Posts Tagged ‘Beyonce’

HOOTIN’ & HOLLERIN’ OVER BC JEAN – ‘I’LL SURVIVE YOU’ VIDEO PREMIERE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Yup, I’m from the South. Hence this headline. Hooty hoo!

[Last March I was hootin’ & hollerin’ over BC Jean and her beautiful track I’ll Survive You…see rant below as taken from the initial post.]

Most songwriters cannot claim to have written a track as big as, oh you know, If I Were A Boy by Beyonce. But then again, most songwriters are not BC Jean. In a way to deal with heartbreak, Jean channeled all of her inner pain post-breakup to create a beautiful record and as most would be, was excited to get a phone call stating that Beyonce wanted to record the track.

But that’s besides the point…

BC Jean is emerging now as her own artist and has released a record just as heartfelt as If I Were A Boy, the emotionally soaked I’ll Survive You — another dose of post-breakup stress channeled through song.

Watch the just-released I’ll Survive You video below.

BEYONCE GETS HER RICHARD SIMMONS ON BY FIGHTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Slowly put down the double stuffed Oreo and no one will get hurt!

Beyonce’s new goal is to blast the fat right off yo body.

Knowles, who has teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama for her Let’s Move campaign, has remixed her song Get Me Bodied as an effort to bring awareness to childhood obesity. The campaign was developed to deal with the epidemic of overweight children with the goal of ending childhood obesity within a generation.

For the record, I think fat kids are adorable. But I realize it’s not healthy for kids to look like the Michelin Man. So yay for this campaign and for Beyonce lending her voice to such a positive movement. Also, I’ve gained some weight (thanks, harsh winter of NYC), so I need to get my boogie on to this video as well!

Check out the video below & get off those buns, kiddies!

BEYONCE KNOWLES IS BACK, BITCHES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Who run this motha?!

Finally, Beyonce has returned. Girls (Who Run the World), the first single from her highly-anticipated fourth album, is an empowering anthem full of electric hip hop & energized beats. Sampling Major Lazer’s Pon de Floor, the song is backed and totally charged.

It’s full of energy but not as instantly catchy as Single Ladies, the lead single from her previous Grammy-winning multi-platinum album, I Am…Sasha Fierce. But as always, Beyonce makes it her own and makes it work.

Please note that this is the leaked demo and not the final product.

Listen to the return of Queen B, below.

YOU MUST KNOW: BC JEAN & THE NEWLY RELEASED SINGLE ‘I’ll SURVIVE YOU’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

How precious is this pop tart?!

Fresh out da oven.

Most songwriters cannot claim to have written a track as big as, oh you know, If I Were A Boy by Beyonce. But then again, most songwriters are not BC Jean. In a way to deal with heartbreak, Jean channeled all of her inner pain post-breakup to create a beautiful record and as most would be, was excited to get a phone call stating that Beyonce wanted to record the track.

But that’s besides the point…

BC Jean is emerging now as her own artist and has released a record just as heartfelt as If I Were A Boy, the emotionally soaked I’ll Survive You — another dose of post-breakup stress channeled through song.

Listen to I’ll Survive You + watch an interview with the singer/songwriter as she discusses If I Were A Boy and her upcoming debut album (release date TBD), following.

JOSHUA RADIN LOVES BEYONCE KNOWLES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


“I’m not bigger than Beyonce. I love Beyonce!”
–Joshua Radin

*Backstage after last night’s concert, after I introduced myself & the site. He then laughed & did a little booty shake.

*FYI: We love Beyonce too. If you follow the site, then you already know this.

[Full review of the live show (which was held via the Best Buy Theater in Times Square), here!]

RIHANNA WANTS A CROWN OF HER OWN…

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


“I’m not looking to steal Beyoncé’s crown. I’m looking to get my own.”

-Rihanna

BIEBS ON BEYONCE, KIMMEL ON BIEBS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


“Nothing ever got my pulse racing (in a good way) like hockey. Well, nothing except Beyonce, but that wasn’t until I was twelve or so. Then, all of a sudden, it was like I opened my eyes one day and noticed that the world is full of beautiful girls, and I’ve had a hard time thinking about anything else ever since.”

