The BeyHive (and plenty of music on Twitter) went viral on songwriter Diane Warren’s account on Monday after she asked, “How can there be 24 writers in a song? Accompanied by attention-grabbing emoji. The tweet was referring to the credits on Beyoncé Renaissance The lead, “Alien Superstar”, which has the same number of writers.
Except for some of the replies to her age And a red carpet A moment with Mariah Carey This is a clear tablet (No pun intended, BeyHive), what resulted in Warren’s shadow—whether intended or not—was a public education on the history of black music, the art of collaboration, and why the concept of artistic brilliance is an entirely solitary endeavor.”White idea, capitalism, paternalism. “
I didn’t mean any disrespect from my tweet. ‘Love Beyoncé’s new album,’ says Warren. rolling rock. “She’s an amazing and groundbreaking artist that I’ve worked with and admired a lot.”
“Every collaborator who worked on this record should be celebrated,” she says.
At first, responses to Warren’s initial tweet hit the veteran songwriter — who worked on Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” — for not understanding how sampling and accreditation works. Warren’s response was that despite her interesting emoji, her tweet was,Doesn’t mean shadow“And she understood that”It’s test samples add upBook number.
But, like the number of songwriters credited with Beyoncé’s song, responses to her tweet have also started to increase. Hours later, after falling out with Stan’s accounts, Warren tweeted, “I didn’t mean to disrespect Beyonce, who I worked with and admired. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding.”
Well, I didn’t mean to disrespect Tweet embedThe one I worked with and liked. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding
– Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) August 1, 2022
You mean how our (black) culture has a lot of writers, well it started because we couldn’t stand certain things at first, so we started sampling and Artform became a major part of black culture (hip hop) in America, didn’t that era of who knows. you are good?
Dream music icon (@TheKingDream) August 1, 2022
But Twitter didn’t own it. And it wasn’t also some black designs – including RenaissanceLead co-writer The-Dream – who found trouble in what seemed to him like a direct attack on Beyoncé.
“you mean [how] Is there in our (black) culture a lot of writers, “dream books.” Well, it started because we couldn’t afford certain things at first, so we started sampling and Artform became a major part of black culture (hip hop) in America. If that era hadn’t happened,[ed]Who knows. you are good?”
He then challenged her to a face-to-face writing competition, saying she “didn’t want that smoke” if it came to her. The dream books: “You know that I love you, but come on.” “Stop acting like your records haven’t been sampled.”
Warren admitted not knowing about Black’s music sampling history, Write to The-DreamI didn’t mean it as offensive or disrespectful. I didn’t know this, thank you for letting me know. No need for me to be mean about it.”
The uproar on Twitter was also led by Raquel Willis, the activist and former executive editor of Out . magazinefor tweeting a thread about the art of collaboration, a skill that, she says, “not many can showcase.”
“It is a white capitalist paternalistic idea that brilliance only occurs in isolation,” Willis wrote. “We see what happens when people feel their work has been lifted without proper credit.”
We see what happens when people feel their work has been lifted without proper credit. We should be as transparent as possible about all the forces involved in what we create and when we are not, it means that we are probably not as skilled as we think.
– Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) August 1, 2022
She then noted the backlash Beyoncé faced from Kellys, who accused the singer of sampling her “milkshakes” without permission. “We should be as transparent as possible about all the forces involved in what we create and when we are not, it means that we may not be as skilled as we think,” Willis wrote. “And of course, proper credit should always come with proper compensation as well.”
Meanwhile, journalist Monique Judge posted a thread on Twitter criticizing the approach some users have taken in trying to reach Warren, specifically her lack of an Academy Award despite having several nominations.
“People have told her that because she doesn’t get awards, her work isn’t great. That’s a lie, and it contradicts the argument you would like to make for your favorite black artists who also don’t have awards,” Judge wrote. “You really mean #OnHere a lot of the time. Like, was Diane hot? Probably. But did you guarantee all that? Probably not.”
You are really mean #over here Often.
– First of all, you bitch… (@thejournalista) August 1, 2022
Regardless of Warren’s intent, commenting on whether the number of songwriters underestimates what is good, one thing is certain: Renaissance It is a good album.
as such rolling rock Reviewer Will Dukes said, “Beyoncé is more relatable than ever, giving listeners all the crunchy jingles and slaps we love and expect from her, proving that inclusivity is the new black.”
As for the people commissioned to write “Alien Superstar” they are as follows: Beyoncé, Honey Redmond, Christopher Lawrence Penney, Luke Francis Matthew Solomon, Denisia Andrews, Brittany Cooney, S. Carter, David Debrandon Brown, Dave Hamlin, Timothy Lee McKenzie , Danielle Balbuena, Rami Yacoub, Levine Kelly, Attia Boggs B/K/A Inc, Lifar Cobain, Salio Diani, Mike Dean, Robert Francis Anthony Manzoli, Richard Peter John Ferbras, Christopher Abbott Bernard Ferbras, John Michael Holiday, Barbara Ann Terre Kim Cooper and Peter Rauhofer.