Beyoncé Sued by Estate of Murdered YouTube Personality Over ‘Formation’ Sample


Beyoncé‘s ‘Formation,’ the lead single from last year’s ‘Lemonade,’ opens with a sample of deceased YouTube personality Messy Mya. Now, the estate of Mya has reportedly sued the star for £20 million over allegedly unauthorized usage. – NME

According to TMZ, Mya — real name Anthony Barre — has an estate claim that the sample was unapproved and that Beyonce and the team has disregarded all attempts of communication over the problem. The estate is now seeking “more than $20,000,000 in royalties and other damages.”

A sample of a YouTube video of Messy Mya from early 2010 features at the beginning of “Formation.” It shows him saying, “What happened after New Orleans?” and “Bitch, I’m back. By popular demand.” Mya was murdered later that year.