Beyoncé

Apr
24
Video: Beyoncé – ‘Pretty Hurts’

Beyoncé

Beyoncé takes on the controversial world of beauty pageants in the VEVO premiere of “Pretty Hurts,” the Sia-penned, Ammo-produced ballad off her visual album. In the Melina Matsoukas-directed clip, Bey plays pageant contestant Miss 3rd Ward as she struggles with the pressure to be beautiful.

“She told me what she wanted to do with the pageant world and I obviously like to take it there,” Melina told Vulture. “I was like, ‘Let’s get into the toxic world and what we really do that is so damaging to ourselves, and use it as a microcosm for our society.’ Obviously, those ideas don’t just live in the pageant world; they live in our world.”

In an interview with The New York Times, Sia revealed that she originally sent the song to Katy Perry, but the pop star didn’t see the email. She then gave it to Rihanna, whose manager held onto it for eight months, before Beyoncé heard it.

In conjunction with the premiere, Bey has also launched the #WhatIsPretty campaign, inviting fans to upload a photo or video to Instagram that captures what the word “pretty” means to you.

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Apr
24
Beyoncé, Pharrell, and Miley Cyrus Among TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World

Beyoncé

Who runs the world? According to TIME, it’s Beyoncé. The singer is among the magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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Apr
22
New Music: Boots f/ Beyoncé – ‘Dreams’

Boots and Beyoncé

After his many contributions to her self-titled album, Jordy Asher, better known as Boots, enlists Beyoncé for his latest song “Dreams.” The singer-songwriter, who has remained a mystery until recently, is responsible for co-writing and producing the bulk of Beyoncé including “Haunted,” “Drunk in Love,” “Partition,” and “Jealous.”

Mrs. Carter joins Boots on the ethereal “Dreams,” the last song off his upcoming mixtape WinterSpringSummerFall. He sent the track to Bey asking for her thoughts and she sent it back, complete with her vocals.

“It’s just a really cool testament to our friendship and relationship to do something like this,” Boots told Vogue. “I feel like I’ve been given my wings to fly. It’s the greatest kind of co-sign you could get, from someone who truly, truly believes in you.”

“Dreams” can be purchased for $0.99 with all the proceeds going to Day One, a non-profit organization devoted to teen dating violence.

Listen to Boots and Bey’s collaboration below. If you want to hear more, visit his SoundCloud page.

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Apr
21
Easter 2014: Beyoncé, Jay Z, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Alicia Keys, & J.Lo

Ciara

From church to the White House, the stars joined their loved ones for Easter celebrations across the country on Sunday.

While her fiancé Future was out promoting his album Honest, a pregnant Ciara enjoyed a sunny Sunday at The Grove in Los Angeles, where she met up with the Easter Bunny.

After their Coachella appearance, Beyoncé and Jay Z spent some family time with Blue Ivy and Solange. The poolside festivities included an easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Bey and Blue donned bunny ears, while papa Carter spent some precious time with his daughter.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz rented a yacht and enjoyed the day with their family, Diddy posed for an Easter portrait with his fam, and Jennifer Lopez joined her loved ones at an Easter brunch.

Big Sean went from Coachella to the capital, posing on the front lawn of the White House ahead of today’s Easter Egg Roll. “Reporting live from the White House! Happy Easter!” he tweeted.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon went all out to make it an unforgettable Easter for their twins, Moroccan and Monroe. The couple painted easter eggs and filled their rooftop deck with presents before getting a visit from the Easter Bunny.

See more photos of the Easter festivities below.

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Apr
20
Beyoncé and Jay Z: Round 2 of Coachella with Usher, Nas, and Solange

Beyoncé and Jay Z

The Carters couldn’t get enough of Coachella. After their surprise appearances last week, Beyoncé and Jay Z returned to the desert for weekend two. The stylish couple was decked out in their finest festival attire—Jay wore a leather motorcycle jacket and Jordans, while Mrs. Carter kept cool in cutoff shorts and an Off-White camouflage jacket.

They made it to the Sahara Tent in time to catch Skrillex’s set. Jay donned a ski mask and Bey filled her water bottle with D’Usse while wildin’ out in the front row. Solange joined the family affair, bringing her son Julez to watch Skrillex perform his hits and remix “Drunk in Love.”

“Thank you Skrillex for making my son the happiest most crunk child alive,” said Solange. “He’s been asking me to see him live for a year now, and last night it’s safe to say his mind was blown!!! lol.”

Earlier in the evening, Hov joined Pharrell onstage to perform a medley of their hits. He also kicked it with Nas, who he performed “Dead Presidents” with last weekend.

While Blue Ivy didn’t make the trip, Bey had some fun with her nephew and caught up with Usher backstage.

Check out more candids of the Carters at Coachella below.

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Apr
15
Beyoncé and Jay Z to Tour Together This Summer

Beyoncé and Jay Z

Mr. and Mrs. Carter are taking their show on the road. The superstar couple is reportedly set to launch a stadium tour together this summer.

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Apr
15
John Mayer Covers Beyoncé’s ‘XO’

John Mayer

Turn the lights out. Following Ed Sheeran’s acoustic cover of “Drunk in Love,” John Mayer performed a stripped-down version of Beyoncé’s “XO” during a show in Adelaide, Australia, on Tuesday. The Grammy winner played the guitar and the harmonica while giving Bey’s hit an acoustic makeover.

He also tweeted his praise for Bey. “The best thing about Beyoncé? The break in her voice on the first ‘baby, love me lights out’ in XO. Real and raw,” he said.

Hit the switch on Mayer’s “XO” cover below.

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