Beyonce and Jay Z sued for “Drunk in Love”
(E! News)– Icons Beyonce and Jay Z are being sued by a Hungarian folk singer for copyright infringement on their song “Drunk in Love.”
According to E! online, Mónika Juhász Miczura, better known as Mitsou claims Jay, Bey and “Drunk in Love” producers (including Timbaland) sampled and digitally manipulated her vocals from a 1995 traditional Roma folk song without permission.
E! says Mitsou filed the suit Friday in Manhattan, and is seeking unspecified damages for the “irreparable harm and emotional distress” caused by the musicians’ “blatant unauthorized use of [her] voice for trade purposes.”
Mitsou claims that her vocals in “Drunk in Love” can be heard in the a cappella solo that plays during the first 13 seconds of the song.
She goes on to say that her “voice continues to sing as Beyoncé begins to sing”—up until the 41 second mark.
Mitsou states that her vocals allegedly join Jay Z when he raps in the song from 3:14 until 4:05, a total of 51 seconds.
The Hungarian singer claims her vocals, taken from a song called “Bajba, Bajba Pélem” that she recorded with her folk band, Ando Drom, are featured for over 1.5 minutes of the 5.5-minute song.
According to Mitsoui’s suit, her original track is about “hopelessness, when one can no longer trust anyone but her own mother and God.”
E! says she claims that her vocals from this track were lifted without permission and sampled in “Drunk in Love” in order “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics.”
Here are the songs. See for yourself if you hear any similarities.