Diane Warren may be songwriting royalty, but she got stuck on Beyonce’s crown on Monday when she asked why the new album “Renaissance” has songs with 24 credited songwriters.
Twitter had something to say.
“How can there be 24 writers on a song?” tweeted Warren, the author of nine number one hits that do not share credits.
Singer/songwriter/producer The Dream was the first to suggest Warren should have known — or at least done his homework — before asking the question this way, and he suggested the question was insensitive to say the least. to race.
“You mean how does our (black) culture have so many writers,” he asked. “Well, it started because we couldn’t afford certain things initially, so we started sampling and it became an art form, a big part of black (hip hop) culture in America. . If that time hadn’t arrived, who knows. How are you ?”
Responses came swiftly and mockingly afterwards, with dozens of Beyonce fans chastising Warren for not knowing how black music is made, or at least how “Renaissance” – which garnered near-unanimous critical praise – was done.
Of the 16 tracks in “Renaissance”, the one with the most credited authors is “Alien Superstar”, with 22. Several other tracks have 10 or more, and two of them (“Energy” and “Pure Honey”) have 16, a star-studded lineup of top soul and funk musicians, including Skrillex, Honey Dijon, Big Freedia, Drake, Tems and 070 Shake.
The simple (though incomplete) answer is that multi-layered tracks with multiple samples – an apt description for most “Renaissance” – carry writer credits on all sampled material. Although it’s become fairly standard operating procedure in modern hip-hop and R&B, Warren seemed genuinely unaware (despite the eye-rolling emoji, not help).
Warren tried to fall back on her own curiosity and many people came to her defense. But the damage was done.
The Dream’s tweet – which turned out to be one of the more polite replies – sparked a firestorm of replies and tweets of quotes ranging from “helpful explanation” to full streaks from Warren who wrote, among countless other things too numerous to mention here, Celine Dion’s hit “Because you love me”.