Thursday, May 30, 2024

Beyonce Drops Her “Leaked” Album, “Renaissance,” Complaints Begin About Unlicensed Samples


“Renaissance” is here.

To drum up interest, the Beehive launched a rumor that the album had been “leaked.” Poured is more like it. This was a brilliant PR move. It brought attention to the album’s release and made Beyonce seem like an injured party. But that was some leak. No one saw a drip of it.

Now comes the album, which will go straight to number 1 tonight on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, etc. But what is “Renaissance” besides a collection of sampled songs reimagined by Beyonce’s team?

First of all, there’s already a controversy. Singer songwriter Kelis is complaining that Beyonce took a sample of one of her songs without clearing it. Beyonce’s song, “Energy” samples “Get Along With You” and Kelis is calling it “theft.” She isn’t listed as one of the producers, composers, or lyricists on the sampled song.

That will only be the beginning. You can’t be the Queen of Soul with stolen material. Kelis wrote on social media: “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.” She later wrote: “it’s not a collab it’s theft.”

I’ve already told you that every track on “Renaissance” is built on obscure, older music that Beyonce’s team has reworked to make it just for her. The first single, “Break My Soul,” is based on two disco hits. “America Has a Problem” comes from a 1990 track. And so on.

The problem is that Beyonce no longer has outside advisors and takes advice from no one. “Renaissance” will not win her a Grammy this way. And she will only have herself to blame.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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