Earlier this morning, Hollywood hitmaker Diane Warren on Twitter posed what seemed like a simple question: “How can there be 24 writers on one song?”
But nothing on Twitter is ever easy.
Shortly after Warren’s tweet appeared, Beyoncé fans started responding en masse. It looks like the song “Alien Superstar” is on her just released album Renaissance has exactly 24 writers. Warren didn’t call the tune or the superstar singer by name, but the Beyhive still took offense.
According to Billboard, the writers are credited with “Alien Superstar”:
- Beyoncé herself
- Jay-Z (billed to S. Carter)
- Honey Redmond
- Christopher Lawrence Penny
- Luke Francis Matthew Solomon
- Denisia “@Blue_June” Andrews for @Novawav
- Brittany “Chi_Coney” Comey for @Novawav
- David Debrandon Brown
- Dave Hamelin
- Timothy Lee McKenzie
- Danielle Balbuena
- Rami Yacoub
- Life Kalic
- Atia Boggs P/K/A Ink
- take Coppin
- Mike Dean
- Robert Francis Anthony Manzolic
- Richard Peter John Fairbrass
- Christopher Abbott Bernard Fairbrass
- John Michael Holiday
- Barbara Ann Teer
- Kim Cooper
- Peter Rauhofer
After Beyoncé fans sparked a tweet storm, Warren tried to clarify this with, “This isn’t meant to be a shade, I’m just curious,” then “Okay, they’re prob samples adding up the amount [sic.] from writers [sic.]But the Beyhive had none of it.
Finally, Warren wrote this afternoon, “I didn’t mean that as an attack or a disrespect. I didn’t know this, thanks for letting me know. You don’t have to be mean about that.”
Beyonce recently caused her own controversy and had to make amends for her own kind.
The song “Heated” by Renaissance, which Beyoncé co-wrote with Drake and seven others, includes the line “Spazzin’ on that a**, spazz on that a**.” The word “spaz” is a derogatory reference to spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that makes it difficult for people to control their muscles.
It was later reported by Deadline’s sister publication, Variety, that Beyoncé’s camp said in a statement, “The word, not intentionally used in a malicious way, will be replaced.”