Kelis accuses Beyonce Of Stealing Her Song “People in This Business have No Soul or Integrity”

Singer Kelis has accused Beyonce and her producers of not seeking permission to recreate elements of her 1999 song “Get Along with You” on the pop icon’s latest album Renaissance.

According to Billboard, Beyonce’s Renaissance features bits of the Kelis tune in the song “Energy,” written by The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.

“Only production teams are given credit as songwriters,” stated Billboard. “Kelis has appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart seven times, including the 2003 top five hit ‘Milkshake,’ and has released five Billboard 200 charting albums.”

In an Instagram post on the Kelis fan page announcing the Rennaissance album interpolating her work, the singer said that she was never contacted or asked about it.

” The level of disrespect shown by all three parties is shocking,” she stated. I heard the exact same thing as everyone else. It is not always as simple as it appears, and some people involved in the business are corrupt .”

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When an Instagram user said it “always felt like Beyonce really admire Kelis,” the singer responded, “Admire is not the word.”

When another fan called the move a collaboration, Kelis said, “It’s not a collab it’s theft.”

The Neptunes produced Kelis’s first album Kaleidoscope, which featured “Get Along With You.” In 2020, she told The Guardian that she was “blatantly lied to and tricked” to sign contracts based on “what I was told” to the point that she was not able to make any money from the album or her followup album, Wanderland.

“I was told we were going to split the whole thing 33/33/33, which we didn’t do,” Kelis said. Kelis said that they were going to split the whole thing 1999/33/, which we didn’t do.

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Beyonce did not comment publicly on the issue, but her admirers were strong in their support of the singer.

“You should be nothing but thrilled that your song is being used. You have zero rights to a song if you don’t own it. One user said, “Cool, my track will be associated with one of the largest albums of the year.”

“Kelis delete this, your frustration should be towards StarTrek/ Pharrell not Beyonce,” said another. They are the ones that excluded you from discussing the use of your song and financial/master issues. While you have the right to be angry, Beyonce was business-minded enough to take all necessary steps to approve samples of your song. Hopefully, you’ll rightfully receive your masters and credits one day.”

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