Beyoncé Remake Scuffle
New shipments of Beyoncé’s B’Day Deluxe Edition will not include a remake of the song "I’m Kissing You" because of a legal dispute, Beyoncé’s management company said.
"Unfortunately, there were some misunderstandings regarding whether Des’ree’s song "[I’m] Kissing You" was cleared for release in the United States," said Music World Entertainment.
The decision follows a copyright infringement suit filed against the pop star and Sony BMG on behalf of songwriters Des’ree Weeks and Timothy Atack.
International versions of the album, which dropped in early April, are not affected by the change because they did not include the track, Music World Entertainment said.
In the complaint, The Royalty Network argues that even though Beyoncé’s version of the 1996 song includes an altered title – "Still In Love (Kissing You)" – and extra lyrics, the singer and record company failed to finalize a written agreement to release the remake.
The Royalty Network asked the court to order Sony BMG to stop distributing the album with the song, and the suit seeks damages in excess of $150,000.