AceShowbiz - Diane Warren has backtracked on her criticism of Beyonce Knowles' new album. The awards-winning songwriter, who has also worked with Queen Bey herself, questioned the songwriting credit on the R&B diva's song only to be scolded by fans of the "Break My Soul" songstress.
"How can there be 24 writers on a song? [rolling eyes emoji]," Diane tweeted on Monday, August 1. She quickly followed it up by writing, "This isn't meant as shade, I'm just curious," but added, "That's 23 more than are on mine."
Diane didn't actually name Beyonce in her tweets, but many quickly assumed that it was about Bey because the former Destiny's Child member's latest album "Renaissance" features songs which have a host of credits, like "Alien Superstar" which features a list of over 20 writers.
Responding to Diane's question, one person explained, "It's quite simple. If you sample/interpolate several songs within a new recording, all of those original songwriters receive credit along with those who contributed to the new composition."
Another mocked Diane, "As one of the greatest songwriters of all time, I think you how lol." A third reacted, "This is kind of a boring narrative at this point and it's sad to see artists' attempt to devalue one another."
Seemingly being enlightened, Diane later returned to Twitter to acknowledge, "Ok, it's prob samples that add up the amount of writers."
However, The-Dream was clearly offended by Diane's tweets and took the time to educate her on black music. "You mean how's does our (Black) culture have so many writers," he said. "Well it started because we couldn't afford certain things starting out,so we started sampling and it became an Artform, a major part of the Black Culture (hip hop) in America.Had that era not happen who knows. U good?"
The-Dream added, "Btw I know it's not a one on one writing contest you looking for from no one over here...... you don't want that smoke And you know I love you, but come on. Stop acting like your records haven't been sampled [eyeballs emoji][crying laughing emoji][rocket emoji]."
Diane sensed an attitude as she replied, "I didn't mean that as an attack or as disrespect. I didn't know this, thank U for making me aware of it. No need to be mean about it." She eventually apologized for her question as saying, "Ok, I meant no disrespect to @Beyonce, who I've worked with and admire. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding."