Meghan Trainor became an overnight star when “All About That Bass” caught fire on radio and conquered the Billboard Hot 100 (number one for four weeks and counting) but she almost gave the song away. The unstoppable anthem was initially shopped around to a bunch of artists including Beyonce — and they all turned it down.
“I’ll bet some of them didn’t even know the song was being pitched to them,” the 20-year-old told The Guardian. “Some artists get thousands of songs pitched and they never know, so Beyonce herself probably never heard it.” And the reason why every A&R in music said no? “They couldn’t do anything with the song because they didn’t have [the right] artist.”
Given the success of Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” and Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea‘s “Booty”, it’s truly confounding that no one saw the potential in Meghan’s feel-good anthem. It clearly wasn’t right for Beyonce’s minimal, alt-R&B leaning album but someone should have snapped up the monster hit. Even if it’s hard to imagine anyone improving on the released version. More »
After the surprise appearance that had stans in a tizzy, Beyonce has officially released the live video of her and Nicki Minaj‘s epic performance of the “***Flawless” remix. Taken from the singer’s On The Run HBO special with hubby Jay Z, the video shows the two showing off their sexy moves and flawless ass-ets (seriously, have you seen their booties?).
During the beginning of the performance, Minaj seems a little nervous around King Bey’s presence. But once the bass kicks in, the duo amps up the energy and keeps the audience jumping. More »
“Shorty, I don’t mind if you dance on a pole that don’t make you a hoe,” croons Usher sweetly in the opening line of new buzz single “I Don’t Mind”. The Juicy J-assisted mid-tempo ballad tells the totally relatable and touching story of a baller that embraces his girlfriend’s chosen career as a stripper. “You can take off your clothes, long as you comin’ home.” And they say romance is dead.
And just when you think it can’t get any more ridiculous, the R&B legend drops this lyrical bomb: “Shorty, you thick and them tricks that you do with your body, girl all of these n*ggas be crowding around you like they see Beyonce in here.” What is going on with Usher? Everything from UR has been underwhelming but this could be mistaken for an SNL skit. Particularly when you throw Juicy J’s X-rated rap into the mix. Listen to the so-awful-it’s-kind-of-awesome anthem after the jump. More »
Jay Z and Solange Knowles‘ elevator brawl is one of the most iconic pop culture moments in recent memory. As such, it’s already been referenced in pop songs — Beyonce and Nicki Minaj‘s “***Flawless (Remix)” — and has now inspired an episode of Law & Order:SVU. My first reaction (after bye, Felicia) was what does Solo and Hov’s punch-up have to do with a show about sexually based offenses but it looks like producers found a way to weave it into a story line.
According to THE YBF, the episode, dramatically titled American Disgrace, revolves around: “fictional NBA player Shakir ‘The Shark’ Wilkins — played by Henry Simmons — who is accused of rape by a PR employee from his clothing line. The ish jumps off after a shocking elevator scene, captured via security cam, and goes public via the ‘LMZ’ gossip site. There’s no audio and only raw camera footage. Sound familiar?”
I can’t but I simultaneously can and will. There’s a preview of this Emmy-worthy piece of television, which airs next week (October 8), after the jump. More »
:: Aretha Franklin‘s forthcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, is out October 21. She will sing songs by Etta James, Whitney Houston, Adele and more. [Billboard]
:: Snoop Dogg‘s next album is solely produced by Pharrell and features Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder. For a hint of what to expect, watch Snoop tease a song praising a strain of medical marijuana. [HipHopDX]
:: Beyonce would never release a free album like U2 did with Songs of Innocence. “There’s a misconception that recorded music sales are not an important piece of the mix of any artist business,” her marketing manager says. [Financial Times]
:: Is Big Sean dating Ariana Grande? Recent comments point to yes: “I am going to tell you this: Ariana is very, very special. She’s very special to me.” [Ryan Seacrest]
:: Lifetime revealed the debut trailer for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. The biopic stars Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah herself, who replaced Zendaya Coleman after she dropped out of the role. [THR]
:: The Daily Show responded to complaints from One Direction fans, for a segment comparing the boy band to terrorist groups: “Dear 1D fans: We didn’t know the band members’ names, religions, hobbies, etc,” Just knew they were popular. But not THIS popular.” [Twitter]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Jay Z headlined this year’s Global Citizen Festival on September 27, in New York’s Central Park. To have one of the biggest rappers in hip-hop history on stage, for a festival raising awareness for extreme poverty worldwide, felt momentous in of itself. When Beyonce made a surprise appearance during his set, however, not even the usually-calm rapper could contain himself as he practically screeched her name: “Make some noise for Beyonceeeee!”
