We don't always do Beyonce-only news, but this week, I thought: why not? Mostly, I found three Beyonce-related things I wanted to post about on the blog and I couldn't do it without at least acknowledging that yes, I know it's overkill. So a Beyonce post works, guys. Here's what's going on with Mrs. Knowles-Carter this week:
Swing Version of "Drunk In Love"
People do covers of Beyonce's songs all the time — some are great, some are good, some are okay, some are terrible. This one is pretty great. It's fun and re-imagines the song in a whole new way, big-band style!
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