Shady, shady, shady. Apparently not everyone is in love with Beyonce’s visual masterpiece. Major retailer Target revealed they’re not stocking their shelves with Bey’s fifth studio album. The fact that her self-titled opus was released online exclusively to iTunes is the main reason, according to their spokesperson. Someone’s being a Bitter Betty. I can see partially why.
When Queen B dropped 4, she gave the retailer an exclusive version that came with six additional tracks. With only first-week sales of 310,000 copies for 4, I can see why the “Grown Woman” singer decided to switch things up for her latest offering. She sold almost double that and with no advanced promotion. In addition, there were no illegal leaks since the release was so heavily guarded. I can imagine when physical copies are involved, the chance of one going “missing” and landing in some nefarious person’s hands is quite likely.
Even with Target’s boycott, I wouldn’t be worried if I were Bey. According to Billboard, they estimate Target only accounts for 5% of music sales. Not surprisingly given Mrs. Carter’s record-breaking numbers, iTunes is the dominant force with 41% of the share. If you’re looking for a physical copy of Beyonce (non-explicit version), head over to Walmart on December 20. They’re the second major retailer with 10% of the market.
Bow down bitches!!! Beyonce is the undisputed queen of music right now. With no advanced album promotion, no physical copies to purchase and a full week of sales to tabulate, Beyonce still sold an insane amount of her surprise visual album, breaking iTunes sales records along the way. In just the first three hours of release, the 32-year-old sold 80,000 copies. That’s almost what Britney sold in an entire week for Britney Jean and that came with a huge marketing push.
With Billboard’s weekly reporting period over, the numbers are in. B broke the US first-week sales record by selling 617,213 downloads. It’s worldwide haul was an insane 828,773. The total was no doubt buoyed by the fact singles weren’t available to download. It was all or nothing to enjoy the Beyonce experience. Apple reports that her self-titled album hit No. 1 in 104 countries, including the US. Can you imagine what she could’ve achieved if she had an entire week? Who rule the world? Not just girls, but Beyonce.
Now that I’ve stopped running around screaming her name for the better portion of a day, I’ve actually had a chance to sit down and really listen to the album we all freaked out over yesterday. Yes, as everyone and their grandmother knows, the Queen B unexpectedly dropped a bomb on the music industry with the surprise release of her fifth studio album, the self titled Beyoncé.
After a year of album releases from our pop princesses that were “just okay”, Beyoncé has served up a game changer in every sense of the word, just in time to ruin everyone’s end of year lists. Normally I’d talk about the highlights and low points of the album, but on an album with no filler, no remixes of the lead single or a previous hit, a track-by-track review is in order.
Beyonce surprised everyone tonight with the release of a brand new self-titled album! The visual album features 14 new tracks accompanied by 17 videos. A few of us from Homorazzi had the pleasure of seeing her perform here in Vancouver a couple weeks ago and after witnessing her epic performance, it makes me wonder how she had the time to secretly work on all of this?
I’ve only skimmed through the album (which is her 5th) and have definitely liked what I’ve heard so far. Surprisingly, “Grown Woman” didn’t make it on the album. That being said, the music video for the song is included as a bonus video. Of the new tracks, the only really upbeat song is “Blow” but it’s clear that she wasn’t going for a dance-type album with this anyone.
The album features collaborations with Jay Z, Frank Ocean, Drake,and even her own daughter, Blue Ivy. A couple songs like I like right off the bat are “Flawless” and “Pretty Hurts”. I can’t wait to dive in and actually go through each song and video. Speaking of videos, Bey hooked up with high-profile directors including Terry Richardson, Melina Matsouka, Jonas Akerlund, Jake Nava and Hype Williams.
“Grown Woman” first surfaced in Beyonce’s Pepsi commercial back in April. Eight months later, a snippet for the amazing cut has finally surfaced. Whether the footage was part of a scrapped music video or simply unused background visuals meant for her Mrs. Carter World Tour, only B actually knows. The uptempo gem definitely deserved better than the treatment it received.
I probably shouldn’t hold my breath for an official release of the single. During her recent gig in my hood, Bey never performed “Grown Woman” nor “Standing In The Sun.” #hugeletdown. Oh well, at least there’s this.
On a side note, Beyonce should really consider ditching her blond tresses for awhile. She looks stunning in dark straight hair. Check out the clip below which features cameos from Mama Knowles and Kelly Rowland. Poor Michelle Williams. Not invited to the party once again.
Even without a brand new album, Beyonce topped Bing’s year-end list for most searched celebrity in 2013. I’m sure a little thing called the Super Bowl and her highly successful Mrs. World Carter Tour assisted a tiny bit with that. She knocked out last year’s champ, Kim Kardashian, from the top slot. Don’t rejoice too much Kardashian haters. Kimmy K is still at No. 2. Seriously, who searches for her? Justin Bieber and Barack Obama are the only males making an appearance in the US Top 10.
In addition to its annual rankings of the top celebrities, there’s also a Top 10 list for most searched songs, sports stars, fashion designers, movies, social networks and travel destinations. The search engine breaks it down even further by compiling a separate list for several countries– Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK, and the US.
It’s interesting to see that Bey only topped the US list, while Miley Cyrus (Australia, Canada), Rihanna (France), Selena Gomez (Germany) and Justin Bieber (UK) topped other territories. The most fascinating breakdown for me were the travel destinations. Even neighboring countries like Canada and the United States have vastly different tastes. With that being said, both picked Hawaii as No. 1. Check out some of the US’ Top 10 lists below.
“Grown Woman,” “Bow Down,” “Standing on the Sun,” and “Rise Up.” All brand new tracks from Beyonce this year but no new album and music videos to boot. To be fair, the latter was part of the animated film Epic’s soundtrack, but still. All this new material but no confirmation of a new studio effort from the 32-year-old entertainer. Get it together B, your BeyHive is getting restless.
“God Made You Beautiful” was first heard in the trailer for Bey’s Life Is But A Dream dvd. The Sia-penned ballad was inspired by her daughter Blue Ivy. The full track has leaked online and it’s rather beautiful. Just as God, or in this case, Beyonce intended ;) Check it out below.
After a year off, The Sing-Off returns for a fourth season to NBC this Christmas. Season 3 winners Pentatonix have gradually become the singing competition’s Kelly Clarkson by being the most successful out of the bunch. Since winning two years ago, their debut EP debuted at No. 14 with a brand new one dropping this week. In addition, they’ve appeared in numerous YouTube videos which have gone viral.
One of their best is the epic “Evolution of Beyoncé” which chronicled the “Irreplaceable” singer’s discography all the way from her Destiny’s Child days to her “Grown Woman” era. Their a capella medley was genius. Apparently, Ellen Degeneres thought so too. She brought them on her show Monday to perform it for a live studio audience. Not surprisingly, it’s pitch perfect. Check it out below, along with the original and their interpretation of the evolution of music. That’s brilliant as well.