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Beyoncé to release two collections with Adidas

December 11, 2019

Collaboration is a needle-mover, and Adidas is positioned to generate buzz next year with a robust lineup of product with key partners.

Last week at the brand’s New York City showroom and office, Adidas North America president Zion Armstrong provided details to FN about the collections that are in the pipeline for 2020 — which includes its debut work with Beyoncé. (Adidas announced the partnership with Beyoncé and her Ivy Park brand in April.)

“In terms of range, there are two collections. There is Beyoncé and Adidas and then there’s Ivy Park,” Armstrong explained to FN. “And this is not just athleisure product. We have performance product. She is a phenomenal creator athlete and is helping us push the envelope in performance product with materials and fit.”

Beyonce Among 2020 Golden Globe Best Song Nominees

December 9, 2019

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is ending the decade on a high note as best original song nominee for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. She is nominated for the song "Spirit," from The Lion King, alongside Timothy McKenzie and Ilya Salmanzadeh. The Lion King is also nominated for best animated motion picture.

The 77th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 5, 2020, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts,” “Cats”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
“Spirit,” “The Lion King”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

Best Motion Picture, Animated
“Frozen 2”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“The Lion King”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”

"Spirit" Nominated at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards

December 9, 2019

The Lion King has been nominated in two categories for the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Song for Beyonce's "Spirit". The winners will be revealed at the gala, which will be broadcast live on The CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT).

Best Song
“Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” – Wild Rose
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“I’m Standing With You” – Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen II
“Speechless” – Aladdin
“Spirit” – The Lion King
“Stand Up” – Harriet

Best Visual Effects
1917
Ad Astra
The Aeronauts
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
The Lion King

"Homecoming" Wins at 2019 IDA Documentary Awards

December 9, 2019

The International Documentary Association's 2019 awards took place Saturday night at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Netflix's Beyoncé concert film Homecoming won in the Best Music Documentary category. Congrats!

Best Music Documentary
Amazing Grace
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (winner)
The Apollo
The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

Beyonce Is Not Doing a Las Vegas Residency

December 9, 2019

Beyonce is not doing a Las Vegas residency, her rep has confirmed to Variety.

It’s “absolutely not true,” the rep stated.

Rumors that Queen Bey would be hitting the strip began circulating Saturday after website LoveBScott posted a story citing “sources” that said she would announce the residency in the first half of 2020. The report said the residency would have made Beyonce the highest-paid entertainer in the city.

The “Lemonade” mastermind has performed in Vegas before, releasing the “I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas” album, which was recorded over a few dates during her “I Am…” world tour, in 2009.

The news had, predictably, gotten Beyonce fans riled up, with some claiming that there was no way the star would agree to a residency rather than releasing a new album and touring in support. Others felt that the mother of three might like the steadiness of a residency as opposed to a world tour.

Beyoncé Covers January 2020 Issue of Elle

December 9, 2019

In a global ELLE exclusive, Beyoncé answers questions directly from her fans. Read her thoughts on motherhood, finding time for date nights and how she learned to feel “more womanly and secure”.

As she unveils her new adidas partnership for IVY PARK, Beyoncé offers a rare opportunity for fans: full access.

Descending from the sky into a nondescript corner of L.A.’s Crenshaw neighbourhood, parachute in tow, Beyoncé is something of an otherworldly presence. She strides into the local hair salon, bodega, laundromat and wig shop wearing pieces from her IVY PARK x adidas collection—living proof that you, too, can be a stylish superhero in your own life, no matter where you live and who you are. She designs IVY PARK with everyone in mind, emphasizing a “fly” look for all—whether they’re dropping off the kids, going to the gym or out on a dinner date. For ELLE’s shoot, the superstar gamely poses for a series of cinematic vignettes she dreamed up with her Lemonade collaborator, Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas.


IVY PARK x adidas Promo Shoot

December 9, 2019

A new promotional photoshoot for IVY PARK x adidas was just released. The collection goes on sale January 18, 2020.

Beyonce Wins at 2019 National Film & TV Awards

December 6, 2019

The 2nd annual National Film & TV Awards took place on Tuesday in Los Angeles. This year’s instalment saw Beyonce’s turn as Nala in ‘The Lion King’ honored with the award for Best Performance in an Animated Movie. Congrats!

"Destiny's Child: The Untold Story" Out Now

December 2, 2019

In October, Mathew Knowles announced the release of a compilation album featuring unreleased music of Destiny's Child’s first incarnate, Girl's Tyme. The 15-track set was released today and accompanied by the book, ‘Destiny’s Child: The Untold Story.’ Listen to the album below and order the book here!

"Queen & Slim" Premiere

December 1, 2019

Beyonce shared photos from the "Queen & Slim" movie premiere, which took place on November 14 in Hollywood. It was directed by Melina Matsoukas. Bey wrote: "So proud of my friends Melina and Lena. Queen & Slim in theaters now."



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July 21, 2019

Inside "The Lion King: The Gift"

Yemi Alade had a cold.

Last month, the Nigerian star, who recently passed the one-million-subscribers mark on YouTube, flew to Los Angeles to work on a project by Beyoncé. But when Alade landed, she discovered she no longer had a singing voice. “I couldn’t understand what had happened to me,” she says. “I could talk, but I couldn’t even hit the lowest key.”

Panicked, she immediately went into full recovery mode. “I went for a steaming so I could get more moisture,” Alade recalls. “I jacked up on vitamin C. I went in on lemon and ginger. I felt like an herbalist, I was going in on everything.”

