New Music: The-Dream – ‘1+1’ (Beyoncé Demo)

The-Dream and Beyoncé

You’ve heard Beyoncé’s new song “1+1,” now hear the demo by The-Dream. The hitmaker, who penned the tender ballad, performs his version, originally titled “Nothing But Love,” before it went on to be included on B’s fourth album 4. Same lyrics, different vocals. See how Dream’s demo compares to the final.



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128 Comments

  1. Joseph McCoy

    A MESS!

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    Pam Reply:

    @Joseph McCoy, R kelly wld do it justice

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    blackguyfromNY Reply:

    @Pam @joseph, ofcourse it doesn’t sound right at all……

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    blackguyfromNY Reply:

    @blackguyfromNY, its a demo!!!

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    listen Reply:

    @blackguyfromNY, why would this demo get leaked!!!!!!! i know bey isn’t going to like that!

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    Haiku Reply:

    @listen, Ive always wondered how music gets leaked. where is all of this music stored anyway?

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    Jenn Reply:

    @Pam, I was thinking about R Kelly’s voice on this earlier too

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    ヅ•·.·´¯`·.·•-ΛALEXISR-Bahamas♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ★ ☆ ✰ T.I.P.•·.·´¯`·.·•ヅ Reply:

    @Pam,

    Kelly R. (Rowland) would do it justice too!

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  2. jefff

    the dream is very talented man!!

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    Gianna Reply:

    @jefff, #LIES.

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    thecool Reply:

    @Gianna, #TRUTHS

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    JonWasHere Reply:

    @thecool, “like”

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    t Reply:

    @Gianna, Lies? wtf he wrote this song,single ladies umbrella, baby and many more hits and you think he doesnt have talent bitch sityomothasuckinassdown!

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    Christian Reply:

    @Gianna, really? I mean because if yo don’t think so, then take away generally Beyonce’s last few hits, Rihanna’s spark into fame (Umbrella, Hard, etc.) J. Holiday’s debut song, most of Ciara’s new material, Britney and Madonna’s Me Against the Music, a lot of material on Mary J. Bliges Growing Pains album and Usher’s Moving Mountains, Trading Places and This Ain’t Sex. So if anything you should be grateful for him, because without there wouldn’t be any of the music I’m sure you love.

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    adam Reply:

    @jefff, giannas awkward silence……

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  3. c.j

    Good but bey version is miles better

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  4. Yeah

    so original

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  5. Yaser Lad

    Paper and Pen, not the booth! Woah Beyonce made it her own…

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  6. That Cranberry

    Better than Beyawnce’s tbh.

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    NBA PROMO TEAM Reply:

    @That Cranberry, LIESSSSSS

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    LO Reply:

    @That Cranberry, Why You Just Lied?

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  7. ffi

    NO WAY!!This song were meant for Queen Bey only!!!
    The dream sounds a mess!!

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    Abaer Reply:

    @ffi, if it wasnt for him there would be no song you ungrateful idiot.

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  8. Cici

    hmmm.. OmyGosh this sound not so good like Beyoncés Version but them both are good..

    I feel Beys Version more.. they touch my soul…

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  9. AJ

    THANK GOD THE DREAM SENT THIS SONG TO BEYONCE BECAUSE HE SOUNDS ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE

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    Ali Reply:

    @AJ, You are fucked.. He made it especially for her.. He has to go out of his way to actually sing it for her to show her how to sing it on her own lol.. The Dream is what you refer to as real talent..

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    CBFans2011 Reply:

    @Ali, Beyonce is also real talent. You makin it seem like beyonce can’t sing by herself or write her own music. Both are great, stop tryna put one over the other, there both Great Musicians!

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  10. Lyfechanges

    his pen game is sick but his voice….not so much

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    AJ Reply:

    @Lyfechanges, I AGREE

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  11. Yeah

    #shade

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  12. YEAHBUDDY

    The person who commented “a mess”.. This is “a DEMO”.

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  13. Haters Stay Pressed!

    The Dream is a talented songwriter but he needs to stick to that! His voice annoys the shit out of me!

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  14. Sweetie

    better than bey’s ver

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    Ice Reply:

    @Sweetie, I agree.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Ice, no baby no .

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    Haiku Reply:

    @Sweetie, In what way?

