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'Lemonade' Highest-Selling Album Globally in 2016

Klaudia//April 26, 2017
Yesterday morning (April 25), the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released its annual Global Music Report, an analysis of the revenue of the recorded-music business worldwide. The biggest headline: the global music business grew 5.9 percent in 2016 over the previous year, the biggest revenue growth since the IFPI began tracking the market in 1997 and the second-straight year of growth after 15 years of decline.

As part of that report, the IFPI also released a list of the top albums and songs globally for 2016, breaking out albums by sales numbers (digital downloads and physical sales) and tallying songs by track sales (individual track downloads) and track-equivalent streams. And while Drake was the top-selling artist worldwide last year -- he was named the IFPI's Global Recording Artist of the Year back in February, though total sales were not released -- Beyoncé's Lemonade was the highest-selling individual album of 2016 across the globe, according to the federation.

IFPI's February announcement included the list of the top 10 global artists of the year, with David Bowie, Coldplay, Adele and Justin Bieber rounding out the top five in order. Twenty One Pilots, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Prince and The Weeknd, respectively, made up the rest of the top 10.

But yesterday's Global Music Report broke down albums and songs individually, showcasing a few surprises. Check out the list below.

"Shining" Claims #1 At Urban Radio

Klaudia//April 25, 2017
DJ Khaled’s “Shining (featuring Beyonce & Jay Z)” soars to the top spot on this week’s Mediabase urban airplay chart.

Up three places from last week’s position, “Shining” seizes the throne from Gucci Mane’s “Both (featuring Drake).” “Both” falls to #2 after four weeks on top.

“Shining” received ~4,337 spins during the April 16-22 tracking week, besting last week’s mark by a healthy 441 spins. “Both” garnered ~4,064 tracking period plays (-365).

Down one place, Khalid’s “Location” grabs #3 on the latest chart. It posted a weekly spin count of ~4,028 (+8).

Beyonce Dominates First Round of 2017 BBMAs Nominees

Klaudia//April 10, 2017
The Billboard Music Awards are more than a month away, but we already have a good idea of who could be taking home the night’s biggest trophies. The first round of nominees were announced on Monday morning, and Beyonce has already got eight nominations:

Top Female Artist
Adele
Beyonce
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Billboard 200 Album
Beyonce – Lemonade
Drake – Views
Rihanna – Anti
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
The Weeknd – Starboy

Melina Matsoukas on "Formation" & "Lemonade"

Klaudia//February 27, 2017
Melina Matsoukas, a director of music videos and television shows, had just returned home from a trip to Cuba when she got a call from Beyoncé, asking her to direct a video for a song called “Formation.” Matsoukas had directed nine of Beyoncé’s videos, and considered her “family.” But this assignment was unusually demanding. Beyoncé was working on “Lemonade,” a deeply personal “visual album” that touches on betrayals in black marriages—her parents’ and, reportedly, her own. “Formation” would be the first single, and an introduction to Beyoncé’s new aesthetic: both vulnerable and political. She wanted to release the song the day before she performed it at the Super Bowl, which meant that Matsoukas would have to submit a video within a few weeks. “It was the fastest delivery I had ever done in my life,” she told me.

When I visited her loft in Hollywood recently, Matsoukas opened her rose-gold laptop and pulled up the video. The brassy opening beats began as Beyoncé crouched on the roof of a police car, wearing a red-and-white blouse and a matching skirt: evocative of the rural South but made by Gucci. Matsoukas, who is tall and thin, with dark hair and high cheekbones, radiates a disconcerting hyperassurance. (She’s a Buddhist, with a fluctuating practice.) She is, as she says, “very loud and New York,” but her apartment projects an almost hermetic cool: Africanist art, a golden skull on a shelf, a tar-splashed vanity mirror.

After Matsoukas agreed to direct the video, Beyoncé invited her to her house in Los Angeles, and explained the concept behind “Lemonade.” “She wanted to show the historical impact of slavery on black love, and what it has done to the black family,” Matsoukas told me. “And black men and women—how we’re almost socialized not to be together.” This was a fraught subject for Beyoncé. She and her husband, the rapper Jay Z, are among the most famous couples in the world, and they had long been surrounded by rumors that he was unfaithful. Beyoncé considers herself a feminist, but for black women feminism can be a tenuous balancing act—advocating for women’s rights while supporting black men against racism. Black feminists have often been forced to pick between being politically black or politically female. “It’s an unfair struggle that only black women can understand and relate to,” Matsoukas said. With the “Lemonade” album, Beyoncé was publicly calling out the men in her life, an unexpected and, to her fans, thrilling decision.

Beyoncé Sales Surge After Grammys

Klaudia//February 15, 2017
Adele, Beyoncé and Maren Morris have all seen their sales surge after the Grammys – with some songs rising as much as 6,700%. The digital increase after music’s biggest night was reported by research company Nielsen.

