responding to a fan on Instagram who raved about the collaboration featured on Beyoncé’s new record, Kelis added, “It’s not a collab, it’s stealing. »

This is not the first time that Kelis has denounced problems of rights and royalties on his music composed with The Neptunes, specifies BFM. In an interview at Guardian in 2020, the artist claimed that she hadn’t touched anything on her first two albums, “Kaleidoscope” (1999) and “Wanderland” (2001), produced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.

Angry, and refuting the “absurd” accusations of jealousy since it is ” [sa] own song,” Kelis intends to demand reparations. “There’s a lot of hypocrisy and nonsense out there, and someone has to speak up about it. (…) It happens to a lot of artists and it has to change. »

Does Kelis directly target Beyoncé or does she regret the lack of transparency of her former partners, who would have given their approval without telling her? To use a sample, an artist is supposed to request permission from the rights holders. If their conditions are not respected, the reproduction of the work is strictly prohibited.

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