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  15. Pam

    i want R kelly to sing this

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  16. meme

    I actually like this arrangement better. I wonder how the song would sound w/ a better male singer.
    Beyonce made the song hers, but I think some one else can actually do better.

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  17. meme

    I agree. Kellz would kill this. Even Trey Songz could (if he really tried)

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  18. M-Saw

    This song was meant for his 2009 album Love vs. Money. It actually made the tracklisting, but was then scrapped.

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  19. jazmine

    i like both but beys better a lil more

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  21. jodi

    i agree The-Dream is a EXCEPTIONAL songwriter, but he is flat when it comes to his voice.However this is a DEMO so that kind of makes up for it….BEY just kiiiiiiillleeeed this song..<3

    P.s. she better not say how she "cowrote" this cuz that would make nooo sense at all…lmfao

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    brian b... Reply:

    @jodi, they give writing credits for changing a songs arrangement so I bet ya she’s gonna get credited, she sings it very differently and the arrangement is different

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    Kimmy Reply:

    @brian b…,

    I can’t believe ppl actually believe just because you write lyrics you are a songwriter.

    Writing lyrics you get about 10%
    Arrangements and melondies is 30 to 40%.

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    CUUtty Reply:

    @Kimmy,

    You shouldn’t talka bout shit you nothing about….

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  22. Royal

    TERRIBLE!!!!!!!

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  23. Royal

    @SWEETIE: NOT EVEN! THATS A JOKE

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  24. Gucci Ninja

    So many haters, leave The-Dream alone. This song was originally his, off of his 2nd album. The-Dream’s version is better in my opinion. His voice show more emotion! And most of these damn “singers” wouldn’t be ish w/out singer/songwriters like The-Dream, Ne-Yo, Taj Jackson, Ester Dean, Amanda Ghost, and Johnta Austin!!

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    Moe Reply:

    @Gucci Ninja, Don’t forget Alja Jackson who did “Your Love” Dirty Money… or Trey Songz – Already Taken. Writers need more credit!

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    Name here Reply:

    @Gucci Ninja,these songwriters need the singers as much as the artits need them without them they would have no paycheck

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    Gucci Ninja Reply:

    @Name here, well no ish! People blame songwriters for demos! Its their job, if you know you don’t like The-Dream then don’t listen to the demo, why listen to it and complain that it ruined the song for them, smdh!

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    Name here Reply:

    @Gucci Ninja, i dont blame them its the dream who is a no when come to singing sometimes

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  25. kelly

    I actually like this version of the song. I think R. Kellly could have done this song really well.

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  26. Bizz

    Demo….when a songwriter writes a song and records it as a DEMONSTRATION so the person who picks the song up can get the idea of how the song goes. Why is their soo much damn Dream bashing on here?

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  27. Terence

    So … um, why does Beyonce have a songwriter’s credit. Exact same lyrics.

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  29. stephenc

    Dream made this whole song. What a creative inspiration…

    Definitely one of the best writers today if not The best.

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  30. shesbad1234

    o__________0 ………smh

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  31. Alex!

    BEST WRITER OF ALL TIME.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Alex!, He’s great but give Ne-Yo some respect . He is an amazing writer .

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  32. Malachi

    He needs to hang this shit up….. FLATSCREEN!!!!!

    This shouldn’t have surfaced at all!

    I know appreciate Beyonce’s version MUCH more now!

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  33. YAAAAS!

    The Nightmare is a puffy pig of a man. He needs to stick completely behind the scenes. His bloated face and man boobs are offensive.

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  34. Ice

    This is way better than Beyonce’s version, he should have kept it for his new album (DROP THE SINGLE ALREADY).

    AND he can pronounce Algebra correctly.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Ice, if his version was better – he would’ve kept it . Don’t you think ?

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    ... Reply:

    @Real Issh,

    Not really. Isn’t this how a writer makes his money?

    If you’re a song writer with grammy award winning material, and you’ve got connects to an award winning singer, would you keep it for yourself who has only won awards for writing?

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    LO Reply:

    @…, The Dream Could not sing..he gave to Bey for a reason.

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    uhhhh Reply:

    @LO, okay. I’m not sure I was arguing that. Go massage that vein poppin’ out ya head.

