Someone is Suing Beyonce Over ‘Drunk in Love’ Vocals
Well, Beyoncé, Jay Z and producer Timbaland are being sued by a Hungarian folk singer for allegedly sampling said vocals without her permission. Because before Beyoncé even gets to “surfboardt”, it’s all Mónika Juhász Miczura’s voice at the introduction of the song (the ones you hear and you know the song is “Drunk in Love”, and you’re ready to start belting it out like you’re Bey).
Page Six reports that the “internationally acclaimed Hungarian Roma singer’’, known as Mitsou, is suing Beyonce for sampling her vocals in the hit song without permission or compensation.
The original recording of “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” was released in the United States entitled “Gypsy Life on the Road”, by North Pacific Records in 1997.
According to the suit, “Mitsou’s voice was [then] sampled and digitally manipulated without her permission…All together, Mitsou’s vocals are featured for over 1¹/₂ minutes of the 5¹/₂-minute song.”
And to her distress, the sampling “evokes foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics performed by Beyoncé and Jay Z”, since her original song was about hopelessness.
Jay Z is involved in the lawsuit too because the couple have been “unjustly enriched to the detriment of Mitsou.”
Finally, Jay and Bey’s “blatant unauthorized use of [her] voice for trade purposes is causing [her] irreparable harm and emotional distress.”
She’s seeking unspecified damages, and has asked the judge to prohibit distribution of the song.