Beyoncé Talks Album Collaborators, Super Bowl, and Power in GQ

Beyoncé

Less than two weeks into the new year and 2013 is already looking like the year of Beyoncé. Pepsi’s $50 million woman covers the February 2013 issue of GQ, hitting newsstands January 22. As the magazine’s Sexiest Woman of the 21st Century, the R&B diva flaunts her famous curves for photographer Terry Richardson in the Super Bowl-themed photo shoot.

She invites GQ inside her archive room in her Manhattan office, where she stores thousands of hours of personal footage and every interview she’s ever done (If you want to interview her, you must agree to appear in the archive).

In the issue, she talks about her highly-anticipated new album (collaborators include Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Timbaland, and The-Dream), performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, and her dominance over pop culture.

Even Solange weighs in on her big sis, recalling her discipline as a child and how she protected her. “I can’t tell you how many times in junior high school, how many boys and girls can say Beyoncé came and threatened to put some hands on them if they bothered me,” says Solange.

Check out highlights from the issue below.

On reaching her goals: “I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.”

On the Super Bowl: “One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete. You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.”

On her collaborators on the new album: “I’ve been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and Dream. We all started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us.”

On the album’s influences: “Mostly R&B. I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences. There’s a bit of D’Angelo, some ’60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross.”

On her dominance: “I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”

Read more and see the rest of the sexy photos on GQ.com.

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95 Comments

  1. FusionX

    The Queen Bee!!!!

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    vladica07 Reply:

    @FusionX, Yeees,the queen!! This is why she is my inspiration and motivation to be a strong and independent woman,she sends a strong message and that is that we can do anything and make it by ourselves,we dont need no man to pay our bills!

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    Reggie Wright Reply:

    @FusionX, Hey I wanna come out there so bad i wanna be the best rapper

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  2. chris

    yes come back to sexy

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    Wish A Bicth Would Reply:

    @chris, I Dont Think This Sexy Phase Suits Her Anymore cause when you think of the artist that does this you think of young fresh talentless but when you think of beyonce you think ok CLASS and also a Mother.Beyonce needs to leave the Bootylicious back in 00s

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    Ummmm Reply:

    @Wish A Bicth Would,
    Mothers cant be sexy? Girl stop she is only 30.
    Just because you are like 12 and you feel 30 is old doesnt mean your right!
    Go ahead Bey! You look AMAZING! Classy and sexy!

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    LondonKiid Reply:

    @Ummmm, She Can Be Sexy Without Showing Too Much.Beyonce doesnt need to do this,She Is King Bee Doesnt That Say Alot

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @Ummmm, A woman can be sexy without showing a lot of skin. I feel as a mother you should reserve the skin exposure and as you get older.

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    MusicJunkie Reply:

    @Wish A Bicth Would, i agree with you ‘ Rihanna Does This Because she had no talent ‘ Beyonce Waits Till She’s 30 With A Kid To Start Taking Off Her Clothes . Smh she doesnt have anything else to prove .

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  3. mal

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG I COULD CRY!!!! LOOL YEESSSSSSS

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  4. Miguel

    …I’m so excited. The Queen is coming!

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  5. MurderThis

    I can’t take all this slayage!!! #Beyhive2013

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  6. alessandro

    super excited about her music but it comes to beauty i have to say kelly rowland comes first

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    Mariah2013 Reply:

    @alessandro, i agree but she looks gooood here. Get em Bey

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    deelee Reply:

    @alessandro, BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH you must be dark skinned. HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @deelee, Stop ! Lol .

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    Ken Evolution Reply:

    @deelee, GTFOH, why the commenter gotta be dark skinned, I love Kelly Rowland myself and prefer her sexy dark skin over the bleached out Bey any day beauty wise.

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @Ken Evolution, Preach!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Ken Evolution, then why don’t you go & dig up an article about kelly & get off bey’s dick AND post LOOSER!

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  7. Ursula

    Photoshop, skin bleaching, & fake hips

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Ursula, King , Queen , Motha .

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    You Thought It I Post It Reply:

    @Ursula, hahaha, that was funny!

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  8. meme

    The pressure is on. I see what her and her team is trying to do. Its about time she woke. You cant lie, since riri came around because have to step her game all the way up. Before rihanna there was zero competiton. Im confident in Bey this time around tho. We’ll see.

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    Kalin Reply:

    @meme, You are so damn pressed … on a Beyonce post and talking about Rihanna.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @meme, Hasn’t Rihanna been around since 2005 ? Idr .. Bey’s been pushing the envelope for forever, whether ur eyes were open or not .

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @meme, there still is NO competition … a bentley (beyonce) doesn’t worry about a pinto (rihanna)! a bentley continues to do what it does … remains being the most coveted in it’s class & out performs when she’s in her lane. don’t do me dear, it will NEVER end in your favor!

