Beyonce and Jay Z Sued by Hungarian Singer Over Sample in Drunk in Love

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Hungarian Roma singer Monika Miczura Juhász, known as Mitsou, is suing Beyonce, Jay-Z, and producer Timbaland for “Drunk in Love.”

In a suit filed on Dec. 12, Mitsou claims their hit song illegally uses her 1995 song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem.” To be specific, the Hungarian performer says that her voice was sampled and digitally manipulated without her permission, according to the Guardian.

“Mitsou’s incredible voice is widely considered unique and ethereal, and since the 1990s, she has been in high demand for countless international collaborations as a featured guest singer. [But she] has never signed any documents that would permit anyone to use her voice for advertising or trade purposes… and never granted any of the defendants permission to use her voice for any purpose.”

Juhász also claims that her voice was used “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics performed by Beyoncé and Jay Z”.

She is seeking unspecified damages and wants the song to be prohibited from playing until her voice is removed.

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