Someone’s a “Beautiful Liar,” in line with Queen Bey.
Genre-crossing celebrity Beyoncé has denied allegations that she misused a sample of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” on her latest album.
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter’s seventh album, “Renaissance,” was launched to essential acclaim in July and samples iconic home and disco artists. One track, “Alien Superstar,” includes a riff much like the 1991 British pop band Right Said Fred’s hit “I’m Too Sexy.” Whereas Right Said Fred sang, “I’m too attractive for my shirt,” Beyoncé sings, “I’m too stylish for this world” and “I’m too stylish to be touched.” The two Fairbrass brothers who make up Right Said Fred are credited as songwriters.
But the band has claimed that Beyoncé by no means requested them for permission to make use of their melody. Right Said Fred described Beyoncé as “boastful” in a remark made to the British tabloid The Sun on Tuesday.
“Normally the artist approaches us, however Beyoncé did not as a result of she is such an boastful particular person she simply had most likely thought ‘come and get me,’ so we heard about it after the actual fact, if you did,” the band mentioned.
Beyoncé’s group, nevertheless, instructed Entertainment Weekly that Right Said Fred not solely gave permission for the track for use however was additionally paid for its utilization.
“The feedback made by Right Said Fred stating that Beyoncé used ‘I’m Too Sexy’ in ‘Alien Superstar’ with out permission are faulty and extremely disparaging,” the singer’s consultant instructed Entertainment Weekly on Friday.
“Permission was not solely granted for its use, however they publicly spoke of their gratitude for being on the album,” reads the assertion given to Entertainment Weekly. Additionally, “Alien Superstar” would not use any of the sound recordings from “I’m Too Sexy,” simply the composition, in line with the assertion.
And there are receipts to again up Beyoncé’s group: On July 22, earlier than “Renaissance” was launched, Right Said Fred’s verified Twitter account wrote, “It’s good to get a writing credit score on the brand new ‘Beyoncé album.”
“I’m Too Sexy” has additionally been sampled in Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy” and Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.”