Beyoncé under fire for using NASA’s Challenger Audio in ‘XO’
Despite the success of secretly dropping her fifth album, Beyoncé is receiving backlash for sampling NASA’s Challenger Tragedy Audio in ‘XO.’
Her efforts to use the excerpt in the beginning of her song was an apparent offense to the historic event.“Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,” former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt can be heard saying in the first six seconds of “XO.” Nesbitt reported the message after the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded leaving seven crew members dead on Jan. 28, 1986.
Members and families of NASA are not happy with Beyoncé using the audio to enhance her music and have spoken out. June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee, told ABC she’s “disappointed” and described the clip included in the song as “an emotionally difficult one.” Former NASA employee Keith Cowing wants the singer to remove audio from the song and compares it to sampling audio from Sept.11 or assassination of President John F. Kennedy.“Having this audio included in such a song serves to mock the severity of the events and loss that these final words represent,” he wrote on his website.
Beyoncé has responded with an apology stating, “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. 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. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten,” according to ABC.
It is debatable whether the singer’s action to include the audio is insensitive, however this isn’t the first time Beyoncé has embraced NASA, we can recall her song ‘Countdown,’ where she sings “London speed it up, Houston rock it.”
Childish Gambino is back with ‘Because the Internet’
Actor turned rapper Childish Gambino released a second album ‘Because the Internet,’ on December 6, 2013.
He gave the fans a taste of his unconventional artistry on his latest record. The self-titled album is a critique on the Internet culture where he credits the internet for its platform on discovering music artists.
“Because of the internet I’m here, were all here. It’s the language of the earth,” said the rapper. Jhene Aiko, Chance the Rapper are featured on Gambino’s album.
The artist announced the start of his tour “The Deep Web Tour” which kicks off on Oakland February 27.
R. Kelly has released his 12th solo studio LP, ‘Black Panties,’ on December 10, 2013.The singer is back with a sensual and seductive sound to his music yet again. Kelly who is known for explicit lyrics and wide-ranging beats, reminds us of the R&B crooner from ‘12 Play.’
He collaborated with Lady Gaga with hit single ‘Do What U Want.’ He tells Rolling Stone on his music style for this album, “I love that I can play with all types of music, I did ‘Love Letter’ and ‘Write Me Back’ and both of those albums were fun albums for me to do, because they took me back to music I love. But I wanted to change lanes with this new album and remind people of the TP-2.com and 12 Play style of music I can do.”
With all the publicity surrounding his new album, Kelly is still probed with his 2002 sexual assault allegations. He did an interview with Big Tigger on Atlanta’s V-103 discussing his past, “Well I feel like I got the football, man, I’m running towards the touchdown and stopping and looking back, mess around, I’ll get tackled,” he said. “And I also want my fans and everybody out there to know that I really appreciate everybody’s support from the very beginning of my career. But as you know, when you get on top of anything, it’s very windy up there.” “It’s not just about getting on top, it’s about holding your balance once you get up there…You have to be spiritually a climber. So I feel good about ‘Black Panties’… As long as I got my fans screaming my name around the world and buying my records, and supporting R. Kelly, everybody who doesn’t agree with it should listen to the last song on ‘Black Panties’ [‘Shut Up’].”
He certainly isn’t letting his past affect his music, go purchase ‘Black Panties.’