English pop band, Right Said Fred (Fred and Richard Fairbrass) have called Beyoncé arrogant for using an element of their song I’m Too Sexy without contacting them first.
According to the Sun report, Beyoncé has given her side of the story. The statement reads: “The comments made by Right Said Fred stating that Beyoncé used “I’m Too Sexy” in “Alien Superstar” without permission are erroneous and incredibly disparaging.
“Permission was not only granted for its use, but they publicly spoke of their gratitude for being on the album.
“For their song, there was no sound recording use, only the composition was utilized.
“Permission was asked of their publisher on May 11, 2022, and the publisher approved the use on June 15, 2022. They were paid for the usage in August 2022.
“Furthermore, the copyright percentage of the Right Said Fred writers with respect to the use of “I’m Too Sexy” is a substantial portion of the composition.
“Collectively the Right Said Fred writers own more than any other singular writer and have co-writer credit. This accusation is false.”
Speaking at the 2022 BMI Awards, Right Said Fred said: “Normally the artist approaches us but Beyoncé didn’t because she is such an arrogant person she just had probably thought ‘come and get me’ so we heard about it after the fact when you did. But everyone else, Drake and Taylor Swift, they came to us.
“To use our melody they need our permission so they send us the demo and we approve it and if so we get a co-write credit. With this Beyoncé thing there are 22 writers it’s ridiculous so we would get about 40p.
“The reason that is happening we think is because there is so little money now in the actual sales people like friends, golfing partners, engineers, bookers and the guy who brings the coke, they all want a cut.
“We cant stop it. There is nothing we can do. It is s***.
“You are going to get into a conversation with someone who has a lot more presence and power and money than we do. And that won’t go well. It’s best to let it go. If you’re not careful you spend your life looking back. We keep looking forward the whole time.”