Beyonce Accused of Lifting ... Hungarian Folk Music

Singer says Bey illegally sampled her Roma folk song
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2014 9:41 AM CST

Well, this is a little different from the usual music copyright lawsuits: Beyonce has been accused of illegally sampling a Roma folk song by a Hungarian singer. Mitsou, real name Mónika Juhász Miczura, is suing Bey and husband Jay Z over 2013's "Drunk in Love," alleging that co-producer Timbaland sampled her vocals from "Bajba, Bajba Pelem" in the opening. She's also upset that "Drunk in Love" evokes "foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics," the Daily Dot reports; her 19-year-old folk song is about hopelessness. She wants damages and 29% of the Beyonce song's songwriting credits, plus the song to be permanently banned. (Click to see recent pictures of Bey and Jay meeting Wills and Kate.)

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