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The nominations for this year's BET Awards were announced Tuesday night and Beyonce is up for two awards:
Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Beyonce
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce - Top Off
Cardi B feat. 21 Savage - Bartier Cardi
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna - LOYALTY.
BET's annual telecast celebrates black excellence in music, film, TV, sports and philanthropy and will air live June 24 from the Microsoft Theater at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Michelle Williams knows how to keep a secret. “We’re the secret queens,” the singer tells Billboard in the wake of performing two consecutive weekends at Coachella with headliner Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. The trio, who rose to commercial acclaim in the late ‘90s and early aughts as Destiny’s Child, had been keeping the surprise under wraps since February, when Bey reached out to her former band members and asked them to join her for a medley of their mega-hits including “Say My Name,” “Lose My Breath” and “Soldier.”
“It’s just like old girlfriends coming together,” explains the 37-year-old, who last reunited as Destiny’s Child at the 2015 Stellar Awards where they performed her upbeat gospel single “Say Yes.” “It’s something that when the three of us come together, we all know we feel safe within each other. Like I got your back. We’re good. I really love that about us.”
Since Destiny’s Child went on hiatus in the wake of their last album, 2004’s Destiny Fulfilled, Williams hasn’t slowed. She’s put out four solo full-lengths including her final release, 2014’s Journey to Freedom (which won’t be her last); starred on stage as leads in Chicago and Aida; launched her own furniture and candle line Believe by Michelle; and, more recently, got engaged to pastor Chad Johnson just prior to her Coachella performance. Still teeming with excitement from the pair of shows, Williams explains how it all came together.
There were rumors before Coachella that a Destiny’s Child reunion might happen. How did the conversations begin for this? Did Beyoncé call you and just say, “It’s time?”
Beyoncé’s debut at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 14 powered big gains for her music sales and streams in the U.S. in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music.
The diva headlined the second night of the festival, which was streamed live on YouTube. Her well-received performance featured her husband JAY-Z, her sister Solange and a Destiny’s Child reunion alongside group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams .
Combined, the album and song catalog of both Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child saw an 83 percent increase in sales in the week ending April 19, as the two acts combined sold 8,000 albums (up 102 percent from 4,000 a week earlier) and 37,000 digital tracks (up 79 percent from 21,000).
The biggest-selling album between the two acts was Beyoncé’s 2016 set Lemonade, which re-enters the April 28-dated Top Album Sales chart at No. 24 with 5,000 sold (up 142 percent) -- its best sales frame since the week ending Dec. 28, 2017.
On the Billboard 200 -- which ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption -- Lemonade re-enters at No. 91, while her self-titled 2013 album returns at No. 138 and 2008's I Am… Sasha Fierce jumps back onto the tally at No. 160.
Not only did Beyoncé's Coachella 2018 performance make history and shake pop culture, it also sold a ton of music. In particular, that snazzy Destiny's Child reunion where Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams harmonized with Bey to sing "Soldier," "Lose My Breath" and "Say My Name," ushered in a major bump in digital sales.
According to Nielsen, after the performance ended, digital song sales for Destiny's Child hits soared some 767% on Sunday, April 15, not even 24 hours after the group collectively wowed the crowd. The trio is marking the 20th anniversary of the chart-topping girl's group, and the sudden uptick in downloads means the ladies have not lost relevancy even though they don't often perform live together. As for Bey, though it's hard to fathom that there are some people out there who don't already own her music, she still managed to sell yet more of it. Digital song sales for Beyoncé's catalog saw a 228% increase compared to a baseline established prior to Coachella.
Beyonce, with 7,000 units sold, overall moved more units because her baseline is larger than that of Destiny's Child, which moved around 1,200 units, according to Nielsen.
Of all that music, the song "Hold Up" was the top-selling track for Beyoncé with a sales spike of 287%.
The singer's most recent album, Lemonade, hit the number 1 spot on the overall worldwide iTunes chart, as well as national charts in Brazil, Denmark and Norway. In the United States, it ascended to the fifth position.