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    RIHSTANROKKSTARR Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, i heard bentleys got recalled

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    You Thought It I Post It Reply:

    @RIHSTANROKKSTARR, LMAO!!!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @RIHSTANROKKSTARR, no dear that would be that 1982 minivan, banstar, that you are still riding around in. you’re so lame: you, ursula & you thought … trolling because you have NO life & NO love! guess what, while you’re being a keyboard gansta’ bey has still managed to shit on rihanna’s entire career (7 years) in ONE week … GTFOH!

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    jakejackson Reply:

    @meme, ur rihanna aren’t you lol

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    RIHSTANROKKSTARR Reply:

    @meme, exactly. bey sweating hard trying to outdo queen rih. don’t she know that she’s too old for that?

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    Ken Evolution Reply:

    @RIHSTANROKKSTARR, I like Bey but I aint gonna front Rihanna got her sweatin bullets to create this album because everything Rihanna has touched since her debut has been fire internationally. I prefer Rihanna for her real ass personality because Beyonce is dry, bland and boring when outside of a studio. Now she wants to get on GQ acting cocky like… Stop it! lol

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Ken Evolution, says you. honey rihanna exists ONLY because there is beyonce. you, your life & your team are lame … GTFOH!

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  9. meme

    2 things I applaud her for after reading this interview…1 that she is eager for new information and 2 that she is sticking to her R&B sound. Hats off to fukin her.

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    jakejackson Reply:

    @meme, its u hiiii RiRi love ya but ur the shit and so is she and she wad the shit while u were on ya island idolizing her growing up, she is living and so r u dam

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    meme Reply:

    @jakejackson, lmfaooo ok

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  10. JueLz

    work it hunty!!! love this woman

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  11. joey

    i heard her and missy are doing something too

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  12. boom boom

    she’s giving that Rihanna’s tea on those last two photos!

    Beyonce looks good, even after her pregnancy, good for her!

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  13. 4

    IT’S BEYONCE YEAR.

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  14. 4

    IT’S BEYONCE YEAR. GQ COVER, VOUGE COVER ,SUPERBOWL , NEW MUSIC / destinys child, HBO DOCUMENTARY , SINGING NATIONAL anthem for the President and ALBUM and that’s only in the first quarter lol

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    Wellman Reply:

    @4, Exactly. Just the beginning!!! If you can’t deal with Beyonce Just disconnect your wifi cause its about to be a straight TAKE OVER!

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  15. Morgan

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Beyonce!!! Eat your hearts out, haters!

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  16. Jay-Me

    Oh my god. This whole article just gave meaning to my 2013. I cannot wait. These photos are sexy as hell.

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  17. YESSSSSS

    Bring R&B to the forefront again. I’m so ready for this album.

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  18. Ursula

    It’s so sad to see her selling out for popularity. These pics are very inappropriate. What happened to being a mother, wife, and role model *wink wink* as Michelle Obama said she was? It’s clear she’s trying to keep up with Rihanna. Within two months of Rihanna’s GQ cover you are on GQ?

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Ursula, You’re commenting like Beyoncé reached out to GQ . Lol , this is their second time getting into the Queen’s ARCHIVE .

    Are you mad that nobody remembers ri’s photoshoot ? Oops .

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    meme Reply:

    @RealIssh, oh someone def remember rihannas photoshoot. clearly from the look of these pictures.

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    Axam Reply:

    @meme, Just because you get down on your hands and knees in worship to Rihanna does not mean this ICON that is Beyonce has to look to her for tips. Dumbass stan.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @meme, honey, go stand in line w/ rihanna to have a seat on chris brown’s lap. ain’t nobody thinking about rihanna, she was gq’s obsession for ONE year. beyonce is their hottest woman for ONE HUNDRED years! damn b, how you killing 2013 already & we’re only 10 days in? several mag covers on tap, superbowl, singing @ the inaguration, hbo doc, new music/videos, world tour & an animated film … oops, let’s not forget your title as pepsi’s brand ambassador. 2013 is the year of the take over … beyonce, justin timberlake & gaga all releasing new material. GOODbye mediocrity!

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    RIHSTANROKKSTARR Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, most of it is hype. all rihanna has to do is pose and drop a single and people go nuts. bey has to try harder cuz shes not poppin like she use to be. just get over it already.

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    Thetruth Reply:

    @RIHSTANROKKSTARR, Yes rep that Rih Navy! You already know, they know Bey mad cuz that Rih reign just won’t let up!

