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Beyonce Debuts DIY Music Video For ’7/11′

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No fuss, no muss, no frills. That pretty much sums up Beyonce’s latest video. You gotta hand it to her to have the balls to pass this homemade low budget clip as the first video to promote her new album. Such a stunt queen. Love it.

The 33-year-old singer surprised (once again) her fans by dropping the clip for “7/11” with no fanfare or lead up promotion. It features Bey acting silly, twerking, mugging and hanging out with her female backup dancers at a hotel. Presumably, I figure Bey shot this herself while on tour. Check it out below.

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TLC’s CrazySexyCool Turns 20

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Earlier this week on November 15, TLC’s sophomore album CrazySexyCool celebrated its 20th anniversary. Insane, right? The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status. It also sold over 23 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling album by an American girl group. It’s second only to Spice Girls’ Spice for worldwide honors.

CrazySexyCool spawned four Top 5 singles with two of them reaching No. 1 including “Waterfalls.” The issue-tackling track is their most successful, spending seven weeks in pole position and earning them a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. It lost out to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” Highway robbery, right?

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve embedded all the music videos from their iconic album below. I also included a track that wasn’t released as a single, but should’ve. One of these days, I swear I’m going to convince two other bitches to wear over-sized silk pajamas and go as them for Halloween ;) Best.Costume.Ever!!!

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People love speculating on when Beyonce’s marriage with Jay Z will end. Naturally when “Ring Off” leaked, some thought the 33-year-old singer was perhaps hinting at a split. While the new track does talks about a relationship ending, it’s actually about Bey’s mother Tina Knowles bouncing back after her divorce. Mr. and Mrs. Carter are still alive and kicking.

Of the two new tracks featured on the Platinum Edition Box Set of her multiplatinum-selling self-titled album, “Ring Off,” is more promising. I didn’t realize it had such a tropical vibe based on the snippet released the other day. Check out the track in its entirety below, along with “7/11” which also leaked.

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Another Country Music Singer Comes Out

In: Donovan, Music, Totally GAY!
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Just hours after Ty Herndon came out to People and Entertainment Tonight, a fellow country music singer followed suit. Billy Gilman did it with much less fanfare. He did, however, credit Herndon for inspiring him to publicly declare his sexuality in a video posted on YouTube.

“It’s difficult for me to make this video, not because I’m ashamed of being a gay male artist, or a gay artist or a gay person, but it’s pretty silly to know that I’m ashamed of doing this knowing that I’m in a genre and an industry that’s ashamed of me for being me.” – Billy Gilman

The 26-year-old singer is best known for releasing “One Voice” in 2000 when he was just 12-years-old. He became the youngest singer to score a Top 40 hit on the country music charts. Gilman revealed he’s in a relationship for the last five months. LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, a friend of his, tweeted her support.

“@BillyGilman: MY STORY BY BILLY GILMAN: http://youtu.be/5N7MBAPZWms ” THIS is amazing @TyHerndoncom I luv you both Billy I’m proud of you #tears.

I’m crying in a damn @McDonalds restroom in VA Thx to you both @TyHerndoncom @BillyGilman #speakthetruth #LGBT #ComingOut

Check out his coming out video below. I wonder if November 20 will unofficially become the day country music singers come out as a result of Herndon and Gilman’s one-two punch? That would be kinda awesome.

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When you think of an Ellie Goulding track, you think of her ethereal vocals on a touching ballad or club-ready dance anthem. Clearly, there is more than meets the eye. The 27-year-old Brit has an inner gangsta lurking in that demure frame. “Bitch, I got it now,” she declares in the hook. And boy does she ever.

Heavy Crown” is absolutely brilliant. I’m surprised this isn’t the lead single off Iggy Azalea’s Reclassified due out on November 24. It’s menacing, powerful and anthemic. The juxtaposition of their contrasting styles is absolutely riveting. This needs to be the next official single. If not only to see these two lovely ladies star in the accompanying music video.

