The world may be scoffing at Hungarian folk singer Mitsou right now, but her sales and YouTube hits might just soar after this latest publicity stunt.
Money-hungary (yup) Mitsou is suing Beyoncé (the nerve!), Jay-Z, and Timbaland for “irreparable harm” and “emotional distress,” claiming that the producers of “Drunk in Love” stole samples from Mitsou’s band Ando Drom’s 1995 song “Bajba, Bajba Pélem.” You wish, lady!
Coming a year after the surprise release of Beyoncé’s album, appropriately titled Beyoncé, the lawsuit states that the ‘stolen’ vocals are used to “evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense” song. While it’s true that most Americans would consider the sample in question to sound ‘exotic,’ Mitsou shouldn’t be upset about the sexual nature of the song. After all, “Bajba, Bajba Pélem” translates to “I Got Into Trouble,” and if you think “Drunk in Love” is dirty, you should watch the music video for “Partition.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z probably couldn’t even find Hungary on a map, not to mention find your insignificant song sample and use it! If we had a penny for every time we heard that progression of ‘exotic’-sounding notes (it’s legitimately just up and down the scale but in an Alvin and the Chipmunks voice), we would have many, many pennies. Let’s take it one step further: “Ando Drom” means ‘on the road’ in Romani. Sounds like originality is not your forte.
Listen to the two songs below and decide for yourself if the generic sample is stolen or not (and as much as we love international folk music, we couldn’t make it through “Bajba, Bajba”):
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