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 »
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.
When Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter World Tour stopped in Las Vegas earlier this month, there was a very special fan in attendance. Taylon is a terminally ill young girl with an inoperable brain tumor. ”Her dying wish was to dance with Beyoncé,” said Ivy McGregor, of Philanthropy Program Partnerships, in a video posted to Beyoncé’s YouTube channel Christmas Eve. Naturally, Bey made it happen, dancing with the teary girl as she sang the Destiny’s Child song “Survivor.” Watch above, but get the Kleenex ready. [NY Daily News]
It was late in the evening on December 12, and vlogger Francesca Ramsey — @chescaleigh on Twitter and YouTube — and her friends @Crissles and @MaryPryor were in the middle of a Google Hangout live chat discussing “Scandal”‘s climactic mid-season finale, which had just aired on ABC. Suddenly, Crissles gasped and interrupted Pryor mid-rant to make an important announcement. “I think Beyonce just dropped a new album on iTunes,” she said breathlessly. A chorus of “Oh my gods” erupted, as the three indeed confirmed that Queen Bey had delivered the world’s greatest early Christmas present. Ramsey has been recording the video chat to put up on her YouTube page, so their hilarious reactions to this momentous news — Crissles in particular — were uploaded for posterity. Best of all, Beyonce noticed the video and loved it, posting it to her Facebook page. The only thing better than a new Beyonce album? Beyonce knowing who you are. Congrats, ladies! [YouTube]
I went to see Beyonce in concert a few months and was walking around for a week, all Braggy McBraggerson about how good my seats were, but now I’m frowning like I had nose bleeds. I was definitely nowhere close enough to get a kiss on the head like Madonna’s daughter Mercy. JEALZ.
Beyonce’s not done, y’all. In addition to blessing the world with the best Christmas gift ever just a week ago, Bey — or should we call her Yonce now? — is releasing her third fragrance, called Rise, inspired by her favorite Maya Angelou poem. Perhaps that poem is “Still I Rise,” which includes the line:
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
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I’m something of an HBO fanatic, so I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner for the network in 2014. The final season of “True Blood”? Season three of “Girls”? Yes, please! Check out this teaser HBO released with clips of “Game of Thrones,” “The Normal Heart” and all the other shows and movies to get excited about. It even recaps the best of 2013 — Beyoncé’s documentary “Life Is But A Dream,” anyone? — for your pop culture nostalgia pleasure. See you on the couch. [Huffington Post]
I don’t know about you, but 2013 was The Year of My Flourishing Girl Crushes.
First, I fell even more in love with Jennifer Lawrence, whose quirky, witty sense of humor and righteous self-confidence, on top of her kickass performance in “Catching Fire,” left me almost certain she is my spirit animal and sister from another mister.
And then, Beyoncé, who I didn’t think could get any cooler, went and dropped a secret album that I’ve been listening to on repeat since last week. And don’t even get me started on the pure, raw sexiness that just oozes from her new music videos. Just another reason I stand firm in my belief that BeyonSanta should be a thing. Keep reading »