The On the Run tourmates teamed up to perform Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” and “Young Forever,” though with a slight wardrobe malfunction. During the former, Beyonce’s blouse came undone to reveal her nude bra as she sang Justin Timberlake‘s despairing parts with added urgency and jumping up and down in heels. Beyonce could have easily receded into the background during the rest of Jay Z’s verses. Instead, while occasionally tugging her blouse closed, she continued to vibe and dance wildly for the rest of the performance. More »
Christmas is just around the corner. Ok, that was an evil way to start a post but it’s true and you should probably try to get ahead of the curve by buying stuff now. On that front, you could do a lot worse than Beyonce’s 2015 calendar. Who wouldn’t wake up to Queen Bey’s face every day — even if the pictures have been largely recycled from her iTunes-slaughtering visual album?
I honestly feel like I’ve seen all these snaps before. Take the cover (above). The 33-year-old looks like she just woke up — looking ***flawless, obviously — but wasn’t it used previously? The back cover (after the jump) also arrived online and it shows examples of the other pics used in the calendar and they are largely taken from her Beyonce photo shoot. Not that I’m complaining. Join me in ordering several. More »
Beyonce changed the music business forever on December 13, 2013 when she dropped her self-titled fifth studio album at midnight with no prior warning. The surprise release turned out to be a stroke of marketing genius — helping the LP sell 600,000+ copies in its first three days of release. It not only cemented her status as a commercial and creative force but left the rest of the game scrambling. Was this the way forward or an unrepeatable stunt?
Harvard Business School of all places has taken it upon itself to answer that question (among others) in a new case study. The most interesting piece of academia to be published probably ever investigates: “what it took to pull off the ambitious and costly campaign, the prevailing market conditions, the structural and technical obstacles, as well as the many difficult decisions Beyonce and her management team confronted along the way.” More »
Beyonce‘s life truly is a dream. When she’s not changing the game with innovative releases or breaking box offices records with her blockbuster On The Run tour, the 33-year-old likes to unwind by sailing around the French riviera in a luxury yacht. This enviable past time has already resulted in a slew of stunning bikini pics but Queen Bey has more where they came from.
Today (September 23) saw the arrival of three new holiday snaps. As usual, Bey looks incredible and flaunts her killer curves in that trusty animal print bikini. (She spoils the fun a little by wrapping herself in a sarong). Given that the forever flawless diva has no concert dates on the horizon, this could be the last we see of her until Grammy night. Let your eyes soak up her beauty after the jump. More »
Beyonce and Jay Z‘s latest HBO special aired on September 20, just a week after it was taped during their final joint tour dates in Paris.
By now, the public already knows what to expect of Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run: How Beyonce essentially brought a routine that she perfected during her preceding Mrs.Carter Show World Tour, only now with her husband as the world’s most expensive hype man. How tweaked versions of lyrics addressed and sparked rumors of infidelity and pregnancy. How this tour’s premise was of these two stars imagining themselves as American outlaws – a blockbuster event more anticipated than any million-dollar film adaptation that Hollywood offered this summer.
But the larger point of watching On the Run isn’t to reckon with a new plot twist.
It’s to be dazzled by how expertly produced it all is: Their gritty fantasy played out on the venue’s large screens. That barre routine during “Naughty Girl.” Words from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TED speech, flashing on the screen to cheers. Onikuhhhhhhhhhh. When Jay Z wraps his arms around Beyonce, right when she sings “Surfing all on this good good.” The hazier footage of the couple vacationing on yachts, then playing with Blue Ivy Carter – Beyonce’s expertly curated Tumblr come to life.
Watch highlights from Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run below. More »