Earlier this morning, Hollywood hitmaker Diane Warren asked what seemed like a simple question on Twitter: “How can there be 24 writers on one song?”
But nothing on Twitter is ever simple.
Shortly after Warren’s tweet appeared, Beyoncé’s fans started responding in droves. It looks like the song “Alien Superstar” on his just released album Renaissance has exactly 24 writers. Warren didn’t mention the tune or the superstar singer by name, but the Beyhive took umbrage anyway.
According to Billboard, the writers credited on “Alien Superstar” are:
- Beyoncé herself
- Jay-Z (billed to S. Carter)
- Honey Redmond
- Christophe Laurent Penny
- Luc Francois Matthew Solomon
- Denisia “@Blue_June” Andrews for @Novawav
- Brittany “Chi_Coney” Coney for @Novawav
- David Debrandon Brown
- David Hamelin
- Timothy Lee McKenzie
- Danielle Balbuena
- Rami Yacoub
- Kalic life
- Atia Boggs P/K/A Ink
- take Coppin
- Mike Dean
- Robert Francis Anthony Manzoli
- Richard Peter John Fairbrass
- Christopher Abbott Bernard Fairbrass
- Jean-Michel’s vacation
- Barbara Anne Teer
- Kim Cooper
- Peter Rauhofer
After Beyoncé fans fired up a storm of tweets, Warren tried to clarify with, “It’s not meant to be a shadow, I’m just curious,” followed by “Okay, these are evidence samples adding the amount [sic.] Writers [sic.]“But the Beyhive had none.
Finally, this afternoon, Warren wrote, “I didn’t mean that as an attack or disrespect. I didn’t know that, thanks for letting me know. No need to be mean with that.
Beyonce recently sparked her own controversy and had to redeem herself in some way.
The song “Heated” by Renaissance, which Beyoncé co-wrote with Drake and seven others contains the line “Spazzin’ on that a**, spazz on that a**.” The word “spaz” is a pejorative reference to spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that makes it difficult to control one’s muscles.
It was later reported by Deadline’s sister publication Variety that Beyoncé’s camp said in a statement, “The word, not intentionally used in a harmful manner, will be replaced.”