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Kelis Called Out Beyoncé And Pharrell Over Claims That They Sampled Her On “Renaissance” Without Permission

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Beyoncé’s new album is here, but not without controversy.

The first installment of Beyoncé’s three-part Renaissance project dropped at midnight on Friday, marking her first solo album since she released Lemonade in 2016.

Boasting 16 tracks, the album pays homage to dance music, sampling iconic hits by the likes of Donna Summer and Robin S., who recently said she was thrilled to have her work included.

Kelis’s megahit “Milkshake” has also been incorporated into the album, featuring in the fifth track, “Energy.” However, Kelis has now spoken out to claim that the song was used without her permission.

For some context, production duo Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo — known as the Neptunes — are listed as the two writers of “Milkshake,” which was released in 2003, with Kelis credited as the sole performer.

Kelis and the Neptunes have a long and complicated history, with the duo also having worked on her first three albums in 1999, 2001, and 2003.

According to new track credits for “Energy” shown on Spotify and Apple Music, both Williams and Hugo are listed among the numerous cowriters on the song, while Kelis goes unmentioned.

Despite not being listed in the song’s credits, Kelis’s involvement in Renaissance was teased earlier this week after Beyoncé released an official tracklist naming the artists set to be sampled in each song.

A fan account on Instagram reposted the list on July 25, prompting a response from Kelis, who revealed that this was the first time she’d heard that her work was being used on Renaissance.

Commenting from her verified business account, @bountyandfull, Kelis wrote in response to an excited fan: “It’s not a collab it’s theft.”

“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” she wrote, appearing to refer to Beyoncé, Williams, and Hugo.

“I heard about this the same way everyone else did,” she continued. “Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.”

Kelis also replied to a fan who said that they thought Beyoncé admired her, writing: “admire is not the word.”

On Thursday, the singer elaborated on her frustrations in a pair of videos shared to her personal Instagram account, first speaking in more detail about why she felt hurt by Beyoncé.

“The reality is that my real beef is not only with Beyoncé, because, at the end of the day, she sampled a record, she’s copied me before, she’s done this before, so have many other artists,” she began. “It’s fine, I don’t care about that.”

She went on to criticize Beyoncé for her failure to reach out and notify her that she was going to sample “Milkshake,” saying the gesture would have shown “common decency.”

Focusing on “the real issue” at hand, Kelis turned her attention to Williams and Hugo, detailing a decade-spanning dispute relating to the ownership of her older music.

“I know what I own and what I don’t own. I also know the lies that were told. I also know the things that were stolen. Publishing was stolen, people were swindled out of rights — it happens all the time, especially back then,” she said.

This comment, and the wider controversy surrounding “Energy,” stems back to the fact that the Neptunes — more specifically, Williams — allegedly “swindled” Kelis out of the rights to her earlier records that they produced.

Because of this, Kelis claimed in her video that Williams’s failure to reach out or credit her on “Energy” was a purposeful jab, intended to be “petty” and “passive aggressive.”

“Pharrell knows better. This is a direct hit at me [and] he does this stuff all the time,” she said. “The reason I’m annoyed is because I know it was on purpose.”

“This is not like some, ‘Oh, they were in the studio…’ No. No, this was an on-purpose, direct hit, which is very passive aggressive, it’s very petty, it’s very stupid,” she added.

In a second video posted shortly after, Kelis told fans that her anger is “really not about Beyoncé” but rather about Williams’s “hypocrisy” in his alleged treatment of her as an artist.

“Pharrell, who did an interview last year talking about artists’ rights and how people should be able to rework their deals and artists should be getting credit for what they’ve done,” she said, referencing a 2020 Variety interview.

“When in reality, when I was signed to [his record label], I had the same manager that he had and he has writing credits on my records. OK. All my singles, coincidentally. And he never wrote a song, a lyric a day in his life,” she claimed.

Kelis also called out Beyoncé’s “hypocrisy,” saying that her actions did not align with the “female empowerment” she champions in her music.

“The reality is, all of this female empowerment, it only counts if you really do it — if you’re really living it and walking the walk,” she said. “It’s real cute and fun to sing all these girls’ songs — come on now. Let’s be real.”

She stated she felt it was necessary to call out the unjust behavior she was seeing across the board. “Someone has to talk about it and bring it up,” she said. “And it just so happens that I was thrown in this.”

Referring to “Energy,” she concluded by accusing Beyoncé and the Neptunes of “thievery.”

“It’s not a collaboration. … The definition of collaboration means that we are working together. There’s no working together if you are not even checking to see if everything’s cool. That’s a problem,” she said.

This is not the first time Kelis has spoken out against the Neptunes and the legal rights to her older music.

In an interview with the Guardian in 2020, Kelis said that she was “blatantly lied to and tricked” by Williams and Hugo and their legal teams, alleging that she didn’t make any money from the sales of her first two albums, which were produced by the duo.

“I was told we were going to split the whole thing 33/33/33, which we didn’t do,” she told the outlet. “I thought it was a beautiful and pure, creative safe space, but it ended up not being that at all.”

When probed about the legalities of this, Kelis explained that Williams and Hugo would direct her toward paperwork whenever she questioned them on the unfair split.

“Their argument is: ‘Well, you signed it.’ I’m like: ‘Yeah, I signed what I was told, and I was too young and too stupid to double-check it,’” she said.

Hugo — who Kelis said was “spineless” in her recent Instagram videos — dodged questioning about the rights to her music during an interview with Vulture earlier this year.

