Beyonce, Mary J. Blige Embroiled In Songwriting Controversy

Written by July 14th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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While no one doubts her abilities as a performer, lately there’s been some skepticism about Beyonce’s songwriting skills. In a recent interview with BOSSIP, producer Bangledesh said, “It really doesn’t matter if Beyonce is actually sitting there physically writing the song. Even if she’s not, it don’t mean she can’t. She might not have the time. It doesn’t matter, because you can work with artists who write, or work with artists that’s Beyonce’s level.” Bangladesh is the producer behind popular songs including Beyonce’s “Diva” and “Video Phone” as well as Lil Wayne’s “A Milli”, Kelis’ “Bossy”, and many more.

Despite Bangladesh’s comments, he doesn’t seem to doubt Beyonce’s worth as an artist. In fact, he seems to think that because of her star status, there’s nothing wrong with having songs handed to her. “People want to be a part of what she’s doing,” he says. “She either wrote it or can put her name on it, because that’s the boss she is.”

In other news, Mary J. Blige and the production team The Clutch are being sued for copyright infringement by Jay Ballard and Kim Jones for allegedly stealing their song “Take Me As I Am”. The song, which was released in 1995, was used for Mary’s hit song released in 2005 under the same name on her album The Breakthrough.

The duo filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California seeking an account of all singles and albums sold in all formats as well as an account of all royalties and income derived from the use of the song in advertisements. Bliges’ reps have yet to respond to the suit.

  • http://www.americansongwriter.com Lia

    I think producer Bangledesh is missing the point. If Beyonce didn’t write the song oh well. The issue people are having with her is she claims she wrote it and puts her name on it as if she did. Man up and just say who wrote the damn song and keep it moving. Give the writer of the song credit where credit is do!

  • Bey4UGoListening2OtherPeople

    As far as Beyonce goes, watch this and put a lock on it before you receive a ring around your eye.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLxR1vxYyqg

  • Nessa

    Beyonce gives credit and talks about it just that people forget…but they remember what someone else says.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLxR1vxYyqg&playnext_from=TL&videos=7C-v3ruQYNM

    Besides he only made the beat, he wasn’t in the studio when it was written. And more to writing then just the lyrics….you have the music, melodies, vocal arrangements, etc.

    http://www.allshadezone.com/archives/872

  • http://www.commonsense.com Sapphire

    Lia, if you contribute to the song, whether you change the lyrics, or rearrange the song, it’s an writing credit. And if you flip through any of Beyonce’s CD booklets she ALWAYS gives credit where it’s due. Everyone who contributes to the song is properly credited. Maybe if you would do your OWN research and stop relying on gossip blogs who thrives on negativity for truthful information you’d know that.

  • Nessa

    Oh isn’t giving credit something you do on paper and that is what Beyonce does, hence why you have 15 people listed as a writer of a song. She gives everybody credit…

  • Ingenue

    “I give other people credit where credit is due, like Beyoncé really did vocally arrange (‘Irreplaceable’),” Ne-Yo says. “So for someone to come in and take my credit because they are who they are? That doesn’t work for me. I don’t care who you are. … I’m not going to give you something you don’t deserve.”

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/19940398

    As the video proved above, Beyonce often gives credit to people publically.

  • Ingenue

    More importantly, she does it on the album credits where the people are going to be paid for their work. I don’t know how somebody who has worked with Beyonce on 2 songs knows what she has done on the whole body of her work.

  • Ingenue

    Too many other songwriters and producers give her credit for how much she does contribute to her songs. Who’s to say that this guy isn’t mad because Beyonce doesn’t plan on working with him again or he wasn’t paid by this blog to be “ambigious” in an interview. He certainly didn’t come outright and say she doesn’t. Is he scared to get sued because Beyonce does contribute to her songs. So he decided to be “ambigious.”

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