Beyoncé did not win in the main categories despite nine Grammy nominations. She was still rewarded for an epic performance and unreserved praise from Adele.

Beyoncé’s fans responded with strong support on social media and more sales for her Lemonade album, which was up 267% on Sunday over its Friday/ Saturday average. “Formation,” nominated as both Song and Record of the year, grew by 105%. She also sung “Love Drought” (up by 1,249%) and “Sandcastles” (up 1,000%).

DJ Khaled Drops New Single Feat. Beyonce & Jay

Klaudia//February 13, 2017
DJ Khaled dropped a surprise song right after the 2017 Grammy Awards!

The artist premiered his new song “Shining” on TIDAL featuring Beyonce and Jay Z.

Beyonce sings for the majority of the song while Jay raps a few verses and references having twins with his wife.

You can download the song on iTunes or listen to it on TIDAL below!


Full lyrics available under the cut.

Beyonce Wins Big at NAACP Image Awards

Klaudia//February 11, 2017
Beyonce dominated the last night's NAACP Image Awards by winning a total of 5 awards in the music categories!

Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
Outstanding Music Video: “Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records/ParkwoodEntertainment)
Outstanding Album: “Lemonade” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records/ParkwoodEntertainment)
Outstanding Song – Contemporary: “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)

Congratulations!

Beyoncé nominated at the 2017 Brit Awards

Klaudia//January 15, 2017
The nominations for the 2017 Brit Awards were announced Saturday. Beyoncé is up for International Female Solo Artist, while "Hymn for the Weekend" has a chance to win two awards! The 2017 Brit Awards goes live on Feb. 22 from the O2 Arena in London.

International Female Solo Artist
Beyoncé
Christine and the Queens
Rihanna
Sia
Solange

British Single
Alan Walker, "Faded"
Calum Scott, "Dancing On My Own"
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna, "This Is What You Came For"
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paula & Anne-Marie, "Rockabye"
Coldplay, "Hymn for the Weekend"
James Arthur, "Say You Won't Let Go"
Jonas Blue feat. Dakota, "Fast Car"
Little Mix, "Shout Out to My Ex"
Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson, "Girls Like"
Zayn, "Pillowtalk"

Beyoncé leads nominations for the 2017 NME Awards

Klaudia//January 12, 2017
The shortlist for the VO5 NME Awards 2017 has been revealed and Beyoncé has scored the most nominations with a total of five.

All nominated acts will learn their fate on February 15, when the results will be announced at a ceremony at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.

The winners are decided by you – the fans – and voting is open now. You can also be in attendance at the ceremony to see all the action as it happens – buy your tickets here now.

The full list of Beyoncé's nominations is available below.

Best International Female supported by VO5
Sia
Lady Gaga
Beyoncé
Solange
Christine & The Queens
Tove Lo

Beyonce nominated at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Klaudia//January 4, 2017
The nominations for the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced today. The awards are intended to celebrate the music heard across iHeartMedia radio stations over the past year. Beyonce is nominated in four categories.

Voting for socially voted categories is open now and runs through Feb. 24. Voting for the fan army award began Tuesday through iHeartRadio's social media accounts and its app, with the voting window extending to the night of the event on March 5. Fans can vote by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live March 5 at 8 p.m. EST on TBS, TNT and truTV.

See the list of Beyonce's nominations below.

R&B Song of the Year:
- "Exchange" - Bryson Tiller
- "Needed Me" - Rihanna
- "No Limit" - Usher featuring Young Thug
- "Sorry" - Beyoncé
- "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

Melina Matsoukas Talks About "Formation" Video

Klaudia//December 29, 2016
We take music videos for granted. In about 35 years, they’ve gone from an alleged scourge on the musical imagination to a form of oxygen. Every so often, one comes along that touches a nerve or causes a scandal. Back in February, on the eve of the Super Bowl, “Formation” stopped the nation. It was another Beyoncé sneak attack, but also a statement piece and a work of art. And for a month, the intent of its imagery — Beyoncé atop a sinking New Orleans Police Department cruiser; the witchiness of her wide-brimmed hat and her seemingly spiritually possessed head bob on the porch of a manse; a young black boy dancing before a phalanx of militarized cops — was deconstructed, debated and defended.

This was Beyoncé, of course. But it was also Melina Matsoukas, who directed “Formation.” These are edited excerpts from The New York Times' conversation with her.

At what point did you get involved with “Formation”?

Right after I came back from Cuba last year, after the family vacation. Beyoncé was performing at the Super Bowl, so she wanted this to come out right before that, obviously, to set up her performance. She wanted to shoot in two weeks. And because it was also my birthday, I probably didn’t even really think about it for a week.