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:: Congrats are in order for Ed Sheeran who just hit a milestone in his native UK! The singer has officially sold over a million copies of his X album across the pond. He is the first to reach this goal within a calendar year since Emeli Sande‘s Our Version Of Events back in 2012. [Billboard]
:: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded not guilty of threatening to kill and drug charges. The musician will fight his case in court on February 10 in New Zealand. [Rolling Stone]
:: Bobby Keys, Rolling Stones‘ saxophonist for over five decades, has passed away at the age of 70. He performed alongside the band on numerous tours and recorded with them in the studio, and is most notably known for his solo on 1972′s “Brown Sugar.” [Consequence of Sound]
:: In lighter news, Beyonce has collaborated with NCLA and created her own nail wraps. The designs are inspired by the “Blow” video, her outfit at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards and the “***Flawless” visuals. They are all available for purchase online. [Refinery29]
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It’s been a year since Beyoncé pulled a Beyoncé and dropped her surprise visual album, BEYONCÉ.
A year later, and we’re still scratching our heads trying to figure out how she pulled it off. Luckily, we’ve just been given a slight glimpse into the process today with a brand new behind-the-scenes video focused on Jonas Akerlund, the director of “Haunted” and “Superpower.”
The BTS clip begins with Jonas getting a call about Bey’s plan for a visual album. “To be honest, this is the first I hear of this!” he exclaims. And then, we’re treated to Akerlund’s interpretations of the two clips. “These two videos are a little unique because they have less choreography than she usually does, it’s a little less performance, it’s a slightly different tone than what she usually does,” he says of their collaboration. The clip takes us inside the spooky, gorgeous mansion where Bey shot her “Haunted” video, as well as the post-apocalyptic street war of “Superpower.” It’s an intriguing look into the making of a truly ambitious project.
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:: All of the maddening hard work the Beyhive does is paying off! Beyonce‘s huge fan base has been crowned as “Fans of the Year” by GQ magazine. From their inescapable social media presence, numerous features on thinkpieces and the infamous SNL skit “The Beygency,” the singer’s fans have definitely made an impression this year! [Billboard]
:: BBC’s Sound of 2015 list has arrived! It features up-and-coming acts like James Bay, Kwabs, Raury and our current favorite — Years & Years. Last year’s winner was a little act known as Sam Smith. [PopJustice]
:: Susan Boyle has a brand new boyfriend! The singer’s significant other is apparently an American doctor whom she met during her tour. This marks the first boyfriend for Boyle, who is 53 years old. Good for her! [Just Jared]
:: Jennifer Lopez plans to bring her acting chops to NBC’s Parks and Recreation next year. She’ll be playing Adam Scott and Amy Poehler’s nanny on the show. Lopez will also be returning to the 14th season of American Idol in January. [PopDust]
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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.
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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.
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