Beyoncé Releases New Album When Kelis Accuses Her Of "Stealing"

Recently, Kelis took to social media to claim that she didn't allow samples from her 2003 song "Milkshake" to be used on the album's "Energy". Even though Beyoncé had previously included her name credits as a writer. The "Milkshake" singer called out Beyoncé and The Neptunes for reportedly neglecting to obtain her permission to sample her hit "Milkshake" on Beyoncé's upcoming album Renaissance's song "Energy." Let's learn more about Beyoncé and Kelis's drama.

Beyoncé Kelis DramaSource: Pitchfork

One of Kelis' main grievances is that Beyoncé did not call her to inform her that she had sampled her. Sheé's not referring to officially clearing the music, which would go through lawyers and executives before landing on Kelis' desk (if she owned some of the publishing for the song). She's talking about "basic decency," or one artist informing another that they used their stuff. A respectful nod.
If Kelis did not know about the song until it. Beyoncé's team did not have to clear it with Kelis, which means she’s got no writing credits

Kelis claimed on InstagramSource: Instagram

On Instagram, Kelis claimed that Pharrell "swindled" her out of her publishing rights. Kelis has no authorship credit on "Milkshake." The Neptunes are Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who wrote the song. We'll never know if Pharrell and Chad are the only actual authors of "Milkshake." We'll never know how much or how little Kelis contributed to that record, but she's been complaining for years about losing her publishing rights to Pharrell.
In her posts, Kelis wrote, “It’s not a collab it’s theft. 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.” Watch the video.

Kelis call Beyoncé is a thiefSource: Instagram

She goes on to call out Pharrell Williams, who co-founded The Neptunes with Chad Hugo. "Pharrell knows better. This is a direct hit at me" she alleges. Adding, "He does this stuff all the time. It's very petty." She concludes, saying it was "stupid and disrespectful". She wishes the Renaissance singer or Williams or Hugo or someone involved in the production had just reached out to her.
When another Beyoncé fan commented, “Why can’t we as sisters ever settle anything behind closed doors without giving others the satisfaction of making it look like a feud? I’m so curious to know and understand.” Kelis responded, “It’s bigger than that.”

Beyoncé Kelis DramaSource: The Guardian

Beyoncé has had an unexpectedly tough release week, despite garnering wonderful reviews for her disco-dance album Renaissance, which has had a series of blips and post-release song alterations. Beyoncé has removed the sample of "Milkshake" in her song "Energy" from her new album Renaissance. Variety editors confirm that Kelis’ “Milkshake” sample can no longer be on the track on Spotify. In addition to dropping the Kelis sample, Beyoncé also replaced a lyric in the song “Heated” after receiving backlash for its use of the word “spaz.”
The industry may not treat artists fairly, but we live in a world where artists have more ability than ever to get their music directly to listeners. I wonder if musicians will begin to escape the established system by releasing music themselves. Moreover, finding means to ensure they are respected.
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