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On June 2nd, NBC (U.S.) aired a concert arranged by Chime for Change, an organization that generates support for causes that help disadvantaged women around the world & seeks to combat gender injustice. Beyonce` was not only the concert headliner, but is now involved with the group (NBC only aired a few songs from her 50 minute set; you can view it in full here). By joining Beyonce’s “Chime Team,” you can learn more about specific causes close to her heart and offer a donation. Just $5 or $10 can go a long way. Bees, if we can spend hundreds on concert tickets, we can spend a few dollars to help women in need. Beyonce’s dedication to women’s rights and female empowerment is one of the many reasons she’s my favorite artist. It’s good to see her be more vocal with her charitable activities, as it brings attention to important issues. In the past, Beyonce` has supported anti-sex-trafficking foundations and started a trade education center for formerly incarcerated women. Did you know that? If you follow the link and Beyonce’s projects are fully funded, please make a contribution to Chime for Change.
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SoundCloud single art
Well, the BeyHive (Beyonce’s fanbase) has been aching for ANY sign of new material and it isn’t clear if Beyonce’s upcoming album is finished or if there are plans for a single release in the near future, so it seems the Queen Bey decided to try to pacify her eager fans with a short audio teaser. Recently posted to her Tumblr, “Bow Down/I Been On” has one sung verse and one verse in Houston “chopped/screwed” style. The chopped/screwed part is mostly thanks and random ramblings, while Beyonce` boasts about being top-notch and reminds everyone that taking an extended break (the singer took hiatuses right before her 2011“4” album and around her pregnancy) does not mean she’s “fallen off” and she isn’t solely defined by her marital status. While I liked the sentiments behind the reminders, I didn’t care for the bragging tone of the song, the expletives or the musical production; it gave me post-traumatic stress flashbacks of the inartistic, basic and unsophisticated “Sasha Fierce” portion of “I AM…Sasha Fierce” (ex. “Video Phone” & “Diva”). “Bow” gave me elements of what I don’t like about some of Rihanna’s music and if you follow my site, you know that’s never a good thing. I hope that this isn’t indicative of what her new album will sound like. Listen to the track here.
DC's new release cover
Seriously, this time, it's not a rumor! Beyonce` posted on her Facebook fan-page earlier today: "I am so proud to announce the first original Destiny's Child music in eight years!" One of the biggest-selling girl groups of all time returns with "Love Songs," a collection of previously released romantic tracks with a NEW song, “Nuclear," produced by Pharrell. I AM SO FREAKIN' EXCITED! No, it's not a new full-length album, but after almost 10 years, I'll take anything fresh! I'm so elated to know that the girls got back in the studio together. Anyone who knows me or follows this portion of the site knows that I adore and have great respect Destiny's Child and what they represented. I hope that this is only the beginning of reunion work. Who knows, maybe we'll see Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams appear on stage with the Queen Bey at the Superbowl! "Love Songs" will be available on January 29th; you can pre-order it now here: http://smarturl.it/dc_lovesongs_amzn
Bey's racy February 2013 cover
BeyHive, we all get a little riled up when people suggest that Beyonce` isn’t a “real” artist or that there isn’t much of a difference between her and your average pop-tart. We only know better because we watch everything she does and listen to every bit of music. Despite how unfair or upsetting other’s criticisms are, we can’t blame them sometimes as they’re on the outside-looking-in and can only go off of what they see or hear. Beyonce` dons the February cover of GQ wearing a bikini piece and a tiny shirt with the bottom of her breasts peeking out. This is the type of cover that other female artists usually do, not Beyonce`. When I make the argument that Beyonce` isn’t as risqué or suggestive as some other artists, I mention that I’ve never seen even a sliver of Beyonce’s private parts; can’t use that as a talking point now. Bey has done a lot to differentiate herself musically, personally and with her image. She is often applauded for her regality and considered a healthy role model for women. A cover like this gives the impression to the unknowing that’s she just another scantily-clad singer whose career is dependent or based on sex appeal. I’m not saying it’s all over now because of this one magazine cover; I’m saying this cover is counteractive to a more positive perception. Not to mention, it gives more fuel to those who argue Bey’s status as a symbol of female empowerment and claim she objectifies herself. Do you think the cover is too sexy or revealing?
