You can read my review of Bey’s game-changing visual album here — in short, it’s a flawless masterpiece — but is the reissue a worthy companion? The answer depends on your level of devotion to Beyonce. As a card carrying member of The Hive, I think the Platinum Edition is a gift from the gods. For the more casual fan, it might be better to simply download the tracks you like on iTunes because there is a bit of filler. For starters, the “Blow” remix featuring Pharrell is borderline unlistenable (“I’m a milkman at your door” could be the worst lyric/euphemism of 2014) and Mr. Vegas‘ reggae overhaul of the gorgeous “Standing On The Sun” has been online for over a year. More »
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It’s truly a great day to be a member of the BeyHive: King Beyoncé‘s highly anticipated repackage of her 2013 surprise release, BEYONCÉ: Platinum Edition, is now available to stream and purchase worldwide.
The collection includes her newly released banger “7/11,” as well as “Ring Off” and remixes of “Blow,” “Standing On The Sun,” “***Flawless” and “Drunk In Love.” And, in addition to the album’s re-release, Bey’s team was also kind enough to (finally!) upload all of the videos from her visual album onto VEVO. What a treat!
Go ahead and listen to the re-release after the jump, and if you’d like, re-watch the entire collection of videos as well. Let us know what you think about the new tracks in the comments below! More »
The 42nd annual American Music Awards kicked off tonight (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, with awards given out to some of our favorite (and biggest) musicians of the year!
One Direction turned out to be the night’s major winners, as the cute British lads took home three awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year! “Beg For It” rapstress Iggy Azalea won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for The New Classic. “Blank Space” diva, a.ka. Taylor Swift, won the most prestigious award, with the legendary Diana Ross presenting her with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!
Other highlights included everyone’s favorite crooner Sam Smith winning Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Katy Perry nagging Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and 5 Seconds Of Summer proving their escalating popularity with the younger generation with their New Artist of the Year win.
View the list of winners from this year’s American Music Awards after the jump! More »
Beyonce’s “7/11″ Video Is A Homemade Masterpiece Complete With Killer Choreography & Bathroom Twerking: Watch
When it comes to breaking the internet, Beyonce is in a league of her own. After changing the way music is promoted and released forever with her pioneering visual album, the 33-year-old just made a mockery of your fave’s big budget videos by dropping a hilarious, do-it-yourself visual for “7/11″. Seriously, this looks like it was filmed on Queen Bey’s iPhone but it’s still hands down the best thing you will see today (November 21) or, quite possibly, ever.
The lead single from the diva’s Beyonce reissue is a divinely ratchet club-banger that left some dazed and confused by its furious production and crazy lyrics. (It’s too next level for basics). You’d expect the video to be an elaborate, choreography-heavy extravaganza, right? Nah. Bey made the video in a hotel room. She busts out some insane dance moves on the balcony — wearing no make-up, panties and baggy sweater — before indulging in some sexy bathroom twerking. She then gets wild with her girls in the hallway. It’s absolutely everything and you need to watch it now. More »
While most of the Hive is furiously pussy popping to new club bangers “7/11″ and “Ring Off”, the third new (but not really, at all) cut on the Platinum edition of Beyonce‘s pioneering visual album also surfaced online. If you can believe it or not, we finally have a finished studio version of “Standing On The Sun”. Unfortunately, it’s the Mr. Vegas remix that leaked more than a year ago — Bey can be so petty — but it’s been cleaned up a bit since then.
As much as I love the reggae-flavored overhaul, it doesn’t come close to the original. The Sia-penned, Greg Kurstin-produced anthem is the number one single/signature song that Beyonce couldn’t be bothered to release. That decision is still hard to fathom but at least the euphoric anthem is now officially part of the diva’s discography. Albeit in a somewhat diluted capacity. Listen to the studio version of “Standing On The Sun (Remix)” after the jump. More »
Snippets of Beyonce‘s new singles (“7/11″ and “Ring Off”) from her Platinum Edition Box Set have been circling the Internet for a few days now, but now the full versions have leaked! The 30-second clip of “7/11″ was definitely not promising, and listening to the track in its entirety doesn’t make it any better. The try-hard, club-ready tune sounds like a demo found in the trash of the Unapologetic studio. Beyonce’s vocals are embarrassingly run through an autotune machine, as she talks about getting TURNT.