-JB / Taken from his autobiography, First Step 2 Forever: My Story

BEYONCE CRASHES BLOCK PARTY IN NEW JERSEY, DOES THE WOBBLE BOOGIE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Go on wobblin’ with yo bad self, BK!

Just days after the news broke that we might soon be hearing brand spankin’ new music from our girl, Beyonce, the always humble singer headed to West Orange, Jersey with hubby Jay Z. The trip was a simple one: to visit Jay’s Mama. While there, the locals had no clue they were in for a surprise appearance as Beyonce decided to show off her dance moves and join in the festivities by crashing the neighborhood block party. Needless to say, a cool time ensued.

The dance Beyonce boogies to in the vid is called The Wobble.

Check out the fun times below.

BEYONCE TALKS SISTERHOOD & CHARITY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


“Sisterhood means everything to me. All the charities I’m involved with are special, but I find any organization that focuses on women and children really motivating. GEMS and the young ladies the nonprofit helps are very close to my heart. And what I took away from the clients at Phoenix House changed my life. These were real people who touched me so much that I had to go beyond making a donation. They’re gaining skills at the Cosmetology Center, which will help them earn a living and find their way out of substance abuse—it’s a testament to the possibility of second chances.”

-Beyonce / Self Mag

[Related Post: Beyonce Opens Cosmetology Center For Recovering Addicts]

KATY PERRY SHOCK CRASHES PROM DOWN UNDER, WET TEENAGE DREAM ENSUES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

[Sings: Australia girls, so hot, they’ll punch you like a Kangaroo? Yeah, it was the first thing that came to my brain so I ran with it. Sue me!]

There’s no denying that Katy Perry reeks of fun and never takes herself too seriously. Case in point, Australia, where the California Gurls singer decided to crash a high school prom. Come on — Katy Perry, high school prom — it’s a teenage wet dream.

Target: Melbourne High School formal at the Grand Hyatt, where Perry got down on the dancefloor and even shook her rump to Beyonce’s Single Ladies. Apparently, the prom was being held in the same hotel in which Perry was staying while promoting her new album in the country. When she overheard her song California Gurls being played at the event, she couldn’t resist and decided to make one heck of an entrance, grabbing a microphone and singing along. By the looks of things, it looks like some students lost their shiz/flipped the hell out, or thought that perhaps someone had spiked the punch and they were beginning to see things. Ha!

”Someone came over to me and said Katy Perry had heard about our formal, and wanted to come,” student council president Anthony Lay explained. “But she’s a celebrity and there were more than 550 students in the room, so another person, a woman, said it would be too dangerous.” But clearly that didn’t stop Perry.

Perry tweeted later the same night: “I totes just crashed a prom!!!”

Watch a news report on the prom-crashing Katy, below.

BAREILLES COVERS OUR GIRL, BEYONCE

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


How appropriate that BTB favorite Sara Bareilles would cover our lady, Beyonce. Plain and simple, I would not write about this if it wasn’t worthy of the Queen; it’s damn good. Beyonce has got some of the best pipes in the business, and to be able to cover her in a new light, girl must have some talent.

Single Ladies was an worldwide sensation, making millions do the dance and throw their hands in the air. This on the other hand, is a diverse cover. It’s mellow, soothing, and makes you want to sway back and forth, instead of booty pop.

This version gives the song a complete 180. She performed this for a small crowd of about 150, and the bar-like atmosphere is just heavenly. Get out your lighters and throw them in the air for this one! Take a spin and check out this awesome cover!

UNPLUGGED: REBA COVERS BEYONCE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I mighta been born just plain white trash but Fancy was my name!

Sorry, had to throw that out there.

Country legend Reba McEntire put a country ring on it when she recently covered Beyonce’s classic hit, If I Were a Boy for a recent episode of CMT’s Unplugged. And the outcome is amazing! Reba takes the song and sings it effortlessly, proving that if a message is universal (ya know, the whole boys being douchebags thing) then it can be sung in any format, in any language, in any part of the world and will still have a powerful effect on the audience, if the artist connects with the song emotionally. And Reba certainly does.

This is not the first time a song of Beyonce’s was covered by another well-know country artist. In 2007, Sugarland famously performed Irreplaceable on the American Music Awards where Knowles even took to the stage to join in singing along.

