#WhatJayZSaidToSolange continued… the memes

#WhatJayZSaidToSolange continues to trend worldwide, in light of Jigga’s enraged and extremely aggressive sister-in-law Solange and her outburst/ meltdown at the Met Gala last week. TMZ broke the story on Monday and since then the Internet has exploded with memes and social media commentary. Check this out!

One thing’s for sure, Solange has a hit with this one!

BEYONCÉ – the visual album is out

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Who’s the boss of this mother? It’s Queen Bey… I honestly feel like her, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are on another level. They are the epitome of what it means to lead and not follow. They do things on their own terms and continue to innovate, create and be unique and that is why they are arguably the biggest and the best in the game. Just take Beyoncé and her antiques today for example. There has been a lot of speculation about when she will release new material. There have been singles here and there but nothing official has been announced. While most artists do a lot of pre-album promotion, Beyoncé just went ahead and dropped her new album today. It’s an audio-visual spectacle that portrays and depicts the space she found herself in creatively, while making this album. Some might see this as arrogant, but I think she is a genius. Her legions of fans idolise her and she knows she has a winner with this one. BIG UP!

WOW!!!! That is all I can say. There aren’t many people who can just go and drop a new album with promotion and still manage to cause a stir on social media and in the media, but that Ms Beyoncé Knowles- Carter did.

14 songs, 17 videos… All for the price of $15.99 on iTunes… and you know this album is going to Fllllllllyyyy off the shelves and hit the top of the charts. It’s also extremely smart of her to do ahead of the holiday season. Incredible. By the way, iTunes temporarily crashed thanks to Mrs Carter’s surprise 😉 You’ll hear Drake, Jay, Frank Ocean and the cutest little contribution from Blue Ivy. There’s also an awesome track that Beyoncé does with Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche too. Here’s the official track listing:

 

1. Pretty Hurts
2. Haunted
3. Drunk in Love (Featuring Jay Z)
4. Blow/Cherry
5. Angel
6. Yoncé/Partition
7. Jealous
8. Rocket
9. Mine (Featuring Drake)
10. XO
11. Flawless (Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
12. Superpower (Featuring Frank Ocean)
13. Heaven
14. Blue (Featuring Blue Ivy)

Videos

1. Pretty Hurts – directed by Melina Matsoukas
2. Ghost – directed by Pierre Debusschere
3. Haunted – directed by Jonas Åkerlund
4. Drunk in Love – directed by Hype Williams
5. Blow – directed by Hype Williams
6. Angel – directed by @lilinternet
7. Yoncé – directed by Ricky Saiz
8. Partition – directed by Jake Nava
9. Jealous – directed by Beyoncé, Francesco Carrozzini & Todd Tourso
10. Rocket – directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein
11 .Mine – directed by Pierre Debusschere
12. XO – directed by Terry Richardson
13. ***Flawless – directed by Jake Nava
14. Superpower – directed by Jonas Åkerlund
15. Heaven -directed by Beyoncé & Todd Tourso
16. Blue – directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein
17. **BONUS VIDEO – Grown Woman – directed by Jake Nava

Here’s an official press release from the label:

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Watch JAY Z and Justin Timberlake on Holy Grail

Finally!! JAY Z has released the video for the song, Holy Grail. The song features Mr. Justin Timberlake and it’s taken off his number one selling album, Magna Carta Holy Grail! Is there anything these and Mrs. Carter, Beyonce can’t do? Love their work!

Watch Justin Timberlake’s Take Back The Night

Justin Timberlake‘s new album drops late September and I, for one, cannot wait. It’s called The 20/20 Experience Part II and the first single Take Back the Night is already making its way onto charts around the world… The single that is, but now the TV music channels are going to have to make space for the video too because it’s out! Check it out above!

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News on Timberlake’s new album

Beyonce’s hair gets caught in a fan

Who is the ultimate music performer in your eyes? In my opinion, it’s Mrs. Carter aka Beyonce Knowles… She’s incredible. Just look at what she has done, achieved and managed to pull off in her career. Well if you weren’t convinced up to my previous sentence, you really should be after this next one. We’ve got to give her props for this one now. The star recently got ‘acquainted’ with one of the concert fans – and no, I’m not talking about the human versions. You can see how it all goes down in the clip above and in true Beyonce style, the star kept calm, kept singing while her team scrambled to help her out! Beyonce #TheUltimate!

