Listening to the second song from Beyoncé‘s new album Lemonade, I was struck by the the main element of its chorus – “…they don’t love you like I love you” – and, in particular, its similarities to the chorus of the song “ Maps” by the band Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, which goes like this: “…they don’t love you like I love you.”

In this post-”Blurred Lines”-decision era – in which a jury awarded the Estate of Marvin Gaye $7.4 million due to the infringement by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, et al. of Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” – the lines around what constitutes an infringement are increasingly (ahem) blurry.

In fact, with the recent news that the Led Zeppelin dispute over that band’s potential infringement of the song “Taurus” by Spirit is apparently heading to a US courtroom, it struck me that – absent an agreement – Beyonce was fairly brazenly ignoring the “chilling effect” these recent actions – in theory – send through the rightsholder community.

A little research however shows that far from flaunting copyright law, Beyoncé has apparently embraced it wholeheartedly.


Beyonce’s new album, Lemonade, contains a song that borrows heavily from the indie-rock band, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. In a post “Blurred Lines” universe, it’s refreshing to see Beyonce give credit where credit is due. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The credits for “Hold Up” are as follows:

Produced by Ezra Koenig, Beyoncé, and Diplo