Oh my God, you guys! Beyonce's next video is almost here, and it's for one of your favorite songs from 4, the horn-blasting jam "Countdown."
We've been preaching the gospel of "Countdown" for months. Before the album even dropped, we were Internet screaming that it needed to be a single – and now it is! It's one of our favorite tracks on the album, which is a statement because 4 is our favorite album so far this year.
But enough fawning (for now … trust that we'll Stan out again once the full video drops). Yesterday, King Bey dropped a sneak peek and all anyone is talking about is her baby bump. So we got to thinking about pregnant ladies and pop music. Sometimes a star tries to keep her bump under wraps for a video shoot, as Madonna did in her "Music" video. You can't even tell that under that long white fur coat, the world's biggest pop star was very pregnant (her pregnancy was the reason the mid-vid action sequence was animated). Other times, she flaunts it, as Beyonce seems to be doing in the "Countdown" clip and as Britney Spears did in the video for her ballad "Someday (I Will Understand)."
After the jump, check out Her Madgesty and Britney as well as Pink and Mariah Carey in videos shot while the pop stars were expecting. Read More...
Missoni for Target launched today to much fanfare and website crashing. It's the latest low-cost designer diffusion line for the retailer and people are into it.
Sure, we wish there was a bit more stuff for guys. (Editor Rant: There need to be more designer diffusion lines that feature men's clothing – we'd camp out for John Varvatos at H&M, just sayin.') But the clothes, household items and bed/bath stuff that the pricey Italian fashion house created for Target are pretty fantastic. The best, though, has to be the kids' stuff. And you know who is probably looking at kids' stuff right now? Beyonce and Jay-Z, that's who.
Of course, King Bey and Hova don't have to do diffusion; they can afford anything they want. But both superstars seem pretty grounded, and Beyonce has a longstanding relationship with the retailer. She offered up a deluxe edition of her latest album 4 exclusively at Target and surprised members of the Boys and Girls Club of New York by showing up at the chain's Harlem store during a dance lesson earlier this summer.
So what is Missoni offering up at Target that Bey and Jay might be interested in? Well, provided they have a baby girl, some pretty cute stuff. Read More...
Fashion Week kicks off today in New York City and we are excited. We're not big fashionistas or anything – we are currently rocking the stylings of the Gap and H&M … jealous? – but we love seeing people decked out in their craziest couture hitting the streets of NYC to check out shows by the biggest names in the fashion game.
Fashion Week also reminds us to show a little love to our fave sartorial superstars. Music's biggest and boldest are always setting the trends in the fashion world, so we decided to give our favorite trendsetters a shout out on this holiest of holy weeks.
Lady Gaga – Who needs pants?
Mother Monster has had a massive influence on fashion – so much so that her stylist/fashion director Nicola Formichetti has himself become a huge name in the clothes game. Formichetti is the creative director for French fashion house Mugler and is opening a pop up shop in NYC's Soho neighborhood where he will sell limited-edition pieces from Mugler, Uniqlo and Haus of Gaga. But Gaga's most obvious contribution to the fashion game can be seen in the abundance of leg that has overtaken America. While donning a leotard for work probably violates most people's office dress codes, the pop star's propensity for going pantless made short shorts a must have for ladies (and many urban gentlemen) this summer. With cooler weather approaching, we're thinking the trend will fade out soon … and probably be replaced with the bare-faced thing she's been rocking lately.
Adele – The return of the little black dress
From her soaring voice to her 60s-inspired, ginger biscuit-colored locks, everything about Adele is classic – right down to her preference for rocking simple black dresses like the one she wore to perform her latest No. 1 hit, "Someone Like You," at the VMAs (check it out above). Some may complain that she doesn't change it up enough, but we say phooey to all that. What's the number one rule in fashion? Stick to what works. And when it comes to Adele, the classic black dress works like gangbusters.
It was the moment of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Beyonce took the stage and announced, “I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me,” before tearing the roof off of Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre with her performance of “Love on Top,” a much-loved non-single (so far) track from her acclaimed album 4. As she wrapped up the song, Queen Bey unbuttoned her retro sequined purple jacket to reveal a baby bump, and the crowd went wild.
The camera panned quickly to B’s hubby Jay-Z, who was beaming alongside friend Kanye West in the audience. That evening, Beyonce set the record for the most mentions on Twitter per second with 8,868, and helped this year’s VMAs become the most-watched broadcast in MTV history, pulling in 12.4 million viewers.
The performance also did something else – something Beyonce was no doubt hoping for all along. It drew a massive amount of attention back to her album and pushed “Love on Top,” a song many had never heard before the VMAs, into the iTunes top 5. It’s not even an official single and it is already the highest charting song from 4 on iTunes and the album has returned to the top 10 and is currently, perfectly, sitting at No. 4 on the iTunes album sales chart.
Will Beyonce’s baby news provide the attention necessary to push 4 back up the charts, help it go platinum and give her a hit single? It looks like it may, and that’s a very good thing. Read More...
From Hollywood Crush:
By Amy Wilkinson
There were plenty of water-cooler moments during last night's MTV Video Music Awards, but the one that undoubtedly left the most tongues wagging was Beyoncé's onstage reveal that she and hubby Jay-Z are expecting their first child together. Congrats to the soon-to-be parents!
Now, we can only guess at the kinds of feverish preparations underway in anticipation of the arrival of Baby Knowles-Carter, but if we were the wagering sort, we'd bet it includes copious reading bouts of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" punctuated by shopping outings for infant-size leotards.
