Update-Beyonce is fighting off fresh accusations of plagiarizing dance moves by Belgium choreographer Anne Teresa Keersmaeker in her Countdown music video.
The Run the World singer is maximizing the positive response from her recently released Countdown video by dropping a teaser video for another single . Many fans and pundits wondered why Beyonce tucked away Countdown for so long. Her 4 album hasn’t exactly flopped but its struggled to find a breakout single. In her new teaser video, the pregnant star is seen in a black leotard, a bedazzled pilot hat and a slew of male back-up singers.
It is unclear if Love on Top will help quiet the noise of fresh allegations of plagiarism against the mommy-to-be. Countdown clearly shows references to former screen siren Audrey Hepburn and her popular film My Fair Lady and many others including The Supremes. But the choreography for some scenes is allegedly stolen from Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Keersmaeker herself calls the clip plagiarism as she writes in a Danish blog:
“I didn’t know anything about this. I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism … This is stealing.”
“It’s a bit rude, I must say. What’s rude about it is that they don’t even bother about hiding it. They seem to think they could do it because it’s a famous work … Am I honored? Look, I’ve seen local school kids doing this. That’s a lot more beautiful.”
Beyonce’s co-director Adria Petty admits that there were “German modern-dance references” but Bey is only paying homage to the icons.
As you can imagine someone took the time to put together a mash-up video. Check it below
Beyonce’s Love on Top
Wondering which boy band group Beyonce needs to credit for this video…..It’s hard to determine where the line for plagiarism begins and end. Should Beyonce have requested permission from Audrey Hepburn’s estate and the countless other references made in the video? What do you think?