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A YouTube star's estate sued Beyonce for $20M for copyright infringement


The estate of YouTube star Anthony Barré, known as Messy Mya, has sued Beyoncé for $20 million, claiming she used his voice in her song "Formation" without his approval or paying royalties.

A sample of Barré's voice can be heard in some versions of "Formation," but not the version on the digital release of her latest album, "Lemonade," Business Insider reports.

Barré was shot and killed in 2010 at the age of 22. The lawsuit was filed in New Orleans federal court on Monday.

Beyoncé - Formation

WATCH | You can hear Barré's voice at the beginning of "Formation," saying "What happened at the New Wil'ins? Bitch, I'm back by popular demand."

Messy Mya | Booking The Hoes From New Wildin

WATCH | Here's the video that sample comes from.

The suit also includes several other songwriters, the director of the "Formation" music video and other companies owned by Warner Music Group.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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