The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have been revealed! Beyonce is up for two awards:
Top R&B Female Artist: Beyonce
Top Latin Song: J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, “Mi Gente”
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, ”Mayores”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will air on NBC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's new album "Unmasked: The Platinum Collection" featuring "Learn to Be Lonely" performed by Beyonce at the 2005 Academy Awards was released on Friday. Buy the album now on iTunes to listen to the song!
In the most recent Rolling Stone cover story, former White Stripes frontman Jack White revealed the existence of an unreleased version of Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons.”
White spoke openly of his collaborations with Beyonce, saying the two were supposed to take to Saturday Night Live to perform "Don't Hurt Yourself" -- the searing cut from Lemonade that explicitly referred to Jay-Z’s infidelity, laced with White's cryptic guitar keys -- though the plan never came to fruition.
He also revealed another unreleased collab with Queen Bey, saying the singer had requested an (even more) country-inspired version of “Daddy Lessons,” citing blues musician Seasick Steve as the alternate arrangement’s inspiration. White was impressed by the request, but his version of the song remained unused on Lemonade.
DJ Khaled's new single "Top Off" has arrived. The track features guests Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Future, and will appear on the producer's eleventh studio album, Father of Asahd. Buy the song on iTunes or listen below!
DJ Khaled has announced a new song featuring JAY-Z, Beyoncé, and Future called “Top Off.” He writes that the song will be “available everywhere” this morning at 6 a.m. eastern. Watch his teaser video for the collaboration below. In the announcement, Beyoncé is notably billed as just “B.”
The newly released Documentary "Girls Tyme - Making a Child of Destiny (The Andretta Tillman Story)," shares never before seen interviews from key people who influenced Beyoncé and Destiny's Child on their rise to fame. The documentary includes clips of rare unseen performance footage of the Flawless star and the rest of her Girls Tyme crew.
Produced from largely previously unreleased footage and personal interviews, the documentary examines Andretta Tillman's life as the driving force in launching Queen Beyoncé and Destiny's Child's legendary careers, as well as many other Houstonian artists, who also rose to fame under Andretta's management.
"We felt an obligation to show the world the true impact of Andretta's irreplaceable contribution to the success of Queen Bey and her Destiny's Child band mates. We opened the vault of Andretta Tillman's estate to provide the viewer with an understanding that, what you see Beyoncé and Destiny's Child doing on stage today, was rooted in them through Andretta's irreplaceable influence and tutelage, from way back in the early 1990's as young ladies in Girls Tyme. Where they are today, is a direct result of the solid foundation Andretta Tillman taught them." cited Executive Producer of the documentary, Brian "Kenny" Moore (from whose book the documentary evolved).
"We at Dousic are delighted to have secured a partnership with Amazon to ensure the documentary reaches the masses. We are giving Beyoncé and Destiny's Child fans an up-close look at the excitement, distresses and sacrifices made to elevate the band to stardom, by revealing the hidden part of their story of Andretta's enormous contribution and sacrifice that has not been told, or has hitherto been omitted," said Michael Ferguson, Executive VP of Dousic Media Group.
The documentary features interviews with Gospel great Kathy Taylor, Original Girls Tyme/Destiny's Child members Nina and Niki Taylor. Former Co-manager Kenny Moore, Hip Hop Producer Cory Mo, Former Rap a Lot recording group Flajj, Destiny's Child first choreographer Harlon Bell, and members of Andretta Tillman's family.
The pair created one of the most memorable movie soundtracks ever for The Lion King 25 years ago.
And now Sir Elton John will be returning to the studio with theatre legend Tim Rice — as well as superstar Beyonce — for Disney’s live-action remake.
The Sun revealed last month that Bey had reached out to Elton to ask if they could work on the soundtrack together and now the Rocket Man has confirmed that they intend to collaborate on a new song for the eagerly anticipated movie.
In an exclusive interview, Elton told the Sun: “They need to have a new end credits song.
"There’s going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: Can You Feel The Love Tonight? Hakuna Matata, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and Circle of Life.
“And then there will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyonce’s people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something.
