With Beyonce pretty much conquering everything as an artist, she’s shifted focus to mentoring and developing new talent. The 33-year-old superstar has reportedly signed two teen acts to her company, Parkwood Entertainment, according to the New York Post.
The first is a sister act from Los Angeles. Chloe and Halle Bailey have a strong YouTube presence due to their popular covers of artists such as One Direction, Katy Perry and Beyonce herself. I’m sure their killer “Pretty Hurts” cover grabbed Queen B’s attention, ergo a reported $1 million contract for the sisters.
For her second act, Bey headed out East to New York. Sophie Beem is a New York-based singer-songwriter. If she looks familiar, perhaps it’s from her time on The X Factor. In 2012, she made it all the way to the Top 40. She supposedly signed a $560,000 deal with Mrs. Carter’s company. Check out both acts below.
It’s no secret that Todrick Hall is majorly obsessed with Beyonce. Time after time, he’s paid homage to the “Drunk In Love” singer in several of his finely-crafted videos.
For his latest titled, “4 Beyonce from Todrick,” the YouTube sensation sings all five Beyonce albums in just four minutes. That’s over 70 songs. Holy commitment Batman.
“This took four single take performances of memorizing four different sets of lyrics & choreography (ironically this was filmed in four hours), and is exactly four minutes in length because of Beyonce’s connection to the number 4,” explains Hall.
It’s great to see that even though he’s filming his new reality show for MTV, he’s still uploading fantastic content on his YouTube channel. Check out his latest masterpiece below. TODRICK premieres on MTV on Monday, August 31.
Jay-Z launched his new music streaming service TIDAL with great fanfare earlier this week. Since then, the Whites Stripes, Daft Punk, Todd Rundgren, Alicia Keys and more have released exclusive content on the site. Beyonce and Rihanna are the latest artists to upload new music to entice people to subscribe to the new service.
Queen Bey released a ballad dedicated to her husband titled “Die With You.” Fittingly enough, it was the same day the couple celebrated their seven-year anniversary. Bey wears a ball cap while playing the piano in the simple visual. Once again, the 33-year-old went the DIY route. Jay-Z filmed the entire clip himself with no camera crew.
RiRi finally premiered “American Oxygen” in full after performing it live on the second day of the March Madness Music Festival. The Alex Da Kid-produced track is my favourite new offering from Rihanna this era. Still not feeling “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Are you? Check out both new tracks below.
No one is exactly sure where this came from but it’s here for your listening pleasure.
A remix of “Jealous” off Beyonce’s self-titled 2013 surprise album featuring Chris Brown has surfaced. Was this the original version and Bey decided to cut Brown off it? Or did the 33-year-old diva enlist the “With You” singer for a remix for the album’s re-issue but then scrapped it? Or did Brown record the remix on his own without B’s knowledge? Whatever the reason, I’m kinda feeling it.
I’m not the biggest, correction, a fan of Chris but his vocals complement Queen B’s chops quite nicely on this remix. Give it a spin below.
There’s no denying that “Irreplaceable” is one of Beyonce’s signature hits. It’s so unforgettable that anything remotely sounding like it, immediately calls the 2006 hit to mind. While listening to this recently-leaked Rita Ora track, I couldn’t help but sing ‘to the left, to the left’ in my head.
There is a bit of confusion if “Solid Ground” was originally intended for Ora’s debut album or to be included on her upcoming sophomore effort. If it’s the former, wise move on her camp to not release it. It’s not wise to record a blatant rip-off of a chart-topper, if you’re an upcoming artist.
If it’s for her new album, I’m sure Rita is regretting allegedly cheating on Calvin Harris. The Scottish DJ who produced most of the tracks, yanked them all after parting ways with the 24-year-old singer. Check out “Solid Ground” below and weigh in afterward.
Michelle Williams scored her first gospel chart-topper with “Say Yes.” No doubt in part thanks to special appearances by Kelly Rowland and Beyonce. While all three joined forces to film the accompanying music video, they’ve never performed the uplifting track live. That is until now.
The trio reunited onstage at Saturday’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards held in Las Vegas. Who else finds it ironic the awards were held in Sin City? The reunion marks the first time all three ladies hit the stage together since Beyonce’s epic Super Bowl half-time show back in 2013.
Gospel isn’t a genre I typically listen to but I’ve liked the track since first hearing it. The awards show doesn’t air until April 5 on TV One, but you can get a sneak peek below thanks to some fan-captured footage.
A star-studded roster came together to honor one of music’s living legends last Tuesday after the Grammys. Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were just some of the great talent assembled for Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute.
Bey opened the show, covering Wonder’s “Fingertrips,” “Master Blaster,” and “Higher Ground” with Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. by her side. Confession time. The more I see Ed Sheeran, the more my inexplicable crush on him grows. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the 24-year-old ginger. Beyonce should really consider booking some time in the studio with Ed for her next album. They sound fantastic together.
Other highlights include Gaga playing the piano to perform “I Wish” and Grande teaming up with Babyface to duet on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
Wonder, himself, took to the stage to perform a medley of his hits including “Contusion”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “Ribbon in the Sky”, “Overjoyed” and “Superstition.” The celebration ended with a star-studded performance of “Happy Birthday.”
Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, John Legend and Ne-Yo also took to the stage. Check out some of the performances below.
Todrick Hall first teased his “Grown Woman” parody back in April. However, with no official video, he held back from releasing it… until now. With Beyonce’s surprise visual album including a clip for the wicked track, Hall has finally unveiled another masterpiece. Not surprisingly, it features Disney princesses. I’m so curious to find if Todrick’s bedroom is riddled with dolls from animated classics? Anyone care to wager?
The new video features Paige Thomas, Brinn Nicole, Jamie Overla, Krystal Ellsworth and Jenni Thomasson tackling iconic Disney princesses Tiana, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, and Ariel. They channel dance moves that the 32-year-old entertainer performed in her Pepsi commercial which debuted earlier this year. Just like his last clip, he’s releasing this one exclusively to Marlon Wayan’s What The Funny video site. Check out the video below which features a rap interlude by Todrick himself.