Beyoncé isn't starting a punk career, even if her record features punk tunes

The vinyl edition of Beyonce's Lemonade album was released this month.
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The vinyl edition of Beyonce's Lemonade album was released this month.

Hold up, the vinyl edition of Beyoncé's Lemonade album is out. And some records feature new punk-rock tunes that aren't Beyoncé's at all.

A vinyl press stuff up, being blamed on human error, is said to have caused the mix up. But fans who found themselves with a punk-rock Beyoncé record may have stumbled upon gold.

Columbia Records told Pitchfork an error at a German vinyl press meant a different album was pressed onto the A-side of Beyoncé's Lemonade record.

Those with the album quickly tried to flog them off for large profits online, despite Columbia Records promising full refunds and replacements. The botched records were being sold for $1,900 online.

Fans had waited months to get their hands on the limited edition record, following the digital release of Lemonade in April. It was released on vinyl this month.

The lemon-yellow record featured five tracks from Canadian punk-rockers Zex. The band's songs included Burn The Flag, Child Soldier and No Sancturary.

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The yellow edition arrived in New Zealand shops this week, but a Real Groovy shop assistant in Auckland said they weren't aware of any misprints reaching New Zealand. The shop had already sold a few copies and none had been returned yet, the assistant said.

A representative for Columbia Records in New Zealand said they did not know if the misprinted vinyl would have made it here, but it was likely the Zex-Beyonce record was only in Europe.

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"A small amount of the European run of the Beyoncé Lemonade vinyl included music from Canadian punk band, ZEX, on Side A. Beyoncé and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress. Fans who purchased the vinyl will be refunded and given a replacement copy," Columbia records said to Pitchfork.

Although Zex may not have been aware of the mispress, the band seemed more than happy to hear their songs on one of 2017's biggest albums.

The band even went out and found a copy of the Zex-Beyoncé Lemonade record for themselves.

Beyoncé had not commented on the misprint, and was taking time off following the birth of her baby twins.

The vinyl record did not feature Beyoncé's hit Hold Up as it had been printed over by Zex.

 - Stuff


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