Beyonce assembled an army of R&B experts and pop luminaries on her self-titled fifth album. She reunited with producers who had a hand in some previous favorites (The-Dream, Frank Ocean, Ryan Tedder), linked up with new blood (Hit-Boy, Chairlift‘s Caroline Polachek) and brought on producers whose names you may not know but whose work you definitely know (Key Wane, frequent Ke$ha collaborator Ammo). Oh, and there’s also some really new blood care of a Blue Ivy feature.
The primary players include Pharrell, the Midas touch trifecta of Justin Timberlake, J-Roc and Timbaland (as with 20/20 Part 2, they left no clunky sex metaphor unturned) and a pop mysterion known as Boots (#whoisboots). Sia, Drake, Noah “40″ Shebib and Miguel also notched credits on the mega-release. As for the videos, everyone from Terry Richardson to frigging Lil Internet to Bey herself had directing duties.
That’s a whole lot of people, and we don’t know what kind of threats were hovering over them to prevent details from leaking out, but it worked and now we have Beyonce. So below, find the full credits broken down in an easier-to-read song-by-song list. More »
Turns out that tracklist for Katy B‘s Little Red we posted the other day wasn’t the final deal. But now we have the legit list of song titles as well as the cover art, so there you go. What’s no longer on the album: the previously mentioned “Wicked Love,” “Blue Eyes,” “Stay Down” and the “G” at the end of “All My Loving” (so, in other words, it’s now “All My Lovin’”). What’s replacing those songs: “Play,” “Emotions” and “Still.”
Little Red has a UK release date of February 3, but Sony tells Idolator that a US release date has yet to be set. We’ll keep fingers crossed, though, that it happens.
Final tracklist below. More »
Beyonce wasn’t the only pop queen to unexpectedly drop new music on iTunes today (December 13)! Lorde released one-off track “No Better,” apparently a leftover from her Pure Heroine sessions. It’s got one of her trademark woozy bass lines, quick-cadence verses and a line about teeth. In other words, yup, it fits right in with her debut album material. Still, like all her songs, there are a couple unexpected twists — for this one, it’s the trappy percussion, and how it all fades out at the end of the refrain.
Maybe she’ll explain why “No Better” was left off the album at some point, but for now, stream it below. More »
Okay, yes, you’re all a-Twitter about Beyonce‘s new album and all of the songs and all of the videos and OMG can you believe the bitch dropped this ish at midnight and she’s revolutionizing the history of mankind for the 14th time. But have you looked at the digital booklet? All the photos? Or, really, just one photo in particular. Dat. Ass.
Lady Gaga thought she was being all scandalous by backing her junk up to the camera for her “Do What U Want” single cover. But, girl, Bey is the woman who put the booty in “Bootylicious.” Sit that thing down. More »
We interrupt this Beyonce-cast with a bit of other news. But it still involves Beyonce, so, stick with it for a second. Billboard has begun rolling out its year-end coverage, and that means the list of 2013′s 25 highest grossing tours is out. Since the numbers are tallied from November 14, 2012 to November 12, 2013, it makes sense that Lady Gaga isn’t in the top spot, nor is Justin Timberlake — their tours started later this year. But then you have acts like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, who’ve all been touring for seemingly that entire time, and yet they failed to reach the top spot. What’s more, they were beat out by a past-their-prime band at #1 (Bon Jovi) and a dead guy at #2 (Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal tour). Pink slides in at #3 as the first active pop star on the list, pulling in $147.9 million.
Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones and Swift also made the top 10. Last year’s top earner, Madonna, came in at #14. See the full list below, head to Billboard for a more in-depth look at the entries. More »
Erik Hassle came back swinging this year with a fresh US deal with RCA Records and a brilliant new single, “Talk About It” — but while the Swedish crooner’s downtempo electro sound is distinctly Nordic, his influences turn out to be much more varied than his music might suggest.
His pick for best of the year? Kanye West‘s Yeezus, which also featured prominently on our own editors’ Best Of 2013 list. Looks like our tastes are aligned, Erik! More »