    #mcspazalot

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  35. iAmCaprikorn

    the saddest thing about this WHOLE post is that yall bickering about how he sounds bad…. when he actually sounds lightyears better than what he used to sound like…

    Secondly because its in Bey contract shes going to get writing credits even though she did NOTHING in the writing process since he wrote this song a few years ago…. She deserves no writing credit at all what so ever…

    thirdly… and I saw this posted by someone else….. HE CAN PROBOUNCE ALGEBRA… not only does she not know much about it.. she cant pronounce the damn word.. #sadbuttrue

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  36. GreatestEVA

    Anybody who says this sounds better than Beyonce’s version is a LIAR.

    And for the record, even her background singers (who are on twitter) confirmed that her pronunciation of “Algebra” as “Algeb-a” was done on PURPOSE.

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  37. Jay

    Such a beautiful song. I’d much rather hear Beyonce’s voice on this. She sings it with so much more passion and power. Dream did an amazing job writing this though.

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  38. Devin

    I hope Dream get his royalties. Beyonce is known for Screwing over Writers. She change a couple of words then want credit for writing the song.

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    Kimmy Reply:

    @Devin,

    Lyric writers only get 10%, don’t worry Bey will be making the most for this song as she always does, LMAO. She always wins, HaHAHAHA.

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    WTF Reply:

    @Devin, Yes thats why she won songwriter of the year in her DC days cause she always ‘changes a few words’ lol…she wrote most of the DC songs. Most artists around have never written a song in their life.

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  39. coy

    i LOVE THIS VERSION BETTER.. DOWNLOAD LINK ANYONE?

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  40. Drake&CiaraFan

    Beyonces version is better, but I still think the song is boring. Anyway, why are yall saying this is a mess? Are yal mad that he leaked this, proving that she didnt write a bit of it. Beyonce..original…no: “Run the World” stole the beat from “Pon de Floor”, and she just used a demo that the dream already wrote and made the beat too. Support artists like Marsha Ambrosius, not this thief

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    brian b... Reply:

    @Drake&CiaraFan, SOS was a sample, so was POKER FACE and I GOTTA FEELING, I never hear people complain that those were samples cause they didn’t sample songs that were still popular! Stop complaining bout beyonce being a thief when you got no foot to stand on…

    The Dream doesnt need beyonce to record his songs but he has always maintained that she’s a genious in the studio in how she takes a simple song that you wrote and then turns it into a masterpiece!! For that reason (arrangements, harmonies and all) she get’s credited, dont be mad that an artist like rihanna doesnt know how to re-arrange a killer song to make it even better

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    Chris C. Reply:

    @brian b…, ^^^He said Marsha Ambrosius…why are you bringing up rihanna?

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    JAYE Reply:

    @Drake&CiaraFan, Diplo produced Run The World; how could she steal it if he gave her the beat?

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    LOL Reply:

    @Drake&CiaraFan, “Drake & Ciara Fan” LOL I love Drake and Ciara but come on, Drake has sampled 10 x the amount of songs that Beyoncé has. Don’t be so quick to judge Beyoncé when you are a fan of Drake and Ciara, they are no where near original.

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  41. ari

    damn yall will agrue about anything….I am a fan of both, however Beyonce did do the song justice..but The Dream is a fantastic songwriter…where is she getting co writing credits tho…everything I have seen so far has said it was written by The Dream ONLY…

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    listen Reply:

    @ari, just because Dream sung the demo doesn’t mean he’s the sole writer.

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  42. icant

    thank god for Beyonce! she saved this song.

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  43. bebe/jayfannn

    BEYONCEEEEEE!!!!!3->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THE END!

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  44. lovette

    the lyrics are terrible

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  45. lovette

    beyonce never writes her own music , she a copycat the dream is better.

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    Nes Reply:

    @lovette,

    That’s why this demo surfaced. The same with B.C. Jean’s If I Were A Boy. It’s the only way songwriters who write for Bee will get their proper recognition, and that’s really sad. If she can’t write, she just can’t write.

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    LOL Reply:

    @lovette, Get your facts right before you start bullshitting. Beyoncé does write her own songs, she won Songwriter of the Year award 9 years ago. If someone gives her a track and she likes it, why shouldn’t she put it on her album? Stay mad, I know u will.

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  46. viciuzurban

    wow i love this version. i hated b’s rendition.

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  47. KeyLOLO!!!!

