What’s the best revenge on a bad ex-boyfriend? How about performing your kiss-off song while standing in your bridal suite wearing nothing but a white lace teddy and a grin of deep satisfaction? That’s how the music video for Beyoncé’s new single “Best Thing I Never Had” opens, and damn if Ms. Knowles isn’t at her peak — in voice, in looks, in taste in opulent wedding gowns (by Baracci Beverly Hills). Check out the video below, directed with impeccable lighting by Diane Martel, and then let’s discuss it a bit more! READ FULL STORY »
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The three former members of Destiny’s Child are keeping busy these days.
Beyoncé just topped the Billboard 200 with her latest release 4; Kelly Rowland has been doing well with the release of her single “Motivation,” featuring Lil Wayne; and today, Michelle Williams dropped a new single,”Love Gun,” which is set to be included on her upcoming fourth studio album, slated for a fall release.
While Williams focused on gospel on her first two solo albums, the synth-laden “Love Gun” has a similar vibe to the dancey tracks on her last album, Unexpected, which spawned two hit dance singles in “We Break the Dawn”—actually, a personal fave of mine—and “The Greatest.”
Williams calls “Love Gun” “inspirational pop.” “Think of Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ or Natasha Bedingfield’s ‘Unwritten,’” she said in a statement. “Music with a message but at the same time fun and will get people dancing.”
Give “Love Gun” a listen here:
What should raise a few eyebrows, however, is that it sold 310,000 copies—her lowest opening yet as a solo artist. Her 2003 debut Dangerously in Love opened with 317,000 albums.
Considering that 4 has yet to spawn a hit single, the numbers actually do make sense, though. Her first pitch, “Run the World (Girls),” failed to crack the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, marking the first time that a lead single from Beyoncé didn’t jump into the top 10.
For comparison and contrast, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way debuted with a robust 1.1 million (with the caveat that her sales were significantly goosed by a 99-cent Amazon price run) and Adele’s 21 bowed with 351,000 albums.
Adele’s 21 continues to hang in some five months after its release, jumping back up one spot to No. 2, with 92,000 units sold. At No. 3 is Kanye West protege Big Sean’s debut album Finally Famous, with 87,000 sets bought.
Check out the rest out the top 10 after the jump.
Beyonce brings her new album to the masses: Watch her behind the scenes and performing to a packed Central Park here
The high of selling millions of albums, headlining a massive tour, and basically being a worldwide ambassador of girl power requires a major force to come down from. Last year, it took an ocean’s waves to wash away Beyoncé’s larger-than-life alter ego, Sasha Fierce.
“The ocean makes me feel really small,” she says at the top of her MTV special Beyoncé: Year of 4–which aired last night. “It makes me put my whole life in to perspective. I’m this little piece of this huge earth. It humbles you and it grounds you.”
Like she says in the Target ad for her new album, she spent 2010 off the stage and in the audience. In Year of 4, we get to see some of the other stuff she did during her time away from the spotlight.
Most folks spend their vacations at beach houses to chill. Not this chick. Beyoncé does stuff like slide down the Great Wall of China and scuba dive in the Red Sea.
Catch footage of that as well as clips of her creating 4, picking the album’s cuts alongside hubby Jay-Z, and learning the bonkers choreography for its lead single “Run the World (Girls)” here:
As expected, Gaga was golden when Forbes released its 2011 World’s Highest-Paid Musicians List this past Wednesday. Yet, despite banking $90 million, Gaga found on herself on “The Edge of Glory” as she landed in fourth place. She probably could have secured a higher position if she had been more conservative in spending for her stage show. Then again, girl loves a concept costume and a flaming piano… Plus, the words “Gaga” and “conservative” really should never inhabit the same sentence, right?
So who scored the top slot? READ FULL STORY »
Rather than sweeping the issue under the rug, she used her Facebook page to address it. Read her statement here:
Beyoncé‘s upcoming album 4 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated releases of the summer—even if its first single “Run the World (Girls)” didn’t have the kind of superstar impact Mrs. Carter is used to (it was at number 50 on last week’s Billboard Hot 100, and hasn’t reached higher than 33).
Now comes “Best I Never Had,” which just debuted this morning and sounds a lot more like a traditional Queen B hit. Crank it up here:
Performing her new single “Run the World (Girls),” she danced in front of a dazzling interactive screen that gave her wings to wear, worlds to juggle, and dozens of background steppers to keep up with.
Watching her stay in sync with all that movement was breathtaking; critics and fans alike immediately appreciated it and its originality. But recently, whether the performance’s concept was created by the diva and her team has been questioned.
Pop diva Beyoncé is in unfamiliar territory this week.
Her new single “Run the World (Girls)” is languishing at No. 76 on the Billboard hot 100 chart a month after its release. Surely, the combo of its dance-heavy video and her epic performance at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards yesterday should help it rise a bit. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem to have “huge hit” written all over it.
Though Beyoncé’s rep says that they have not picked the second single for her upcoming 4 yet, a potential one leaked online this morning. It’s called “Till the End of Time,” and it’s been pulled down from almost every site it was posted to over the weekend, but if you were a quick music-blog draw, you may have gotten the chance to hear it.
If you didn’t, guess what—it’s good! The Afrobeat-love cut sounds more like the new sound she described last year than “Run the World.” Her voice soars over shooting horns, chanting “Say you’ll never let me go.”
It’s giving me Fela Kuti vibes, (which she mentioned as the album’s inspiration recently) mixed with Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” Have you heard “Till the End” yet? Think it’s better than “Run the World”? Let us know.
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Well, it’s not the epic battle of the sexes some expected, but Beyoncé‘s new “Run the World (Girls)” video is certainly a contender for best dance video of the year so far.
Last night, the R&B diva premiered the video for the first single from her upcoming album, 4, on American Idol. In the Francis Lawrence-directed clip, Beyoncé and more than 200 dancers breath new life into the Major Lazer-sampling cut.
With all due respect to her contemporaries, no one brings it like Beyoncé when it comes to her steps—intricate, fun, and executed flawlessly. Britney Spears’ moves are all but gone. And though Gaga tried, she couldn’t hold a candle to her two-time partner in crime, especially in “Video Phone.”
So here’s Queen B, leader of an angry army in the Mojave Desert, stepping in the name of girl power. Check it out after the jump.