The Destiny’s Child sisterhood lives on! Beyonce just dropped her self-titled fifth studio album, featuring a video for each song on the record (and then some) — and she went high-concept in the video for her Frank Ocean collaboration “Superpower,” balancing out the low-level minimalism of the Pharrell-produced track with arresting visuals and a star-studded cast.
Yep, it’s a regular game of spot-the-guest-star in “Superpower,” as Beyonce plays anarchist leader, strutting through a parking lot and an alley, then eventually leading toward an armed SWAT team; she’s flanked most prominently by her DC sisters Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as well as her tourmate Luke James and the song’s producer, Pharrell Williams. More »
Well! While the day’s news is being dominated by Beyonce‘s surprise album, another Queen B is still getting promo where she can for her latest LP. That is, Britney Spears dropped the video trailer for her upcoming E! documentary special, I Am Britney Jean, which shows her prepping for her upcoming Las Vegas residency — and all the drama that’s bound to accompany it.
That means various handlers and managers saying things like, “That creates a lot more pressure for her” (ominous!) and audio of Spears explaining, “I couldn’t do rehearsals the next day. I just knew I’d almost broken my neck or something. There was serious damage.” (Yikes.) Most portentously, there’s a confessional with her admitting: “I’m really nervous. What if I blank out and just stand there?” More »
Beyonce and Jay Z prove beach is better in the black-and-white video for Bey’s “Drunk In Love.” The Beyonce track was co-written by Bey, Jay, Timbaland, J-Roc and a host of others, and the visual was directed by the legendary Hype Williams. With all that firepower, neither the song nor the visual disappoints. The track starts out with a bhangra chant and a hazy beat, but soon turns into thick trap beat, all hi-hats and 808s.
As for the video, it starts out with Bey stalking around the beach with her pageant trophy, wearing her sexiest night bikini. But then she goes into straight-up Sasha Fierce mode, popping and twerking and throwing up signs while her hubby raps. Like the album rollout, it’s simple, but it’s completely compelling.
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Bow down, bitches. Beyonce dropped her latest album, Surprise! I’m Still Better Than You (just kidding, it’s called Beyonce) last night at 9pm PT exclusively on iTunes — and according to industry sources, she moved an astonishing 80,000+ units of the album in just the three hour sales window before midnight. (Not to be shady, but for a point of comparison, that’s nearly as many copies as Britney Jean sold in its first week.)
Billboard projects that the album will hit #1 on the albums chart next week — and although there’s only three days left in the sales week, it shouldn’t be tough to outsell the other contender, Garth Brooks‘ Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influence, which is estimated to shift between 150,000 and 160,000 units. More »
Beyonce‘s out-of-nowhere, how-is-this-even-happening, what-is-air self-titled fifth studio album dropped late last night, and the “visual album” is an actual feast for the senses. Not in a trite way. In a way where you actually feel like you are feasting on the greatness of Beyonce’s artistry. Ugh. It hurts.
Most of the videos are unified by some narrative cohesion, but the clip for sonic standout “Mine,” a moody, spaced-out team-up with Drake produced by his frequent collaborator Noah “40″ Shehib, goes in about a dozen different directions; like the song’s production, which gradually transforms from a sentiment-soaked piano ballad into something raw, rhythmic and minimalist, the video is far-reaching in its styles and influences. More »
Being the pretty one in the room isn’t always an easy ride. That’s the message behind Beyonce‘s song/video “Pretty Hurts,” from her fifth, self-titled album that dropped unexpectedly at midnight last night. “We shine a light on what ever’s worst, perfection is the disease of a nation,” Bey sings woefully on the chorus of the Sia co-write.
The visual for the song underscores the despair behind the glitter of beauty pageants. It also lets King B’s alter ego Miss 3rd Ward step out into the cruel spotlight, after having only been “featured” on Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail track “Part II (On The Run).”
One of the multitude of masterstrokes with this whole Beyonce audio/visual project is getting screen legend Harvey Keitel to play the perfectly glitzed-out pageant host in the “Pretty Hurts” video. Known for his tough guy roles in films like Taxi Driver, Thelma & Louise, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Keitel appears here decked out in a shiny silver jacket, where he puts pageant contestant Miss 3rd Ward on the spot by asking her the question, “What is your aspiration in life?” More »