It's a wrap: Clint Eastwood & Beyonce`
Today is definitely a “Seriously, Beyonce`, WTH?!” moment. MTV reports that Beyonce` confirmed to E! News on October 9th that she will NOT be filming the 3rd remake of the classic film “A Star is Born” with director/actor Clint Eastwood due to scheduling conflicts saying, "I was looking forward to the production of 'A Star Is Born' and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood. For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together." Now, most of the BeyHive (the pop culture name for Beyonce’s fanbase) is unbothered by the news, but I AM. I’m beyond pissed. I don’t know what Beyonce` has her calendar full with, but she needs to make filming this movie a priority. She needs to make it happen. Dropping out this project IS A HUGE MISTAKE.
Starring in this film is a monumental opportunity that could further solidify Beyonce’s staying-power and garner the respect from the film industry she desires. Not only was she a 1st choice hand-pick for Eastwood, a celebrated, Academy Award-winning actor and director, but she would be walking in the footsteps of legendary predecessors Judy Garland (1954 remake) and Barbara Streisand, who starred in the 1976 reincarnation with Kris Kristofferson. Smell the epic, yet? Add a potential Oscar nomination (assuming Beyonce` gets her acting game up; she’s said in previous interviews that she’s hungry for a nod) and the pivotal impact of the songstress being a woman of color in this role and it seems that much more ridiculous that the project would be bypassed. Perhaps Beyonce` needed the producers or film studio to wait longer than they were willing; they already made concessions during her pregnancy in 2011. No matter what the case, I don’t feel like she fought hard enough to stay involved. I could be wrong, but I just feel like scheduling could’ve been worked out. What is she thinking?
Straight from Beyonce` and Jay-z!!! The couple started a site (http://helloblueivycarter.tumblr.com/) for the baby, complete with a personal message, TODAY!! Congrats to all the uncle and auntie bees!!! *bawls crying* LOOT AT HER!!!
Official statement from Beyonce` & Jay-z:
"Hello Hello Baby Blue! We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful; we are in heaven.
She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.-Beyonce` & Jay-Z" (Beyonceonline.com)
Ever since our “Queen Bee” Beyonce` announced her pregnancy on national television during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, the beehive has been a buzz and eagerly anticipating the arrival of the little one. Well, the baby is finally here and hip-hop mogul father, Shawn Carter (A.K.A. Jay-Z), didn’t waste any time to record a tribute. Earlier today, the track “Glory” surfaced on the internet with “B.I.C.” (the child’s initials) listed as a feature. Sweet, profound and very personal, Jay-z offers details about the events surrounding the child’s conception and implies that Beyonce` may have suffered a miscarriage previously: “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic, we was afraid you’d disappear, But naw baby, you magic…you don’t yet know what swag is, but you was made in Paris and Mama woke up the next day and shot her album package.” You can hear the entire song in the video below. :) I’m so happy & excited I can’t stand it!!!! Could the “IV” in “Ivy” be another four reference? Hmmmm… ;) We’re all uncles and aunties, bees! :) Click the photo above to sign the baby book that I will send off to Beyonce`.
A short behind-the-scenes promotional film of Beyonce's "4 Intimate Nights at the Roseland Ballroom" concert has hit the internet. This film will likely be included as a bonus feature on the rumored upcoming fall DVD release (you can watch it below). Beyonce` was reportedly pregnant during the performance, with the show being only weeks before her MTV VMA official announcement. As short as the film is, it really builds up anticipation and I already have favorite quotes from it:
"She's listening to her inner voice right now... I think she took risks...I think she's being more authentic and doing what she wants to do instead of doing what people expect...This is my favorite album. I've loved Beyonce` since Destiny's Child, even though I'm a hard rocker."-Bibi Mcgill, Guitarist
"Any entertainer and any performer that had to come through New York had to come through this building (Roseland). Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, we've had Madonna here, the Rolling Stones, and that's what gives the Roseland Ballroom its history and its fame."
"What do you after 16 Grammys and millions of records sold?...whatever makes you happy...All I have to do is have fun, have artistic freedom to do whatever I want...It's not about the frills, it's not about production, it's not about choreography and costumes, it's about the music."-Beyonce`
A baby bee is on the way!!
