Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are likely the world’s two most zeitgeist-y and powerful pop stars right now. So, naturally, someone saw an opportunity. READ FULL STORY
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By now you probably know that Meghan Trainor is “All About That Bass.” The irresistible hit single, a body-positive polemic dolled up in a poodle skirt, has turned the Nashville wannabe into a pop star in four months flat: It’s notched more than 120 million views on YouTube, and has spent five weeks and counting perched atop the Billboard Hot 100. Not bad for a 20-year-old from Nantucket, Mass., who moved south to write songs. “I don’t feel like a famous pop star yet,” she tells EW. “I still get super nervous. I’m like, ‘Fake it till you make it!’ Or ‘Pretend you’re Beyoncé right now!’ That almost works.”
If she keeps this up, it won’t be long before up-and-comers are pretending they’re Meghan Trainor. But until then, the singer has a simple request: Can she please get paid now?
EW: “All About That Bass” is No. 1 in 25 countries. Have you splurged on anything yet?
MEGHAN TRAINOR: I mean, you don’t see money at first. I’m like, “Where the money is?” I still have the same exact bank account.
How did the line “I’m all about that bass, no treble” originally come about?
[Producer Kevin Kadish] had written “Bass, no treble,” and I was in my phase of saying, “I’m all about that Mexican food!” [Laughs] That was my slang. So I was like, “I’m all about that bass, no treble.” He said, “I can’t figure out what to relate it with.” And I was like, “Booty!” Once we started writing it, I remember his smile when he said “skinny bitches.” That’s when we looked at each other like, “We’ll never make a dime off this, but I’m fine with that.”
You wanted to sell it to another artist?
We pitched it as songwriters, and no one wanted it. The only one who liked it, I think, was a person on Beyoncé’s team. But it couldn’t work for her, because… obvious reasons.
What do you mean?
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In the nine months since Beyoncé dropped her self-titled album on an unsuspecting world, the track “Flawless” has grown from one of the more enjoyable surprises in a thoroughly surprising album–a quasi-manifesto that synthesizes diva-level self-appreciation and blunt real talk about female existence in a patriarchal world, delivered with an instantly memorable hook–into a cultural behemoth. The word “flawless” (or, better yet, “#flawless”) condenses everything that Beyoncé and her featured guest, award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, talks about in the song down into two syllables that somehow contain an entire philosophy of self-love and self-actualization. No wonder it’s been inescapable all year.
Despite the song’s popularity, Bey and her label haven’t released it as an official single. Or maybe it’s because of that popularity–when something grows so big in such an organic way, giving it a traditional professional marketing push could end up ruining a good thing. Either way, the song whose title is emblazoned on most Beyoncé merch is officially just an album cut.
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards weren’t about who opened the show—no offense to Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, or Jessie J. Instead, everyone was waiting for Queen Bey’s 16-minute performance Video Vanguard performance. And, as usual, Beyoncé did not disappoint.
Beyoncé hit the stage with shortened versions of just about every song from her latest album, from “Mine” and “Haunted” to “Drunk In Love” and “Partition.” And just when things seemed to sexy for TV, she ended the performance with an emotional tribute to her daughter, singing “Blue” before thanking all of her fans with a crowd-assisted “XO.”
Between her vocals, her dance moves, and her overall stage presence, the only way to sum up the performance was … flawless. Or as Blue Ivy put it when Jay Z brought her on stage, “Go mommy!”
If “Bang Bang” isn’t the song of the summer, it’s at least the chosen song title of the summer: There’s Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J’s “Bang Bang,” Macy Gray’s “Bang Bang,” and now, Beyoncé’s cover of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” by Cher and previously covered by Nancy Sinatra.
The singer serenades husband Jay Z with the cover in a new trailer for HBO’s upcoming special about the pair’s “On the Run” tour. She shoots finger guns at the rapper as she sings; he responds by dramatically blowing cigar smoke into the air. The scene is filmed in black and white, and then suddenly, we’re transported from that world into the real world of Bey and Jay: Specifically, their energetic, colorful sold-out arena shows.
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Continuing her utter dominance of the pop zeitgeist, Beyoncé, Queen of Earth, will both perform at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards and receive its highest honor, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Previous winners include Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Guns N’ Roses, U2, and Michael Jackson himself. Beyoncé has won a total of 11 Video Music Awards, both as a solo artist and as a member of Destiny’s Child, although she’s proven herself capable of making pop-cultural history even when she loses.
The VMAs will air live on MTV on August 24 at 9 p.m. Usher, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5 will also perform.
Liv, a rapper who tabloids like to speculate is Jay Z’s mistress, has joined the chorus of gossip magazines and anonymous sources claiming Beyoncé and Jay Z are on the rocks by releasing “Sorry Mrs. Carter,” a song disputing the allegations but still apologizing to Beyoncé. It remains somewhat unclear what exactly she’s apologizing to Beyoncé for. Not sleeping with her husband? Jay Z’s supposed bad behavior with other women? This song’s quality, maybe?
Beyoncé and Jay Z’s multi-platform pop-culture domination continues — it has just been announced that their first joint tour, On the Run, will debut in September and air exclusively on HBO. The duo will perform more than 40 songs in the special.
The taping will take place on September 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris, On the Run’s sole international stop. The tour began in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on June 25 and ends with the two-night stand Paris on September 13.
The two are no strangers to HBO: Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter World Tour is currently being broadcast as a 10-episode series of concert performances, BEYONCÉ:X10, and in February 2013 she was seen in the feature-length documentary, Life Is But a Dream. Additionally, Jay Z’s Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film premiered in August 2013.
HBO has announced that Beyoncé, who released her documentary Life Is But A Dream on HBO in February 2013, will return to the network for a series of four-minute excerpts from her Mrs. Carter World Tour. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, titled Beyoncé: X10, will air segments on Sunday evenings at 8:55 ET/PT, leading into the seventh and final season of True Blood, which airs immediately after.
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