Beyoncé edits two songs on revival after social backlash

Even Beyoncé isn’t immune to the cycle of outrage. Although she Critically acclaimed Latest album, RevivalLess than a week out, Beyoncé is already making changes to two of her songs after being called out on social media.

The singer interjected a portion of her 2003 hit “Milkshake” into “Energy” for a beef with Kelis. (Gellis is not the credited writer on the song.) “I heard about it like everybody else did,” said Gellis. An Instagram comment. Until Wednesday, intermission Removed.

The song “Heated” includes lyrics from the original The same skillful slander This landed Lizzo in hot water on Twitter a few weeks ago. On Monday, three days after the album’s release, It was reported Beyonce would change that word. As of Wednesday, “Sp***in’ ass” has been changed from “Sp***in’ ass” to “Blastin’ ass” on YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify (although the lyrics are still available on Spotify. Old version)

Kelis is situation specific and can be overwhelming Her feud with Pharrell It’s about his relationship with Beyonce. But the profanity in “Heat” is part of a long career tradition Edit songs in preview. It’s almost a passage right — an artist writes a lyric that ages badly and is eventually modified or scrapped entirely. In the past, that process could take years, and the original versions would be preserved on physical albums or previous song downloads. Altered lyrics are only apparent on reissues or when sung in concert. In the age of Twitter and Spotify, that response is as immediate as the backlash.

If a track is altered and re-released on streamers, that’s the only version that circulates beyond TikTok snippets and a few CDs and vinyl copies. Kanye West took that flexibility with him in 2016 Updates The Life of Pablo. One of the industry’s most savvy artists, Beyoncé knows how quickly she makes edits, and hardly anyone remembers that it was changed in the first place.

The revisions also inspired Monica Lewinsky Suggest removing his name From Beyoncé’s 2013 song “Partition”. Beyhive has been Less compliance For that change.

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