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Beyoncé removes Kelis interpolation from "ENERGY" following complaints over credits

03 August 2022, 10:02 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Beyoncé has removed an interpolation of Kelis' "Milkshake" from her Renaissance song "ENERGY" after Kelis spoke out on socials about not being informed about the use of her song.

Last week Kelis aired her frustrations about the unauthorised interpolation of "Milkshake" in Beyoncé's "ENERGY" song on socials. According to Kelis, she found out about "Milkshake" being interpolated on Beyoncé's "ENERGY" with the rest of the world, and said the "level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all three parties involved is astounding."

She also called out Pharrell Williams, saying the sample is a "direct hit at me", and later wrote in an Instagram caption that she was "coming for what’s mine and I want reparations."

Following Kelis' comments and posts, Beyoncé has removed the "Milkshake" interpolation from "ENERGY", Rolling Stone reports. The original version of "ENERGY" featured Beyoncé singing a version of the "La-la, la-la, la's" that Kelis made famous on her own song, and now that part has been removed from the track available on streaming platforms.

The update to "ENERGY" comes just days after Beyoncé confirmed that the lyrics on "HEATED" would be updated due to being called out for using an ableist slur.

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