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Beyonce hits back at Right Said Fred after they claimed she didn’t ask permission for sample

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Beyonce has hit back on the band and I’m Too Sexy artists Right Said Fred this week, after they called her ‘conceited’ and claimed the Grammy Award winner did not ask for permission to sample their 1991 hit for her song Alien Superstar.

In an announcement shared with MailOnline on Friday, Right Said Fred’s claims were called ‘erroneous, incredibly disparaging and false’. 

Beyonce’s team assured fans that permission was granted by Right Said Fred’s publisher and said the celebrities have ‘co-writer credit’ on the hit track. 

Right Said Fred are known for his or her hit, I’m Too Sexy, which has been adapted before by the likes of Drake and Taylor Swift. 

Hitting back: Beyonce hit back at I’m Too Sexy artists Right Said Fred this week, after they called her ‘conceited’ and claimed she didn’t ask permission to sample their hit track for her song Alien Superstar

‘The comments made by Right Said Fred stating that Beyonce used ”I’m Too Sexy” in ”Alien Superstar” without permission are erroneous and incredibly disparaging,’ the statement read. 

‘Permission was not only granted for its use, but they publicly spoke of their gratitude for being on the album. For his or her song, there was no sound recording use, only the composition was utilised.’

‘Permission was asked of their publisher on May 11, 2022 and the publisher approved the use on June 15, 2022. They were paid for the usage in August, 2022. Moreover, the copyright percentage of the Right Said Fred writers with respect to the usage of ”I’m Too Sexy” is a considerable portion of the composition.’

It concluded: ‘Collectively the Right Said Fred writers own greater than some other singular author and have co-writer credit. This accusation is fake.’

Beyonce’s statement in full 

‘The comments made by Right Said Fred stating that Beyonce used “I’m Too Sexy” in “Alien Superstar” without permission are erroneous and incredibly disparaging. 

Permission was not only granted for its use, but they publicly spoke of their gratitude for being on the album. For his or her song, there was no sound recording use, only the composition was utilised. 

Permission was asked of their publisher on May 11, 2022 and the publisher approved the use on June 15, 2022. They were paid for the usage in August, 2022. 

Moreover, the copyright percentage of the Right Said Fred writers with respect to the usage of “I’m Too Sexy” is a considerable portion of the composition. 

Collectively the Right Said Fred writers own greater than some other singular author and have co-writer credit. This accusation is fake.’

I’m Too Sexy artists Right Said Fred previously slammed Beyonce as ‘conceited’ after claiming the superstar didn’t ask for permission to sample their 1991 hit for her song Alien Superstar.

‘Normally the artist approaches us but Beyonce didn’t because she is such an conceited person she just had probably thought “come and get me” so we heard about it after the very fact if you did,’ the group, composed of brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass, told The Sun on the 2022 BMI London Awards at The Savoy Hotel, London on Monday. ‘But everyone else, Drake and Taylor Swift, they got here to us.’

The song has been adapted by each of the latter artists, with Swift using the identical rhythm and pattern for her 2017 hit Look What You Made Me Do; while Drake used samples of the track for his 2021 collaboration Way 2 Sexy with Future and Young Thug.

Speaking out: I'm Too Sexy artists Right Said Fred, including brothers Fred Fairbrass, 69, and Richard Fairbrass, 58, slammed Beyonce as 'arrogant' after claiming the superstar did not ask for permission to sample their 1991 hit for her song Alien Superstar

Speaking out: I’m Too Sexy artists Right Said Fred, including brothers Fred Fairbrass, 69, and Richard Fairbrass, 58, slammed Beyonce as ‘conceited’ after claiming the superstar didn’t ask for permission to sample their 1991 hit for her song Alien Superstar

The discharge from Beyonce, 41, which uses similar rhythm and pattern, has garnered greater than 71 Spotify streams since its release this past July.

Right Said Fred detailed the method they claim Beyonce ignored in sampling their material in her work.

‘To make use of our melody they need our permission in order that they send us the demo and we approve it and in that case we get a co-write credit,’ they said. ‘With this Beyoncé thing there are 22 writers it’s ridiculous so we might get about 40p.’

They opened up on the economics of the music business as to why royalties is likely to be down.

The group was critical of Beyonce, pictured in 2019, after she did not ask for permission to sample their material

The group was critical of Beyonce, pictured in 2019, after she didn’t ask for permission to sample their material 

I'm Too Sexy held the top spot on the U.S. charts for three weeks in early 1992 and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100 chart, according to Billboard

I’m Too Sexy held the highest spot on the U.S. charts for 3 weeks in early 1992 and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100 chart, in keeping with Billboard 

Beyonce's latest album Renaissance, which has garnered criticism for other tracks, as Kelis was upset that Beyonce sampled her material from her hit Milkshake without letting her know in advance

Beyonce’s latest album Renaissance, which has garnered criticism for other tracks, as Kelis was upset that Beyonce sampled her material from her hit Milkshake without letting her know prematurely

‘The rationale that is going on we expect is because there’s so little money now within the actual sales people like friends, golfing partners, engineers, bookers … all of them need a cut.’

