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The Carters at the MTV VMAs

The Carters at the MTV VMAs

Many people believe that it’s not a good idea for a couple to work closely together constantly. Clearly, Jay Z and Beyonce don’t feel that way.

Fresh off their On The Run tour, the power couple is now rumored to be working on a joint album, which will be released either later this year or in 2015, according to reports. The “Drunk In Love” duo has already combated divorce rumors earlier this year and ever-so-slyly dodged pregnancy reports in the last week, so we’ll see if this rumor ends up being true or not.

Admittedly, I’m more excited to see what #NewRules the Carters will be following this time around than I am for an actual album.

Still, there are many things that I wonder IF this joint album is actually real.

The Carters haven’t done much traditional promo for their recent releases, but I do wonder if the rumored album will be another surprise release (a la Beyonce) or a project centered around a major sponsorship deal (a la Magna Carta Holy Grail). Will this be another visual album (Note: at least with Beyonce we saw pictures of Mrs. Carter filming videos before the album dropped. We haven’t seen any of that so far.)? Also, will the couple be going on tour together again in support of the release?

If they really want to top charts, the album should feature a series of intros with their daughter Blue Ivy singing her favorite songs by her superstar parents.

Beyonce and Jay Z’s On The Run tour special will air on HBO this weekend (Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 pm EST).

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Instagram (Nicki Minaj)

Instagram (Nicki Minaj)

Paid sisters Beyonce and Nicki Minaj surprised fans with an explosive performance of their “Flawless” remix in Paris last night during Bey and Jay-Z’s On The Run tour.

Many of the artists’ fans were already speculating that the ladies would link up on stage since they were both in Paris, but that didn’t stop the crowd from going CRAZY when Minaj walked on stage.

Beyonce mostly stood by mugging as Minaj delivered her verse, but she did join in for one line in particular. “Mayday Mayday, Earth to bitches,” she lipped.

Watch a clip from the performance now before the Beyency snatches it off YouTube. Continue reading

The Carters at the MTV VMAs

The Carters at the MTV VMAs

Last year ‘N Sync reunited at the MTV VMAs for Justin Timberlake’s Video Vanguard performance. This year, Beyonce sang all but one song off her 2013 self-titled visual album. The 15-minute set included bits of “Blow,” “Drunk In Love,” Partition,” “Flawless,” “Blue” and more and, while one of the highlights was definitely footage of Beyonce’s daughter dancing along in the audience, it’s safe to say Bey definitely stole the show and lived up to her husband’s claim that she’s the “greatest living entertainer.”

Everything from the video displays to the dancers and the transitions were a reflection of the effort Beyonce puts into every single one of her shows so that each detail is a memorable experience for fans. If you haven’t seen her live yet, this performance should convince you to tap into your piggy bank and make it happen ASAP.

The only thing that even came close to touching Beyonce’s performance was her acceptance speech. The singer was presented the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by her husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy, who couldn’t stop clapping and cheering her mother on. It was a touching moment, especially considering Blue first made her world debut from her mother’s belly on the VMA stage back in 2011.

(Also, a simple embrace and kiss from Jay Z and Beyonce was a stronger statement about their marriage than any PR statement addressing the rumors could ever be…)

And, thus, the Carters continue to rule the land.

Blue woke up like this...

Blue woke up like this…

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Tei Shei

Tei Shi

It takes guts to cover Beyonce. Tei Shei not only had the guts to do so, but she also had the talent to do it well.

The singer took on “No Angel,” one of the standout vocal tracks from Beyonce’s latest album, recently and the results should be enough to convince you to give some of her original work a listen.

The vocal arrangements are kept the same for the most part, with the exception of a few added background vocals. Shi’s angelic vocals lack the power that Beyonce’s have, but the layering makes up for it, keeping things interesting.

This production differs in the original in that it goes heavy on the shimmering synths, adding a whimsical feel to the previously gritty production. The production isn’t at odds with the airy vocals in this version.

Oh, and the singer eliminates the short rap verse, too. I’ve never heard anyone rave over that verse, though. You may not even notice it’s gone.

