Anjunabeats States Will.i.am Did Not Get Permission For Using “Rebound”
Above & Beyond’s label, Anjunabeats has released an official statement regarding the now infamous Will.i.am sampling fiasco.
Arty & Mat Zo released a popular collaboration in 2011 entitled ‘Rebound‘ on the Anjunabeats label which was subsequently used without permission for Will.i.am’s lastest track ‘Let’s Go‘, featuring Chris Brown.
An Anjunbeats spokesperson says: “As has been widely reported, a large section of ‘Rebound’ was sampled on Will.i.am’s track…and this took place without the permission of Anjunabeats or Arty & Mat Zo.
“Although Arty (but not Mat Zo) was credited in the sleeve notes, this is not the same as obtaining permission. To present someone else’s work as your own, you need to seek permission, agree terms and file paperwork, which has not happened in this case.
“We’ve remained silent on this issue until now but as a record label it is our obligation to protect our artists’ interests and we felt it was necessary to respond to some of the inaccuracies that have been reported following Will.i.am’s recent comments to Associated Press.”
After the story broke Will.i.am attempted to defend himself, claiming that Arty “knew about the sample beforehand”.
Although Arty and Mat Zo acknowledged that they had been contacted by Will.i.am and knew of his interest in the track, they confirmed that they had “declined working with him at the time.”
Looks like Will’s got some cheque writing to do.