    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @RIHSTANROKKSTARR, you’re right, she does pose … as a singer w/ her talentLESS ass! ri looked like a 12 year old boy on the cover of gq. matter of fact, they had to note that ri was on the cover because some people thought it was emmanuel lewis at first sight … big forehead, big nose, no hair, no curves. let me explain why people like rihanna & kim kardashian are so popular … because it’s always easier to be mediocre than it is to be excellent. rihanna is a mediocre singer w/ a mediocre voice & mediocre dance moves. so i can understand why you, i thought it, meme & ursula are all so taken by her … you ALL are lame, lackluster, mediocre, sullen, sad, depressing downers w/ NO life but trolling b posts. but then again, she has shut EVERYTHING down over these past 5 days w/ photos & announcements … you haters LOVE it!

    jakejackson Reply:

    @meme, ur her lol o I can tell

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @jakejackson: mmmmmm … is it ri? or a bloody tampon? when you figure it out, let me know!

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @meme, You tried the tea , Ma . But take that cup & read every Rihanna article . Don’t reverse who’s a fan of who & their inspiration . Boo yah !

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    Ursula Reply:

    @RealIssh,

    Neither one of ‘em are classy covers – so I really don’t care for Rihanna’s anymore than this one. The only difference is that Rihanna is single & her early 20′s while Beyonce is 30-something, married with a daughter who needs a role model for a mother. Sorry boo but this don’t cut it.

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    RIHSTANROKKSTARR Reply:

    @Ursula, rihannas was far more classier than this one

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Ursula, Beyoncé has had daughters since she was a youngin’ . Rihanna is an example .. Splat !!

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    Thetruth Reply:

    @RealIssh, LOL why Bey mad though that Rih is tied up with Madonna for the most number one singles by any female and Rihanna is in her early twenties while Bey struggling to land another number one after single ladies, #Stop it! LOL yall are delusional RiRi is killin these brauds with a Assault riffle, get your umbrella Bey stans because that RiRi reign just wont let up!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Thetruth, do you think b really thinks about ri? ri is employed by roc nation which b’s husband OWNS. go get it ri & bitch you betta’ have j & b’s money when yo’ ass get back! bitch please, GTFOH!

    Tevin Reply:

    @Ursula, You must have such low self-esteem. Pathetic.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Tevin, You betcha Rhett, Tevin, or whatever you are. Question, are you a man, woman, or an it? ‘Cause you are so bitchy but still so rough. Get a fukkin life.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Ursula, she’s ALWAYS been popular so selling out isn’t necessary. she still is a wife, mother & role model however she’s doing what every real woman does … getting back to business. her body is her business, her beauty is her business. i’m trying to figure out why some of you are upset? could it be that she’s more talented than ri? no, if you have functioning ears then you can hear that. is it because she looks better than ri? couldn’t be, because unless you’re blind, you can most def see that. i can’t figure it out but you seem to have a “hater’s spirit” so tell me, what is it that pisses you off about that self sufficient, self reliant woman that is & has been w/ the same man for 10 years & is now the mother of his only child?

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  19. TheCreat1veOne

    So excited for Beyonce’s return! Hate her or love her, you have to appreciate the hard work and dedication she puts into her craft! She truly loves what she does and it shows. Then in the interview when she discussed 90s R&B and how they want that back!!! So excited for this new era!

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  20. MusicJunkie

    Beyonce Waits Till She’s 30 With A Kid To Start Taking Off Her Clothes . Smh She Does Need To Go This Route . She has nothing else to prove . Come on B

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @MusicJunkie, Are you 3 years old ? Get off this site .

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  21. celebfanboy10

    YAAASSS!!! Bey is coming with that good ol R&B! JT, Timbaland, Pharrell, & Dream!!! this album is going to be fire!

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  22. Ice

    Sweet Jesus. *faps*

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  23. yavvy

    what’s the best way to come back after having a child? take your clothes off like a total hoe. okay. jus checkin.

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  24. Jay-Me

    She’s a 10.

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  25. Beyonce is TAKING OVA 2013

    the King is about to take over AGAIN! Behives are ready! KING B KING B KING BE!

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  26. Jay

    Man, I love Beyonce!!! Those pics are bomb, especially the first one!!! I’m about to start dancing I’m so excited about this new music!!! Beyonce is so right about how 90s R&B was so important. A lot of 90s R&B, Pop and Rock is just timeless, I think. She so deserves the success that she has. I remember growing up watching she and DC and listen to their story and how hard they worked. Also, I almost jumped outta my skin when I just read about a collaboration with JT!!!! HA! OMG!!! I’m super excited now!!!!! :)

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  27. LOKO

    Lawddddddddddddd take me now!

    BEYSUS has returned!

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  28. Kyle

    I am so excited to hear the new music. I hope it’s straight up R&B.

