2/26/2014 6:00 AM PST
No doubt that Beyonce's new track, "Partition" is catchy. It's not bad. Yeah, she doesn't do a whole lot of singing in it -- it's more like grunting and Bey-rapping and sass -- but that's become Beyonce's style as of late. However, the raunch factor is pretty high, and it's starting to feel like trashy is bey-coming girlfriend's schtick ... and she doesn't quite realize that Rihanna and Miley Cyrus have respective corners on that particular market.
Come to think of it, even if the video isn't visually disturbing -- because no lie, it's hot -- the message is what could be construed as even further detrimental to Beyonce's message of undying feminism. Check out the lyrics:
Driver roll up the partition please/ I don't need you seeing Yonce on her knees ...
Oh he so horny, yeah he want to f---
He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse
He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown
I just wanna be the girl you like, the girl you like
Why are you so concerned about being the kind of girl he likes, Bey? Doesn't that go against everything you've been peddling over the years about how it's all about you, and how you feel about yourself in your own skin, and not relying on another person to validate you to the point where you want to be something that you might not be? Yeah, it's just a song -- but come on. Let's do some real music here, girl. We know you've got something better hiding than this simpering, sexual alter-ego, right? It's getting old fast, friend.
1/27/2014 4:00 AM PST
It's a damn good thing Miley Cyrus opted to stay home and play Guitar Hero last night instead of going to the Grammys, because the world wouldn't be able to stand all the raunch in one place in one single night.
Beyonce's opening performance of "Drunk in Love" was, at best, self-indulgent and grasping at straws. At worst, it was inappropriate, more offensive than Miley's VMA performance, and generally sad.
The fact of the matter is that girlfriend is just past her musical prime. We don't care about all the single ladies anymore. We don't need to see what Beyonce looks like in a thong any longer, because like Miley's overexposed vulva has taken us to new heights. And twerking? So passé.
Truth be told, Beyonce can't even sing to the degree that she used to be able to anymore. She shrills off-key and mutters instead, and relies on shock factor, sex, and visual stimulants to get people talking about her performances.
In short, Beyonce is basically over. We never thought we'd be longing for the days of Miley Cyrus and her Beetlejuice twerking, and honestly, if Miley had pulled off last night's performance instead of Beyonce, she'd never live it down. Woe betide she who encourages us to defend Miley Cyrus over basically anything.
1/17/2014 7:00 AM PST
Just when you thought you'd seen some pretty hot asses this year, Beyonce -- in true Beyonce form -- put most of her competition to shame when she shared this photo with her Instagram followers last night.
There's no more story here. It's all over. It's Friday, Beyonce's bum has won the game, and now everybody should just go home and bow down practice their best back arches. ... Except for Bey -- she's got this business on lockdown forever.
12/31/2013 11:00 AM PST
Beyonce, a woman who most humans would be comfortable calling a goddess, really went and did something terrible. In one of her new songs, "XO," Beyonce actually had the nerve (and the sheer stupidity) to put in actual audio from the Challenger explosion. To be clear, she put an audio clip from an actual tragedy in which seven people died ... in a pop song. Here, check it out:
So that's pretty unforgivable, right? Why would you even think to do that, let alone go through with it? How did she think this was remotely acceptable? It's really, really not, and here's a statement from a woman who lost her husband in the Challenger explosion to prove it:
"We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO.' The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends. We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today."
But not only is Beyonce too dense and insensitive to realize the issue, she's also too dense and insensitive to deliver a meaningful apology. Here's the statement she made to ABC News:
"My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song 'XO' was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."
Does she really believe that a generic pop song is going to help people who lost their spouses, their friends and family members? It's understandable that Beyonce is a little self-centered -- she is Beyonce, after all -- but this is just unbelievable. Unbelievable, offensive, and really just ridiculous.
Do better, Beyonce. Do way, way better. Start by not using real life tragedies to sell records, OK?
Filed Under: Beyonce Knowles
12/13/2013 11:00 AM PST
Ooh, can we get a music fight between Beyonce and Lorde here? Two ladies of pop-ish music, battling it out, trying hard to determine who's best? See, they could just go ahead and write fierce, fierce music all up in each other's faces and then, like, collaborate on the most brilliant piece of music you'll hear this millennium.
See, Lorde dropped a new single today, "No Better," and some people are saying that it's because she's asserting her fabulousness and trying to compete with the Queen Bey. If that's the case, isn't that kind of amazing, if not entirely unbelievable?
Check it out:
This girl can just do no wrong.
But here's some real talk -- if we had to choose, and even though we are super partial to Lorde, we're gonna have to go with Beyonce on this one, because almost every single song on her new album is pretty hot. Thoughts?
12/13/2013 3:00 AM PST
Beyonce just dropped the hottest new thing in music -- and it's called "Beyonce," a self-titled "visual album." Surprise!
In a move that only few suspected, Beyonce dropped new music -- an entire album comprised of 17 songs ... complete with stunning, compelling music videos. An official statement for the album reads, "That the album is available on the day the world is learning about its release is an unprecedented strategic move by the artist to deliver music and visual content directly to her fans when she wants to and how she wants to, with no filter."
Amazing, right? There was no need for an obnoxious marketing blitz, no premeditated "surprise" appearances complete with camera and journalists and riders or anything else -- just straight-up good music and fabulous filmography.
You can listen to :30 second snippets of all the songs (as well as see the amazing videos) on Bey's YouTube channel.
Check it out -- here's "Yoncé," which features Beyonce's other other alter-ego, Yoncé:
Then you have "Blue," a tribute to her daughter, Blue Ivy (and somehow the music just keeps getting better and better):
Next up is "Haunted," which is my personal favorite:
... Oh, wait, no, sorry -- this is my personal favorite, "Heaven," a dark ballad about losing a dear friend:
And for a change-up, another favorite, Bey's "Blow," a hard-tempo dance song reminiscent of 70's disco:
Moral of the story? Beyonce is clearly the smartest lady in the music business, and this stunt proves thoroughly that she knows what she's doing. For the love of God -- "bow down," indeed.
10/21/2013 6:45 AM PDT
So somehow, in the age of leaked nudes and nude shoots and intentional wardrobe "malfunctions," you have Beyonce who is a Queen, and who somehow makes these kinds of photos all sorts of classy.
Maybe it's because she's so damn talented, or maybe it's because she's besties with the President and his wife -- who really knows. Only one thing is for certain: Beyonce is flawless, and even sharing "nude" photos, she's the classiest of the classy. Sorry!