Beyonce and Jay-Z Are Being Sued Over Alleged ‘Drunk in Love’ Sample
Bad news for Beyonce and Jay-Z: According to TMZ, a Hungarian singer named Monika Miczura is claiming the couple — along with producer Timbaland — sampled a Roma folk song that she first recorded in 1995. She says the first 13 seconds of ‘Drunk in Love’ are of her song, and that she was never contacted for permission to use it.
TMZ says Miczura, who goes by the name Mitsou, is partially upset because her original song is about hopelessness, and that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘Drunk In Love’ changes the meaning entirely “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics.”
She says the sample was taken from her song ‘Bajba, Bajba Pelem’ and that her voice was changed with auto-tune in order to disguise the theft. Mitsou is asking a judge to stop the song from being played anywhere until her vocals are removed. She is also asking for compensation, though how much she wants has not been disclosed.
We haven't heard any audio from Miczura's original song, so it'll be interesting to see how the case unfolds.
This isn't the first time Beyonce has been accused of plagiarism, though many past claims have been generally unfounded or decided to be purely coincidental. What do you guys think? Do Miczura's claims hold any water? Or should we wait for audio to emerge before making any judgments?
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