It’s been one year since Beyoncé’s self-titled album hit the stores and bestowed us with a bunch of great songs and visuals. While we were celebrating the one-year anniversary of the album with the newly released platinum edition, a Hungarian singer sued Beyoncé, Jay Z and Timbaland for using her voice in the last year’s hit song Drunk in Love, which was nominated for a Grammy and won Best Collaboration at the MTV Video Music Awards with its video.
Monika Miczura Juhasz, aka Mitsou, claims that Beyoncé used her voice to create the sample in Drunk in Love. Mitsou says her solo a capella in her song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” was manipulated and edited with auto-tune to create the hit single’s famous, authentic, oriental sample. The sampling in the 2013’s one of the best songs lasts 13 seconds and repeats a couple of times during the song.
Mitsou says her song, “Bajba, Bajba Pelem”, which she recorded back in 1995, is a Roma folk song and is about hopelessness but Beyoncé used it “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics.” Mitsou says she never signed any document to permit Bey for using Mitsou’s voice for advertising or trade purposes.
Mitsou wants the judge to disallow playing the song as long as her manipulated voice used as a sample in the song. The 42-year-old Hungarian singer is also requesting unspecified damages in a Manhattan Supreme Court.
Sources say Beyoncé and her representatives are out of reach for any comments right now, but we are sure, because of these copyright infringement issues, Queen B is not as happy as last year when her self-titled album including the smash hit Drunk in Love sold over 5 million copies. Bey recently released a re-issue of her album with live performances, remixes and two new songs including 7/11.