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Considering we’ve been covering Blue Ivy Carter since birth, we couldn’t resist posting a few more adorable pics from her 2nd birthday party and her newest bling bling, birthday bling to be exact.
On January 7th Blue celebrated her big day at Miami’s Jungle Island wildlife park and botanical garden and from the photos, the little tikes parents; Jay Z and Beyonce, did it big as usual. According to Us Weekly the power couple spent a pretty penny renting out much of the park and the after-party at a local Italian eatery.
A few close family members and friends attended the festivities, including ex band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The ‘Drunk In Love’ singer shared a few precious moments via her Tumblr page.
Take a peak at Blue’s new rides, she got two cars for her birthday, a mini Cadillac and a Ferrari. How about dem apples!
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BEYONCE AND BLUE PICS: Beyoncé celebrates her 32nd birthday on Yacht with Jay Z and Blue Ivy
By Carla B.
Bow down to Queen B.!
The new ‘Visual Album’ pushes the envelope creatively. Beyoncé is flawless so no one else in the industry has to be, revealing plenty of what’s in that head of hers…or does it…really?? Its songs are steamy and sleek, full of sexy exploits and sultry vocals with a pro-feminist edge. I can definitely dig it!
In what is being called a ‘game-changing move,’ the album comes complete with seventeen videos already filmed for each track, locked and loaded with 14 tracks and 17 fully-realized music videos, at once. Selling over 80,000 copies in the first three hours of its availability. Beyonce is without a doubt one of the hottest female pop stars of this decade.
So, what’s our take? Read more below:
The Visual Album brims with music that feels surprising and unstable, and some of Beyonce’s most unguarded and daring singing – from the gospel overtones of “Heaven” to the relaxed, jazzy flow of “Mine.” The musical setting of her latest work feels fresher and more off-the-cuff than just about anything she’s done. Drake’s long closing rap hijacks “Mine” and turns it into something very long and drawn out. On the frisky reverie, “Drunk in Love,” Jay Z compares his relationship with Beyonce to Ike and Tina Turner’s. Really? So much for female empowerment. The predictable Ryan Tedder production on “XO” builds from jittery keyboards to an audience-appreciation sing-along that sounds like it was designed for an arena encore. “Blue” will please those eager to hear about how deeply Beyonce loves her child, the new mommy’s club anthem. Blue Ivy contributes some high-pitched “mommy’s” to the track — more notches to her resume and she is only two. I am so jealous — j/k.
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The alum boasts collaborations with Frank Ocean, Miguel, Jay Z, to video director Hype Williams, actor Harvey Keitel and more.
“Pretty Hurts,” a soaring critique of the beauty industry that is enhanced through the ‘Put a Ring on it’ singer. Depicting a beauty pageant contestant as not quite beautiful enough in a world that focuses on a woman’s flaws, and drives her into pill-popping self-abuse — it definitely works.
“Ghost/Haunted” suggests a two-part dream with its murky keys and creeping base. Beyonce’s reverbed vocals emerge from this vaporous backdrop with a sarcastic wink: “Sold not for sale/Probably won’t make no money off this, oh well.”
“Blow” opens with Beyonce as a jazz chanteuse in swan mode over sparse piano chords, then shifts into a swinging electro-funk groove. As discursive as “Blow” is insistent, the melody of “No Angel” slinks over a minimalist beat and takes its time introducing a subtle counterpoint bass line, while Beyonce sings at the very top of her range, threatening to crackle. “Underneath the pretty face is something complicated,” she informs her roguish lover. “I come with a side of trouble.”
“Partition” finds Beyonce rapping over an Eastern rhythm as if paying homage to those that came before her…and it works. Just as steamy is the slow-burning “Rocket,” which acknowledges another obvious influence, D’Angelo. The girl shoal can sing.
Throughout, the singer demands to be treated as an equal in the boardroom and the bedroom, a woman who gets fierce whenever she’s taken for granted (“Jealous”) and positively smolders when feeling the strength of a true union (the marvelous duet with Ocean, “Superpower”).
Best of all is “Flawless” spikes a clattering beat and instructions to “Bow down, bitches; in the video, Beyonce dances to a hard hip-hop rhythm like a flannel-shirted punk-rocker while the soothing voice of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discourses on the limitations imposed on young women: “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.’” If you are too successful “you threaten the man.” The merger of trap beats, punk defiance and feminist theory may not be destined for the top 10, but boldness like this can’t be measured by chart positions.
