Posts tagged "Beyonce"

Boots Talks About Reworking Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”, Hints At More New Music

If you’ve been online in the past couple of days, you’re probably already aware that a reworked version of Beyonce‘s seminal 2003 hit “Crazy In Love” scores the new 50 Shades Of Grey trailer. Boots, the rising producer behind most of Queen Bey’s game-changing visual album, was at the helm again and spoke to Complex about the latest endeavor with his iconic muse.

The producer has a very simple reason for reviving Bey’s signature song. “Falling in love can make you do crazy shit,” he says. “That was the spirit of the original song in the first place, we flipped it and it kind of became a whole thing.” Boots was also full of praise for the On The Run performer (“whenever it comes to the stuff that Bey and I do, I’ll never speak for her, but I think that she killed it”) and vaguely hinted at more to come (“there’s a lot of shit that’s coming up”). Can’t wait. More »

Beyonce Gives “Crazy In Love” A Dramatic Makeover In Full ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Trailer: Watch

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Beyoncé is just full of surprises.

On Sunday, the Queen of Unannounced Visual Albums unexpectedly dropped the tantalizing teaser for the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey, everyone and their grandma’s favorite introduction to BDSM. The brief tease also supplied us with a few notes of what sounded like a dark and mysterious reworking of her 2003 debut solo single, “Crazy In Love” — and now, we’ve got even more of the song to enjoy.

This morning, the full Fifty trailer hit the web and, steamy flirting and heavy petting aside, the clip includes an extended preview of B’s mesmerizing “Crazy In Love” re-work. Far from the upbeat pop sound of the original, the gloomy and dramatic number breathes new life into the song as King Bey seductively yelps and purrs above cinematic strings and a slow-marching drum beat, almost bringing Lana Del Rey to mind. It’s a haunting and chilly makeover — no doubt a fitting vibe for the film.

Listen to Bey work it out in the full trailer after the jump, and let us know what you think of Bey’s contribution to the S&M-themed film in the comments below. More »

Beyonce Previews Incredible Deluxe Vinyl Edition Of Her ‘Visual Album’

Beyonce drove The Hive into a frenzy last night (July 22) by previewing a deluxe vinyl edition of her game-changing visual album. There was a limited edition German edition released last year but this is in a completely different league. For starters, the objet d’art has a gatefold cover and comes with a booklet of beautiful photos. It’s pretty much irresistible to record collectors.

So where can you buy it? That’s a great question. Queen Bey obviously wasn’t expecting that question  — cue “Pretty Hurts” — because it isn’t available to pre-order on her website yet. (There is, however, a Blue-Ray edition of the album that I didn’t know exists). It turns out, you can order the vinyl from Amazon. Start salivating over your next Beyonce purchase after the jump. More »

Backstreet Boys Postpone Israel Concerts: Morning Mix

:: Backstreet Boys have postponed their three sold-out concerts in Israel due to the ongoing international conflict with Palestine. The group is hoping to reschedule the shows for spring 2015. [Billboard]

:: Meanwhile, Selena Gomez became the latest pop star to face criticism for even speaking up on the conflict. She urged fans to pray for casualties at the volatile Palestinian region of Gaza, resulting in threats to un-follow her. [MTV]

:: A Beyonce fashion exhibit will debut July 22 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Featured pieces include her “Single Ladies” black leotard and Super Bowl body suit. [AP]

:: Zendaya did not feel “morally okay” to move forward with Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, she says. Among other reasons, one main one was that she tried, but failed, to reach the late singer’s family for consent. [Billboard]

:: Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst has directed not one, not two, but three eHarmony commercials. The first stars a child, age 5, who’s trying to sign up for the online dating service. [Ad Age]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »

Beyonce Teases ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Trailer: Watch

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Beyonce has offered the first look at Fifty ShadesOf Grey, the film adaptation of the 2011 best-selling “mommy porn” novel.

Without warning, the On the Run star posted a snippet of the trailer on July 19. Scenes close in on the hands of entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), hinting of their steamy affair to come. Meanwhile, a groggy version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” plays out – a fitting soundtrack choice, given the graphic sex scenes that author E.L. James wrote in the film’s source material  and initial promises from screenplay writer Kelly Marcel that the film will be rated NC-17.

The full Fifty Shades of Grey trailer debuts Thursday. For now, watch Beyonce’s teaser after the jump. More »

Whatcha Say: Sia, Beyonce And The VMAs Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator Readers! Are you ready for a roundup of this week’s news in the pop world? Ready, steady, go.

