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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.

Watch the video preview & find out why she released her album the way she did after the jump…

Jay-Z & Beyonce Reunite For Bonnie & Clyde Sequel

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Jay-Z’s next album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, features collaborations with Frank Ocean, Rick Rubin, Justin Timberlake and Nas to name a few. Without a doubt the most highly-anticipated is his duet with Beyonce. The married couple reunite for a sequel to 2002’s “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” titled “Part II (On the Run).”

“I’m an outlaw/ Gotta outlaw chick/ Bumping Tupac/ On my outlaw sh–,” Jigga raps before making reference to the couple’s ring-finger tattoos. “Matching tatts this ink don’t come off/ Even if rings come off/ If things ring off/ My nails get dirty.”

For the release of his new album, the 43-year-old rapper partnered with Samsung. He’s been teasing details about the project through the company’s app. Samsung pre-ordered one million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail and will distribute them to some users of the app. News of “Part II (On the Run)” is the latest to be made public through the mobile software. Take a listen of the new track below.

listen to the track after the jump

It’s A Hard Knock Life For Cameron Diaz

In: Donovan, Movies

Will Smith and Jay-Z’s Annie remake finally has a Miss Hannigan. Originally, Sandra Bullock was being courted to play the role, but talks fell through. Enter Cameron Diaz to save the day. Deadline.com reports that negotiations finished June 26. Diaz is the latest to play the iconic role which has been played by Carol Burnett in the original film, Kathy Bates in a TV remake and Jane Lynch who’s currently starring in the Broadway musical revival.

The 40-year-old actress joins a star-studded cast which includes Jamie Foxx as Daddy Warbucks Benjamin Stacks (apparently they renamed the character), Jada Pinkett-Smith and Quvenzhane Wallis stepping in to play the titular role. The Will Gluck-directed remake is slated for a Christmas 2014 release.

Do you think Diaz is a good choice to play Miss Hannigan or would Sandra Bullock been a better choice? For that matter, is another Annie film even necessary? Sound off below.

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Review

In: Matt, Music

There’s been so much hype leading up to the release of The Great Gatsby this week. The same goes for the Jay-Z curated soundtrack. We’ve talked a lot recently about individual songs as they’ve been released but now the entire soundtrack is out and, as with most of these multi-artist soundtracks, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

The album mixes hip-hop, rock, and electronica with a 1920s jazz era sound, which results in a sexy, vibrant take on the era. If you didn’t already know the movie was set almost 100 years ago, you certainly will after listening to the soundtrack.

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Last issue, Time Magazine put same-sex marriage front and center on their cover. This time around they look to Jennifer Lawrence and six others to grace their annual 100 Most Influential issue. From artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons, the issue highlights the most influential people in the world. Each person is profiled by an equally luminary voice. In Lawrence’s case, it’s Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster.

“You’ll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning. I remember going to the cutting rooms of Winter’s Bone. I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be.” – Jodie Foster

Photographer Mark Seliger snapped Lawrence for one of seven collectible covers. Gracing their own cover are Jay-Z (artist and entrepreneur), Elon Musk (SpaceX and Tesla founder), Li Na (tennis champion), Aamir Khan (film star and activist), Rand Paul (U.S. Senator) and 15-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai. Check out their covers below, along with some of my favorite entertainment stars included on the Time 100 list. Side note: If you love lists as much as I do, be sure to check out OUT magazine’s 50 Power List as well.

check out others who made the list

Yesterday, I wrote about Queen Beyonce‘s epic promo video for The Mrs. Carter World Tour and today, her Mr. Carter (aka Jay-Z) just announced his own tour alongside Justin Timberake. The tour is called “Legends Of The Summer Stadium Tour” and it commences on July 17 in Toronto, ON.

There are twelve performances scheduled, wrapping up in Miami, FL on August 16. Tickets will be going on sale on February 28 at LiveNation.com Do any of you plan on seeing this concert? I’m in Vancouver so I might as well take advantage of the opportunity since that is one of the twelve cities they’re going to. Years ago when JT and Christina Aguilera were on tour together, the one here in Vancouver got canceled last minute for a reason I cannot recall.

Check out all of the dates and cities that the “Legends of the Summer” stadium tour will be going to below.

Check out the tour dates & locations after the jump…

Tomorrow (Saturday), Oprah‘s recent one-on-one interview with with global superstar, multiplatinum artist and 17-time Grammy winner, Beyonce will air on a special evening of Oprah’s Next Chapter. Normally the show airs on Sunday, but since Beyonce’s documentary premieres Saturday night, Oprah scheduled her interview right before it. Always thinking, Oprah. Such a smart cookie.

As Oprah does, she asks whatever she wants to and in the preview, we see her ask Beyonce about her marriage to Jay Z and what he’s like as a father, Blue Ivy, her miscarriage and more.

Watch the interview tomorrow (February 16) on OWN at 8pm. After that, you can also check out Beyonce’s documentary Life Is But A Dream the same night on HBO at 9pm. Check out the preview of the interview below.

Preview after the jump…

When you listen to the lyrics, it seems only fitting that Justin Timberlake debuts his “Suit & Tie” music video on Valentine’s Day. I have to say the song has definitely grown on me. I still don’t really like the intro, but once that’s over, the song is super sexy and very catchy.

After Justin gets a little massage at the beginning of the black & white video, he’s performing in dancing in front of an audience looking sexy as hell. The lighting and visuals in the video are awesome, and JT and his backup dancers really bring the “sexy back” with their simple, yet sultry moves.

I love the old school vibe in a dimly lit, smokey theater that the video has and how Timberlake has a Frank Sinatra type thing going on. As a side note, my mind can’t help but wander when he sings the lyrics, “Stop, let me get a good look at it. So thick, now I know why they call it a fatty.” LOL. Also, I love when he says, “Go on show ’em who you call daddy.” You, JT. You’re my daddy. Check out the sexy music video below.

Video after the jump…

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