Beyoncé removes sample “Milkshake” from “Energy”

Kelis then went live on Instagram to call out Beyoncé and former associates of the Neptunes, who produced Kelis’s first three albums. The Neptunes, made up of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, are said to have “frauded” Kelis into owning her music, fueling a longstanding feud between the former collaborators. (Kelis is not credited as the writer or producer of “Milkshake” and thus has no legal claim to the song.)

As of Tuesday, both Williams and Hugo were still credited as writers on the track “Energy” on Spotify.

“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,” Kelis said on Instagram. “It was published, people were deprived of their rights – it happened all the time, especially then.”

Since Beyoncé came out Renaissance, it has received some criticism, not just from Kelis. On Monday, songwriter Diane Warren tweeted, apologizing for her confusion over how “Alien Superstar” credited 24 writers. But having so many songwriters is a growing trend. Beyoncé, along with several other pop artists, has recently gone to songwriting camps to write albums, where dozens of people collaborate on one song.

Beyoncé also faced criticism for using the skillful term “spaz” in her song “Heated,” prompting a representative of the singer to promise that the lyrics would be changed.

Representatives for Beyoncé and Kelis did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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