Messy Mya's sister has "grossly overstated" the use of his spoken word in "Formation," Beyonce's lawyer writes.
Beyoncé's legal team is in formation, and it's asking the court to toss a lawsuit against the singer arising from her use of a late New Orleans comedian's spoken-word clips in the first single on her critically acclaimed visual album Lemonade.
The estate of Anthony Barre is suing Bey, along with just about every company and person connected with "Formation." A February lawsuit filed by the performer's sister, Angel Barre, seeks royalties, damages and an order that Barre be credited as a writer, composer, producer and artist on the track.
In the "Formation" short film, Barre is first heard at the very beginning saying, “What happened at the New Orleans” and later in the video saying, “Bitch, I’m back by popular demand.” The suit claims the samples infringe the rights in two works of Barre's performance art, "A 27 Piece Huh?" and "Booking the Hoes from New Wildin." His voice is not heard in the sound recording of the track, only in the video.