By far, this is the best new duet on Azalea’s reissue of her debut LP. “Beg For It,” featuring MØ is solid, but not nearly as refreshing as this. And don’t even get me started on “Trouble” featuring Jennifer Hudson.

That’s disappointing and mediocre on all levels. On paper, you’d think the duo would create magic. But alas not. So far, Iggy and J-Hud are 0-2 in my books with their collabos. Someone please give them a track worthy of their talents.

Thankfully, there’s “Heavy Crown.” This has massive potential to be another smash for the Aussie femcee. I’m curious to see if she can follow up her amazing breakthrough year in 2015. Ponder that thought while you check out her latest below.

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When I heard a snippet of Olly Murs and Demi Lovato’s collaboration, I wasn’t ready to cast full judgement yet. After hearing “Up” in its entirety, I confidently say, I’m a fan. It doesn’t have huge smash written all over it, but the pop-folky track could do some damage on radio and on the charts. Here’s what Demi recently said about their duet.

“It’s kind of got this folky, country vibe. It’s super catchy, I love it. He’s the sweetest guy in the world and I’m excited I got to work with him, he’s got good energy.”

Up” will appear on the 30-year-old English singer-songwriter’s new album, Never Been Better and will also be included on Lovato’s special deluxe release of her album Demi. With the one-two punch of “Wrapped Up” and this, the Brit’s new LP is shaping up to be a solid effort.

Give their collabo a listen below. Their voices blend surprisingly well together on the fun mid-tempo song. Be sure to weigh in afterward.

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Ty Herndon has been a fixture in country music since the 90s with 17 Billboard hits to his credit. His last album, Lies I Told Myself, was released in 2013. One lie he was telling the world and himself was regarding his sexuality. In powerful interviews with both People and Entertainment Tonight, the 52-year-old singer comes out as a homosexual.

“I’m an out, proud and happy gay man,” the 51-year-old singer tells People. “I have made a lot of mistakes in my life. They’ve been my mistakes, and I own them. I’ve done a lot of work around forgiveness with people that I’ve hurt and people I’ve not been honest with because of my sexuality.”

Herndon has been married twice to women. He says both of his ex-wives were aware that he was gay. Ty also reveals he’s in a long-term relationship with his partner Matt who helped him come out throughout the years.

Historically speaking, country music hasn’t been the most open with ‘out’ artists but has made huge strides in recent years. One significant move was Kacey Musgraves winning top honors at the CMAs for her LGBT hit, “Follow Your Arrow.”

“Traditionally in country music, we don’t see a lot of support for the LGBT community, but that’s changing so much. Nashville is changing so much. I mean my goodness… Kacey Musgraves won Song of the Year for [the lyrics] ‘follow your arrow, wherever it points,’ and two amazing songwriters that happened to be gay wrote that song,” he tells ET.

Check out a snippet of his ET interview below which airs Thursday night.

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On American Horror Story: Freak Show we’ve seen the cast cover David Bowie, Fiona Apple and Lana Del Rey so far. On last night’s episode, the FX anthology took on Nirvana. It was Evan Peters’ turn to step up to the mic to show off his vocal chops. I have to say, he did the grunge classic “Come As You Are” justice. I can’t wait for Kathy Bates to show what she’s got in an upcoming episode when she covers Hole’s “Doll Parts.”

If you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out Ryan Murphy’s decision-making process for why he chooses the songs, he recently revealed his reasons to Entertainment Weekly. “We decided we only were going to highlight musical artists who at some point in their career had identified themselves as feeling like freaks or misfits or outcasts, which our people are going through,” Murphy shares. Kinda makes sense, doesn’t it?

If you missed Peters’ performance, give it a whirl below. And if you have, give it another spin. Definitely worth it. It’s one of my favorites this season, in addition to Sarah Paulson’s “Criminal.”

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