Beyoncé collaborator says ‘Lemonade’ track is not about Jay-Z

Songwriter says the track was actually inspired by lies people at Beyoncé's record label told

Beyoncé collaborator Ingrid Burley has revealed that the song she co-wrote for ‘Lemonade’ was not inspired by Jay-Z, at least not initially.

Released in April, the singer’s ‘Lemonade’ album is widely perceived to contain songs about Jay-Z’s rumoured alleged extra-marital affairs and the couple’s subsequent reconciliation.

The track ‘Love Drought’, co-written by Beyoncé, Ingrid Burley and Mike Dean, opens with the couplet: “Ten times out of nine, I know you’re lying / But nine times out of ten, I know you’re trying.”

In an interview with Genius, Burley explained that the song was actually inspired by lies she was told by people working at Beyoncé’s label Parkwood Entertainment.

“Two of the people who were running the label at the time lied to me and told me that Beyoncé wasn’t currently listening to any new music,” Burley said, explaining that she later found out Beyoncé was in fact listening to new music from potential collaborators. “The only way I could really get over it was, like, ‘She’s gonna sing the song I wrote about her label one day.'”

‘Lemonade’ peaked at Number One in the US and the UK upon its release earlier this year. Hillary Clinton has since revealed she is a fan of the album.