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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'

picture-18831-1332525985Devon Maloney // May 3, 2012

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?