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Beyonce may have gotten herself into hot water for the sample used in the first six seconds of “XO.” The track samples NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying,

“Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction”

On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded soon after taking off in Houston. The tragedy left all seven crewmembers dead.

Former NASA employees and families of the victims are outraged with Beyonce for sampling the audio. Keith Cowing, the employee behind NASAwatch,com wants Beyonce to remove the sample from her three-minute song, saying:

“This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme. The choice is little different than taking Walter Cronkite’s words to viewers announcing the death of President Kennedy or 911 calls from the World Trade Center attack and using them for shock value in a pop tune.”

Beyonce responded by saying:

“My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” Beyonce said in a statement to ABC News.

“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.”

Watch the video for Bey’s “XO” below.


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