Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Beyonce Accused of Stealing Ideas For Lemonade

There is a saying in the arts that "the is nothing new under the sun". Queen Bey is no stranger to accusation of 'borrowing' or in her words 'being inspired' by other artists' work. 


Well, her latest record breaking album is no exception on that front, like almost ALL Beyoncé releases the singer is being accused of stealing something.

The latest accusations have been laid against the star's Hold Up video concept in the HBO visual album montage. 

In the video, Beyoncé parades through the streets smashing cars and things with a baseball bat. She’s being accused of stealing the idea from Swiss visual artist Pipilotti Rist’s project ‘Ever Is Over All’.


In Rist’s video, she walks down the street — which looks visually similar to Beyoncé’s video — but instead of a baseball bat she uses is a long-stemmed flower.



Beyonce has openly admitted to being inspired by other artists. A lot of her song feature samples from artist from different genres.

On Lemonade some of the songs feature samples from other artists' songs. The songs and sample credits are;
  • "Hold Up" contains a sample of "Can't Get Used to Losing You", written by Jerome "Doc" Pomus and Mort Shuman, performed by Andy Williams; an interpolation of "Maps", written by Brian Chase, Karen Orzolek and Nick Zinner, performed by Yeah Yeah Yeahs; and an interpolation of "Turn My Swag On", written by DeAndre Way, performed by Soulja Boy.
  • "Don't Hurt Yourself" contains samples of "When the Levee Breaks", written by James Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham, performed by Led Zeppelin.
  • "6 Inch" contains samples of "Walk On By", written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, performed by Isaac Hayes via "2Wicky", performed by Hooverphonic; and an interpolation of "My Girls", written by David Portner, Noah Lennox and Brian Weitz, performed by Animal Collective.
  • "Freedom" contains samples of "Let Me Try", written by Frank Tirado, performed by Kaleidoscope; samples of "Collection Speech/Unidentified Lining Hymn", recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, performed by Reverend R.C. Crenshaw; and samples of "Stewball", recorded by Alan Lomax and John Lomax, Sr. in 1947, performed by Prisoner "22" at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
  • "All Night" contains a sample of "SpottieOttieDopaliscious", written by André Benjamin, Patrick Brown and Antwan Patton, performed by OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown.
  • "Lemonade" contains a sample of "The Court of the Crimson King", written by Ian McDonald and Peter Sinfield, performed by King Crimson.

Take a look at a side-by-side comparison between Beyonce's 'Hold Up' and Pipilotti Rist’s project ‘Ever Is Over All’ below and be the judge;






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