Beyonce has grabbed headlines in recent weeks following her spectacular album release and the record smashing weeks that followed, it wasn't at all a bad end to 2013 for Queen Bey. 2014, however, has begun on a slightly more sour note after she found herself in hot water with NASA. Yes, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The singer is in trouble after sampling sounds from one of the most memorable space disasters in recent history, the Challenger accident, in one of the songs on her new album.
The Space Administration released a statement late on Tuesday after Beyoncé began to receive criticism from Challenger families and others for using the short sample that included words such as "major malfunction" as an allusion to a failed relationship.
" The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized," said the statement from Lauren B. Worley, NASA's press secretary. "NASA works every day to honour the legacy of our fallen astronauts as we carry out our mission to reach for new heights and explore the universe."
She told ABC in a statement that she was disappointed and described the use of the sample as "emotionally difficult."
"My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster," Beyoncé's statement said. "The song XO was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."
Beyoncé released her new self-titled "visual album" earlier this month that includes14 songs and 17 videos. The album had to do with its surprise release and platinum sales until the reaction to the Challenger sample began to circulate.
XO is about a failing relationship and taking the time to appreciate what one has in the moment because life changes.
Beyoncé's publicist did not return messages left Tuesday by The Associated Press.