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Diane Warren apologises after questioning amount of credited writers on Beyoncé's "Alien Superstar"

02 August 2022, 13:16 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Diane Warren has apologised on Twitter, saying she meant "no disrespect" towards Beyoncé after questioning the amount of credited writers on her Renaissance song "Alien Superstar".

Last Friday (29 July) Beyoncé released her new album Renaissance, and yesterday (1 August) legendary songwriter Diane Warren, who previously worked wth Beyoncé on 2011's "I Was Here", questioned how one song can have 24 writers on Twitter.

Although she didn't directly mention Beyoncé, her "Alien Superstar" song does credit 24 writers (according to Billboard), so Beyoncé fans were quick to jump on Warren's tweet. Warren followed it up by writing, "This isn't meant as shade, I'm just curious," but by then the Beyhive, and another Beyoncé collaborator - The-Dream - had already responded.

The-Dream wrote, "You mean how’s does our (Black) culture have so many writers, well it started because we couldn’t afford certain things starting out,so we started sampling and it became an Artform, a major part of the Black Culture (hip hop) in America.Had that era not happen who knows. U good?"

After Warren replied that she "didn't mean that as an attack or as disrespect," and thanked The-Dream for "making me aware of it". The-Dream then told Warren to "Stop acting like your records haven’t been sampled."

Later, Warren posted an apology, writing, "Ok, I meant no disrespect to Beyoncé, who I've worked with and admire. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding."

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