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Destiny's Child reunites (again) (sort of) -- VIDEO

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Destiny’s Child announced its breakup all the way back in 2005, but the group has made a pretty regular habit of periodically reuniting. Usually that happens when Beyoncé, Kelly, and Michelle are releasing yet another greatest hits compilation, but as we pointed out recently, the trio’s best-known lineup recently got together to record a track for Michelle Williams’ new gospel-oriented album Journey to Freedom. Michelle may not be the Child with the most successful solo career, but “Say Yes,” with its dancehall drums and light dusting of squiggly EDM synths, is worthy of summer jam status.

Williams just dropped the video for “Say Yes.” She not only got her former bandmates to appear in it, but also got Beyoncé to rock her DC-era braids again. Solange, who contributed backup vocals, doesn’t appear, though she’s still getting a lot of traction from her last video role.

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Michelle Williams debuts gospel track featuring Beyonce, Solange, and Kelly Rowland -- LISTEN

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Get ready to lose your breath: It’s a Destiny’s Child reunion (plus Solange tagged along!).

For Michelle Williams’ upcoming gospel album, Journey to Freedom, she brought together her favorite independent women to give her an assist on lead single “Say My Name Yes,” based on the popular Nigerian hymn. Backed by Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Solange, the upbeat track takes the inspirational lyrics and throws them over a reggae beat. Williams has performed the track for the past several months by herself, but this is the first time fans have heard it with the other voices.

In addition to the album, Williams will next be seen in the upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour, where she’ll play the role of Mary Magdalene.

This is the only Beyoncé- and Solange-related news of the last couple of weeks, so this song should be the only thing you are possibly thinking about regarding the Knowles family. Everything’s great — just two sisters who love each other hanging out with Michelle Williams + Kelly Rowland. Listen to “Say Yes” below: READ FULL STORY

Jay Z attacked by Beyonce's sister Solange? Hotel decries video leak

The Standard Hotel in New York City says it is investigating the leak of a security video that appears to show Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, attacking Jay Z.

Asked about the video on Monday by The Associated Press, the hotel issued a statement saying it is “shocked and disappointed that there was a clear breach of our security system.” READ FULL STORY

Solange on her new EP, Halloween costumes, and her son's rap career

On a recent Tuesday at the Museum of Moden Art’s branch at P.S.1 in Queens, Solange stood in front of an image of the African-American activist Angela Davis.

“I dressed up as her for Halloween last year,” she says, snapping a picture with her iPhone in the empty museum (she had the place to herself thanks to one of her curator friends). “I just threw it together at the last minute. That’s kind of how I usually do things.”

Indeed, as Knowles has demonstrated throughout her dozen-plus years in show business, she’s nothing if not resourceful.

For the younger sister of Beyoncé — that pop juggernaut for whom Super Bowls and presidential inaugurations are routine — an afternoon at a museum without crowds, guards, and pesky no-photo policies is her ideal level of excitement these days. After spending nearly half her life on the major-label payroll, Knowles moved from L.A. to Brooklyn, where her never-quite-burgeoning pop career evolved into something more interesting — and in the process, she became a nouveau-bohemian star in indie-rock and fashion circles alike.

True, her sleek new EP released on the boutique label Terrible Records, is her Solange 2.0 calling card. Produced by Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes and powered by its captivating lead single “Losing You,” the album has won her accolades and a new fan base — including Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, who used the song in the show’s season 2 premiere. Knowles, it seems, has found her element.

Her liberated new look stems from the fact that she paid for all of it — the EP, the video, even her website — out of pocket. “Every decision that’s been made behind this record, from the exact color of the album’s artwork to what record stores we put the record in, has been made by me,” she says.

Her son Julez, 8, is getting in on the act too: He’s already taking a stab at becoming a rapper. While Knowles is “terrified” that her son wants to enter the family business, she still encourages him to follow his passions. In fact, she keeps pictures of his handwritten verses on her phone, one of which she offered to read aloud: READ FULL STORY

Best and Worst 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, and the other best singles of the year

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One encouraging trend that ran throughout 2012 was the egalitarian nature of hit singles. Whether you were a Joni Mitchell-loving Canadian Idol survivor, an Australian with a bruised ego, or a bunch of Florida emo survivors high on Queen, the music world fully embraced you as long as your inescapable earworms continuously delivered thrilling results.

Check out EW’s list of the 20 greatest singles of the year below (as they appear in the current issue of EW, which is on newsstands now), and be sure to check out this specially-curated VEVO playlist that takes you through the year that was one glorious pop hook at a time.

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1. Carly Rae Jepsen, ”Call Me Maybe”
Before the countless YouTube lip dubs, the nine weeks at No. 1, and the 1,000th time you heard it at a BBQ, there was just a song: a purple-ink love letter with a tiny voice whispering about wishing wells and ripped jeans like it was a secret she wanted you to keep forever. It might have been the soundtrack of your summer, or you might’ve rolled your eyes at parties but then secretly put it on your workout mix. But every time it played, life sounded just a tiny bit different. Better maybe. Adam Markovitz READ FULL STORY

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