Beyoncé is caught up in a classic, she said, Right Said Fred said.
Days after the group claimed the 28-time Grammy winner never reached out to them for permission to interpolate their hit song “I’m Too Sexy” for their 2022 track “Alien Superstar,” Beyoncé is calling out her claim “mistaken and incredibly derogatory”.
“Permission was not only granted for use, but they spoke publicly of their gratitude for being on the album,” Beyoncé’s statement to the Sun read. “There was no audio 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.”
In the days leading up to the release of Beyoncé’s latest album, Renaissance Right Said Fred tweeted“It’s nice to get writing credit for the new ‘Beyonce’ album.”
The statement called the allegations “false” and noted that Right Said Fred retains ownership.
“Furthermore, the Right Said Fred writers’ copyright percentage regarding the use of ‘I’m Too Sexy’ is a significant part of the composition. Overall, the Right Said Fred authors own more than any other individual author and have co-author credits.”
Robert Manzoli, Richard Fairbrass and Christopher Fairbrass of Right Said Fred were officially credited as co-writers of the song, but on Monday the Fairbrass brothers laid their charges against the “Break My Soul” singer in the sun.
“Usually the artist comes up to us, but Beyoncé didn’t because she’s such an arrogant person that she was probably just like ‘come and get me,’ so we found out about it afterwards when you did.” , they said. “But everyone else, Drake and Taylor Swift, came to us.”
Swift used an interpolation of “I’m Too Sexy” for her 2017 single “Look What You Made Me Do.” Drake also chose to interpolate the song for 2021’s “Way 2 Sexy.”
“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,” the duo continued. “There’s 22 writers on this Beyoncé thing, it’s ridiculous, so we’d get like 40p [about 45 cents].
“We can’t stop it,” they said of the “Single Ladies” artist with her tune. “There’s nothing we can do. … You’re going to get into a conversation with someone who has a lot more presence and power and money than we do. And that’s not going to go well.”
The members of Right Said Fred aren’t the only artists to slam Beyoncé for abusively using her music. After the singer used a sample from Kelis’ 2003 song “Milkshake” on her track “Energy,” Kelis dubbed the sample “theft.”
“The reality is it’s frustrating. I have a right to be frustrated,” she said in a July 28 Instagram video, in which she also blamed producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo for allegedly abusing the interpolation that was later removed. “Why didn’t anyone have the human decency to call up and say, ‘Yo, hey, [we] would like to use your record.’ The reason I’m upset is because I know it was intentional. This was an intentional hit.
“It’s called theft because … the definition of collaboration is we work together,” she added. “There is no collaboration if you don’t even check that everything is ok.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-10-07/beyonce-right-said-fred-sample Beyoncé disputes Right Said Fred’s sample claims