Vanity Fair Misrepresents Songwriter Beyonce

Roger Friedman of has read the feature in Vanity Fair and is taking issue with the Destiny’s Child star’s claims of being a songwriter. Friedman writes, “In fact, not one of the songs listed under Beyonce’s name on the BMI website is written solely by her. They are usually credited to a list of songwriters. The list comprises the actual writers, and then a few people who’ve ‘tweaked’ the song with a rap or by adding samples. But this is the way it’s done in hip-hop and rap. ‘Writing’ a song has new meaning. It means ‘licensing’ the song from another writer. The word ‘composer’ is not in the hip-hop dictionary.” Read more.

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