“That’s going out in 2019 as well. And it will be great to work with her. So we will see.”
Beyoncé has emerged as one of this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards nominees.
The global icon scored seven nods, thanks to "Mi Gente," her hit collaboration with Latin star J Balvin:
Crossover Artist of the Year: Beyonce Justin Bieber Little Mix Ed Sheeran
Hot Latin Song of the Year: J Balvin & Willy William Featuring Beyonce, “Mi Gente” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito” Maluma, “Felices Los 4” Wisin Featuring Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”
Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event: J Balvin & Willy William Featuring Beyonce, “Mi Gente” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito” Shakira Featuring Maluma, “Chantaje” Wisin Featuring Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”
With his 70th birthday just around the corner, Andrew Lloyd Webber is letting all the memories flood back with a special retrospective release.
Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Madonna, Michael Ball, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman are just some of the big names who appear on Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Collection, due out March 16 through UMe / Polydor.
One of the most successful theatrical-music composers of the modern era, Lloyd Webber's portfolio includes the celebrated musicals Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The Opera, and Love Never Dies.
The new collection, available now to pre-order, is curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to feature works from early in his career through to his most recent, School of Rock, and includes newly-recorded songs from Lana Del Rey ("You Must Love Me", Evita), Nicole Scherzinger ("Memory", Cats) and Gregory Porter ("Light at the End of the Tunnel", Starlight Express).
Unmasked: The Platinum Collection will be available in 2-CD or 4-CD editions, the latter containing a 40-page book containing in-depth notes on each song and an introduction from Lloyd Webber. Scherzinger’s version of “Memory” is available now as an instant grat track.
Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé's "Perfect" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. The song also takes over as the most-heard hit on U.S. radio, reaching No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart.
"Perfect," released on Atlantic Records -- first as a solo track by Sheeran on his album ÷ (Divide) -- spends a sixth week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 109,000 downloads sold (down 34 percent) in the week ending Jan. 4, according to Nielsen Music.
The song also lifts 2-1 on the Radio Songs tally, up 7 percent to 139 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 7 (with radio playing both Sheeran's original solo version and the duet). Sheeran scores his second Radio Songs leader, following ÷ lead single "Shape of You," which reigned for 12 weeks beginning last Feb. 25.
Beyoncé adds her sixth solo Radio Songs No. 1 and first in nearly nine years. Her previous toppers: "Crazy in Love," featuring JAY-Z (eight weeks, 2003); "Baby Boy," featuring Sean Paul (nine, 2003); "Check on It," featuring Slim Thug (three, 2006); "Irreplaceable" (11, 2006-97); and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (five, 2009). Beyoncé first ruled Radio Songs as a member of Destiny's Child with four singles (consecutively) in 2000-01: "Say My Name," "Jumpin', Jumpin'," "Independent Women Part 1" and "Survivor."
On Streaming Songs, which "Perfect" led for a week, the song slips 2-4 with 36.4 million U.S. streams (down 4 percent) in the week ending Jan. 4.
Beyoncé and Chris Brown is not a team up anyone saw coming, but out of the blue Thursday a remix of Queen Bey's "Jealous" turned up online featuring Brown's distinctive voice.
"Queen Bey, I’m trippin' 'cause I'm a little insecure when your phone go off,” he sings, opening his verse on the fragile track.
The reason for the remix was unclear until Brown confirmed it was for "the Beyoncé collaboration album but it was never used," by which we're assuming it's the platinum edition of her self-titled album that came out last November.
"I did the jealous remix some months ago for the Beyoncé collaboration album but it was never used. Glad you guys get to hear it" — Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) April 3, 2015
For the launch of Tidal, Beyoncé created a special playlist with her favorite tracks by the artists that are headlining this year’s biggest music festivals. Listen to Beyoncé: Festival Favorites or Bey's entire catalog on Tidal now!
The singer also designed an exclusive 9 TO 5 Language Tee featuring the “NINE TO FIVE TO STAY ALIVE” lyric in twelve different languages, available now on Beyoncé Online Shop.
