Sunday, June 16, 2024

Beyonce’s Vinyl ‘Lemonade’ Mishap Going for Hundreds on eBay (Listen)

Beyonce (Instagram)
Beyonce (Instagram)

*A German pressing plant snafu has resulted in an undisclosed number of vinyl copies of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album accidentally containing music by Canadian punk band ZEX, and now those rare hybrid copies have hit the auction market.

One seller posted their copy on late Tuesday for $1,355, although it had been removed at press time.

On eBay, one British seller listed a copy for $674.77 (0 bids, despite the promise “Mine is the actual copy that has gone viral all over the world”), while one in Belgium is listed for $227.60 (33 bids).

The albums in question are yellow-vinyl pressings of Beyoncé’s latest with the first five songs from the female-fronted Canadian punk band ZEX’s latest album, “Uphill Battle,” on side A, instead of side A of “Lemonade.”

Hear the vinyl malfunction below:

On Tuesday, Columbia, Beyonce’s label, issued a statement addressing the matter: “Due to human error at the Celebrate Records plant in Germany, which Sony uses to manufacture vinyl, 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. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”


In a separate twist, ZEX was dropped from its label, Magic Bullet Records, amid sexual-assault allegations not long after news of the mispressings broke, according to Pitchfork. The band has denied the accusations.

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