Beyoncé Apologises For Challenger Sample
Star was criticised for using space shuttle disaster voice clip in XO...
Beyoncé has apologised for offence caused by the use of a sample from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster on her new track XO.
The R&B queen's latest single begins with a snatch of former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt, speaking moments after the tragedy in 1986.
He is heard saying: "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction."
June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger astronaut Dick Scobee, told ABC News: "We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO'.
"The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends."
And former NASA employee Keith Cowing was more forthright, 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 Centre attack and using them for shock value in a pop tune."
But Bey was quick to offer her apologies for the sample's inclusion on the track.
She said: "My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster.
"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 recently revealed that she recorded 80 tracks for her current LP.