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  29. Bizunes Prounld Foboze Changed 2013

    Great to hear new Music from her even tho her loco ass fans Can’t wait either (those are too excited for it) 2013

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  30. maya

    She looks gorg & loving the bun she’s been rocking a lot lately.

    As for people not liking the pics, It’s GQ magazine! Y’all must not know!

    So excited for the Justin T. collab, still listen to Until the End of Time heavily

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  31. Ty

    She’s needs to Evolve & do POP else if she continues to be hard headed like the last album she will Flop harder this time.

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    jp Reply:

    @Ty, the last album didnt flop. It’s called solidifying your core fans, so they continue to support you.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Ty, you sound & seem stupid. 4 was the best selling r&b album of 2011, remained the #1 album for 3 consecutive weeks & was certified platinum 30 days after it’s release. when you’re on b’s level, you do what you damn well please NOT what you’re told to do by the label (like ri). but thank you for playing … GOODnight!

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  32. Ty

    Her fist single has to be written & produced by STARGATE!!! she also has to REINVENT her self we’re tired of the Hardworking, innocent, & blond gal

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Ty, tired of the hardworking, innocent, blong gal??…

    So ur saying she shouldn’t work hard? Also what’s so innocent about her music? Please explain…

    and please speak for urself, don’t say “we’re tired”, b/c majority obviously can’t wait for Bey to slay again!!

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  33. DeeJay

    She really need to put clothes on an act her age. As far as the music, sound goods.

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  34. Thetruth

    Beyonce is the number one thief when it comes to stealing styles, concepts, music delivery, performance, choreography and musical credits. People praise this chick like she is original yet she has been jocking Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross and her fellow musicians in this time period. After several years of hearing her yodeling and screaming on every track due to a lack of her being able to control her vocal power and over singing everything (smh) she’s just mad because Rihanna does not hve to ry hard. Rihanna can cutt her hair and every woman will follow, Rihanna can make a 99 cent tube top look like the most couture fashion and every female will die for the garment, It has taken Rihanna 7 years to tie up to the same amount of number one with Madonna. Lets be serious that Rihanna reign just wont let up so Bey stans grab your umbrella. Beyawnce is worth nothing more than a good yawn with her thieving behind.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Thetruth, go sit on something really sharp and STFU!!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @SdotB, honey, ignore IT! stanning for rihanna on a beyonce post? IT really wants attention & is really emotional. i just wish that these navy members could take a joke like rihanna takes a punch … hard, quick & to the gut!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Thetruth, thank you for that dissertation however it still does not change the fact that rihanna is a talentLESS hack! i now know why she’s chasing chris brown, to thank him for beating her ass. because NO one cared or knew who she was until then. but if kim kardashian can suck a d*ck to get on, then ri can take a couple of punches to the face. but here’s the thing … she won’t last because mediocrity usually doesn’t. they’ll be some other hack that comes along that will garner some attention taking her shine. because in order to remain relevant, you must have talent. beyonce, adele, lady gaga, pink, justin timerlake, alicia keys (just to name a few) … ALL people that as they become older will still be relevant because they have TALENT!

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  35. Rakiyah Chatmen

    Can’t wait so Happy @KELLYROWLAND, @BEYONCE, and @REALMICHELLEW are all coming out with their New solo Albums. Also 3 New songs on DC3 Album. Kelly Rowland I have to seal it really is the year of the woman. Please support them individually and collectively. 2013 is gonna be Great year for Music.

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  36. You Thought It I Post It

    Her album is mostly R&B? No I’m not here for it! I’ll stick with young-ins thanks at least they given variety! I cannot take another 4 album that one bored me out my mind even though i loved love on top that’s about it!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @You Thought It I Post It, 4 was an album for the grown & sexy. also people that have amazing lives & loves. so it would be understandable why you didn’t appreciate 4, because you’re NOT sexy, you have NO life and NO ONE loves you! GOODnight!

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    You Thought It I Post It Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, Oh karmel, you….I feel like some Starbucks! I have to hold that thought, I’m a bit parched! Caramel macchiato on deck!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @You Thought It I Post It, OH DOLL! THAT’S RIGHT, SUCK, LICK AND EAT ME BUT DON’T HURT YOURSELF!

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  37. Derya

    I love you Beyonce

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  38. Guest

    When Muhammed Ali saw his daughters dressed in revealing clothing, he told them this:

    “Everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to.
    Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.
    Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.
    Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”
    He looked at us with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

    You don’t got to like Ali…and you can call him stupid if you feel. But that fact is this: Woman who value themselves don’t gotta take it off. Period. Some of ya’ll need an emrgency lesson in self-value 101.

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    Thetruth Reply:

    @Guest, I love this whomever you are you spoke the truth! This makes me want to rearrange my priorities!

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