    HE WROTE THE DAM SONG LAMO …. THAT’S WHY IT’s Called a DEMO … This just goes to shot you there would not be a BEYONCE’ in the music world if there were not good writers writing ALL her Song’s point blank!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO MADDD!!!!!!!!

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  48. luvlife

    I love this version. This is a better arrangement.

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  49. Shirlessa

    This song would have too him to number one. Nothing against Beyonce, but from a woman’s perspective a love song like this by The Dream would have made women give it up on a regular.

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  50. SLYBOIontwitter

    This version is good.

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  51. hmm

    the dreams voice my not be the best..but he’s lyrics are real and this demo is cool..its nothing crazy like bey since she a real singer..but you can feel what he saying & that the point of music

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  52. Ali

    LMAO.. People that are hating on The Dream.. & say it’s only meant for Beyonce.. You are some uneducated motherfuckers.. The Dream wrote & produced the song.. If it wasn’t for him this song wouldn’t exist.. He wrote it & gave it to Beyonce.. Now show love & appreciation to the true talent.. Beyonce does sound great on it though.. Her vocals are wow.. But fuck.. The Dream is the reason she has that song.. Ungrateful fuckers.. LOVE IV COMING SOON

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  53. TheLoveIV

    Nice version! Stop hating

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  54. Laurie

    OOOOOOOOOO LORD I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING LMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’T LOOOOOL The dream you did a great job writing this song but that voice man that’s hilarious

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    Ali Reply:

    @Laurie, Your pretty funny.. I honestly don’t see what’s wrong with his voice..

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  55. Mr C To Tha B

    Wow Dream is really talented with the pen! All credits to this man! I find it so stupid that artists like Beyoncé (don’t think I hate her, I really like her music) claim songwriter credits, that’s just stupid and annoying, because I like to know who makes a song … like for REAL :) Thank god wy have blogs :)

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  56. Luis

    The-Dream is getttin’ paid in full. (Gettin’ that paper!) Write the lyric, make a mili, let another artist bring it!

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  57. haterz keep hatin

    Beyonce is one of the best pure vocalists of this era. Stacking anyone’s voice against hers isn’t going to look good. But this version is dope, and Dream’s actually got a nice voice. Sure he can’t riff and run like B, but you gotta look past those as standards of judging. He’s got unique tone, crazy harmonies, and TONS of emotion. While he may not win any technical awards, saying he’s not a good singer shows a very narrowsighted understanding of vocals.

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    anon Reply:

    @haterz keep hatin, I agree and that’s why I like this version more than Beyonce’s. Not that Beyonce’s version sucks. It’s really beautiful, but her voice is very strong and to me it kind of overpowers the lyrics, if that makes sense. There’s a disconnect there that I don’t get when I hear Dream’s version.

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  58. Jordan Gabriel

    Better than the Bey version I think… sounds more genuine, just an opinion. I still have nuff respect for Bey

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    Mr C To Tha B Reply:

    @Jordan Gabriel, I understand … can’t really choose … no, imma take Dream, more genuine like you said.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Mr C To Tha B, He wrote it & that makes it genuine ? I don’t see him as thee one in love & married . He’s a great writer , keep it at that .

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    Mr C To Tha B Reply:

    @Real Issh, It’s about the performance too .. of course just the fact that you write it, has nothing to do with beeing genuine, but for me, the way he brings this song + the fact he made the song equals the fact i find it more genuine, but don’t get me wrong, beyoncé’s is really beautiful too!

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Mr C To Tha B, I understand . Thanx for elaborating .

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  59. fizzle

    oooooooohhhhhhhhh noooooooo whhhhhhhyyyyy? Why does this even exist????!!!!!

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  60. ughreally

    at least he didn’t say “algeba”

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    ... Reply:

    @ughreally, I’m hoping she did that on purpose…you know?

    She said she don’t know much about it…i would hope that when she was rehearsing this song, someone would’ve said, “B! Say algeBRA…cause it’s AlgebA!” LOL

    She may have done this on purpose to really emphasize her point that she only knows love…idk

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  61. Real Issh

    And for all of you that love/praise his writing on this .. I hope you know he helped write Run The World .. Beyonce’ is that girl !

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  62. Mimi

    Beyonce was NEVER a songwriter.

    How but do you all wanna bet even though everything is the same, lyrics, melody & most of the arrangement, her name will still appear in the credits?

