Beyonce’s Songwriting Showered With Praise By Jack White

Published: Sunday 11th Sep 2016 by Sam
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As a Grammy winning songwriter, Beyonce is routinely hailed for her pen-game. And, despite two decades in the game, the praise continues to pour in.

This time is courtesy of rockstar Jack White.

The pair teamed up for the song ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ on Queen Bey’s Platinum selling album ‘Lemonade.’

Now, in an insightful interview with NPR, the former White Stripes star opened up about what it was like working with the 35-year-old superstar. As a writer.

His words on her process after the jump…

You’re a business partner with Jay Z in his Tidal streaming service as well. Is that how Beyoncé got the idea of coming over and ringing your bell?

You know, I just talked to her and she said, “I wanna be in a band with you.” [Laughs.] I said, “Really? Well, I’d love to do something.” I’ve always loved her voice — I mean, I think she has the kind of soul singing voice of the days of Betty Davis or Aretha Franklin. She took just sort of a sketch of a lyrical outline and turned into the most bodacious, vicious, incredible song. I don’t even know what you’d classify it as — soul, rock and roll, whatever. “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is incredibly intense; I’m so amazed at what she did with it. [Source]

Great song, great story!

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  1. Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 11, 2016

    What else is new…….ANOTHER RECEIPT OF HER HEAVY INVOLVEMENT WITH HER MUSIC PRODUCTION.

    • ? September 11, 2016

      Rico Love already told us that she steals writing credits.

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 11, 2016

        Well JACK WHITE says otherwise…LMAO

      • Meme September 11, 2016

        As well as Neyo, Sean Garrett and all those DEMOS that leak that were identical to the final song yet her name was on the credits. True song writers don’t need 10 other songwriters to help them write 1 song. She could barely form a sentence and were suppose to believe she write, Chile bye.

      • Scrappie September 11, 2016

        Well I haven’t seen him doing anything lately. If that’s the case she is working and he is what u call unemployed…Try again sir!

      • Scrappie September 11, 2016

        Second Beyonce pays for her records her name is always going to always be there. U idiot she does not have to write s*** ever again long as she bought it. Learn to use your own brain. This is common sense.

      • ? September 11, 2016

        So him not working justifies her stealing and paying for writing credits lol. She must be buying awards to, but thats ok right cause she payed for them.

  2. NT September 11, 2016

    Majority of her peers say she is heavily involved in the process of creating her music.

  3. mikey September 11, 2016

    YOU REALLY JUST CREATED A WHOLE POST JUST FOR THIS? WITH THAT MISLEADING ASS HEADLINE?

    Seriously how much does Beyonce fund this blog because its becoming extremely apparent!

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 September 11, 2016

      Or maybe Sam & Compang ass kiss her for free!

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 September 11, 2016

      Or maybe Sam & company. ass kiss her for free!

  4. Rihboy September 11, 2016

    Ki! Yes earn that check jack

    • Rihboy September 11, 2016

      I guess that’s why none of the songs doing anything on the charts?✌?️? So poetic!

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 11, 2016

        AND CANTI HAS STILL NOT HIT PLATINUM IN PURE SALES……AND THE CANTI TOUR..WELL NVM.

      • ANNA September 11, 2016

        DEATH!! I can’t @ Aunti failing to hit 1mil pure sales even after that monstrosity of a show that heaux put on at vmas. All of that promotion and product placement, and her album still managed to drop on the Billboard 200.

      • mikey September 11, 2016

        Ya’ll Bey fans swear always forget to mention that 1 million copies were gifted through Samsung…I aint even a Rih stan but its just dumb of ya’ll to be talking about Anti’s sales as if Bey’s album has sold 10 million records.

      • ANNA September 11, 2016

        Mentioning that only weakens your argument. You do realise the ‘gifting’ part was just a well-crafted marketing ploy, since the album was leaked a day before. She let her album get downloaded and streamed for free by 1 million users (there’s a clear difference). She clearly used that as a vehicle to get the platinum plaque since she’s NEVER had a strong opening week or overall album sales in her entire career. You should be happy that nobody is mentioning that pathetic stunt.

      • ANNA September 11, 2016

        Btw the Aunti was only available to Tidal users for 24 hours, Whereas Lemonade was available for 48 hours before general release (much bigger obstacle). Lemonade had to go through even more competition than Anti did especially when you consider Prince’s untimely passing and how his estate tried to profit of his music in the same week. Unlike Rihanna, Beyonce didn’t try to fool her fans into thinking they were receiving a free album (while the Nazi were out purchasing Samsung and stealing couch-money to fund their Tidal subscriptions).

