Beyoncé's Misprinted 'Lemonade' Vinyl Actually Features Ottawa Punk Band ZEX
Published Sep 18, 2017Turns out the vinyl pressings of Beyoncé's 2016 LP Lemonade aren't so "Flawless," after all. The album was recently released on yellow-coloured vinyl, but some fans who dropped the needle on Bey's wax were in for quite a surprise.
Due to a misprint, some copies of Lemonade actually feature tracks from Ottawa punk band ZEX. Rather than Side A (featuring "Pray You Catch Me," "Hold Up" and "Don't Hurt Yourself"), the A-side of the Canadian band's 2017 record Uphill Battle plays instead.
A rep from Magic Bullet Records confirmed the pressing error to Pitchfork, though Beyoncé's camp has yet to comment on the embarrassing mix-up.
ZEX also confirmed the unfortunate switcheroo, posting a video of what looks like Bey's record playing their own tunes. Watch it below.
Of course, hardcore Beyhivers have also noticed — and, surprisingly, they don't all totally hate what they're hearing. See some of their reactions below.
Either the vinyl release of #Lemonade has a pressing error or @Beyonce's gone punk pic.twitter.com/r3dvmgLoyK— Walter Marsh (@waltergibraltar) September 17, 2017
Received @Beyonce #Lemonade on vinyl, I like the punk rock on A side, but I doubt that's Bey— Laura Ljungqvist (@Lolacfc) September 17, 2017
Bought Lemonade by Beyoncé on vinyl today. Side A contains no #Beyoncé, but five songs by Ottawa-based punk band #Zex. A bit odd.. #dkmusik— Tom Jensen (@TomJensen1966) September 15, 2017
Suddenly I want a ZEX + Bey vinyl. It's a rare item and I'd be one of the lucky few to have it. pic.twitter.com/cYc7dnlJEK— Check 4 a neck (@BeyonceMyRoc) September 18, 2017
Earlier this year, Queens of the Stone Age and Gordi were also the victims of a vinyl pressing mix-up.