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:: Poor Mathew Knowles just can’t shake off the heydays of Destiny’s Child! According to Sony’s latest hacked emails, Beyonce‘s estranged father had a plan for a biopic based on the girl group. Reportedly, the compan’ys movie executives were interested in the project. The deal never saw the light of day, but it may be heading to Lifetime. Based on the network’s recent biopics, let’s just hope that’s a rumor. [Jezebel]
:: Speaking of the Sony hacking drama, details were revealed about a sequel to Spike Lee‘s 1988 classic — School Daze. The director/actor was reportedly writing a character for Drake, whose name would be “PE*NIS.” Do you think it’s fitting? [Stereogum]
:: There also may be a movie by Kanye West in the works! Elon Rutberg, the creative director of ‘Ye’s DONDA, wrote to Sony about a “major film project.” There’s additional talk of the rapper acting alongside new BFF Seth Rogen! How awesome would that be? [MTV News]
:: In love-related news, Sam Smith has a new boytoy! The UK crooner is reportedly dating on of the men from his “Like I Can” video. He told The Sun, “It’s very early days. I’m talking very, very, very early days. But he’s really sweet… he was one of 20 extras. It’s a surreal thing to be talking about because I haven’t even confirmed with him that we’re officially seeing each other.” Good for him! [Just Jared]
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If Mathew Knowles
‘ relationship with Beyonce
wasn’t strained already, it will be after she hears about his latest run-in with the media. The mastermind behind Destiny’s Child
talked about his famous offspring during an interview with a Houston radio program this morning (August 27) and claimed that Solange
‘s elevator brawl
with Jay Z
was staged to boost ticket sales for The Carters’ On The Run tour
“There’s a tour going on,” the 63-year-old explained. “So you have to sometimes ignite that tour, it’s called a Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of time.” He wasn’t done there. “Everybody’s talking about it, ticket sales went up. Solange’s album sales went up 200 per cent.” Wow. What kind of dad publicly accuses his daughters of fraud? Amusingly, he claims to still be managing Destiny’s Child and says he speaks with Bey every Sunday. They are going to have an interesting conversation this week. Listen to the interview after the jump. More »
Sure, it’s not quite #TBT yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not already fondly daydreaming about yesteryear.
With all the excitement surrounding the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards — with upcoming performances due from Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj — we got to thinking about some of the best VMAs red carpet appearances from our pop tarts, past and present.
From Britney Spears to Hilary Duff to Ciara to Avril Lavigne, our favorite pop ladies rocked the red carpet in the fiercest fashions from over a decade ago. And the boys? Don’t worry — Jay-Z, ‘N Sync and Usher held it down too.
Check out the gallery up top of some of our favorite throwback looks from the VMAs. What are some of your fave looks? Let us know in the comments below. More »
Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.
With the tremendous success of TLC and the Spice Girls in the mid-’90s, girl groups from all around the world began popping up like wildfire! Sure, there were acts like Blaque, All Saints, B*Witched, and En Vogue — but the biggest stars in town were the four young girls behind Destiny’s Child. The Houston, Texas-bred group achieved stateside popularity with their self-titled debut album, but it was their sophomore effort that propelled them to superstar status.
After the release of 1998′s Destiny’s Child (which went triple-Platinum), the quartet went back into the studio a year later and dug deeper into concepts of relationships and empowering women, themes that ultimately became the inspiration behind 1999′s The Writing’s On The Wall. Taking notes from TLC’s Fanmail (which was released just five months prior), Destiny’s Child formed this album as a “how-to” guide of sorts, as they taught women how to deal with no-good men and to go after what they want in life. Lead singer Beyonce had a heavy hand in the writing process, but all-star R&B producers and writers like Kandi Burruss, Missy Elliot, Rodney Jerkins and Daryl Simmons played key roles as well.
During this era, there were changing faces in the lineup, tension between members and their manager Mathew Knowles, and media speculation of them possibly going solo (we’re looking at you, King Bey). But throughout the drama, Destiny’s Child was able to create a solid R&B album that sounds just as fresh in 2014 as it did in 1999. In celebration of its 15th anniversary today (July 28th), we take a look back at a record that helped to inspire independent ladies worldwide! More »
Before Destiny’s Child
became the untouchable trio we now know and love today — Beyoncé
, Kelly Rowland
and Michelle Williams
— the legendary R&B girl group’s line-up was something of a revolving door in their earlier years.
