Beyoncé removes 'Milkshake' sample from new song after Kelis called her out for ‘theft’

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Beyoncé has removed a sample of the hit 2003 track 'Milkshake' from her song 'Energy' after Kelis said it was an act of theft, People reports.

The release of her new album Renaissance has been particularly rocky for the 40-year-old R and B star.

On Monday, a rep for Beyoncé confirmed to Rolling Stone that the singer would be removing the word "spaz" from her song 'Heated' after it sparked outrage from fans due to its ableist connotations.

Now, Queen B has removed a sample of 'Milkshake' from her new song on Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and YouTube.

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Kelis Performing at Tramlines Festival. Credit: Robin Burns / Alamy

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo are the only credited writers and producers on the era-defining song performed by Kelis.

According to Genius, Williams and Hugo are listed as co-writers on 'Energy' while, Kelis - whose vocals are not heard on the song - is not.

Ahead of the release of Renaissance on Friday, Kelis took to Instagram and called Beyoncé out for got getting her permission to use the song - which just so happens to be the track that she is known best for.

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It all started when a fan account with the handle @kelistrends shared a throwback pic of Kelis and Beyoncé, captioned: "[Renaissance] will include a @kelis sample on the song 'Energy'". Kelis promptly responded to the image's caption, writing: "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 in another comment. "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."

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"The issue is that not only are we female artists, okay? Black female artists in an industry [where] there's not that many of us," she continued, per BBC Culture. "We've met each other, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It's not hard. She can contact, right?"

She went on: "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. So, it's not about me being mad about Beyoncé."

Featured image credit: PA Images / Alamy

Beyoncé removes 'Milkshake' sample from new song after Kelis called her out for ‘theft’

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By VT

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Beyoncé has removed a sample of the hit 2003 track 'Milkshake' from her song 'Energy' after Kelis said it was an act of theft, People reports.

The release of her new album Renaissance has been particularly rocky for the 40-year-old R and B star.

On Monday, a rep for Beyoncé confirmed to Rolling Stone that the singer would be removing the word "spaz" from her song 'Heated' after it sparked outrage from fans due to its ableist connotations.

Now, Queen B has removed a sample of 'Milkshake' from her new song on Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and YouTube.

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Kelis Performing at Tramlines Festival. Credit: Robin Burns / Alamy

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo are the only credited writers and producers on the era-defining song performed by Kelis.

According to Genius, Williams and Hugo are listed as co-writers on 'Energy' while, Kelis - whose vocals are not heard on the song - is not.

Ahead of the release of Renaissance on Friday, Kelis took to Instagram and called Beyoncé out for got getting her permission to use the song - which just so happens to be the track that she is known best for.

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Credit: Instagram

It all started when a fan account with the handle @kelistrends shared a throwback pic of Kelis and Beyoncé, captioned: "[Renaissance] will include a @kelis sample on the song 'Energy'". Kelis promptly responded to the image's caption, writing: "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 in another comment. "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."

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Credit: Instagram

"The issue is that not only are we female artists, okay? Black female artists in an industry [where] there's not that many of us," she continued, per BBC Culture. "We've met each other, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It's not hard. She can contact, right?"

She went on: "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. So, it's not about me being mad about Beyoncé."

Featured image credit: PA Images / Alamy