This Sunday, one of cable television's most storied traditions, the MTV Video Music Awards, beams from the Forum in Southern California into living rooms nationwide. The VMA's 32nd broadcast, this year's hostless show looks to carry on the quality of well-received recent installments, namely the 201 ... More >>
Christina Aguilera is a better performer than Beyoncé. I promise that feels just as weird for me to type as it does for you to read, but it's true. This week I was lucky enough to see Beyoncé live for the first time as part of her On The Run tour with Jay-Z. There are a few things about watching B ... More >>
Beyoncé fans began 2013 believing they wanted, even deserved, a certain kind of truth from their pop idol. As is the case when a celebrity begins sparkling too brightly, we had gotten curious (if not outright suspicious), after 10 years of überstardom, about the diva's bulletproof, halo- ... More >>
There are moments when Beyonce not only references her past but displays clips from it like awards on her mantel. In "***Flawless," she frames an anthem of exuberant self-love and feminist rage with clips of her appearance on Star Search as a pre-teen with her group Girl's Tyme. The first one is the ... More >>
Last week, news broke that Bruno Mars will be the 2014 NFL Super Bowl half-time show performer. Given the beautiful orgasmic infamy of Beyonce's 2013 half-time show, we thought it would be useful to give Bruno some helpful suggestions on how to avoid being overshadowed. See also: Top 5 Worst Super ... More >>
In the sports entertainment universe, wrestler Rob Van Dam is "the whole damn show." In the fictional sphere of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, ascending to international tennis is "making the show"; in the real world, that's what aspiring baseballers think of as earning a spot on a MLB team. ... More >>
Being Beyonce is apparently a tough gig to pull off. Not only is she a pop icon, she's also a faux-baby-bump-sporting member of the Illuminati who is buying Neverland Ranch. And that's just the Bey of the past year or so. Look back a bit further and you'll figure out that she's been pregnant once ... More >>
Slow dance to Kelly Rowland and Terius Nash
On Saturday, HBO premiered a Beyoncé biopic that starred Beyoncé and was directed by Beyoncé and produced by Beyoncé and created by Beyoncé and received the approval of the universe by Beyoncé. But this story isn't about Beyoncé. It is about something Beyoncé purposely omitted from her HBO s ... More >>
Whoa boy, what a week, right? Beyonce! Justin Timberlake! Fall Out Boy! Destiny's Child! My Bloody Valentine! Over the last few days our ears have been blessed with new releases and reunions from some buzzworthy artists who couldn't keep loyal and patient fans waiting much longer. From full-albums t ... More >>
There are a few people--maybe ten--who have yet to hear that Beyoncé Ashlee Simpson'd Barack Obama's inauguration. These people don't have access to tumblr or eccentric gay friends. They are still under the illusion that Beyonce is infallible. We pity these people. Because the idea that Beyoncé is ... More >>
No, it's not that she was lipsynching, singing along, or whatever she was doing. Way back in 1991, when Whitney Houston did a tremendous job with the tune and it was later revealed to be a lipsynch, it was rather shocking. But now, in reality show-drenched America, it's just a "Duh." To me, the r ... More >>
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Beyoncé w/Luke James Ovation At Revel Saturday, May 26 Better than: Slacking off. This weekend's four Beyoncé shows at the Revel Resort in Atlantic Citya multibillion-dollar casino that's trying to bring the high-roller feel of New Vegas to the Jersey Shore's most famous boardwalk ... More >>
Sledgehammer-pop duo Sleigh Bells visited the BBC recently, and as one tends to do when one visits the hallowed British broadcasting institution, they laid down a coverof Beyoncé's breezy kiss-off "Irreplaceable." The combined moxie of Beyoncé and Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss shoul ... More >>
Or at least one of them isn't. But to his credit, the guy is honest about it. At a lovely pizza restaurant yesterday, I overheard the young gentleman telling his friends:
Maybe it's all that misguided Year of the Woman chatter that dominated year-end roundups, or the slow, agonizing creep of Fashion Week, or the coming apocalypse, but hoo boy has there been a lot of terrible writing about female musicians in the past few weeks. The latest offender is the New Y ... More >>
As you know, megastars Jay-Z and Beyoncé spent $1.3 million to turn six rooms at Lenox Hill Hospital into two luxury suites so Beyoncé could pop out her baby in some real style. That's fine. If you've got money and want to spend it, be my guest. Just don't act like your wealth makes ... More >>
Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, with contributions from Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph, continues. Follow along here. Thanks Maura! And hello Nick, Katherine and Eric. Post-megasales megastars? Beyoncé and Gaga fit the bill, for certa ... More >>
The two big formats that have long ruled over popular music are the single and the album. They have a great duality between them: the song and the collection; the sliver and the whole; the appetizer and the main course. Albums are the full-length format long considered pop music's ultimate a ... More >>
Here are my top 10 bouts of musical rage. If you disagree with me, I'll be furious! (10) "We're Not Gonna Take It"--Twisted Sister Infectious anger at its most rollicking. I always felt this song was the musical equivalent of "I'm mad as hell" from Network.
