“Getting money, divas gettin’ money.” That iconic song lyric has turned into Beyonce‘s personal life mantra. When she’s not making bank with record-breaking ticket sales and song royalties, Queen Bey is looking for other ways to diversify her brand. Like inking a massive deal with British retailer Topshop to collaborate on a range of activewear.
Granted, tracksuits and sneakers aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you think of the “Drunk In Love” diva, but there’s method to this madness. “Creating a partnership with Beyonce, one of the most hard-working and talented people in the world, who spends many hours of her life dancing, rehearsing and training is a unique opportunity to develop this category [of clothing],” says Topshop big-wig Philip Green.
And the 33-year-old is just as enthusiastic about the upcoming collaboration. “I have always loved Topshop for its fashion credentials and forward thinking,” Bey explained. “Working with its development team to create and produce a technical and fashion-led collection is exciting, and I’m looking forward to participating in all aspects of this partnership.” More »
It’s time for our quarterly round-up of raunchy pop diva pics! And, as usual, the leading ladies of music did not disappoint. In further proof that 2014 is the year of the nude, it was almost an embarrassment of the riches with everyone from 19-year-old newcomer Niykee Heaton to 56-year-old pop legend Madonna losing their clothes in the name of self expression/free publicity.
The usual candidates are all represented. Outtakes from Rihanna‘s iconic Lui magazine shoot surfaced online and got everyone clicking, while Miley Cyrus‘ Instagram account remains a valid alternative to PornHub. Honorable mentions go to Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea for proving that rap divas do it better. Peruse the (semi-NSFW) gallery up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Congrats are in order for Beyonce and Jay Z! According to People, the star couple renewed their wedding vows after six years of marriage. Maybe now those divorce rumors can be put to an end. [People]
:: Courtney Love will try her hand at acting again, as the Hole singer is set to appear on FOX’s Empire. She will be a recurring guest star on the upcoming drama, playing the role of rocker Elle Dallas. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine are planning to start their own college. The duo sold their Beats headphones company to Apple for a few billion dollars, and used the money to fund the new venture.The program’s name is called the “USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.” [Pigeons & Planes]
:: Nine years after his single “You’re Beautiful” debuted, James Blunt is finally agreeing with the rest of the world that the song was (and still is) annoying. He told Hello! magazine, “I think, at the end of the day, I was marketed by a record company to appeal to women during Desperate Housewives‘ commercials and you lose 50 percent of the population in doing so.” Hey, better late than never! [Billboard]
:: Anna Todd, an up-and-coming novelist who writes One Direction fan fiction, just scored a six-figure publishing deal. After, her debut erotic book that follows a character’s sexual interactions with a guy named Harry Styles, will hit your nearest bookshelves next week. [Rolling Stone]
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RoccStar is one of the hottest producers in the game right now — not to mention an aspiring artist in his own right — with placements on Chris Brown‘s X and Jennifer Lopez‘s A.K.A.. I recently interviewed the hitmaker (coming soon) about those projects and his work on Beyonce‘s game-changing visual album. He spent a week with Queen Bey and cooked up two killer tunes but they weren’t used when she veered towards a different sound.
“I was there for like 7 days with Bey,” RoccStar remembers. “[They went with] a lot of DJ Mustard type stuff, with ‘Drunk In Love’ and ‘Partition’. I’m more on the left side of things, so I don’t think I was a good fit for that project because the records I had were maybe a little too futuristic and a little too advanced.”
“I think she wanted to swing with what was happening right now,” he continues. “I respect that, I mean Beyonce is amazing. So I don’t care what decision she makes! There were two songs that were crazy, ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Legends’ but they didn’t make it on the project.” The “Confidence” rapper later played me a snippet of the former club-banger and it sounded incredible with one of Bey’s best vocals and bone-rattling beats. Hopefully both tracks find a home with other artists eventually. More »
Beyonce and Jay Z‘s inescapable smash, “Drunk In Love,” has quickly become the ultimate turn-up anthem for partygoers worldwide. But now the hit gets stripped of its club-ready roots and transforms to a reggae-inspired groove – thanks to ESTA.
The San Diego-based producer spins the tune into a tropical mid-tempo, featuring bouncy percussion, swooping horns and staccatto guitar flicks. The result is a song that is perfectly suitable for the beach, where Beyonce and Jay Z frequently spent their summer months. Take a listen to ESTA.’s “Drunk In Love” remix below. More »
Beyonce famously passed on Meghan Trainor‘s chart-topping hit “All About That Bass” but she might have a second chance at ass-referencing pop glory. The Hive took a breather from dragging their queen’s questionable bangs when rumors started swirling that Bey had recorded a new song called “Donk”. Which, to quote Urban Dictionary, is slang for: “a very round, attractive ghetto style booty.”
Is there anything to support the existence of “Donk”? Well, a fan-site produced a screengrab (it could just be a PhotoShop special) of the song’s ASCAP registration. Beyonce, The-Dream and Pharrell Williams are credited as songwriters. It all sounds too good to be true but there are persistent whispers of a four-disc platinum edition of her visual album being released in November. Peep the alleged ASCAP entry after the jump. More »
Beyonce‘s Hive is the rowdiest fan army to ever roam the lawless plains of cyberspace. While generally good-natured and friendly folk, the ever-watchful guardians of Bey’s throne will murder your Twitter timeline, Instagram feed and Facebook wall if you dare come for the Queen. There is no escape from their fury, reach and peerless ability to clock a bitch.
While the game-changing diva is generally spared their wrath even during times of extreme beyhydration (ie. most of 2013), there is one exception. Bad wigs will not be tolerated. And it seems the hair piece Beyonce has been rocking in Paris and now London qualifies. See the Hive’s hilarious tweets about the “Partition” diva’s extremely short bangs after the jump. More »
‘Tis the season…for music award show nominations to start rolling in, of course.
After Iggy Azalea led the way with the American Music Award nominations announced earlier this morning, it came down to Ebola conspiracy theorist Chris Brown, Beyoncé and the ever-present Pharrell to pave the road with the most nominations at this year’s Soul Train Awards.
Aside from the usual suspects of pop’s biggest heavyweights, including Drake, John Legend and the King Of Pop himself Michael Jackson, this year’s Wendy Williams-hosted ceremony (airing on November 30) also honors several of our favorite Popping Up acts for the Best New Artist category, including “Am I Wrong” duo Nico & Vinz, Sevyn Streeter and Jhene Aiko. Check out all the nominations after the jump. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers. We did it. We made it through yet another week of pop!
There’ve been some major releases along the way — from Tinashe‘s Aquarius to Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go, to Gorgon City‘s Sirens — along with some major premieres. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj gave us the official “***Flawless” remix performance, Marina And The Diamonds debuted her “Froot” and a newly slimmed down Take That returned with “These Days.”
Over ’round these parts, we interviewed the fantastic Molly Lambert and premiered the Giorgio Moroder remix of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek jam, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Naturally, all of the above (and more!) got our readers talking.
Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »