Fake it until you make it, the saying says. Well, Beyonce made it, but it looks that even those who make it borrow ideas sometimes. However, it’s a limit even in borrowing, you have to ask the “idea owners” and to credit them after that. Allegedly the Queen B lifted choreography from dancers, took songwriting credits for songs she didn’t write, and plagiarised in some other ideas, you’ll want to see below:
1. If I were a boy
One singer named BC Jean claimed that Beyonce’s dad strong-armed her from the song that she originally wrote. BC Jean wrote the song after a breakup together with producer Toby Gad and allegedly once Beyonce’s team heard about it they recorded their own version of the song.
2. Countdown music video
We all know Beyonce is such a great dancer, maybe this time she felt dry out of ideas. It was fans who made a comparison of Beyonce’s choreography with that of a Belgian dancer and found many similarities. She said this after “Stealing words” were taking place: “Clearly, the ballet ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ was one of many references for my video ‘Countdown.’ It was one of the inspirations used to bring the feel and look of the song to life.”
3. “Baby Boy”
Jennifer Armour back in 2013 filed a lawsuit that her song “Got A Little Bit Of Love For You” was stolen from Queen B. However she couldn’t prove to the judges that she was the one to write the song, so she lost the case.
4. Dance moves from Formation World Tour
This is what Dancer and choreographer Marlyn Oritz wrote about these Beyonce’s dance moves on her performance:
“Beyonce you have the nerve to steal exact concepts n choreography from other real creative geniuses. You stole from @breakingsurface, you stole the stomping from #delaguarda @fuerzabrutanyc. It’s ok to be inspired but at least make the effort to make it your own.” Or make the effort to credit them one would say.
It was in 2000 when a producer named Terrence Robbinson filed a $200 million lawsuit against Destiny’s Child for stealing his song “Glorious”. He showed the song to Mathew Knowles (Beyonce’s father and manager) and Mathew disappeared with the song. It was months later, “Survivor” was born without crediting Terrence at all.
6. She didn’t write the lyrics of “Crazy in Love.”
“The song came from me actually looking crazy one day in the studio,” Beyoncé said. But according to the song producer Rich Harrison, he was the person that wrote all the song.
7. She didn’t write the lyrics of “Irreplaceable.”
It was at a concert in 2008 when she said she wrote this song for fellow women, but things turned that Ne-Yo wrote it. In 2012 he said: “I honestly wrote that song for myself.”
8. Copy of Billboard Music Awards performance from an Italian pop star
It was her performance of “Run the World” at the Billboard Music Awards 2012 that was quite similar with that of Italian artist Lorella. “My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much,” she said about this one.