Beyonce almost broke the internet — and sent The Hive into a death spiral — tonight (December 12) when her self-titled fifth album mysteriously appeared on iTunes with no forewarning. At first fans speculated that it was uploaded by mistake but Mrs. Carter soon confirmed the release with an Instagram update. Now she has broken her silence about the project with a press release.
“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she wrote. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans.” And here’s her raised middle finger to the impatient: “I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”
The 14-song set was released on iTunes worldwide and is being hailed as the diva’s first visual album. After all, she included 17 video clips — one for each song, the booklet, the credits and even the long-hoped for “Grown Woman” visual. “I see music,” declared the pioneer. “It’s more than just what I hear.” More »
This a not a drill! Beyonce’s much-anticipated fifth studio album — self-titled as it turns out — was mysteriously thrown on iTunes tonight (December 12) without so much as a press release to announce its arrival. At first, fans thought it was a mistake but Mrs. Carter jumped on Instagram to announce the project.
Bey’s ambitious 14-song ‘visual album’ (there is a video for every song) includes collaborations with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and even Blue Ivy. As far as the direction is concerned, the LP picks up where 4 left off — albeit with a more distinct alt-R&B bent. See King B’s message and the tracklist after the jump. More »
The fifth season of The Voice draws to a close next week with a blockbuster two-hour finale featuring performances from Lady Gaga and Celine Dion. Mother Monster will belt out current single “Do What U Want”, while the Canadian superstar teams up with Ne-Yo for Loved Me Back To Life highlight “Incredible”.
Lady Gaga is an interesting choice given the ARTPOP diva’s never quite resolved feud with Christina Aguilera, who acts as a judge on the show. No doubt the superstars will kiss and make up for the cameras but they should have the Born Brave bus gassed and ready to go in case sparks fly. More »
Duke Dumont proved his mettle as the British DJ to beat this year: His collaboration with rising songbird A*M*E, “Need U (100%),” was one of the best tracks of the summer and just nabbed him a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording (no big deal), and his MNEK team-up “Hold On” was equally luscious. Now, he’s dropped what might just be his best yet: A track with siren Jax Jones called “I Got U” that’s all warm, summery good-feeling, catchy and euphoric.
A pulsating beat with velvety vocals from Jones — “Ask me what I did with my life / I spent it with you” she croons — and delicious vocal samples make it a surefire winner. In fact, it was so good that when DJ Annie Mac premiered it on her radio show, she stopped halfway through to play it from the beginning. That’s a tune. More »
Kelly Rowland was in a candid mood when she dropped by The Arsenio Hall Show last night (December 11). The Destiny’s Child diva was questioned about her various endeavors (X Factor, workout DVDs etc) before the conversation turned to Talk A Good Game buzz single “Dirty Laundry”, which touched on the jealousy she felt towards Beyonce.
After explaining the recording process with The-Dream, Kelly opened up about her career path.”As a woman can’t expect to be on somebody else’s level and don’t allow other people to put you on somebody else’s level and look at what somebody else has thinking ‘I want that’,” she explained.
“You should want your own path,” the “Kisses Down Low” songstress continued. “I don’t want my sister’s path. I don’t want anybody else’s path. I want my own… but it took me a long time to figure that out.” Kelly’s honesty and wisdom drew a round of applause from the audience. Watch the compelling interview up top. More »
Lea Michele‘s debut single “Cannonball” was warmly received by critics and is already sitting pretty in the iTunes top 20. To my ears, however, it was a little stuffy and hard to distinguish for other Sia-by-numbers power ballads. No worries! Dave Aude solves both problems by giving the track a welcome dance overhaul.
There’s a long tradition of turning ballads into club candy going all the way back to Toni Braxton‘s “Unbreak My Heart”. Dave Aude does a skillful job of ramping up the BPM without murdering the song’s sentiment, while Lea’s vocal soars prettily over the his fast and furious synths. Listen after the jump. More »