As I’m sure you know, Beyonce‘s most recent self-titled album came along with a music video for each song on the record, plus a few extra videos, including one for the song “Grown Woman.” Now an alternative video has been released for that song, and visually, it is seemingly inspired by so many of the things that defined the early-’90s. Namely, the MS Paint-esque doodles and graphics are reminiscent of the opening credits of “Saved By The Bell,” as well as the designs favored by brands like Caboodles and Trapper Keeper. I can’t remember the last time I saw so much teal and sea foam green in a music video! Take me back, Bey, take me back. [YouTube]
I know, I know, you’re probably tiring of all the various takes on Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love,” from emojis to Katy B to Kanye’s remix, but I swear, this one is worth it. Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox, who have become known for expertly covering pop hits in the style of other music genres — Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” as a kinda gothic R&B jam is another recent cover — have taken the Beyonce and Jay Z collab and given it a 1940s, Big Band-style twist. Vocalist Cristina Gatti is seriously incredible. I have a feeling Bey herself would approve. [YouTube]
You guys, I’m convinced that this video of grandmothers reading Beyonce‘s “Drunk In Love” lyrics is the eighth world wonder. From their declaration that Bey and Jay “must have a big bath tub,” to questions about modern society (“We never talked when we had sex. What’s all this talking?”), this video is a gem of the rarest kind. While I do disagree with the granny in yellow that this song ”is a piece of shit,” I can only hope that my best girlfriends and I grow up to be just like this trio of whippersnappers. Sandwiches included.
Don’t get us wrong: we are obsessed with the Beyonce’s latest solo album and have been listening to it on repeat. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a new interpretation of Bey’s amazing (ah-mah-zing) self-titled effort, like this one from YouTube performers Superfruit. The vocally gifted lads covered Beyonce’s whole album in just a few minutes, and I can’t even handle the talent. I might actually like it better than the original album. [Okay, that's blasphemy. -- Amelia] Somebody get these two a record deal! [Time]
I am decisively “meh” on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In foundation and its focus on a feminist movement driven by/benefiting capitalism, but I can get behind their latest PSA campaign to ban the word “bossy,” as it’s frequently used to describe and diminish ambitious women. Beyonce is down with it too, appearing in the PSA above (along with Jennifer Garner, Diane von Furstenberg, and Condoleezza Rice, amongst others) in which she states, “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.” I just decided that Beyonce needs to do a song called “Bossy,” with that line as a lyric. And then it can be added to her soundboardt. Please? [NYMag.com]