      • Scrappie September 11, 2016

        You know what you so simple you don’t understand. What is a damn chart telling u. When they can’t ever track anything accurately anymore. Beyonce is evolution fool! She not physical or digital. She does what she wants. Check her motherfucking bank account. You will never touch money like that! Don”t hurt yourself

  5. Suicide Blonde September 11, 2016

    Jack baby, I love you but…….He’s so cute ?

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 11, 2016

      Of course, because his thought does not align with ur hateful agenda against Bey, u think he is lying and not being real…

      • Suicide Blonde September 11, 2016

        He’s an angel ❤️

    • Caleb September 11, 2016

      There isn’t nothing “cute” about this man.

  6. Fatusankoh September 11, 2016

    Yes queen let the haters know she is very involved with her song writing haters don’t give her no credite long live queen bey good luck and more success in all you do thanks Sam for posting

  7. HailLegendBeysus September 11, 2016

    Bey stays getting praise from her peers, legends and pioneer’s that came before her. The haters just can’t deal!

    • Miguel September 11, 2016

      I hoped for a better comment from you!

      • HailLegendBeysus September 11, 2016

        Lol what?

  8. ANNA September 11, 2016

    I just love the song so much more after the VMA performance, and it’s definitely a soul rock black-female anthem. I hope it’s the next song that released on Vevo. Bey is so hardcore on it.

  9. Career Ender September 11, 2016

    Now this is what you call a rockstar, she perfomed the fugg outta this song at the VMAs

    • Yellow Diamonds September 11, 2016

      Shut up dummy

  10. Career Ender September 11, 2016

    Nothing new, we all know she puts a pen on the paper and write with other people

  11. B2B September 11, 2016

    I was really surprised this song didn’t perform stronger on Itunes post VMAs she murked that s***. ?????????? she PERFORMED that song so well and gave 300% energy! Then turned around and slayed Formation ????

  12. BEY>RIH September 11, 2016

    Bey is a songqriter and has been since DC days.

  13. monty September 11, 2016

    Lmao!!! the delusions

  14. FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade September 11, 2016

    Lol ask NeYo about thatttttt…
    As much as i love Bey as much i have to say the truth …bey dont write s***.
    So many other artist praised Rihanna but we all know that hmmmm hmmm

    • HailLegendBeysus September 11, 2016

      Neyo Said the same thing as most of these writer’s have said. In the same interview where he said “uh… actually no i wrote that song” he also clarified what she did to help with the song. He said She arranged the vocals and helped re write the song to fit a womans perspective.

      • FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade September 11, 2016

        Changing a word or two it’s not writing …
        I know Bey produce her vocals…she make amazing harmonies because she definetely know how to use her voice
        She is an executive producer of her albums
        I know she sometimes give direction to songwriters too
        But a writer ….no i don’t think so.
        Our faves are humans they can’t be good at everything

    • ANNA September 11, 2016

      She wrote the majority of the “Survivor” Album and most of DC3’s hits. Whatchu talbout!

      • #justsayn September 12, 2016

        @ ANNA
        Yall bey fans r really crazy! Bey never wrote any of those songs by herself! She did the samething she does with her solo albums!

    • ByeJay September 12, 2016

      Ask neyo about what ? He already said what it was he sent in a demo and she changed the song up he’s spoken about that several times

  15. FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade September 11, 2016

    If you are in the music business you better be nice when asked about other artist especially if the other artists are Bey Rih Gaga Adele Jayz ect kind of powerful artist
    Ask Ciara ask keri hilson
    If i was in the music business and im being asked what i think about brit brit i will say she the biggest vocalist of our time lol just to keep my career pushing …
    Lol praise aint s***

    • Lewey September 11, 2016

      Um, they didn’t ask how she was as a writer. For him to volunteer that information most likely means that he was genuine when mentioning her song writing skills. YOU ARE STEEM PRESSED! BYE!

  16. Meme September 11, 2016

    Biggest joke of the year. No-one, and I mean NO ONE in the industry see Beyonce has a songwriter. 1st off the woman could barely form a proper sentence without having to think it thru and rehearse it in her mind.
    2nd, real songwriters don’t need 10 other songwriter to help write songs. Her song credits are just as long as every one else.
    Lastly, she is known for buying out credits. We’ve heard demo that are 100% identical to the final song, yet her name is magically on there as a writer. Real song writers don’t have demos.

