I was in entertainment*** Fucking typo
Not even surprised.
Congrats to Bey, she deserves it imo!
I've been listening to "I Miss You" a lot lately. I loved it immediately when I first started listening to 4, but I am absolutely obsessed with the song now.
For such a simple track... it is an extremely beautiful, moving work. The vocals, the lyrics, the beat...the atmosphere and everything about it just works for me in the best way.
It is soooo simple....a feeling...
but it's everything.
It's quickly climbing to the top of my list of favorite Bey tracks. Just under "Ring the Alarm", "Single Ladies", and "Start Over".
^ I know right. I've been noticing that as well.
Nice to see someone else who loves Start Over too!
I love Miss U and Start Over a lot too.
Start Over with those African chimes/drum beats remind me of Lion King tbh.
I just went back and listened to the Dangerously in Love album (which I haven't heard in what seems like ages), and it's weird hearing how Bey's voice has matured over the years. I mean, she is on point vocally (as usual), but there was just something missing in it then that I hear now.
Like when she holds that "tonight" note towards the end of "Naughty Girl"...her voice sounds strong, but thin...if that makes sense. That's just a quick something that my ears "caught".
Bey not going anywhere until Bey decides to. No chick can compete with her, not even diva JHud. She may have strong pipes but she doesn't have the right songs or the moves like Bey. LOL@ "beyhive*
He got that thickness, the kind that make you get up makin' biscuits with breakfast, so gone - Jill Scott - So Gone
Beyonce is a sensationally talented performer. Absolutely. No doubt. Performer yes, artist , no.
I agree with that insightful commentary by a Time music critic about Beyonce. As far as artistry, I think Lauryn Hill was the last hip-hop rnb artist that truly deserved the Grammy accolade she got.
Ms Hill is head and shoulders above Mrs. Carter.
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I am the biggest Beyonce fan (bias because she's from Houston XD) but one area I think she needs help with is her interview skills. A lot of artists lack that. The words and phrasing and how they stumble to try to find the right word. I cringe when she's asked a difficult question. lol
Ellen lacks this as well and she's the interviewer! And she has to do this every day! She stumbles, stutters and trails off at the end of her questions. lol It's funny how after so many years, she can't get it right. I still love her though.
So the whole "I Was Here" thing comes off extremely insincere. Just not feeling it. Hell, I prefer the Lea Michele version.
@Huntneo Beyonce did a charity thing at the UN for World Humanitarian Day (August 19th) where she sang "I Was Here". She sounds great live (lol like she wouldn't), I just don't like it.
ahhh...I see. Thanks! She sounds great, as usual! such a touching performance.
Ha, can't believe I've never seen this! And she's sitting (in one of those grossly uncomfortable hospital chairs)! Ahhh! I thought I saw Kelly Rowland in the back @ 2:07. Poor gal! Always backup to Bey!
Let's not forget this one:
And this is my least favorite song of hers, but this version is amazing. All hail Beyonslay!
^ I loved everyone's reactions while listening. It's like they were having a fucking religious experience or something.
Wow. those two are truly amazing! So great.
I just cant stop clicking on REPEAT, REPEAT.
Beyonce to perform Superbowl Halftime show!
Our bodies are not ready! Beyzus!
"As we're sure you've all heard, HBO will soon be releasing a Beyonce documentary which was executive produced and directed by the female singer herself, offering a unique look at her life with inclusions of personal footage from her laptop. Yesterday, we get to see a 26-second trailer for that documentary which features a voice-over from Beyonce and clips of her tours, as well as during her pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy. Release is set for 16 February, 2013. Watch below!"
Multiple Grammy®-winner, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film debuting February 16, 2013. For more, go to http://itsh.bo/UC5gYu.
Am I the only one who thinks she doesn't look nearly as attractive? Sinead O Connor and maybe a few others can pull this look off but Beyonce looks just bad. Maybe it's because we're so used to seeing her with her long hair.
theres a pic with beyonce with her natural hair out there somewhere...i personally think the natural hair look is great...i wish more African American women would stop chemically abusing their follicles.
her media onslaught to pimp her superbowl performance is beginning already
Just because I feel like sharing. Here's my top 5 favorite songs from Bey:
Ring the Alarm (the intensity of this song still amazes me)
Single Ladies (fierce as HELL)
I Miss You (gorgeous in every way...beautiful, moving, and perfectly simple)
Start Over ( it feels very urgent, coupled with a production that has just the right hint of melancholy for me)
Naughty Girl (sassy,sexy, and a fun listen every time)
HBO Documentary Special: Beyonce Tease
HBO Documentary Special: Beyonce Trailer
Beyonce Performance @ 57th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony - President Obama 2nd term 1/21/2013
What an amazing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Amazing Beyoncé, a great start for HER year. Next stop : the Superbowl Halftime Show.
http://www.billboard.com/column/the-...08107582.storyThe jig is up. It took less than 24 hours for news to break that Beyoncé's striking live performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the inaugural ceremonies for President Barack Obama on Monday might have merely a lip-synced run-through of a track she recorded earlier.
The news is a shocker, considering the R&B queen is no stranger to big stages and annihilating them in real time. It's important to note that she did sing the National Anthem at the 2004 Superbowl live (at least, we think she did).
Nevertheless, the response to today's news has been swift and harsh. Fans that lauded her performance, right down to when she yanked the earpiece out of her left lobe, feel like they've been lied to. Like yesterday, Beyonce is currently a trending Twitter topic, but this time for all the wrong reasons.
