Full disclosure: I'm already a big Beyoncé fan. Waking up last Friday to see that Beyoncé had released a new album felt a little bit like an early Christmas gift. No promotion, no warning; Bey had basically put the album in my stocking with a wink and a nod. At that, I'd have been pleased even if the album was just okay.
But it's not. It's better than okay; it's pretty incredible. I wanted to give it some time before I tried to review it because I knew I was riding so high off of the shock element... and the fact that her new album was finally here. But even after the surprise elements fade away, I haven't been able to turn this record off. The only other albums this year that have been like that for me have been Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady and Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail — so Bey is in good company.
If you can't stop listening to Beyonce's new album (like me), or if you've been curious what all the fuss is about, check out the video for her first single, "XO," which debuted on VEVO earlier this week. (Of course, for fans who purchased the album last week, they've seen this already — but now we can all enjoy it!) The video uses the fun, light-hearted song as an ode to her fans.
Some fun facts about "XO":
- The song was performed for the first time over the weekend in Chicago, hot off the debut of her surprise record release.
- If the video seems like a good time, that's probably because the entire thing was shot on Coney Island.
- The pageant trophy, which makes appearances throughout several videos included in the album (including "Pretty Hurts," "Drunk In Love," and "Grown Woman") is also featured in one of the shots for "XO."
What do you think of the first single?
Just in case you needed a little adorable to kick off your Saturday, Kid President — the adorable kid who has interviewed President Barack Obama — finally got to make his dream come true by interviewing Beyonce. He agreed that this interview was "probably" the most important he's ever done. (BTW, can I point out that Kid President made his first Beyonce video Aug. 8, and the video of his interview went up Aug. 18? Kid President is on his hustle; Beyonce delivers.)
Kid President's Letter to Beyonce
Kid President Interviews Beyonce
Critics of the Katy Perry released her latest single, "Roar," have said her song sounds an awful lot like Sara Bareillis' song, "Brave." Obviously the whole "hey, that song totally sounds like ___!" has been around for a while.
Ask any super jaded music fan and they'll tell you there's no such thing as original music anymore, just the same stuff re-hashed over and over. Personally, I am only offended when songs sound alike and both versions are terrible because I don't want to encourage more terrible music in this world. That said, here are five undeniably similar songs, starting with Katy and Sara.
Katy Perry v. Sara Bareillis
The opening chords, the music breakdowns, that piano in the background? Yeah, these "Roar" and "Brave" definitely sound like they were at least influenced by one another. Plus, Katy Perry definitely tweeted a few months ago that she loved Sara's song. Does that really mean anything? No. But whatever, y'all, it's gossip.
This week, everyone was up in arms about everything. Beyonce cut her hair! A fake documentary was aired on the Discovery Channel! And an Amazon.com package was stolen! Commence freak-outs!
Beyonce's Pixie Cut
Beyonce cut her hair and, with the explosive reactions, you'd have thought the world stopped spinning or something. I say this as a huge Beyonce fan: everything will be okay! It's just hair! #Beyonce was trending all day long yesterday as people weighed in on whether they loved it or hated it and tweeted all about how Beyonce was obviously copying Miley Cyrus. (I, for one, have never seen short, blond hair on a woman prior to Miley Cyrus. Nope, it's never been done before.) But what most were wondering is: why did Beyonce do it? I can think of a few reasons: she's an adult; why not; everyone's talking about it; or she never wants her hair to get caught in a fan again.