The group added that ‘there’s nothing [they] can do’ amid the business dispute, as ‘you’ll get right into a conversation with someone who has quite a bit more presence and power and money than we do – and that will not go well.’

They added: ‘It’s s*** … it is best to let it go. For those who’re not careful you spend your life looking back. We keep looking forward the entire time.’

I’m Too Sexy held the highest spot on the U.S. charts for 3 weeks in early 1992 and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100 chart, in keeping with Billboard.   

The song is off of Beyonce’s latest album Renaissance, which has garnered criticism for other tracks. 

Kelis was upset that Beyonce sampled her material from her hit Milkshake without letting her know prematurely, leading Beyonce to remove the sample from her song Energy.

Upset: R&B singer Kelis last week accused Beyonce of 'theft' for allegedly using a sample of a track off her 2003 album Tasty on her new album without permission. She was seen in 2019 in LA

Critic: Kelis was upset that Beyonce sampled her material from her hit Milkshake without letting her know prematurely, leading Beyonce to remove the sample from her song Energy 

The 2003 hit from Kelis was penned by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (formerly referred to as The Neptunes), who each were credited on the Beyonce track, though Kelis wasn’t. Beyonce’s website indicated that the samples used on the track were interpolated, altering the present sound for a recent song.

‘My mind is blown too since the level of disrespect and utter ignorance … is astounding,’ Kelis said on social media of the usage of her track. ‘I heard about this the identical way everyone else did. Nothing is ever because it seems, among the people on this business don’t have any soul or integrity and so they have everyone fooled.’

In response to 1 comment that Beyonce clearly admires her work, Kelis replied: ‘Admire is just not the word.’

Kelis said, 'My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance all 3 parties involved is astounding'

Kelis said, ‘My mind is blown too since the level of disrespect and utter ignorance all 3 parties involved is astounding’

When one other expressed excitement about them working together, the mom-of-two, who was writing under her celebrity chef account @bountyandfull, claimed: ‘It’s not a collab it’s theft.’

Beyonce also vowed to remove an ableist slur from her Renaissance track Heated, following a backlash from fans and disability equality charity, Scope.

The singer had the lyrics: Sp**zin’ on that ass, s**z on that ass’ within the song which she collaborated on with Drake.

An announcement given to MailOnline said ‘The word, not used intentionally in a harmful manner, can be replaced within the lyrics.’

Nevertheless, Beyonce failed to incorporate an apology.

Something to say: Beyonce also vowed to remove an ableist slur from her Renaissance track Heated, following a backlash from fans and disability equality charity, Scope

Something to say: Beyonce also vowed to remove an ableist slur from her Renaissance track Heated, following a backlash from fans and disability equality charity, Scope

Fans believed there can no excuse for ignorance with regards to using the word – especially after Lizzo apologised for using the identical word on her song Grrrls just weeks previously – and had her track re-recorded.

The word can mean to ‘freak out’ or ‘go crazy’ within the US but it is very widely known that it comes from the word ‘spastic’.

The term is usually utilized in a derogative manner to explain those with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy.  

Warren Kirwan, Media Manager at disability equality charity Scope, said ahead of the statement: ‘It’s appalling that one in every of the world’s biggest stars has chosen to incorporate this deeply offensive term.

‘Just weeks ago, Lizzo received an enormous backlash from fans who felt hurt and let down after she used the identical abhorrent language.

‘Thankfully she did the precise thing and re-recorded the song. It’s hard to consider that would have gone unnoticed by Beyoncé’s team.

Speaking up: That lyric controversy led Monica Lewinsky to propose having a lyric referencing her affair with then-President Bill Clinton removed from Beyonce's 2013 track Partition; pictured June 2022

Speaking up: That lyric controversy led Monica Lewinsky to propose having a lyric referencing her affair with then-President Bill Clinton faraway from Beyonce’s 2013 track Partition; pictured June 2022

‘Words matter because they reinforce the negative attitudes disabled people face day by day, and which impact on every aspect of disabled people’s lives.

‘Beyoncé has long been a champion of inclusivity and equality, so we would urge her to remove this offensive lyric.’

That lyric controversy led Monica Lewinsky to propose having a lyric referencing her affair with then-President Bill Clinton faraway from Beyonce’s 2013 track Partition.

‘uhmm, while we’re at it…. #Partition,’ she tweeted, together with a link to a Variety article reporting on the matter.

The lyric referencing the scandal reads: ‘Now my mascara running, red lipstick smudged/Oh, me so horny, yeah, he need to f**k/He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my shirt/He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown.’

Lewinsky famously had an affair with Clinton between 1995 and 1997, with their relationship starting when she was a 22-year-old unpaid White House intern – and eventually led to his impeachment on December 19, 1998.

Lewinsky previously suggested the lyric be amended in a 2014 Vanity Fair article.

‘Thanks, Beyoncé, but when we’re verbing, I feel you meant “Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,” not “Monica Lewinsky’d,”‘ she wrote.

'While we're at it...': Lewinsky raised the issue on Twitter after news of the lyric removal broke

‘While we’re at it…’: Lewinsky raised the problem on Twitter after news of the lyric removal broke 

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