Beyoncé has had some of the most successful album releases in history, but in an unusual turn of events, the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer is facing some challenges following the release of her latest album, “Renaissance.”
The “Irreplaceable” singer was forced to remove an interpolation of Kelis‘ song, “Milkshake,” from her new track “Energy,” after the singer turned to social media to criticize Bey for not contacting her for consent and neglecting to include her in the song’s credits.
The move comes only days after Queen Bey came under fire for using the ableist slur “spaz” in “Heated,” which is found in “Renaissance.” A rep for Bey quickly addressed the matter on social media, saying: “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.” The change then took place on Tuesday (August 2nd).
Bey’s change to ‘Energy’ comes days after the ‘Milkshake’ singer responded to a tweet, where she claimed that the decision to sample her music and not credit her was one of “disrespect” and “utter ignorance.”
She wrote, “My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” adding, “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.” In another tweet, Kelis added, “it’s not a collab it’s theft.”
Following backlash from Beyoncé’s fans on social media, Kelis further addressed the situation in a video, reiterating her stance.
Kelis response to Beyoncé 😳
THE GIRLS ARE FIGHTING!! pic.twitter.com/MfjD6sdolm
— 🗝 (@DiaryOfKeysus) July 28, 2022
With all that said, what are your thoughts on Beyoncé’s decision to remove Kelis’ interpolation from “Energy”?