    • Lewey September 11, 2016

      She was the second woman and first african american woman to win ASCAP song writer of the year award back in 2001. BOY BYE!

      • #justsayn September 12, 2016

        @Lewsky

        Actually she wasnt… It was Kandi Buress who wrote No Scrubs

    • ByeJay September 12, 2016

      She is known for buying credits ? Lmaoooooooooo how can you buy a credit either you work on the song or you don’t and whether the song is created by her or not Beyoncé works and vocal arranges all of her music. That is a known fact and has been for years which is why all of beyonces music has the same arrangement styling

    • ByeJay September 12, 2016

      And let’s make one thing clear Beyoncé may get demos but they never sound exactly like the demos in the end ever

  17. HailLegendBeysus September 11, 2016

    I LIVE WHEN THE SLAVI GO INTO SEETHING OVERDRIVE MODE!!!! The rate of suicides will spike when Bey grabs an Emmy! ?????

    • Yellow Diamonds September 11, 2016

      Girl bye. Overdrive? Please. Beyonce is a thief it has been known for years. So meltdown = speaking the truth? Lol! Oh chief runningwater..

  18. Stan September 11, 2016

    Yes! It’s Queen Beyonce, the greatest singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, wife, mother, and person of all time! This woman is perfect! What can’t she do! Nobody has as much talent as Beyonce! She is simpley the greatest songwriter there is, she is so good that she makes R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder and Babyface look like amateurs. Because every word that comes out of Beyonce’s mouth was writen by Beyonce! Forget the fact that most of her songs have close to ten writers, she does all the writing, producing and arranging all by herself! Forget what that rico love guy said, why would you listen to an actual songwriter about songwriting! Why would you take a songwriter serious about songwriting! Of course Queen B doesn’t steal, everybody steals from her! Why Beyonce invented soul! Beyonce invented dancing and singing at the same time. Before her, nobody was doing that! She is God! She is so creative and inventive! What can’t this woman do! She sings, she dances, she writes songs, she produces them, and she acts! She is just better than everybody else at everything she does. Beyonce has never failed at everything, she is perfect. Unlike Badtryah Scary, Beyonce never has a bad vocal moment! I’ve never heard one bad performance by Queen Bey! And don’t say she lip-syncs, even if you have proof, because you know I won’t believe you anyway since Beyonce is perfect!

    • Yellow Diamonds September 11, 2016

      Girl nobody read that

    • Nigeria loves rihanna September 12, 2016

      Yawn

  19. ANNA September 11, 2016

    Jack actually mentioned NOTHING about her songwriting, and EVERYTHING about her soulful voice and talent. Clearly this was just bait for the pressedT ass b*Tches out there, and today they are out in full force. Well played Sam, well played 😆

    • ANNA September 11, 2016

      Oh he did mention a lyrical outline. Still seems like a stretch for an article, but whatevs!

  20. Lea September 11, 2016

    Rotf, child please!

  21. HailLegendBeysus September 11, 2016

    Lmao at these rondom trolling accounts that popped up ever since certain slavi members disappeared. The epic seething is HILARIOUS!! ????

  22. jt September 11, 2016

    Wait, people still believe she writes her own material and doesn’t just steal writing credits?

  23. Hannah L. September 11, 2016

    Has Beyonce gave y’all a raise yet…. Y’all are doing so good with the numerous ridiculous post. Does she offer health insurance and a dental packet?

  24. Fake Songwriting Credits September 11, 2016

    Well, Bday deluxe was pulled from the stores, cause she changed de tittle of Kissing you, to get a writing credit. So we know how phony this chick is.

  25. Nowqd Reddish trjoan ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi September 11, 2016

    Nice

  26. Meteorite September 12, 2016

    I came across an interview of Christina Aguilera from November 2015 and she expressed her interest in working with Jack White (and Adele), funnily enough it looks Bey beat her to the punch. Alas, that’s what happens when you take excessively long breaks in between albums.

  27. Thando September 12, 2016

    Comment withheld? No racism, no bigotry…sooooo kwenza kalani?

  28. Del September 12, 2016

    All I know is Don’t Hurt Yourself is my favorite song on Lemonade.

    • Thando September 12, 2016

      Lol I see what you did the.

  29. fraudsRus September 12, 2016

    He’s a devil worshiper so him giving her “props’ shouldn’t be surprise. She loves all things evil

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