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Beyoncé: IF I WERE "A-RIGINAL"

Oct. 29 2008, Published 12:39 p.m. ET

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Did Beyoncé jack someone else's song?

The "Bootylicious" singer's new hit entitled "If I Were a Boy" was first written and performed by 21-year old California native, BC Jean.

A source close to Jean describes the newcomer as "A stunning 21 year old who possesses a powerful singing voice that conjures up memories of Janis Joplin. She backs up her amazing voice with equally strong song writing skills and is definitely not a stranger to the stage."

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But there is one thing BC Jean does not have - a record label.

According to sources, "BC and her manager Lori Carlson have been strong armed by Beyoncé's people who saw the potential of "If I Were a Boy" and used any means necessary to get the song."

Beyoncé is managed by her father Matthew Knowles.

"Matthew pushed until he got the rights to the song and put Beyoncé's name on the writing credits."

You can hear BC Jean's version of "If I Were a Boy" (produced by German pop-factory figurehead Toby Gad) at www.bcjean.net.

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