American singer, Beyoncé has terminated the use of “Milkshake” from her album’s latest song “Energy” after Kelis ripped into the musician for featuring the hit 2003 song, proclaiming it an act of “thievery.”
Rolling Stones reported that Tidal and Apple have seemed to have removed an interpolation of Kelis’ song “Milkshake” that emerges at the tail end of “Energy.” The removal of “Milkshake” is done just a few days after Kelis publicly called out Beyoncé and the Neptunes’ Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, stating that the use of “Milkshake” was “theft” as she was not even made aware of the interpolation.
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On Monday, Beyoncé announced she would be removing the word “spaz” from her song “Heated” following backlash from critics who said the word is an ableist slur.
The controversy between the two artists arose hours before the album’s official release when Kelis used her chef’s Instagram account to voice her frustration that her song was being used and she wasn’t given the courtesy of a heads-up, much less asked for her blessing. “It’s not a collab, it’s theft,” she wrote.
“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” she added. “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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Beyoncé Removes ‘Milkshake’ From ‘Energy’ After Kelis Clam