When the world last received a Beyoncé video, it was... well, it was about 10 days ago, when the sugar-rush clip for the thrill-a-millisecond "Countdown" arrived and brought with it some controversy about where she got her inspiration. In the video for the sumptuous "Love On Top," which more ... More >>
VH1 spent last week counting down what the channel, and its panel of celebrities and "experts," consider The 100 Greatest Songs of The '00s. They certainly haven't been the first to assemble such a listRolling Stone and Pitchfork and every blog under the sun had their say about two years ago, ... More >>
Beyoncé's thrill-a-minute "Countdown" is one of the best songs of the year, riding a Boyz II Men sample, whirling drums, and a bravura vocal performance by the singerplus liberal usage of the heretofore-unknown-to-me lovers' appellation "boof"and zipping them all up into a giddy three ... More >>
This is a classic. A young boy who's obviously watched Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" video more than he's done his homework stretches and preens and vogues and romps through the number with the aplomb of a true diva.
The buzz is starting up again. Beyonce's got a bun in da oven. If the woman was really pregnant as many times as people said, she'd have a reality show.
This week in the Village Voice, on newsstands now: I look at the intimacy achieved at shows by Kenny Chesney (at left, with Zac Brown) and Beyoncé; Puja Patel on Resident Advisor's 10th-anniversary party and its secret headliner; and Mikael Wood talks to Power 105 Live headliner Kelly Rowlan ... More >>
Myrna Suarez Beyoncé Roseland Ballroom Sunday, August 14 Better than: Feeling lousy about yourself. While waiting for Beyoncé to take the stage at Roseland on Sunday night, the audience at Roseland was treated to a video on loop; among its tableaus was a video of Beyoncé, in a convertib ... More >>
As you might have heard, Beyoncé is playing four shows at Roseland this week in celebration of her new album 4, the first of which sold out in 22 seconds! I had the pleasure of attending last night's opener, and as Maura noted in her review, "Nobody has pipes like her right now. Not a singl ... More >>
Ellen von UnwerthThis morning Beyoncé's people announced that the singer would headline four nights at the Roseland Ballroom later this monthAugust 14, 16, 18, and 19for a miniseries entitled "4 Intimate Nights With Beyoncé." During each show she'll apparently perform her stel ... More >>
First and foremost, can we address the spinning that's been going on around the discussion of Beyoncé's 4 and how well/poorly it sold? In its first week out the album moved 310,000 copies and debuted at No. 1, which seems all well and good until Billboard helpfully notes that "2008's I Am .. ... More >>
Restored and ready, the singer writes love songs to her life on 4
In last week's breakdown of Lil Wayne's chart ubiquity, I noted that while Lady Gaga's Born This Way and its singles seemed to be everywhere, she hasn't staked out much additional Billboard territory with collaborations. Her only charting collab of late is "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," a little ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXA deeply frustrating season of American Idol is over now, having discovered exactly zero future stars, and last night we got the massive glitzathon finale, an annual event that reliably has little or nothing to do with the rest of the season. Scotty McCreery barely even look ... More >>
OK, technically it's Slow Jam Wednesday-Night-To-Thursday, what with Beyoncé debuting her brassy ballad "1 1" on last night's Idol, the Weeknd dropping "Rolling Stone" later in the evening, and this Pusha T remix of Miguel's sinuous, everything-ruling "Sure Thing" dropping this AM. But Lil W ... More >>
Those shoes are explosive enough, don't you think?The video for Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)" has been released, and in contrast to her clips for "Single Ladies" and "Diva" and "Crazy In Love" it's a positively maximalist affair, with an opening shot of Beyoncé on a horse, a phalanx of ... More >>
It was popular, for a while, to talk about African-Americans born after the civil rights movement as "the hip-hop generation," which implied that the swath of people being discussed was tied together more by a shared culture than by a shared political purpose. But it was hard not to notice th ... More >>
After leaking in demo form last night, Beyoncé's "Girls (Who Run The World)," the first single from her imminent album, has appeared in fuller form. The Diplo-produced track, which samples Major Lazer's "Pon de Floor," is a bit overstuffed, but fairly enjoyable. It starts off sounding like a ... More >>
No, not Beyonce. REAL transsexuals.I hear Gaga's people were at Alannah Starr's transsexual party earlier this evening, rounding up girls to be in the lady's video, shooting in NYC next week. Top, that Britney.
Reba McEntire's new album, All the Women I Am, features a spirited rendition of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy," which you can hear above, and which got us thinking again about the tricky nature of cross-genre cover songs. McEntire remains true to the song's melody, save the addition of her country tw ... More >>
So you think you have original style? Think again.
When the bizarre "transcript" of an interview Beyoncé was alleged to have done with a German magazine called NEON circulated a few days back, the natural assumption was to just assume the whole thing was a hoax, or lost in translation, or never happened in the first place. But it did happen! ... More >>
$100,000--or more. Ditto for Beyonce. If you are not one these lady singers or the Olsen twins, you are in the wrong line of work. [Fashionista]
Given that our favorite moment of last night's Grammy ceremony was this stray reaction shot of Beyonce, mid-"Earth Song," we are thrilled that someone produced the inevitable animated GIF. Speaking of Beyonce, have you heard Diplo/Major Lazer/Elephant Man's "Halo" remix? Pretty good! Like, wa ... More >>
Beyonce has a new DVD out. Would you trust anyone other than the indispensable Rich Juzwiak to distill it to its essence? No? Good. "Everything about the next two seconds" is probably our favorite.
Screaming out rude, self righteous remarks for a mass audience seems to be all the rage these days, especially when said comments are shrieked while someone else already has the floor. Just recently, we've had the following sore-losery emissions of terrible manners:
No, that's not who I had over for dinner last night. It's the wacky duo I saw performing at a downtown nightclub in a saucy act described in my fabulash new column! (CLICK HERE to read all about it.) Once you've recovered your sanity, the column also touches on other not-for-prime-time items ... More >>