Diane Warren found herself in the crosshairs of Beyoncé’s mighty Beyhive — not to mention a heated culture war — on Monday after she questioned the number of songwriters on a track on Bey’s new “Renaissance” album.
The Hall of Famer songwriter, best known for writing iconic ballads and movie songs, accepted Twitter to ask, “How can 24 writers work on a song?” with an eye-roll emoji. She then added, “This isn’t meant to be a shadow, I’m just curious.”
Though the Grammy-winner (and repeat Oscar-nominee) didn’t mention Beyoncé by name or a specific song, the singer’s devoted fans were quick to teach Warren a lesson — particularly about sampling, the art of using a snippet from an existing recording .
Bey’s powerful track “Alien Superstar” has 24 songwriters including herself, husband Jay-Z, Honey Redmond, Christopher Lawrence Penny, Luke Francis Matthew Solomon and nova wav duo Denisia Andrews and Brittany Coney.
Additionally, Right Said Fred artists Richard, Peter, and John Fairbrass, whose song “I’m Too Sexy” appeared to influence Beyoncé’s vocal cadence on the song, are also credited as songwriters.
Singer-songwriter and producer The-Dream – who worked on “Renaissance” and introduced Beyoncé on his 2013 song “Turnt” – was among the many critics who commented on Warren’s question and provided this pointed statement about “If I Could.” Turn Back Time” and “Because you loved me”.
“You mean why does our (black) culture have so many writers,” he said tweeted. “Well, it started out like we couldn’t afford certain things in the beginning, so we started sampling and it became an art form, a big part of black culture (hip hop) in America. If that era hadn’t happened, who knows. You’re good?”
This prompted another response from Warren, 65, who wrote: “I didn’t mean that as an attack or disrespect. I didn’t know that, thanks U for bringing this to my attention. You don’t have to be mean.” You too tweeted that it was probably the number of samples on “Alien Superstar” that led to the two dozen credits.
Despite this, fans still felt Warren meant her tweets “as an attack,” arguing that she was playing victim with her replies. Others were quick to hit below the belt, comparing her signature dark-haired look to that of convicted socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
The-Dream replied again, seeming to recognize Warren’s prolific work, tweet: “By the way, I know it’s not a one-on-one writing contest you’re not looking for anyone here… you don’t want that smoke And you know I love you, but come on.” Stop pretending your records weren’t sampled.”
For her part, Warren appeared to end the discourse with an apology that came about six hours after her initial tweet.
“Ok I didn’t mean to disrespect @Beyonce who I’ve worked with and admire. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding,” she wrote. (Warren wrote “I Was Here,” which appeared on Beyoncé’s 2011 album 4.)
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-02/diane-warren-beyonce-songwriters-alien-superstar-renaissance Diane Warren apologizes after Beyoncé tweet riles up fans