Things are especially looking good for Sia and Canadian fusion band MAGIC! this week, as the Aussie songstress’ 6th studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear, hit the cozy number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart and MAGIC’s “Rude” officially bumped Iggy Azalea’s summer hit “Fancy” out of the leading position on the Hot 100. As if that wasn’t enough, pop heiress Paris Hilton premiered her glamorous video for her latest sparkly single “Come Alive” and New Zealand siblings Broods dropped their clip for ethereal number, “Mother & Father.” Plus, the MTV 2014 VMA nominations were announced, leading to plenty of debate and outcry (as always).

What’s more, Toronto’s own Drake revealed the title of his upcoming new album Views From The 6, while the “Bump N’ Grind” master R Kelly surprised everyone when he announced that he is working on a House record. (!) And last but certainly not least, X Factor alums Fifth Harmony visited our studio for an exclusive acoustic performance of their infectious new single. “BO$$” here on Idolator — and MAGIC! delivered a very special acoustic performance of “Rude” for us too!

As per usual, we could always count on you guys for having plenty to say. Here are some of this week’s best comments after the jump. More »

The 10 Best Pop Songs From 2004 That We Still Love Today

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2004: The year of socialite and future pop legend Paris Hilton, ripping songs off Limewire, rocking Juicy Couture sweatsuits, fangirling over The O.C., the Napoleon Dynamite and Mean Girls fan craze, Myspace Top 8 and of course – some of the biggest and best music ever! of It’s hard to believe that ten years has passed since one of the greatest eras of pop music, which is all thanks to artists like Britney Spears, Usher, Amy Winehouse, Kelis, JoJo and many more.

In honor of this unforgettable year, we’ve curated a list (in no particular order) of the ten best pop jams from 2004 that we still can’t get enough of in 2014. Relive your nostalgia below! More »

Linda Perry Talks Beyonce’s Songwriting: “Well, Um…”

Linda Perry, pop songwriter and 4 Non Blondes frontwoman, recently weighed in on Beyonce‘s songwriting methods in a July 17 Reddit AMA. Specifically, when a fan asked how Perry (Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Pink) felt about the On the Run star “changing one word on a song and getting writing credit,” she wasn’t impressed.

“well hahaha um thats not songwriting but some of these artists believe if it wasnt for them your song would never get out there so they take a cut just because they are who they are,” Perry said. “but everyone knows the real truth even Beyonce. She is talented but in a completely different way.” Meanwhile, Beyonce’s name appears throughout her self-titled album‘s production credits. More »

2014 MTV Video Music Award Nominations: Surprises, Snubs And, Um, Terry Richardson

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Mark your calendars: The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will air on August 24, live from The Forum in Los Angeles. And following the recent announcement of a few performers like Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Usher, MTV’s annual throwdown is now fully underway with the nominations.

Revealed today were all of those up for Moonmen, and (no surprise here) Beyonce leads the pack with eight nominations (including Video Of The Year for “Drunk In Love,” Best Female Video for “Partition” and Best Video With A Message for “Pretty Hurts”).

Other ladies up for a prize include Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea (nominated multiple times for both “Fancy” and Grande’s “Problem”), Miley Cyrus (Video Of The Year for “Wrecking Ball”) and Katy Perry (Best Female Video and Collaboration Of The Year for “Dark Horse”). Pharrell Williams is the lone dude up for Video Of The Year (“Happy”), unless we’re to count Jay Z‘s feature on “Drunk In Love.” More »

Beyonce Shouts Out To OutKast At Atlanta ‘On The Run’ Concert: Watch

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Beyonce shouted out to OutKast when her and Jay Z‘s On the Run tour hit Atlanta on July 15. To longtime residents, this small gesture proved that she knew of the hip-hop duo’s lasting influence.

Currently, Atlanta attracts aspiring rappers and producers from across the South, who work in hopes of churning out the next hit to be broadcast in the city’s three hip-hop stations. During “***Flawless,” Beyonce also played a snippet of Ace Hood‘s “Bugatti,” featuring Atlanta natives Future at the hook and Mike WiLL Made It on the beat. That platinum hit is just one example of how the hip-hop industry has thrived in the city.

In comparison, though, the pop diva’s brief nod to OutKast – a snippet of “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” off the duo’s 1998 classic Aquemini – felt more significant. Her shout-out, like her “No Angel” video, was harder evidence that she knows her hip-hop history — including that, without OutKast, no one would have known that the South got somethin’ to say. Watch Beyonce shout out OutKast during “***Flawless” in Atlanta below. More »