I’m not saying Beyonce’s original needed to be fucked with, but this remix, featuring Busta and Azealia’s even more explicit rhymes on top of “Partition”‘s sparse beat, is a fine addition to your mega Yonce playlist. Hot. [Fader]
The latest in Beyonce’s “Self-Titled” video series has Bey discussing her latest album‘s overall theme: honesty. Bey gets real about a topic I imagine a lot of pop stars who became famous at a young age must tackle — allowing your music and message to grow up with you and your fans. Beyonce was 15 when Destiny’s Child’s first album was released. Now in her 30s, Bey says that after over a decade of being mindful of her younger audience, she feels she’s earned the right to be honest in her music about her real experiences and feelings as a grown woman. It seems to me like Beyonce’s “Sasha Fierce” alter ego allowed a sexier side of her to come out on previous records, but Beyonce is the first time the singer is exposing all of her different sides without a protective veneer. And her music thrives as a result. [YouTube]
In the fourth installment of her “Self-Titled” series explaining the making of her latest album, Beyonce gives us a peek into the thought process behind one of her hottest songs ever, “Partition.” Bey talks about inviting all of the songwriters she was working with to hang with her family at a house in the Hamptons, taking a couple hours a day to record and the rest of the time being a mother, “breastfeeding with cornrows in my hair.” Bey used the studio as a place to rediscover the other parts of herself that had been kind of sidelined by the welcome arrival of little Blue. “Just because you become a mother, doesn’t mean that you lose who you are,” she says. Keep reading »
2013 was a pretty memorable year for pop music, especially if you had lots of opinions on blurred lines and riding a wrecking ball naked. In case you need a recap of pop radio in 2013, musician Robin Skouteris made a mashup of this year’s top 56 songs and their videos. It exhaustively clocks in at just under 10 minutes! IMHO, the Katy Perry “Roar”/Taylor Swift “Trouble” part is the best. (Thanks, commenter LR52185!) [YouTube]
The third video in her series explaining the making of her new self-titled album, Beyonce gives us some behind-the-scenes footage of her and Jay Z recording and filming the video for their duet, “Drunk In Love.” It’s so fun seeing Bey react to hearing Jay’s freestyle for the first time — she seems especially, uh, moved when he raps “hope you can handle this curve.” Oh, Mrs. Carter certainly can. Also, while I’m excited that she shouted out my favorite odd pronunciation in the song (SERFBORT forever!), I wish she had explained the line further. “Serfbort” is obviously “surfboard,” and when she says she’s “graining on that wood” she means “grinding,” but is she trying to say Jay’s penis is like an old-timey wooden surfboard from the 1920s as opposed to a more modern foam board? Also, do people actually put cigars on ice? Clearly I have spent a lot of time thinking about this song, but questions remain! Anyway, watch above.