After two years stuck in the runner-up slot, Oprah Winfrey returns to the top of the heap. For the fifth time ever, the 59-year-old mogul tops Forbes annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Celebrities. Unlike most lists from the publication, this list isn’t solely based on earnings and net worth. Rather, a combination of press mentions, social media power and naturally cha-ching is used in their formula. For the first time ever, a marketability score has been added to the mix.
Last year’s top dog, Jennifer Lopez, drops to No. 12. No doubt in part to her leaving American Idol. Even though she received less press mentions and lost that salary, abandoning that sinking ship was a wise career move. Even with J. Lo’s absence, six of the Top 10 spots are occupied by women. Check out the entire Top 100 list below.
Where does the time go? Ten years ago today, Beyonce officially began her solo career with the release of her debut album Dangerously In Love. It’s hard to believe she was only 21-years-old when she dropped this CD.
Even though, the album sold move than 11 million copies worldwide, earned her five Grammy Awards and solidified her as a bonafide solo artist, initially it was met with less than stellar reviews from critics. Billboard loved the uptempo tracks but declared Bey wasn’t in the same class as Whitney and Mariah on the ballads. The LA Times weren’t fans of her vocal “acrobatics” and thought her voice was “tiresome.” The New York Times threw massive shade by referring to her as “no Ashanti.” LOL.
I have to say, I also wasn’t a fan of Mrs. Carter when she first went solo. Kelly Rowland was always my favorite Destiny’s Child member and I felt Bey hogged way too much of the spotlight. Over the years though, Blue Ivy’s mom has won me over by dropping hit after hit after hit. Looking back now, I feel like a fool for not instantly bowing down to her greatness. “Crazy In Love” is my favorite Bey song, if not my favorite by any singer from that era, and still gets me pumped the second I hear the horns blare. Check out all her clips from the album below.
Beyonce trades in her alter ego Sasha Fierce to voice Queen Tara in the animated flick Epic. With Bey on board, obviously she had to appear on the soundtrack. “Rise Up” was penned by Sia and produced by Hit Boy. It’s no “Listen” but a new Beyoncé song, is still a new Beyoncé song. The woman could record her farts for a full four minutes and I’d listen to it as long as it had a kickin’ ass beat. With that being said, her new inspirational ballad is a tad uninspiring. Perhaps I expected too much given the talent involved. I also suppose she had to water down her sass given it’s for a kids movie. Give it a listen below and see if you agree with me.
Attending a Beyonce concert is like walking through the Louvre. You can look, but hell no you can’t touch. Clearly, a concertgoer at Bey’s concert in Copenhagen didn’t get the memo. That or he thought she just needed a good spanking for being a “Naughty Girl.”
While performing “Irreplaceable,” Blue Ivy’s mom walked down the stage to get more intimate and interactive with her fans. I’m sure she had no clue exactly how interactive things would get. After giving a male fan a brief solo to sing the song’s lyrics, he decides to thank her by slapping her bootylicious behind.
Shocked and probably pissed off, Beyonce stopped dead in her tracks and (jokingly) warned him, “I’m gonna have you escorted out of here.” I’m curious to know if this person is still alive. You know Mrs. Carter don’t play that way. Remember her attempt to remove all those unflattering Super Bowl pictures of her? Check out concert footage of the incident below.
If you can’t beat them, join them. After revealing she was jealous of Beyonce’s post Destiny’s Child success, Kelly Rowland enlists Bey on a new track from her upcoming album. In case you’re wondering, Kelly also asked Michelle Williams to drop a couple of notes as well. Asking her to do more than that, would’ve probably shocked even Michelle herself ;) Girl, can never get a break.
Kelly begins “You’ve Changed” by asking if the ladies want to do it again. Clearly, they are ;) This mid-tempo early 2000s-sounding track is the latest we’ve heard from Talk A Good Game which hits stores June 18. Based on the few tracks we’ve heard, the album is shaping up to be a solid effort from the 32-year-old R&B singer. I wonder if she’ll released this DC reunion as an official single and film a music video for it. Probably not, IMHO. Hell, they couldn’t even be together to record the track.
“We were actually in three separate places when we did this song,” Kellytold Blis FM. “I got messages from one of them back to back like, ‘oh my god, we sound so great together!’”
We first heard a snippet of “Grown Woman” in Beyonce’s fierce Pepsi commercial over a month ago. At long last, we finally have an opportunity to listen to the Timberland-produced track in full. I, for one, am appreciative the entire version has leaked. I immediately found the tribal rhythm and pounding bass line irresistible.
Hopefully, a music video is in the works. I couldn’t help but picture the Pepsi commercial in loop as I listened to the entire track. It would be nice to have another visual associated with the catchy song. If a clip is coming soon, I fully expect it to be extremely sexual based on the song lyrics. Bey certainly isn’t shy about her skills in the bedroom.
“I’m a grown woman,” she sings, “So I know how to ride it / I’m a grown woman / And I’m so erotic / I’m a grown woman / And now I got you so excited / I’m a grown woman / Look at my body / It ain’t no fun if a girl can’t have none / Really want to know how I got it like that / ‘Cause I got a cute face / And my booty so fat.”
When it comes to female sexuality, there’s probably no better experts than the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Have you seen those tall beyotches strut their stuff on the glittered runway of the brand’s annual fashion show? I admit, as a gay man, I probably have an unhealthy fascination with all things VS-related. When you add an annual list to the mix, you know I’m all over it.
Watch as Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Erin Heatherton, Candice Swanepoel and Alessandra Ambrosio reveal the winners of Victoria’s Secret 8th annual list of sexiest celebrities in Hollywood. A few of the sexy honorees include Amanda Seyfried (Sexiest Hair), Blake Lively (Sexiest Legs), Kerry Washington (Sexiest Lips) and Jennifer Lawrence (Sexiest Sense of Humor) to name a few. Check out all the winners below.
Wow! Kelly Rowland wasn’t kidding when she promised she was revealing all in her upcoming studio album, Talk A Good Game. If “Dirty Laundry” is a taste of things to come, I can’t wait for what other secrets she’s going to share on the rest of the album.
As expected, the 32-year-old talks about her past relationship on The Dream-produced track. “Meanwhile this nigga puttin’ his hands on me… I was battered / He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered,” she shares. Rowland also admits that this man turned her against Beyonce and her family, “Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama / Not your daddy / and especially not Bey.”
“It was very emotional. It took me days to record,” Rowland tells Billboard. “I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it. I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me. Dream said, ‘I want to write you a record so that people will know exactly who you are, underneath it all.’”
In addition to discussing her past abusive relationship, Kelly references her dynamic SLASH sometimes resentful relationship with her Destiny’s Child colleague’s success. “When my sister was on stage / killing it like a mother fucker / I was in a rage / feeling it like a motherfucker,” she sings, later adding, “Post-’Survivor,’ she on fire / Who wanna hear my bullshit?” It’s definitely her most forthcoming and frank single to date. Check out the entire track in its entirety below.