Beyoncé released a statement in response to English pop trio Right Said Fred’s claim that she never asked permission to use their 1991 hit “I’m Too Sexy” in their song “Alien Superstar,” taken from his seventh album. Renaissance.
“Normally the artist approaches us, but Beyoncé didn’t because she’s such an arrogant person that she probably thought ‘come get me,’ so we heard about it after the fact when you have done”, said band brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass in a recent interview. They added: “But everyone, Drake and Taylor Swift, they came to see us.”
The song, taken from the band’s 1992 album At the top, reached No. 1 in seven countries, including the United States when it was released in 1991, and was written by the Fairbrass Brothers and former member Rob Manzoli, all of whom are credited as co-writers on ” Alien Superstar”.
In response to Fairbrass’ claim, Beyoncé said:
Right Said Fred’s comments that Beyonce used “I’m Too Sexy” in “Alien Superstar” without permission are misguided and incredibly derogatory. Permission was not only granted for its use, but they publicly expressed their gratitude for being on the album.
For their song, there was no use of sound recording, only composition was used. Permission was requested from their publisher on May 11, 2022, and the publisher approved the use on June 15, 2022. They were paid for the use in August 2022.
Additionally, the copyright percentage of Right Said Fred’s writers in the use of “I’m Too Sexy” is a substantial part of the composition.
Collectively, the Right Said Fred writers own more than any other singular writer and have co-author credit.
This charge is false.
Following the release of Renaissance, the Fairbrass brothers seemed pleased with their inclusion on the album. “It’s nice to have a songwriting credit on the new ‘Beyonce’ album,” the duo tweetedbefore share the following on instagram: “Writing credits with Taylor Swift, Drake and now Beyoncé – not bad for two guys who haven’t been on the UK playlist for over 25 years.”
Following the release of RenaissanceBeyoncé has updated her track “Energy,” removing an interpolation of Kelis’ 1999 song “Get Along with You” as well as her 2003 hit “Milkshake,” after the artist said she didn’t was unaware of the use of her music on Beyoncé’s album.
The correction followed backlash for what critics called a ‘capable’ slur on her Renaissance “Heated” track. Co-written with co-written rapper Drake, the word “spaz” was used twice on the track, which has a history of derogatory use towards people with disabilities, particularly those with cerebral palsy.
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