When Alade hit the studio the next morning, “the excitement awoke my voice” — she could sing. As a result, she appears twice on Beyoncé‘s The Lion King: The Gift, which is both a companion album to accompany the release of a new version of Disney’s famous film from 1994 and a tribute to several strains of contemporary African pop from one of the United States’ biggest stars. Alade is joined by other Nigerian luminaries: Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Mr. Eazi, and Wizkid. Beyoncé also looked beyond Nigeria as well, recruiting Shatta Wale (Ghana), Salatiel (Cameroon), Moonchild Sanelly (South Africa), and Busiswa (also South Africa) to contribute to The Gift.

Artists and producers involved in the album believe it will be a major boost for their international footprint — especially in America, the world’s biggest music market, which has been far less welcoming to African artists than the U.K. or France. “There have been samples here and there, things like Drake and Wizkid collaborating ,” says Guilty Beatz, the Ghanian producer who worked on three different tracks from The Gift. “But it’s just been little things. Now that Beyoncé released a whole album, this will open the gateway.”

Word of The Gift started to spread in the music industry at the end of spring. “Mid-may we started hearing rumblings of Beyoncé working on a Lion King project,” says James Supreme, an A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group. “One of our colleagues, Ari Gelaw, has a great relationship with Beyoncé‘s A&R, Mariel Gomerez. We reached out, and Mariel opened her arms.”

Supreme put Gomerez in touch with a young writer-producer named Michael Uzowuru, a first-generation Nigerian American whose credit list includes Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Jorja Smith’s Lost & Found. “There was a very specific vision , and Michael really knows how to execute a vision,” Supreme says. That vision, according to Salatiel, was to make the album “very African.” “ insisted on having the African spirit on it,” Salatiel adds.

Sureeta Nayyar — who does international A&R for UMPG and has a keen ear for Nigerian acts — also entered into conversations with Beyoncé‘s team. “As a company, we have a really strong international presence, with Burna Boy being the most significant African artist right now,” Nayyar says. “We were jumping on a moving train,” she continues, but Burna Boy ended up being one of the few artists other than Beyoncé to get a solo showcase on The Gift.

Much of The Gift came together in a studio complex in Los Angeles. “For almost two months, Michael went to the studio every single day,” Supreme says. “The way he put it was there were so many different rooms, with creatives cycling in and out.” “There were several studios, and every room had a theme,” Alade adds.

Many of the artists who worked on The Gift are cagey about the details of its creation thanks to what one participant calls an “ironclad NDA.” But several of the African singers and producers traveled to L.A. to oversee songs in person. When Burna Boy arrived at the studio, he watched the trailer for The Lion King reboot to get into the right mindset before writing “Ja Ara E.” “It’s a new Lion King where actually look like lions,” he says. “I hadn’t seen that — it tripped me out. The management team was there give me one or two notes; they had to tell me what was going on.”

Guilty Beatz also flew out from London for a five-day stint on the West Coast working on instrumentals. “I didn’t know who would end up on which song,” he says. But the producer knew what he wanted his beats to sound like: “I’m Ghanaian, so I wanted to bring that cultural sound highlife.”

Compared to the programmed pulse of contemporary Nigerian afrobeats, “highlife is more guitar-based, slower, with shakers and more percussion elements like congas and bongos,” Guilty Beatz explains. This influence creeps into two of the most effective beats on The Gift: “Find Your Way Back,” with its featherweight guitar riffs, co-produced by Bubele Boii, and most of all in “Keys to the Kingdom,” where languid verses give way to an insistent, jabbing hook.

The South African producer DJ Lag also spent a week in L.A. tinkering with “My Power,” which channels the style known as gqom. Unlike gentle highlife and swaying, mid-tempo afrobeats, gqom is skeletal, smacking music set around 126 beats per minute. DJ Lag sent six instrumentals to Beyoncé ahead of time; the singer took two of them. When he got to L.A., “they already had chosen what they wanted,” he says. “The only thing I did at the studio was work with the voices and add Busiswa’s part on the beat.”

By the time Alade arrived in L.A. in June — and recovered her voice — she says Beyoncé had already amassed a stockpile of around 150 songs. “There was a huge board with all of the artists that were supposed to be a part of the project,” she recalls. Alade was armed with “some songs that were not going to make it onto my upcoming album;” Beyoncé’s team “also played some ideas that they had,” including early versions of “Don’t Jealous Me” and “My Power,” the album’s two most propulsive tracks. Alade hopped on both.

For Alade, the timing of The Gift is fortuitous: She has a new album, Woman of Steel, arriving before the end of the summer. The same is true for Burna Boy, who will release African Giant next week, and DJ Lag, who released the Steam Rooms EP with Okzharp on Friday.

The Gift is also a shrewdly timed release for Beyoncé, who gets to embrace and elevate styles of music that are currently rising in popularity around the globe, even if they have not yet crashed into the American mainstream. Beyoncé now plays a role in potentially pushing some of this music into places it has not yet reached.

Uzowuru sees Beyoncé’s latest album as an afrobeats starter-kit for curious listeners. “This will give a great reference point for people to get into that music who haven’t before,” he says. “People need something like this to understand the rhythm, the melodies, the grooves. Beyoncé made a great job of making it accessible.”

Alade calls The Gift “yet another awakening, another step in the right direction.” Collaborative albums like this one have “advantages on both sides, for the U.S. and for Africa,” the singer says.

But there is still more work to do. “The idea,” Alade adds, “is to close the gap.”
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