London’s Daily Mail reports that Shirley Bassey didn’t know Kanye was going to sample her 1971 hit “Diamonds Are Forever” on his latest album.
“He didn’t ask my permission to have me singing on the his song. I didn’t even know it existed until I heard him performing at the Live 8 concert. I didn’t even hear from his record company, which wasn’t very nice. One way or another, he is going to have to pay me a lot of money.”
Is that possible? I mean, we’re not talking about some inscrutable background riff a la the “Bittersweet Symphony” War Of 1997. Shirley’s central to the song! I have a hard time believing Kanye’s peeps weren’t planning on paying her. Shirley, talk to your lawyer.
I’ve been walking around my office singing “Forever ever? Forever ever? Ever, ever? EVER EVER? EVER EVER?” and that shit’s really got to stop.
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