Right Said Fred Says ‘Arrogant’ Beyoncé Used Number Without Permission

“I’m too sexy” to ask permission.

British pop duo Right Said Fred is tearing at Beyoncé for allegedly sampling their lustful song “I’m Too Sexy” for her new album without asking for their blessing.

The group, which was formed in 1989 by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass, accused the singer of using their lustful 1992 hit for her song “Alien Superstar,” The Sun reported. The single was part of Knowles’ hit album “Renaissance,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in August after leaking online two days before its July release.

“Normally the artist approaches us, but Beyoncé didn’t because she’s such an arrogant person,” Right Said Fred told the Sun about the alleged theft. “She probably just thought ‘come and get me,’ so we learned about it afterwards when you did.”

Beyonce was accused of sampling Right Said Fred's 1992 hit "I'm too sexy" for her track "Alien superstar."

Beyoncé was accused of sampling Right Said Fred’s 1992 hit “I’m Too Sexy” for her song “Alien Superstar”.


"There's nothing we can do.  It's s---t," Right Said Fred complained about the alleged theft. "You enter into a conversation with someone who has much more presence and power and money than we do.  And that won't go well."

“There’s nothing we can do. It’s s–t,” Right Said Fred complained about the alleged theft. “You’re going to talk to someone who has a lot more presence and power and money than we do. And that’s not going to go well.”


Beyonce Knowles accepts Best R&B Performance at the 63rd Grammy Award outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 14, 2021.

Beyoncé takes home Best R&B Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards outside Staples Center in 2021.


Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred on the set of the music video for "I'm too sexy" early nineties.

Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred on the set of the music video for “I’m Too Sexy” in the early 1990s.


They found the alleged song sampling particularly troubling as previous artists had reportedly requested permission to record the song. “Everyone, Drake and Taylor Swift, they came to us,” said the siblings’ pop sensations.

Indeed, Drake sampled the song for his 2021 hit “Way 2 Sexy,” while Swift had used the song in her 2017 lead single “Look What You Made Me Do,” “Reputation.”

“To use our tune, they need our permission, so they send us the demo and we approve it and if so, we get a co-write credit,” explains RSF. “With this Beyoncé thing, there are 22 writers, it’s ridiculous, so we’d get about 40” [pounds].”

The British pop stars said they believe this surreptitious sampling is happening “because there’s so little money in actual sales right now, people like friends, golf partners, engineers, bookers and the guy who brings the Coke, they all want a cut.”

Right Said Fred performs on the ARD television show "Schlagerboom 2019" in the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, Germany.
Right Said Fred will perform in 2019 at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, Germany.
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Beyonce's "Renaissance" topped the Billboard 200 chart in August.
Beyonce’s “Renaissance” topped the charts in August.
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Regardless, the Fairbrass brothers claim they feel powerless to “stop” the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman, who is reportedly worth a cool $500 million and has 28 Grammy awards, the most of any female performer in the world. history.

“There’s nothing we can do. It’s s–t,” lamented RSF. “You’re going to talk to someone who has a lot more presence, power and money than us. And that’s not going to go well.”

They concluded that it is best to “let it go” and look to the future.

Ironically, RSF’s “I’m Too Sexy” uses a sample of a Jimi Hendrix tune, which the band only realized much later, after which they paid the guitarist’s estate for the privilege.

“I didn’t realize that our guitarist, Rob Manzoli, hadn’t played the riff from Jimi Hendrix’ ‘Third Stone From the Sun’ on ‘I’m Too Sexy’ until much later,” Fred Fairbrass told The Guardian in a 2017 interview. “I thought the guitar parts sounded like Coronation Street’s theme, but Hendrix’s estate was really cool about it and just asked for a writing credit and a charitable donation.”

"Normally the performer approaches us, but Beyoncé didn't because she's such an arrogant person," Right Said Fred told the Sun about the alleged theft. "She probably just thought,
“Normally the artist approaches us, but Beyoncé didn’t because she’s such an arrogant person,” Right Said Fred told the Sun about the alleged theft. “She probably just thought ‘come and get me,’ so we learned about it afterwards when you did.”
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Beyonce is the most decorated artist in Grammy history.
Beyoncé is the most decorated female performer in Grammy history.
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This isn’t the first time the 41-year-old Knowles has been accused of stealing music for “Renaissance,” which features the R&B icon naked on the cover.

Prior to the album’s release in July, singer Kelis accused Beyoncé of using a sample of her 2000 song “Get Along With You” without her permission. The “Milkshake” singer claims she discovered the sample from Bey’s song “Energy” when the whole world did.

“Some people in this business have no soul or integrity,” Kelis bellowed in a response to Instagram.

Knowles has since removed the sample from the track.

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