Check out Reba’s spin on If I Were A Boy, below.

BETTY WHITE LISTENS TO JAY-Z, PREPARES TO MEET RAPPER ON SNL

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Oh Betty, how we love thee.

“I’m thrilled to hear he’s going to be on the show because he’s the hottest thing since sliced bread, but I certainly enjoy him. I hope we’ll get along well,” White told reporters about her upcoming SNL appearance (with musical guest Jay-Z). “Yes, [I have listened to his music]…I have no idea [if we’ll work together]! But I’m game to try anything. This is an adventure!”

Perhaps Betty can bring out her inner Beyonce and do a little diddy with the rapper? Any ideas? Let’s just hope they don’t throw her in a black bikini and make her do the Single Ladies dance. Not that it wouldn’t be awesome but it’s been done way too much. Either way, whatever SNL creates for Betty, I’m sure will be great TV.

Until SNL airs this weekend, you can check out Jay performing Young Forever (at Coachella) with wifey BK, below.

GAGA IN MORSE CODE: BABA BEEP BEEP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


PA PA PA Product Placement

You may have already seen this parody but if not, check it! All I can say is, hilarious. Besides the comedic vaule (the Beyonce character is pretty funny in this clip), I found myself nodding in agreement to the points being made.

Hope this brightens up your day a little.

LADY GAGA’S ‘TELEPHONE’ PREMIERE: EPIC OR EPIC FAIL?

By: Rob Brayl & Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


This morning when I opened my email I received a great excerpt from Maria on GaGa’s video premiere of Telephone (ft. Beyonce). As I watched the video release last night, I was definitely intrigued (how can you not be when there’s vagina flashing and cigarette blazing sunglasses?!), but when the video came to an end I found myself still processing the over nine minute feature directed by Jonas Akerland–who is best known for his award-winning work with Madonna.

I’m not sure what it is but there’s something holding me back from actually being a true fan of the Poker Face singer. I suppose you could call me a psuedo-fan. I mean, if her song blasts out on a dancefloor I will sing along and bounce around just like everyone else–but when it comes to the overall package, I’m just not buying it. One thing’s for certain: I admire her drive and ambition but as an overall artist, I’m just not on the GaGa train quite yet.

I appreciate the fact that this video didn’t air until 11:30PM last night, since it’s definitely NSFK (Not Safe For Kiddies) and definitely NSFW, but I found myself wrestling with the message or lack thereof that was present in the video. I understand that darkness is a style stamp that GaGa has placed on herself but I just didn’t understand the point of the mass murder spree in the video–there was no story leading to the purpose of this detail. This is just another reason why I am led to believe that GaGa is truly a shock artist, doing whatever it takes to get a reaction. In an interview with Barbara Walters, she said the biggest misconception about herself is that she is “artificial and attention-seeking”. And although, I respect her and her work, I also ask: What do you expect when you write about clubs, sex, getting wasted and wear crabs on your face in public? — Not tryin’ to hate, just sayin’!


Perhaps in the future, she will rub off on me. Either way, she definitely has made a HUGE dent in pop culture and I will be interested to hear her next record. With that being said, there were parts of this video that I really enjoyed and other parts I had no desire to see–I will, however, agree that it’s one of her best tracks to date.

On the FLIP SIDE, BTB’s Maria Ciezak loved the video and I wanted to showcase both our uncertainty and our support for the video in this post because that is what’s so great about art–when it arouses discussion.

Read Maria’s review below (and watch the video premiere of Telephone, after the jump).

Do you ever watch something and say “I can’t believe what I just saw?” Well, be prepared to do a double take; Lady Gaga’s (ft. Beyonce) Telephone has finally been released. Ladies and Gentlemen, witness an edgy, sexified Thelma and Louise rebirth. Starting off by slamming rumors, there are tons of hidden meanings just waiting to be found as GaGa prances through prison and ends up poisoning several people at a roadside diner. Covered in everything from electrical tape to latex, this video doesn’t contain a dull moment. A pop smash about wanting to turn your phone off has turned into something so much deeper.

A must-watch nine and a half minute masterpiece; Gaga and Beyonce convolute the stereotype of what a pop music video should be. Continuously opposed to the typical, we love all that makes her so damn Gaga.