Beyoncé accused of secretly changing songs from ‘Renaissance’ album by fans

A fan theory about Beyoncé’s latest album, Renaissanceis gaining traction as more people become convinced that she’s been polishing songs online since her release.

Beyoncé released her seventh solo studio album in late July, and it quickly became a hit with critics and fans alike.

But since then, fans are sure that the singer has changed a few things, including lyrics, background vocals, and even pauses between songs. Others claimed that the album sounded different between different music streaming platforms.

Beyoncé appears via video link during the 2020 BET Awards. Some fans think she keeps changing the songs on her new album, Renaissance.
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Some fans have speculated that this could be Beyoncé’s way of keeping them hooked by introducing enough subtle changes that people hear something new every time they listen.

While others pointed to the “Sheet Music” singer’s avowed perfectionism, suggesting that she kept tweaking the album until she was 100% satisfied with it.

However, Beyoncé had previously said Renaissance was “a place to be free from perfectionism and overthinking,” in an Instagram statement upon the album’s release.

“MY FAVORITE SONGS CHANGE WITH EVERY LISTENING,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

Another added: “I fully believe in the conspiracy theory that Beyoncé keeps changing parts of the songs on Renaissance (which makes it addictive as crack) because Move on Spotify is not the same as Move on Apple Music.”

And a third commented, “So just saw a TikTok that confirmed my suspicions. Beyonce is changing the songs on Renaissance!!! The alien superstar and the hot new voices of Heated in it! Because ‘uncle Johnny and tip tip’ wasn’t there last week and the beats on Alien Superstar are different.”

The theory gained traction on TikTok, with Nashville songwriter Melody Walker explaining in a video why she believed the conspiracy theory might be true.

“The album is never the same,” she said after stitching together a video from fellow creator The Steven Steven, who also spoke about the theory.

“I never wanted any musical conspiracy theory to be true any more than I want this one to be true. Obviously the listening wouldn’t change, and the album just keeps rolling and ringing. differently for us because he is literally different.”

Walker explained that a feat like this wouldn’t be possible for independent artists, but someone with Beyoncé’s money and influence could get away with it.

“But I don’t know if I put that beyond Beyoncé and her team, the big labels have huge stakes in Spotify,” she said.

Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z also owned a majority stake in streaming service Tidal until he sold it to former Twitter boss Jack Dorsey in 2021.

“Maybe they can actually do that. We know there are people selling NFTs of music that are already selling different mixes and remixes. And with machine learning and AI, we can probably create music that continues to evolve,” Walker theorized.

“There are tech startups already considering this.”

Walker then asked her followers if it was possible for Beyoncé to “pull a bait and turn on” her fans and if it would be the “future of music” to get people listening to music “in a timely manner because ‘he [the music] will never be the same again.”

“Or is it because hearing is perception? We naturally perceive different things in music as we become familiar with it,” Walker concluded.

Newsweek has reached out to Beyoncé for comment.

Beyoncé made well-documented changes to the album shortly after its release after two of the songs sparked controversy.

She removed an ableist slur from the song “Heated” which heard her use an offensive term derived from the disability “spastic cerebral palsy”, a disability that affects movement and coordination.

In many countries, the word “s**z” is considered an ability slur, but in the United States it has been used as a slang verb to mean losing control.

“The word, not intentionally used in a harmful way, will be replaced,” Beyoncé’s team said in a statement to Variety at the time.

A few days after the album’s release, Beyoncé also deleted an interpolation of the song “Milkshake” after her original artist, Kelis, complained on Instagram.

A tween is when an artist re-records part of another song to add to one of their own tracks.

Kelis accused the star of “theft” for using an interpolation of his 2003 song in the Renaissance title entitled “Energy”.

In “Energy,” Beyoncé sang a variation of the iconic “La-la, la-la, la” from “Milkshake,” but it has since been removed.

Kelis slammed the singer for not giving her credit or even notification regarding the tween.

But Kelis was not credited as a songwriter on his hit, which featured Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – the Neptunes – credited as its songwriters.