But, really, we don't think Beyoncé needs to stress it. She's got plenty of maternal musings stockpiled into her prolific song catalog. So, as Auntie Crush's baby gift to Bey and Jay, we've rounded up five gleaming gems.
Song: "Girls (Who Rule the World)"
Lyrics: "Who runs the world? Girls / Some of them men think they freak this like we do / But no they don't"
Takeaway: On the surface, this powerhouse seems like pointed girl-power propaganda for Beyoncé Jr., but really, it's just as much a cautionary tale for boys who think they are all that. Best be listenin' up, Jay Jr.
The seat cards have been placed for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and I got a sneak peek. Most exciting? The front row, or as I like to call it, The Queen B Section – Britney Spears and Beyonce have the best seats in the house. Fitting, since they’re both VMA vets who’ve contributed countless iconic Moonman moments.
I wonder what they’ll talk about during commercial breaks! Perhaps they’ll chat birthday plans? Both Beyonce and Britney turn 30 years old this year.?
In honor of Beyonce reaching the 3-0 milestone first (her b’day is September 4!), let’s start a trending topic on Twitter: #4BeysBday. For example:??
“#4BeysBday I’m’a buy her a book about algebra cuz she don’t know much about it.”
“#4BeysBday I would buy her the New York Liberty WNBA team. And then she can move ‘em to Brooklyn, like Jay’s Nets!”??
“#4BeysBday I would give her the record sales '4' deserves.”??
Now that I got the ball rolling, I want to see what you guys can come up with. Be creative! Be silly! Be sassy! Tweet using the hashtag #4BeysBday and my favorites will air on MTV this weekend.????
Plus, if you’re not already, follow me on Twitter @jambajim. You’re missing out on insider VMA scoop like whoa. Read More...
By Morgan Schwartz
The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are only a few days away, and the announcement of the newest performer has just made our excitement level spike. Beyonce, who was announced today as a VMA performer, has given some of the most electric live performances in recent memory. We can’t wait to see what she’s got planned for Sunday (although we’re sure it will include some killer dance moves and awesome riffs), so in preparation we decided to take a look back at some of our other favorite Queen Bey performances of all time.
“Run The World (Girls)” - Billboard Music Awards, 2011
With an introduction featuring people like Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder and Bono, there was no way Beyonce’s performance at the Billboard Music Awards this year was going to be anything less than spectacular. The organization honored B with its Millennium Award, so it seems fitting that her performance of “Run the World (Girls)” was one of the best of the century. Beyonce’s performance, which was supplemented by some killer effects, dancers and massive LED screens, truly brought the girl power out in full force.
Beyoncé - Run the World (Girls) Animation for Billboard Awards from Ron Winter on Vimeo.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” - Super Bowl, 2004
In our opinion, Beyonce is the queen of amazing, high-octane performances, but we always forget just how incredible her voice is even without the awesome outfits and large-scale sets. We were reminded just how much Beyonce can hold her own vocally without all the extras in 2004 when she took to the 50-yard line to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Not only did she look gorgeous, Beyonce sang a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that likely brought even the most manly football players to patriotic tears.
On Friday night, Beyonce headlined the final of four sold-out dates at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. The intimate shows were by all accounts a huge hit, giving fans exactly what they wanted – a nice mix of old hits and new favorites (after running through tunes from her Destiny’s Child days, she moved on to her solo smashes before performing the entirety of her acclaimed new album, 4).
One fan who was in the audience Friday night has become something of a fixture at major pop events recently: Paul McCartney. The Beatle has revealed himself to be quite the fan of contemporary pop; in addition to Beyonce on Friday, McCartney was spotted getting down at Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” show at Madison Square Garden earlier this year (check out video of McCartney at Gaga’s show here).
Seems Macca likes pop divas almost as much as we do!
This week marked the long-anticipated arrival of Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s superstar collaboration album. The buzz is big and it looks like the album is going to easily top the charts (it’s already No. 1 on iTunes in 23 different countries).
We couldn’t be happier for Hova and Ye, and you can find all sorts of awesome info on them and their record over at MTV RapFix. But here in the MTV Newsroom, well, we’re in the business of divas and can’t even hear the name Jay-Z without thinking of his better half, Beyonce.
Inspired by Watch The Throne, we got to thinking about Bey’s best collabos. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
“Baby Boy,” featuring Sean Paul
The original Beyonce solo collabo (she appeared without her Destiny’s Child bandmates for the first time on "03 Bonnie and Clyde," but “Baby Boy” was the first collaboration on which she had top billing). The song was the second single from Bey’s debut album, Dangerously In Love. The well-reviewed track was a meld of R&B and dancehall reggae and spent nine weeks atop the Billboard singles chart, the most for any Beyonce song until “Irreplaceable” was released almost four years later.
“Check On It,” featuring Slim Thug
Beyonce’s third number one hit, “Check On It” is often thought to be from the film “The Pink Panther,” in which Beyonce appeared. But, random fact, though it was originally intended for the soundtrack it does not appear there – it was ultimately released on Destiny’s Child’s greatest hits album, #1s, and was also made available as a bonus track on deluxe editions of B’Day, Beyonce’s second solo album. Either way, the video does incorporate imagery from the film, which was a modest box office hit for the songbird, grossing over $82 million in the U.S.
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