Beyoncé Collaborator: ‘Love Drought’ Isn’t About Jay Z

By Hayden Wright

The material on Beyoncé’s Lemonade has been widely interpreted as centering on Jay Z and the state of the couple’s marriage. However, with a lengthy list of collaborators, other inspirations were bound come into play. Some even brought their own hangups and grievances into the creative process.

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Ingrid Burley co-wrote the album track “Love Drought,” and penned the lyrics, “Ten times out of nine, I know you’re lying/ But nine times out of ten, I know you’re trying.” It seemed pretty damning when it was released, but Burley recently said the words weren’t about Jay Z and Beyoncé, they were about record industry brass who didn’t pass Burley’s material to the pop superstar.

“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. She later learned otherwise. “The only way I could really get over it was, like, ‘She’s gonna sing the song I wrote about her label one day.'”

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