Hungarian Singer Sues Beyonce and Jay Z over Illegal Sampling in Drunk in Love

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Hungarian Roma performer Monika Miczura Juhász, better known as Mitsou, filed a lawsuit against Beyonce, Jay Z and producer Timbaland.

She claims the Grammy-nominated single ”Drunk in Love” illegally uses vocals from her 1995 song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem.”

In a suit filed on Dec. 12, Mitsou says ”her voice was sampled and digitally manipulated without her permission.”

“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 to prevent anyone from playing the song until her vocals are removed.

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