‘Renaissance’ Album — ‘I’m Too Sexy’ Artists Call Beyoncé ‘Arrogant’ For Sampling Their Track For Her Song ‘Alien Superstar’ Without Their Permission

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‘Renaissance’ Album — ‘I’m Too Sexy’ Artists Call Beyoncé ‘Arrogant’ For Sampling Their Track For Her Song ‘Alien Superstar’ Without Their Permission

Fans of Beyoncé Giselle KnowlesCarter may be in love with her seventh studio album Renaissance, but there are some other people in the industry who don’t share the same sentiments.

I’m Too Sexy” artists Right Said Fred, a pop duo made up of brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass, referred to the Grammy-Award-winning artist as arrogant after claiming she did not request permission to use their 1991 hit as a sample for her song “Alien Superstar.”

Right Said Fred stated:

“Normally the artist approaches us but Beyoncé didn’t because she is such an arrogant person she just had probably thought “come and get me” so we heard about it after the fact when you did. But everyone else, Drake and Taylor Swift, they came to us.”

They continued,

“To use our melody they need our permission so they send us the demo and we approve it and if so we get a co-write credit. With this Beyoncé thing there are 22 writers it’s ridiculous so we would get about 40p.”

The brothers ultimately admitted that they are powerless in the business disagreement.

Right Said Fred added,

“You are going to get into a conversation with someone who has a lot more presence and power and money than we do – and that won’t go well. … It is sh*t … it’s best to let it go. If you’re not careful you spend your life looking back. We keep looking forward the whole time.”

The brothers of Right Said Fred aren’t the only ones to criticize Beyoncé for using their music without their consent on Renaissance. As previously reported, Kelis RogersMora called out the “Break My Soul” songstress and Pharrell Williams for sampling her 2003 hit single “Milkshake” on the album. The singer and professional chef called it stupid and disrespectful that Beyoncé failed to reach out to her before using any part of her song.

In an Instagram post ahead of the album release, Kelis RogersMora said,

“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding. I heard about this the same way everyone else did. Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.”

The interpolation, or fragments of a tune from “Milkshake,” was all that was included in the song in question, “Energy,” but Kelis RogersMora‘s vocals were completely absent. Beyoncé still gave Kelis a credit in the song’s original version along with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, the producers of the borrowed track. Nevertheless, the sample was pulled altogether after Kelis‘ social media tirade.

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Authored by: S. G.