    Siedah Garrett, who co-wrote Man in the mirror with Glen Ballard…said Michael jackson had o much input in that song that he should have taken a co-writing credit. But MICHAEL FREAKING JACKSON refused..because he did not think him re arranging the song, helping add a longer bring, changing words was the same as writing billie Jean. So he refuse all credits.

    Siedah Garrett herself said he should have…he deserved it ….

    That is why I love this man…a genuine artist who respected other artists and not take credit for their art.

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  63. DaDonRoMaN

    I Actually Like The Dream Cover Cuz Well Its Nice To Hear A Man Sing A Love Song Lately.. Im A Big Beyonce Fan And Yes She Took This Song Out Of The Park But The Dream Built The Foundations.. So *Clap-Clap* To Both Of Em

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  64. Mark London

    The Dream is a great song writer. Marsha Ambrosius is better than Beyonce when it comes to song writing, melodies and arrangments. But Beyonce is an all round amazing ‘Entertainer’.

    They all have their strengths.

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  65. alicia's a homewrecka

    Lady Gaga has confessed that she ‘hates’ the video for her Beyonce collaboration Telephone, and can no longer bear to watch it.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @alicia’s a homewrecka, irrelevant.com

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    swiper_no_swiping Reply:

    @Real Issh,

    Theif.com

    Please come up with your own sayings
    #sigh

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  66. thadundun

    idk why yall are trippin’… he doesn’t sound THAT horrible! he’s actually pretty decent! For a demo, this is pretty damn good!

    but it’s a song destined for a queen, which is why it has been passed along to the ultimate! :]

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  67. Shavonti

    For some reason I think some classic Purple Rain prince would be mind blowing world wide!!

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  68. L12

    They bought their own flavor and emotion 2each version! But the dream did his thang and he smashed the harmony in the chorus! Beyonce’s version sounds like a church song,
    The Dream’s Version sounds more like RnB

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  69. JonWasHere

    Surprised by all the negative feed back from Dream. It makes me wonder if were listening to same song.

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  70. A.ghee

    I like dreams version better just more flowing. Its just a demo if he sung it forreal it would sound better. Thissound like a Alicia Keys song too tho

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  71. DE

    I like The Dreams version. I think Beyonce yells too much and pushes it too much. She should’ve sing it like Ave Maria of You’re my roc. A lil’ bit lower. She has a low voice, you can hear it on the writing on the wall album. I think that sounded so nice, but for some reason she thinks she has to yell. For everyone saying she has a strong voice, powerful. Sorry, but listen to Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner etc, then you’ll know what a strong voice is and how it sounds. She took co-writing credits, because she changed lying by you to lying right next to you. She needs demo’s because she can’t read music notes. She never wrote a song. The award was a mistake because they didn’t know that she only changed a few words. Thats why she was scrapped as songwriter for crazy in love. I like be as entertainer and I love a lot of music of her, but I’m not going to defend her by laying. Her performances a great, she has the right songs, the right clothes, right dances etc. but there is are whole team. Her talent is entertaining/performing, not singing, writing etc. and that doesn’t matter, because these days it sells to be a entertainer not just a singer.

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  72. Meow

    Wow, amazing. I didn’t know that The Dream wrote this. He is SUCH a talented song-writer. So, so, so talented. I don’t think that his version of the song (singing-wise) is anywhere near as good as Beyonce’s. But it is just a demo. It’s just that Beyonce is a really, really talented woman who sounds so emotional live. She nails it every time. Dream has a poppish voice. But I like that they both kinda stay in their lanes and he lets Queen B sing the beautiful songs that he writes. Awesome duo. IDK what man would sing this well. I’m seeing mentions of R. Kelly. But I think Maxwell would punish it, forget R. Kelly. I think it’s obvious that Beyonce sings this song better than the Dream, but to deny the Dream his shine is just absurd. He is amazing for writing this and many of the other beautiful songs he has written for our favorite artists over the years.

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  73. ms.stone

    This is absolutely a beautiful-beautiful song. This is my new anthem. Thanks for posting the demo version! I love Dream’s vocals on this. LOVE!

    I would love to hear Maxwell or D’Angelo do their own versions.

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  74. Jay,D

    His version compared nothing to Bs… Actually, I hate i hear this one,

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  75. Katina

    I love this version and want to buy it. Where can I get it?

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