“I heard about her sentiment toward that,” the producer said when asked about her comments to the Guardian. “I mean, I don’t handle that. I usually hire business folks to help out with that kind of stuff.”

“We made some cool records back then with Kelis,” he added. “It’d be great to connect with her again somewhere down the line.”

BuzzFeed News has reached out to representatives for Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé for comment.



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England and Chelsea star Mason Mount shares details on relationship status

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All eyes have been on Mason Mount every time he takes to the pitch during the World Cup, playing for England in their bid to become champions.

Ahead of the tournament kicking off, the Chelsea player – who has been dubbed one of the most eligible men in Britain – teamed up with fashion It girl Emilia Boateng in December’s issue of TatlerFind out all about his love life here…

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“Football is my priority,” he affirmed when asked about his relationship status. He does, however, occasionally go on dates. “Sometimes when I come up to London,” the footballer notes, confirming he’s not trawling through dating apps such as Tinder or Hinge.

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The 23-year-old is now single, having previously dated model Chloe Wealleans-Watts after they got together in 2017. It’s not known when the former couple parted ways.

Mason Mount and Emilia Boateng feature in Tatler’s latest issue photo credit – Ahmed Hassan

Mason, who is worth a reported £20 million, went on to comment on England’s chances of winning following the Lionesses amazing win at the Euros.

“We want to win. And with the group we have, we can definitely do that,” he added. “I feel like we’re on the right path. We want to make the nation proud.”

The footballer is set to play for England at the World Cup

Asked about what he thought of the Lionesses bringing football home before the boys did, Mason said: “Over the moon,” explaining that he and fellow England player Phil Foden were watching the Euro 2022 final from a suite in Wembley Stadium.

“I was very lucky to be able to see what they did,” he added. “It was amazing being a spectator. It was unbelievable. I was absolutely buzzing.”

The pair featured in the December issue of Tatler

The sports star has represented England since he was 15, joining the senior side in 2019 when he was 20. He became part of the Euros team last year – with the team reaching the final at Wembley. “We were so close,” he remarked. “That’s what makes it so hard.”

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The December issue of Tatler featuring Little Black Book is available on newsstands and via digital download on 27 October.

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Melanie Griffith shares rare ‘thankful’ photo with famous mom Tippi Hedren

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Melanie Griffith had reason to be thankful over the extended holiday weekend, as she got to spend Thanksgiving with her family.

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Chief among them was her mom, legendary actress Tippi Hedren, and even posted a photo of the two relaxing together over the weekend.

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While the two reclined on an animal-print laden bed, it was clear that they shared a close bond, and Melanie even wrote: “Thankful that my Mom is still here with us.”

The 92-year-old icon garnered a strong reaction from fans and celebrities alike, many of whom still touted Tippi as being a beautiful figure.

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Even ex-husband Antonio Banderas left a comment which read: “Love for both of you ladies,” while many left scores of heart emojis and Olivia Harrison wrote: “What a blessing.”

A fan said: “So beautiful Melanie! You are so lucky to still have her. Happy Holidays, Beautiful!” while another added: “Thankful for you still having her. You are so blessed.”

Melanie expressed her gratitude for still having her mother in her life

The actress is a mom herself to three children, eldest son Alexander Bauer with ex-husband Steven Bauer, Dakota Johnson with Don Johnson, and Stella Banderas with Antonio.

In fact, she got the opportunity to reunite with Don over the holiday weekend as they got together with several other members of the extended family.

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Some of their kids from their previous marriages were present as well, while Melanie even posed alongside Don’s now wife Kelly Phleger as the two have maintained a strong familial relationship.

The entire group were even seen engrossed in board games in one photograph, showcasing that a good time was had by all in the blended family gathering.

The actress reunited with her ex-husband Don and their extended family over the holiday weekend

“A bunch of family moments. Grateful for each one of them. Laughter, memories, and love,” the Oscar-nominated actress captioned her set of images, receiving a warm response from her followers.

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David Muir kickstarts holiday prep in rare personal photograph

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Leave it to David Muir to get an early head start on his holiday prep the week after Thanksgiving itself.

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The World News Tonight anchor shared a rare personal photograph of himself while out shopping to decorate his home in time for Christmas.

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He held aloft a pair of big bushy wreaths while at a Christmas tree farm, also dressed smartly in a brown jacket with a white tee and jeans, a much more casual look than what we’re used to seeing him in.

David was getting into the holiday mood early, as he even captioned his photograph with: “Alright, let’s bring some cheer.”

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Many fans could quite easily relate as one commented: “Who’s starting to decorate their Home with Christmas decorations yet ? I am.”

Another added: “You succeeded! Very merry and bright!” while a third wrote: “Xmas Cheer when you are not working so many hours!!!”

David got an early start to his holiday home prep

The decorations are likely to brighten up the journalist’s expansive upstate New York estate near the water, which he shares with his beloved pet dog Axel and often hosts family and friends at.

While David is already looking forward to Christmas and some more holiday fun, he clearly had a relaxing and spirited start to the season.

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In honor of Thanksgiving the previous Thursday, the ABC News anchor posted a beautiful photo of his older sister, Rebecca – and they look so alike!

Taking to his Instagram Stories, David shared a snapshot of his sibling setting the table for dinner. Rebecca looked beautiful in a black top as she arranged a bouquet of flowers for the centerpiece.

The ABC News anchor spent Thanksgiving with his family

“Happy Thanksgiving. My sister. Some flowers and a bunch of turkeys,” David captioned the photo. He also shared a snapshot of Axel, which he captioned: “I got some turkey too because I’m a good boy.”

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