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Diplo: Beyonce’s ‘Run the World’ Started As A Joke

The co-producer says, 'a lot of people don't even realize where that song came from'

Diplo wants to set something straight about the newly crowned World’s Most Beautiful Woman and one of her most anthemic girl-power tracks. (No, don’t worry, “Single Ladies” is safe). Apparently “Run the World (Girls)” started out as one big ha-ha between the song’s co-producer and everyone’s new favorite Tumblrer.

“I still think a lot of people don’t even realize where that song came from,” Diplo said in an interview with his sometime employer the BBC. “That song never really had a push. It was a joke song we did. Kind of like a funny joke kind of song.”

Emphasis on kind of. Given the fact that a playful snippet of the track leaked in April of last year, before the song was officially announced, and considering how wonderfully left-field that Major Lazer “Pon de Floor” sample sounded on a Beyoncé single at first, Diplo’s claims make some sense. The video, nevertheless, was straight-up fierce (and so was her Billboard Music Awards performance of the song).

Now are you gonna tell us that working with Chris Brown was serious?