Beyoncé recently launched a remix EP of her song “Break My Soul,” which will.i.am claims was his concept and was released before Renaissance.
The Black Eyed Peas front-man recalled hearing Beyoncé’s smash hit for the first time while traveling in France in an interview with Metro UK about the upcoming season of The Voice UK, where he acts as one of the primary judges. He claimed to have contacted an electronic partner who had been experimenting with a remix of the song, which was then forwarded to Beyoncé’s team.
“They weren’t thinking about remixes until I sent it,” he said. “They put out a remix EP and my song’s the first one on it – and I inspired it! I can’t find the word for it – it’s like Santa Claus is real, man!”
In the four-track “Break My Soul” remix EP, will.i.am, Chicago house legend Terry Hunter, Honey Dijon, and New York-based DJ Nita Aviance all provide new versions. The song’s interpolation into Madonna’s 1990 mega hit “Vogue” was followed by a “Queens” remix that honored pioneering Black women like Aretha Franklin, Robert Flack, Grace Jones, Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson, and Diana Ross.
The R&B star’s first version of “Break My Soul” was her eighth consecutive solo Hot 100 No. 1 hit, and it peaked along with the No. 1 debut of her album Renaissance, which topped the Billboard 200 and was the biggest female artist debut of 2022.