Watch a short promotional video of the streaming service below.
Beyonce once recorded a Fela album, according to hitmaker, The-Dream.
According to a recent admission by hit-maker and Grammy-winning artist The-Dream, the global megastar had previously played around with a sound modeled after Fela, the musical based on music and lyrics by the late Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.
Sharing the news while submitting some history on his various production and writing work for the acclaimed lyrics site Genius.com, The-Dream revealed that before her ‘4’ album was completed they recorded a whole body of work with a Fela sound.
“We did a whole Fela album that didn’t go up. It was right before we did 4,” said Dream. “We did a whole different sounding thing, about twenty songs. She said she wanted to do something that sounds like Fela. That’s why there’s so much of that sound in the ‘End of Time.’ There’s always multiple albums being made. Most of the time we’re just being creative, period. We’re talking about B, somebody who sings all day long and somebody who writes all day long. There’s probably a hundred records just sitting around.”
Cara Delevingne announced last year that she was shifting her focus from modeling to acting, but maybe it's her burgeoning music career that she really needs to make the time for. Delevingne and Beyoncé each posted separate Instagram posts of the same sound board last night, hinting that the two are working on music together.
This is the model/actress' latest venture into the music industry. She recently co-starred in A$AP Ferg's music video for "Dope Walk" and sang in a film for Chanel alongside Pharrell. Queen Bey's only rumored project is a joint album with husband Jay Z, which looks like it might also include a feature from Delevingne.
Beyoncé has hooked up with models before on her video for "Yoncé," which features Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman, and Joan Smalls.
Although it's possible that these two aren't in the studio and these two posts are merely a huge coincidence, that seems pretty unlikely and we couldn't be more excited. Read more...
Today Us Weekly revealed the musical nominees up for the win at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, set to go down live on Saturday, March 28, at The Forum in Los Angeles. Beginning Friday, Feb. 20, you can cast your vote across 21 categories on nick.com/kca or by tweeting #KCA. Beyonce is up for one award, be sure to vote for her here!
Favorite Female Singer Ariana Grande Beyoncé Katy Perry Nicki Minaj Selena Gomez Taylor Swift
mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, today revealed the categories and nominees for the “2015 mtvU Woodie Awards,” the annual event at the forefront of breaking some of the biggest names in music. For the first time in show history, nominees will vie for the chunks of wood LIVE in primetime on MTV, with a 60-minute special starting at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, March 20 from the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The jam-packed hour will feature epic performances and appearances by some of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking artists – from headliners to the underground – while honoring those who made the biggest impact in music over the past year.
The awards show will be preceded by the all-day “MTV Woodies Festival” on the ground at SXSW and streaming live on MTV.com. Voting for the “mtvU Woodie Awards” opens today at Woodies.MTV.com and runs through March 10, 2015. Beyoncé is nominated in one category, be sure to vote for her here!
Best Video Woodie Bad Suns – “Salt” Beyoncé – “7/11” Childish Gambino – “Sober” FKA twigs – “Pendulum” Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck”
The rumors are true. Beyoncé and Jay Z are working on a joint album, according to Detail.
While on the red carpet at the Grammys, the “Drunk in Love” producer revealed that he is involved in the long-rumored project.
“I’m working with a couple of new projects that I don’t want to unveil, and then me and Beyoncé and Jay Z are actually doing something together this year,” Detail told Billboard.
He hinted at a full album from hip-hop’s power couple. “When you think of Jay and Bey together, you think ‘album.’ You should already know,” said Detail, who won his first Grammy for Best R&B Song for “Drunk in Love.”
When asked if the album would arrive this year, he responded, “In my imaginary mind, I will work to say it’s true.”
In September, DJ Skee reported that Beyoncé and Jay Z were planning a joint LP for a late 2014/early 2015 release. Read more...
The complete winners list of the 2015 NAACP Image Awards has been revealed. Beyonce was among the winners at the awards event airing on Friday night, February 6 as she took home the Outstanding Female Artist trophy after edging out competitors including Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Ledisi. Congratulations!
