Beyonce REMOVES Kelis Sample From Her Album . . . Kelis RESPONDS!!

Last week, the 2000s pop star lashed out at Beyoncé, accusing the queen of using an interpolation of her hit single “Milkshake” on her new Renaissance album.

A lot of people don’t quite understand what an “interpolation” is – so Media Take Out did some research and discovered the following.

  • Beyonce’s song “Energy” used an INTERPOLATION, not a sample, of the song “Milkshake” performed by Kelis and PRODUCED by The Neptunes.
  • Interpolation – Interpolation occurs when a song is copied from another composition and interpolated into a new composition.
  • Sampling – Music sampling is the process by which a musician or record producer takes a portion of an existing song in a brand new recording, loops it, and overlays it with new music in a new context.
  • Beyonce didn’t use any lyrics or Kelis vocals on “Energy.”
  • Kelis has no credits on “Milkshake” nor any copyright. Kelis has no ownership of “Milkshake”.
  • Anyone trying or interpolating “Milkshake” must go to the owners for approval.
  • No personal approval is given to the artist using the interpolation or sample. Artists have teams that purchase the release.
  • It’s not common in the music business to contact an artist who doesn’t own the rights as a “favor.”
  • No one was obligated to contact Kelis about anything because she had no authority to clarify or deny it.
  • Kelis had no written credit for Beyonce’s album — she was credited as performing a song that was interpolated. Kelis would never get paid from Beyonce’s album
  • Kelis called Beyonce’s interpolation “stealing,” which doesn’t appear to be factual. Beyoncé’s team went through the right channels for the release.

Anyway, Beyonce didn’t want the drama, so she removed the 5-second interpolation from her new song “Energy” after Kelis snapped at the singer for introducing the 2003 hit and stated it was a Act of “stealing”.

Bey’s song Energy is still there but the 5 second snippet sample has been removed.

And Kelis seems pretty happy about the distance. Media Take Out looked at Kelis Twitter and saw the following:


It’s been an unexpectedly rocking release week for Beyoncé, who, despite rave reviews for her disco dance album Renaissance, has had a string of hiccups and post-release changes to songs.

Days ahead of its release last Friday, the album was leaked online – a rare hiccup for the famously buttoned-up artist. Then, on Monday, Beyoncé announced she would be removing the word “Spaz” from her song “Heated” after critics who said the word was an ableistic slur removed the word “Spaz.” (Lizzo similarly removed the word from her song “Grrrls” earlier this summer.)

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