How much money could Beyoncé lose in her new lawsuit? Now that Messy Mya’s estate is claiming that Beyoncé stole music from him, her net worth could take a serious hit.
According to TMZ, the estate of New Orleans hip hop artist Anthony Barré (Messy Mya) is suing Beyoncé for sampling his music in her song “Formation.” Beyoncé reportedly stole his voice and lines from Mya’s tracks “A 27-Piece Huh?” and “Booking the Hoes from New Wildings.”
The estate claims that Beyoncé used his words, including his phrase “I like that,” in “Formation” without permission. “They are the defining introduction of the song ‘Formation’ and the seed from which the entire song grows,” the lawsuit states. “There should be no doubt that Anthony Barré’s unique, gravelly voice, cadence and words were sampled by defendants,”
Check out the ‘Formation’ video here:
“Formation” was certified gold and made millions. In fact, her entire album Lemonade was a huge success, and her Formation World Tour earned over $120 million.
Mya was shot and killed in 2010. The estate claims that it tried to talk amicably to Beyoncé about the music she allegedly stole, but she reportedly refused.
So the estate is suing her for over $20,000,000 in back royalties and other damages. And this isn’t the first time the infringement has come up. Fans compared the two songs after Beyoncé debuted “Formation” at the Super Bowl Halftime Show last year.
Check out the ‘A 27-Piece Huh?’ video here:
So how will this new lawsuit affect Beyoncé’s estimated $450 million net worth? Beyoncé could lose a lot of money. But luckily, she’s earned so much that her fortune should be safe.
So how did Bey make her millions? A lot of it, of course, comes from her successful music career. Since 2008, she’s earned $600 million gross as a solo artist thanks to albums, tours, merchandising and more. All six of her albums have debuted at number one. She also has endorsement deals and her Ivy Park clothing line. And Beyoncé is an actress and a major investor in Jay Z’s Tidal.
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