Beyoncé has vehemently been called out over the samples on her Renaissance album.
Queen Bey has drawn criticism from the British pop group Right Said Fred, who say Queen Bey’s song “Alien Superstar” unlawfully sampled their 1991 smash song “I’m Too Sexy.”
At the 2022 BMI Awards in London earlier this week, brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass expressed their displeasure with Beyoncé, labelling the former Destiny’s Child singer “arrogant” for allegedly stealing from their work without their permission.
“Normally the artist approaches us but Beyoncé didn’t because she is such an arrogant person,” Right Said Fred told The Sun. “She just had probably thought ‘come and get me,’ so we heard about it after the fact, when you did. Everyone else, Drake and Taylor Swift, they came to us.”
They continued: “You are going to get into a conversation with someone who has a lot more presence and power and money than we do. And that won’t go well. It’s best to let it go. If you’re not careful you spend your life looking back. We keep looking forward the whole time.”
Right Said Fred, whose aforementioned hit was reimagined by Drake on last year’s Certified Lover Boy smash “Way 2 Sexy,” also addressed the topic on Twitter.
“We’re delighted Beyoncé is using our melody,” the group wrote in response to a fan suggesting a lawsuit is on the horizon. “A simple ‘please’ or ‘may I’ would have been nice.” It’s unclear if they plan on taking legal action.
Beyoncé’s team apparently responded to Right Said Fred’s claims in a statement to The Sun on Friday (October 7), asserting that the group not only gave her permission to interpolate “I’m Too Sexy,” but were also delighted by her using their work.
“The comments made by Right Said Fred stating that Beyoncé used ‘I’m Too Sexy’ in ‘Alien Superstar’ without permission are erroneous and incredibly disparaging,” the statement read. “Permission was not only granted for its use, but they publicly spoke of their gratitude for being on the album.”
It continued: “For their song, there was no sound recording use, only the composition was utilized. Permission was asked of their publisher on May 11, 2022, and the publisher approved the use on June 15, 2022. They were paid for the usage in August 2022.”