A brief, but vital history lesson: In early 2000, back when the group was still a quartet, original members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett were unceremoniously ousted and replaced by two brand new members: Soon-to-be gospel-pop legend Michelle Williams (of “Say Yes” fame) and Farrah Franklin. And while Michelle went on to become the perfect third of DC3, Farrah quickly left the group and became an Independent Woman after just five months.
Farrah’s still making headlines as of this weekend…for all the wrong reasons, unfortunately: According to TMZ, Farrah was arrested in South Carolina yesterday, reportedly due to “disorderly conduct” involving alcohol. Read more about the charge after the jump. More »
, Kelly Rowland
and Michelle Williams
, together known as Destiny’s Child
, have regrouped for the first time since their powerhouse performance at the Super Bowl
on the set of the video for Michelle’s urban gospel banger, “Say Yes.”
Although the video shoot was supposed to be a surprise — one might even say it was Unexpected — fans and paparazzi alike were quick to track down the trio during the shoot last month. After all, when you’ve got the ladies of DC3 all together in one room, it’s all but impossible not to get the entire world shaking and crying.
“We heard all this commotion going on while we were filming. We filmed at somebody’s house and they probably got excited and called their cousins and friends and, next thing you know, the whole town was on one street,” Michelle revealed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Check out the first professional still from the video shoot above. More »
‘ future smash “Say Yes”
(featuring the vocal talents of Beyonce
and Kelly Rowland
) now has an official cover and release date. The much-discussed Destiny’s Child
reunion is now available to pre-order
ahead of its June 2 arrival. You can also preview a minute and a half of the mixed and mastered track, which sounds considerably better than the already awesome unfinished leak.
Produced by Harmony Samuels, “Say Yes” is the third single from Michelle’s long-awaited Journey To Freedom LP. It is based on a popular Nigerian hymn but has major pop appeal. Like “If We Had Your Eyes” and “Fire”, the DC diva’s latest is equally appropriate for church or the club. Which is an incredible achievement in and of itself. As for the cover, the Jesus Christ Superstar actress has never looked more sumptuous or blessed. More »
killed off that tiresome #PoorMichelle
meme once and for all yesterday (May 21) when new single “Say Yes”
surfaced online. Not only does the catchy toe-tapper feature Beyonce
and Kelly Rowland
(and thus reunite Destiny’s Child
), it also expertly bridges the gap between gospel and popular music. This could be the first song of praise to crossover since Mary Mary
‘s “Shackles (Praise You)”
After keeping mum about the leak, Michelle jumped on her awesome Twitter and thanked fans for their support but explained that the version being shared online is unmixed and unmastered. She also revealed that “Say Yes” was produced by Harmony Samuels (the man behind Ariana Grande‘s “The Way”) and is based on a popular Nigerian hymn. See the DC diva’s tweets after the jump as well as a pic of Beyonce arriving at the video shoot and an awesome solo performance of the song from late 2013. More »
That Michelle Williams
reign just won’t let up! Fresh from announcing her starring role
in the revival of hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar
and signing on to host a choir-fixing reality TV show
, the gospel great has single-handedly saved popular music by organizing a Destiny’s Child
reunion on her latest single “Say Yes”.
Quite possibly the first twerk-inducing song of praise, “Say Yes” is an infectious gospel club-banger starring Michelle with a little help from sisters Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. (You might have heard of them?) This is so much fun. The percussion-filled production is an invitation to the dance floor, those harmonies remain unrivaled and the chorus is a monster. Trust me, “when Jesus say yes nobody can say no!” will be stuck in your head after the first listen.
But that’s not all. Destiny’s Child will reunite in the imminent “Say Yes” video. This will be the first time the three ladies have filmed a music video for their own music since 2005 charity single “Stand Up For Love”. (The trio previously reunited in Beyonce’s “Superpower” visual but Michelle and Kelly didn’t contribute to the song). Check out the booty-shaking club anthem/gospel hymn after the jump. More »
‘ post-Met Gala elevator throwdown
with Jay Z
is already the thing of pop culture legend. The footage
, which was unearthed by TMZ yesterday (May 12), raises so many questions. What did Hov say that so enraged Solo? Why was Beyonce
more concerned about the state of her admittedly flawless gown than the frenzied fisticuffs going on around her? Does their bodyguard now get danger money?
While we wait for answers to these questions (it could take a minute), let’s celebrate the one good thing to emerge from the chaos. The uninitiated are finally expressing interest in Solange’s music. Given her status as an indie-pop darling, it’s easy to forget that the 27-year-old is yet to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains something of a mystery to the general public. As a fan since the dark days of Solo Star, I’ve put together a playlist for the R&B’s diva’s best tunes. Get into it after the jump. More »