Beyonce Provides A Great Example Of What Not To Sample

Beyonce Provides A Great Example Of What Not To Sample

Yeah, this was a pretty bad idea.

CNN’s Jane Caffrey and John Fricke report….

Beyonce defends using audio from the space shuttle Challenger disaster in a new song, calling it a “tribute” to the seven astronauts who died.The widow of Challenger’s commander calls it “disappointing.”The love song “XO” — which was released on “The Visual Album” — starts with the voice of NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt: “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously, a major malfunction.”This is what spectators at Kennedy Space Center or those watching on CNN heard in the first seconds after seeing the booster rockets spiral out of control in the blue sky above the Atlantic Ocean, 73 seconds after Challenger lifted off on January 28, 1986.

“The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten,” Beyonce said in a statement reported by ABC News on Monday.”My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” Beyonce said in her statement. “The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you.”


I do have to say though, it was just an awesome move by Beyonce’s press team to say it was a tribute.  Absolutely brilliant!  I don’t believe it all, but still a great move.  Still, I’m just not sure what Beyonce’s producers were thinking when they decided to use this sample in the first place.  I mean did they run through their “Disaster/Tragic Events Folder” in Ableton the same way normal producers run through Drum folders trying to find the perfect snare.   Like did they skip over Holocaust and 9/11 sounds because they didn’t they would fit the track?   “Wait, so I shouldn’t be sampling human tragedies?  I’m gonna have to plead ignorance on this one.”


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