It won’t make you forget about the original version, but it will definitely make you respect Shi for taking something so distinctly Beyonce and putting her stamp on it. Continue reading

Beyonce in “Pretty Hurts” video

Beyonce in “Pretty Hurts” video

It’s only right that the artist that unceremoniously dropped the critically acclaimed visual album of the last year perform at the MTV VMAs and receive the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, right?

The Video Music Awards would almost feel pointless without acknowledging the woman who dropped 14 new music videos and songs in the middle of the night last December, completely shocking not only fans and critics, but also the people that worked behind the scenes on the project.

MTV announced Beyonce as the latest performer and recipient of the award, which went to Justin Timberlake last year, this morning.

In addition receiving the Video Vanguard Award, the singer is also nominated for eight awards at this year’s show, including the Video of the Year award.

Update: “Black Widow” collaborators Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora have just been added to the growing list of performers that already includes Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer and Usher.

The MTV VMAs will air on August 24 at 9 p.m. EST.

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Columbia

Columbia

No humble brags. Beyonce is unfiltered once again in the Nicki Minaj-assisted remix for “Flawless.”

The singer raps about a number of things, including the now infamous elevator drama with her sister Solange and husband Jay Z from earlier this year (“Of course sometimes shit goes down when it’s a billion dollars on the elevator”). Y’all wanted a statement and this is a pretty bold one, I’d say.

Oh, and like the live version of the original song, lady Bey samples Outkast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.”

Nicki Minaj comes in for a solid verse following the sample and continues to talk about her untouchable status in the rap industry.

This is Minaj’s second major collaboration in less than a week. And she’s gearing up to release a new single in a few days. #Werk

Listen to the release here.

MTV

MTV

It may not seem like it, but the 2014 VMAs is right around the corner. The nominations were announced earlier today and pretty unsurprisingly Beyonce leads the nominees with 8 nominations, including a Video of the Year nod for “Drunk in Love.” The singer famously released a self-titled “visual album” without warning last year, including a music video for every song on the album. Following Beyonce, Iggy Azalea and Eminem come in at seven nominations each.

The show will air on August 24 at 9 p.m. So far Ariana Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer have been announced as performers. Continue reading

Life & Times

Life & Times

Didn’t snag tickets to one of Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” concerts in person? No worries.

The married couple’s joint tour is coming to HBO this September and at least this way you won’t have to abandon your car blocks away from the arena minutes before the show stars due to heavy traffic. Just turn on your TV and relax.

The special will be shot on Sept. 12 and 13 at the Stade de France during the Paris shows.

Both Beyonce and Jay Z have aired specials on HBO in the past. Aside from the singer’s 2013 Life is But a Dream documentary, a 10-episode concert series, Beyonce: X10, is currently running.

Jay z debuted Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film on the channel last year.

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BET

BET

Let’s be honest, most of us forgot about the BET Awards up until the last minute this year. The Awards Show just didn’t seem to be offering anything worth watching based on it’s promo.

It turns out, though, there were actually some genuinely good surprises in this year’s show. And, no, Beyonce and Jay Z’s “special performance” (from their On the Run tour via satellite) was not one of them. From Chris Brown’s first performance since being released from jail, to unexpected medleys from Usher and throwback bands like Silk and Color Me Badd to a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott during Pharrell’s opening number, this show really was full of exciting moments.

Maybe it’s a good thing the network didn’t tweet out the surprises before the show. A part of what made them great is that they were genuinely unexpected.

Nicki Minaj, Jhene Aiko, John Legend, Lil Wayne and more also graced the stage during the show. Continue reading

Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland in "Say Yes" video

Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland in “Say Yes” video

With the help of Harmony Samuels, an old Nigerian gospel song and her sisters in song, Michelle Williams was able to create a very catchy religious single that is sure to have everyone, maybe even the nonbelievers, bobbing their heads.

The synth-heavy feel-good track finds Williams reuniting with her Destiny’s Child group mates, Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Song-wise, it’s Kelly Rowland who absolutely kills her part, but the girls get equal shine in the music video.

The ladies get a little help from fans in the clip as they sing Jesus’ praises. It’s not the best video, but it sure is good to see them back together again. The trio sang together on Kelly Rowland’s “You Changed” last year.

Williams is preparing to release a new album, Journey to Freedom, later this year. She was set to appear in the play Jesus Christ Superstar, but it has since been cancelled due to low ticket sales. Continue reading

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