AAAHHHHHHHHH! Beysus is having a baby, bees!!!! She announced the news while on the black carpet of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. She took several photos hugging her dress to her baby bump, as you can see from the picture on the left. MTV subsequently tweeted: "OMG Beyonce just made a huge announcement on the #vma carpet! #baby!!!!!" Publicity representatives for Team Beyonce` also confirmed the news to the Huffington Post and Entertainment Tonight (ET). Congratulations to the King B and Jay-z. I know some of you might be worried about how Beyonce` will continue promotion for her latest album "4"; I am as well, but I'm sure she'll work it out somehow, and with her strong ethic, she'll be back on the scene if she takes anytime off in no time. ;) Check out her "Love On Top" performance below in which proud papa, Jay-z, Kanye West and Lady Gaga ham it up and enjoy the sight. At the beginning of the song she proclaimed "I want ya'll to feel the love that's growing inside of me!!" She later divaliciously rubbed her stomach after dropping her microphone. :)
Ninja Beyonce` slicin' up peppers, circa 2000.
Beyonce’s current album “4” has had a difficult time commercially. Although it debuted at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, its 1st week sales were the lowest of Beyonce’s solo career with only 310,000 units, compared to “I Am…Sasha Fierce” at 482,000. After more than a month, “4” eventually reached platinum (1 million copies) status. The promotional singles from the album, “Run the World (Girls),” & “Best Thing I Never Had” have had only moderate success. These results are a surprising turn for the usually chart-topping artist and many have wondered if Beyonce herself is concerned about the numbers. In an interview with Reuters Magazine, the pop-star discussed her approach to recording “4”: "This album was a labor of love. It was not about singles…I felt like the emotion, live instruments and just soul (were) missing out of the music industry; especially the popular music that's out. I wanted to bring it back to the music I grew up listening to. It's like a mixture of the '90s and the '70s and rock-n-roll." Much of music media has applauded Beyonce` for attempting to focus on the artistic side of things as opposed to concentrating on commercial appeal, but some fans are worried if the dismal numbers will have a negative impact on Beyonce’s career and have begun to theorize on why the sales aren’t stellar.
An often discussed theory on fan sites, message boards & blogs is that the absence of Mathew Knowles as manager is a profound factor. In March of this year, it was announced that Knowles (who is also Beyonce’s father) would no longer be her manager and that Beyonce` was opting to manage herself. Creative and entrepreneurial growth has since been given as a reason for the decision by the singer. Some commenting fans online have suggested that Beyonce` may not have the skill or the time to self-manage and is liable to make ill-informed choices that will lead (or has led) to the consequence of poor sales. “It’s difficult balancing the business and the creativity,” Beyonce` says as she discussed self-management with Reuters, “Having to balance the two is really hard and really making sure that I'm still doing my job, which is to be the performer and the entertainer and not have to do everyone else's job so that mine doesn't suffer; that's been a challenge…I'm sleeping with my blackberry, I'm having dreams that I'm answering e-mails, like it's that far!"
Beyonce` made similar comments during her MTV special “Year of 4” in June:
-“It was very risky for me to step out on my own.”
-“I have budgets to approve and people to hire, and a million things going on in the same week. I’m one human being. It’s a lot. Independence is not easy, but it’s going to get easier…As I get my team, it’s going to get easier.”
-“It’s very difficult managing myself. Every night when I go to sleep I ask hundreds of questions, but I’m learning so much, and I’m making mistakes and I’m learning from them. I’m not afraid to make a mistake, I embrace mistakes. They make you who you are. I’ve never been afraid to fall, and I say all these things, but now I’m getting tested.”
Management decisions may be the root of the awkward sales figures, but the reason isn’t known indefinitely. Promotion, sound, timing and many other things can affect the success of a single or album, but it’s clear that Beyonce` is sweating bullets over it. My opinion and synopsis? If I was Beyonce`, I wouldn’t sweat over it either. I don’t think the figures indicate anything about Beyonce’s career. “Run the World” didn’t work because it was melodically jagged and hard to sing along with. When songs are hard to sing along with, it’s hard for them to reach the top 40. Plus, the music was a recycled track from Major Lazor’s “Pon De Floor.” “Best Thing” has performed better on the chart than “World,” but has yet to reach the top ten. I’m not sure why that is, other than the fact it’s not techno-pop. The poor-charting singles are the only reason why “4” slowly went platinum, so in short, I feel the music being a cut away from the norm is the core reason for the sales. I feel Beyonce’s self-management is behind some of the last-minute promotion details, such as the day-of notification of the “Best Thing” video premiere.
In relation to her management choices, I have confidence that Beyonce` will quickly get the hang of self-management, and I would prefer her to self manage versus hiring a stranger. However, I’m concerned that the additional responsibility may be tiresome and overwhelming in the long-run and I think it’s pertinent for her to hire a staff to assist her in some of the duties. What do you bees think about her sales and management?