"So, sincere question here, the pulling out of the earpiece was because the recorded version might throw off her lip-sync?" one Twitter user asked.
But the bigger idea and question to ask here is if whether Beyoncé lip-syncing is really such a big deal.
On one hand, no, it's not. This isn't a Milli Vanilli situation here and should not be treated as such. If Beyoncé did lip-sync, she was not mouthing over another woman's voice. It was her... just maybe not her at that moment. She recorded herself singing the best version of what, presumably, she didn't think she could do come show time. Was it the cold weather? Was it nerves? Only Queen B knows for sure.
Should she have wrecked an amazing ceremony because of an off key showing, for the selfish fact that singing live would earn her more respect than the possibility of people finding out that it was pre-recorded? Years from now, when critics and pundits look back at the best National Anthem efforts at inaugurations, Beyoncé will be likely be mentioned. She won't be banned from The Hall of Awesome Inaugural Performances. Either way, it was her voice. She sold the hell out of it. And that's alright.
But on the other hand...
It's a big deal. In a musical feats of strength contest, the National Anthem is arguably one of the heaviest weights to lift. Artists ranging from the likes of Christina Aguilera to Steven Tyler to Roseanne Barr can vouch for that. It's understandable that any artist who doesn't think they could do it justice pre-record their performance.
Still, it's the anthem. A song about the strength of its country should always be sung live to prove that very point over and over again -- especially on a stage that is reinstating the nation's leader. Not to mention that the leader is a man she's supported since he decided to make his first term run.
At the Neighborhood Ball on Inauguration Day in 2009 Obama and wife Michelle shared their first dance as president and first lady to Beyoncé's rendition of Etta James' classic "At Last." Last September Bey' and hubby Jay-Z a hosted a $40,000-per-seat fundraiser at Jay's 40/40 Club in New York City for his campaign. On the eve before election day last November, Beyoncé penned an open letter to Obama. "Everyday we see your heart and character, inspiring all of us to give more of ourselves," she wrote. "You are the leader to take us from where we are to where we need to be." Monday should have been a tremendous conclusion to a dream she, with her fame, love, and support, helped become a reality -- twice! Unfortunately, speculation is that she phoned it in at a time when America expected, and needed it to be real.
It also doesn't help that fellow pop star Kelly Clarkson, who performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee" prior to Beyoncé hitting the stage, did so without the help of a backing track. There's no telling how much Clarkson's stock his risen or how much Bey's has plummeted because of today's accusations. Many are comparing the two and their singing abilities, now putting Kelly ahead a mile of Beyoncé, because she rose to the occasion yesterday. Hopefully many more know better.
Whether it was a last-second cold or nerves that got to her, it's a shame to think Beyoncé might not have been up to the task.
I personally think it was stupid of her to pull out the ear piece, but it could just be practice for the Super Bowl.
Love my girl Kelly though. Always amazing live
But seriously, I think it's a big deal. Why choose someone to do it who wouldn't even do it live? They could have just put Britney Spears up there to lip synch it away...
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She gets no hate. Nothing but love. She remains unfazed. "Lip-synch or live, that was Beyonce". And the woman lip-synched for her life.
This was a one-off, not a Milli Vanilli. I harbor nothing negative about her lip syncing.
Oopsie, and I thought it was "Live", was almost proud of her!
"... You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you ..." - Colours of the Wind by Vanessa Williams
The most romanticized version of the Star Spangled Banner is the one Whitney sang at the '91 Superbowl during the time of the Gulf War. It was also lip synced.
No one fucking cares. It's hilarious that the media wants us to.
The shade, the shade of it all!
Beyonce, shantay, you stay.
That we are capable only of being what we are, remains our unforgivable sin.
- Gene Wolfe
I watched the inauguration live; IF she lip-synched, then she should get even more credit cuz it sure didn't look like she wasn't belting it out live. Both she and Ms. Clarkson were awesome.
Wouldn't it be nice to see folks get their skirts in such a dither over something that really matters? You know, like poverty in America? Hunger in America?
While we can't change whether she lipped/sang live, we certainly can do something about real stuff.
Sorry for the rant. I'm just tired of all the attention given to stuff that really doesn't matter in the big scheme of things. Sheesh.
I read an article about that just this morning, but I can't find it now. The band was told about 10 minutes before the performance that she would be using the tape. Apparently, separate 'pre-recordings' are made of both the band and the singer in case of technical difficulties. The band didn't know why she would be lip-synching. They just knew that she would be.
This isn't the article I read, but it's similar: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entert...446_story.html
The "story" has all the arc of a taut bowstring.
* Singer delivers "stunning" performance.
* It is leaked that singer lip-synched performance.
* People respond with (mainly) support for performer.
At this point, I'm beginning to think it was really nice for Obama to show up at that Beyonce gig.
Look. At the last inauguration, Yo Yo Ma and Itsahk Perlman went through the same nonsense.
It has something to do with the acoustics and the temperature of course.
some people just love to find fault with anyone...especially an entertainer and/or politician. I thought her performance was really great, and I did suspect that she lip-synched at the time because her performance was so pitch perfect, where Kelly's was a bit shakier. I appreciate that Kelly went for it, and she did great. I just don't really care in that case that Beyonce lip-synced...if she felt she could not do the song/performance justice for whatever her reasons were...then by all means use plan B, which apparently is standard procedure. If I'd paid for her performance (which I doubt I ever will), then I'd expect her to be live.
Bad decisions make good stories.