The better track is obviously “Ring Off,” which is a heartfelt tribute to her mother — Miss Tina Knowles. Beyonce sings about how she now understands her struggles of being in a failed marriage and all the sacrifices she made for her family. Now that she took that “ring off,” Tina is much happier and is enjoying live more than ever. More »
The release of Beyonce‘s Platinum Box Set of her fifth studio LP is just around the corner, but we’re already getting sneak listens of the new songs! A snippet of “7/11″ surfaced this morning, and now a preview of the second tune — “Ring Off” — has found its way online.
This song sound way more promising than the ratchet mess that was “7/11,” as it finds Beyonce crooning on the island-tinged, bass-heavy production. It sounds like a cut from her debut LP Dangerously In Love, in the best way possible. Look out for the singer’s box set on November 24.
Take a listen to “Ring Off” after the jump! More »
#Beyhive, prepared to get your wigs snatched! According to AllAccess, Beyonce will be releasing her next single next Tuesday (November 25). Titled “7/11,” the track can be found on the singers upcoming Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set. Produced by the Grammy-winning Ariel Rechtshaid, the tune is set to impact urban radio in the U.S. The beatmaker has previously worked with Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX, Blood Orange and even Solange — so hopefully we can expect a quirky, pop sound from Beyonce.
The singer’s jam-packed Platinum Edition Box Set arrives November 24, and features two new songs — “7/11″ and “Ring Off.” It also includes four remixes with guest artists Nicki Minaj (“***Flawless”), Jay Z and Kanye West (“Drunk In Love”), Pharrell Williams (“Blow”) and Mr. Vegas (“Standing On The Sun”). Aside from the new tracks, the box set isn’t all too exciting. Let’s be honest, we were all waiting for something like this! Update: A snippet has arrived. Listen below! More »
Solange Throws The Best Wedding Ever — Dances With Son To “No Flex Zone” & Makes Beyonce Sit On The Floor: 7 Pics
Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet by showing her oily butt on the cover of Paper magazine but Solange Knowles came much closer last night (November 16) when her quirky wedding photos went viral. (That could explain why Kris Jenner jumped on Instagram to throw a little shade, but more about that later). Why did the pics cause such a stir? For starters, there’s the hipster element.
The 28-year-old diva and her 51-year-old husband-to-be Alan Ferguson rode to the ceremony on pimped-out bicycles. They also wore matching white outfits and tied the knot in a spooky/chic New Orleans venue. The newlyweds should be the absolute worst but the whole event was so flawlessly executed that you can’t help but be in awe. Other highlights include someone having the audacity to make Beyonce sit on the floor and Tina Knowles becoming a Twitter sensation for looking sexier than anyone has a right to at the age of 60.
While the wedding exuded hipster chic, the reception seemed more relaxed. Solange even entertained guests by dancing to Rae Sremmurd‘s breakthrough hit “No Flex Zone” with son Julez. (Watch their slick moves after the jump). As for Kris Jenner? Well, she clearly didn’t like the attention the Knowles clan was getting and posted a picture of her own family in all-white outfits. Needless to say, her mentions became a bloodbath. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Jennifer Lopez, already a triple threat, has become a New York Times best-selling author with her first-ever book. True Love, a memoir, divulges intimate details of her high-profile relationships with the likes of Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony. [NYT]
:: Pitbull is among several Latin acts performing at the Calibash festival, January 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale November 21. [Billboard]
:: Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B debuted over the weekend, to a slew of criticism from viewers. (Star Alexandra Shipp‘s singing was just one of their many concerns.) The biopic’s producers admitted that the fury “was hard to ignore, but you can’t dwell on it.” [The Washington Post]
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