UPDATE: Beyonce took to Facebook to thank for her award:
"Humbled and very grateful for the NAACP Image Award received last night. Thank you!"
Nicki Minaj’s collaboration with Beyoncé on a remix of “Flawless” was one of the most electrifying musical moments of 2014. So when Minaj was recording her third album, The Pinkprint, Beyoncé was happy to return the favor by guesting on Minaj’s song “Feeling Myself” — lending that distinctive Yoncé swagger to Minaj’s ode to self-celebration of all kinds. (Good luck finding a better put-down than this one, courtesy of Minaj: “Bitches ain’t got punchlines or flow / I have both, and an empire, also.”)
In a new interview with TIME, on stands Feb. 6, Minaj opens up about the challenges of building her business, body image pressures in the music industry and the abortion she had as a teenager. But she also has a lot to say about her work with Bey.
“When I did ‘Flawless,’ she said that she would do something for The Pinkprint,” Minaj says. “I was ecstatic. She had ‘Feeling Myself’ — she wanted to know how I felt about it. I said, ‘I love it.’ I knew girls were going to be posting pictures on Instagram saying ‘#feelingmyself.’ I told Beyoncé that. I was like, ‘You already know what’s going to happen.'”
But both performers wanted to recreate the magic. “There was pressure,” Minaj says. “‘Flawless’ impacted so hard. But people seemed to love ‘Feeling Myself,’ too. I was excited that we got another one. With ‘Flawless,’ it makes girls feel good about themselves. You could say, ‘I’m feeling myself’ or ‘I’m flawless.’ It’s something every girl wants to say.” Read more...
The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards will return to NBC on Sunday, March 29th. Wednesday morning, iHeartMedia and NBC revealed the nominees for the show's eleven categories. Beyonce's nominations include:
Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year "Don't Tell 'Em" - Jeremih featuring YG "Drunk in Love" - Beyoncé featuring Jay Z "Flawless" - Beyoncé "Loyal" - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga "New Flame" - Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross
Best Fan Army 5SOSFAM - 5 Seconds of Summer Arianators - Ariana Grande Bey Hive - Beyoncé Team Breezy - Chris Brown Sheerios - Ed Sheeran Church Choir - Eric Church Directioners - One Direction Selenators - Selena Gomez Mendes Army - Shawn Mendes Swifties - Taylor Swift
Voting for the fan-determined Best Fan Army category will begin on Monday, March 3 and extend through Friday, March 20.
Listen to the new snippet of the 2014 remix of "Crazy in Love" below! A short preview of the Michael Diamond remix of "Haunted" is also available on iTunes, along with the pre-order of the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.
The tracklisting for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack has been unveiled - and includes two songs by Beyonce. Her contribution takes the form of two remixes, of her 2003 Number One 'Crazy In Love' and her recent album track 'Haunted'. The soundtrack will be released on 10 February.
The tracklisting in full:
1. Annie Lennox – I Put a Spell On You 2. Laura Welsh – Undiscovered 3. The Weeknd – Earned It 4. Jessie Ware – Meet Me In the Middle 5. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do 6. Beyoncé – Haunted (Michael Diamond Remix) 7. Sia – Salted Wound 8. The Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden 9. AWOLNATION – I’m On Fire 10. Beyoncé – Crazy In Love (2014 Remix) 11. Frank Sinatra – Witchcraft 12. Vaults – One Last Night 13. Skylar Grey – I Know You 14. Danny Elfman – Anna and Christian 15. Danny Elfman – Did That Hurt?
In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Nicki Minaj has selected Beyonce-featuring jam “Feeling Myself” as the next single from The Pinkprint. “Radio has really gravitated to their own songs, like I’m guessing ‘Feeling Myself’ is the next urban song,” the rap diva told Hot 97. “They picked it on their own.” It’s an absolute no-brainer given the success of their previous collaboration, “Flawless,” on urban radio and the song’s popularity on iTunes. In fact, “Feeling Myself” is currently best-selling track from The Pinkprint — even ahead of the femcee’s official new single “Only.” Listen to the interview below.