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Other Directors featured on the music videos include Detail, Jake Nava, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Åkerlund, Ricky Saiz, Pierre Debusschere, @lilinternet, Francesco Carrozzini, Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein and Todd Tourso. “Grown Woman,” initially previewed via Pepsi’s global spot with Beyonce in April, is featured as a “bonus” video-only cut, directed by Nava.
Out of the possible 5 stars — we give it 3 1/2 stars — making it a winner, in my book.
Here is the full track list.
1. Pretty Hurts
3. Drunk in Love (feat. Jay Z)
5. No Angel
9. Mine (feat. Drake)
11. ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)
12. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)
14. Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)
Beyoncé has delivered a surprise to her fans just in time for Christmas!
Thursday, after almost a year of speculation over the release of her fifth album, the 32-year-old singer rush released her latest studio effort on iTunes with no promotion or prior warning to her fans.
In a game-changing move, the album comes complete with seventeen videos already filmed for each track.
In an accompanying statement, the 32-year-old entertainer spoke about her decision to create a what she is calling a ‘visual album’.
‘I see music. It’s more than just what I hear.’ she revealed.
‘When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.’
Jay-Z defends deal with Barneys New York after they are accused of profiling, Rev Al Sharpton sounds off
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z — under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers — said Saturday he’s being unfairly “demonized” for just waiting to hear all of the facts.
The rap mogul made his first statement about the controversy in a posting on his website. He has come under fire for remaining silent as news surfaced this week that two young black people said they were profiled by Barneys after they purchased expensive items from their Manhattan store.
An online petition and Twitter messages from fans have been circulating this week, calling on the star to bow out of his upcoming partnership with Barneys for the holiday season, which will have the store selling items by top designers, inspired by Jay-Z, with some of the proceeds going to his charity. He is also working with the store to create its artistic holiday window display.
But Jay-Z — whose real name is Shawn Carter — defended himself, saying that he hasn’t spoken about it because he’s still trying to figure out exactly what happened.
“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion,” the statement said. “I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?” he said, referring to local newspaper headlines.
The two Barneys customers, Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips, said this week they were detained by police after making expensive purchases.
Christian sued Barneys, saying he was accused of fraud after using his debit card to buy a $349 Ferragamo belt in April. Philips filed a notice of claim saying she would sue after she was stopped by detectives outside the store when she bought a $2,500 Celine handbag in February.
As the criticism grew, Barneys said Thursday it had retained a civil rights expert to help review its procedures. The CEO of Barneys, Mark Lee, offered his “sincere regret and deepest apologies.”
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Kirsten John Foy, an official with the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, said he would meet with Barneys officials on Tuesday to discuss the racial profiling allegations.
Jay-Z — who rose from a life of crime in Brooklyn to become one of the most heralded rappers and one of entertainment’s biggest superstars — has in the past called for a boycott of labels perceived to be racist, and has become more political in recent years, from speaking out about the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin to campaigning for President Barack Obama.
Jay-Z said in this case, he’s still trying to find out what happened —which is why he was silent.
“The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts,” he added.
He also dismissed reports that he would profit from the collaboration. He said he’s “not making a dime” from working with Barneys. Instead, his Shawn Carter Foundation, which provides college scholarships to economically challenged students, will get 25 percent of all sales from the collaboration.
“This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning,” he said. “My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.””’
He also said that “making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter but all the people that stand a chance at higher education,” he said. “I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.”
Jay-Z said he understood what it felt like to be racially profiled — but also didn’t want to jump to unfair conclusions.
“I am against discrimination of any kind but if I make snap judgments, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles?” he asked. “I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change.”
Earlier Saturday, Sharpton held a rally at his National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, saying black New Yorkers should put shopping at Barneys “on hold” if the retailer’s response is inadequate. But it is not the only retailer accused of racially profiling its customers. Some Sharpton supporters who attended Saturday’s rally said they had been profiled in other stores, too. Shane Lee, 51, said he went to the high-end store Bergdorf Goodman to buy shirts last year and the sales staff would not assist him. “Instead of helping me, they were staring at me,” said Lee, who is black. “I felt so uncomfortable that I just left.” A Bergdorf Goodman official did not return a call seeking comment Saturday. On Friday, Rob Brown, a black actor on the HBO series “Treme” said he was stop because of his race while shopping at Macy’s flagship Manhattan store. Brown said in his lawsuit that he was detained nearly an hour by police June 8 after employees contacted authorities about possible credit card fraud.
Macy’s didn’t comment on the litigation but said in a statement it was investigating.
Beyoncé color-coordinated with her daughter, wearing a black sweatshirt with the phrase, “Crème de la crème” written in white, black shades, a black hate, denim shorts, and black sneakers.
The diva shared the adorable photos with her fans on Instagram.