Beyoncé and Jay-Z Are Being Sued Over “Black Effect”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are back with a new scandal. However, this time it’s brought on by a new lawsuit for the couple.
Why Are Beyoncé And Jay-Z Being Sued?
The Carters have a song called “Black Effect.” And the power couple is being sued for copyright infringement, right of publicity, and unjust enrichment because of this song. Apparently, a Jamaican artist claims she didn’t get the credit she deserved for her contribution to the song.
Dr. Lenora Antoinette Stines, the one behind the lawsuit, claims she didn’t receive her credit. She supplied backup dancers for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s album and tour. She also revealed the couple wanted to record her opinion about “love.” Which the two claimed would be used for promotional purposes only.
However, none of this happened. Instead, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have allegedly used this Jamaican artist’s vocals on their song. Without authorization.
“Dr. Stines’ horror and chagrin was compounded when she realized that not only were her vocals featured on the recording and in the project, but she also discovered that she was not even credited by the defendants for providing her vocals,” court documents said. “This discovery left Dr. Stines feeling violated and as if the defendants had ‘artistically raped’ her.”
But it seems like Beyoncé and Jay-Z haven’t responded in court as of yet. Dr. Stines is demanding that the Carters pay damages and legal fees. Along with a writer’s credit for the single and a portion of the publishing rights.
Black Effect is a song that is listed on the couple’s joint album “Everything Is Love.” This album was released in June 2018. The album also won Best Urban Contemporary Album award at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. The court documents state Dr. Stines’ vocals are featured in the first 60 seconds. Which makes up 19% of the song.