Justin Timberlake’s The 20/ 20 Experience – 2 Of 2 is coming

Justin Timberlake fans (me included), you’ll be stoked to hear that JT will be releasing The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 on the 30th of September. The first single off that album is called “Take Back The NIght”. With this soulful, funky track, the star has once again teamed up with Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon. You can listen to it above… Warning, your foot will tap to this track! If it doesn’t well… sorry for you 😉

If you’re a die-hard, you can pre-order the album on the iTunes Store. Just go to itunes.com/JT. You can also get the The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience, which has all 21 tracks from Mr. Timberlake. Look out for a special surprise from Justin on this one. “I originally recorded a massive amount of material and decided on the 20 tracks that I wanted on the album over a year ago. But, when I was mixing and going through all of the songs there were so many that I loved – I couldn’t resist… I had to throw in something extra on the 2nd half.”

Want more from Justin now? Check out his latest video for the track, Tunnel Vision:

There’s also an absolutely awesome track from him and Jay-Z out too. It’s called Holy Grail and holy moley is it awesome!! Listen below:

I’m desperate to get my hands on Jigga’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album, but I’ve forgotten my stupid security questions on iTunes and it’s not as easy to reset them as one would expect. If you have any tips, holler!

Watch: Justin Timberlake’s Suit & Tie

It has been a heavy day, an emotionally taxing day for many and so I feel it’s time to lift the mood a bit. What better way than a little bit of Justin Timberlake. The star has finally released the music video for his hit single, Suit & Tie, which is taken off his forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience.

Grammys 2013 – blow by blow

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards are here. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s awards out of Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Red carpet:

Black was the order of the day apparently. Kelly Rowland, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the guys from Maroon 5 and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters were all keeping it tame in red. Someone who also took to wearing black was Jennifer Lopez, but she wasn’t keeping it too conservative. Last year Angelina Jolie showed a lot of leg at the Oscars and tonight it’s the chance of JLo, who looks amazing.

I think a lot of people were a bit taken aback when Beyonce arrived in her pants suit. She looks fantastic though. Can she do any wrong? Katy Perry and Rihanna brought some colour to the carpet. Katy was in a mint green dress while Rihanna was rocking royal red. Trust them to bring some life to the carpet 😉

The Awards:

Taylor Swift opens the show with “We’re never getting back together”. She took a stab at her apparent ex, Harry Stylez with a British accent. “I still love you and I’m like I’m opening the Grammys”.

Host, LL Cool J is back. He is blabbering on about origins of music and where some of our favourite artists hail from. B from Houston, Adele from the UK… Rih from Barbados. “The show is ours. All of ours. So are you ready for your show? Are you ready for your show? Let’s get back to the music,” your words LL.

Second performance up tonight is from Ed Sheeran and Elton John. They performed Sheeran’s Angels To Fly song. It was cool – just cool.

Pitbull and Jennifer opez are up to present the first award of the night for the Best Pop Solo Performance Award. Pitbull says to JLo, “You inspire the memo” before handing out the award to Adele for Set Fire to the Rain. “My good luck charm, Jlo. Thank you so much. I want to say thank you and big love to the other girls. See you later, have a wonderful night.”

Neil Patrick Harris introduces fun. I’ll be honest, I though their performance was also just okay. Nothing spectacular.

Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer welcome two of country music’s biggest stars to the stage Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

Dick Clark is remembered at the Grammys. LL says, “He is missed”. He then introduces Miguel and Wiz Khalifa. Miguel is singing his now Grammy winning song, Adorn alongside Wiz. The brother has pipes and Wiz is just kinda there. Miguel won for Best R&B Song. They’re now presenting the Best Country Solo performance award, which goes to Carrie Underwood. “Thank you. Country music has always been so good to me and I thank the good Lord. My family, my amazing perfect husband Mike. Glory to God, thank you so much.”

The Song of the Year Award is presented by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. That award goes to Fun for their song We Are Young. “Um, I don’t know what I was thinking writing this song. This is in HD, everyone can see our faces and we are not very young. We have been doing this for twelve years. To our families, we love you guys. I want to thank Jay-Z, Taylor… everyone”.

Johnny Depp introduces Mumford & Sons, who perform their track “I will wait for you”. It’s the performance of the night so far.

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Ellen and Beyonce are up to introduce Justin Timberlake. Welcome back JT “He was born to make music”… The black and white effect is awesome. His band, The Tennesse Kids are there and Jay-Z’s verse wouldn’t be left out. Jigga emerges from the crowd and everyone goes wild.

Kelly Rowland and Nas are up to present the Best Urban Contemporary Album. The Grammy goes to Frank Ocean for his album, Channel Orange. “So I hear it’s a bit easier if I imagine you all naked. I want to say thank you to my mother, to everyone at Future Records. Island Def Jam and all of you guys. Thank you.”

Dave Grohl and Pauley Perrette are up to present the Best Rock Performance and the Grammy goes to Lonely Boy by the Black Keys. “We would like to thank our good friend, Brian Burton. Chad Blake. Everyone in Ohio, everybody in Tennesse.”

Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 collaboration is up. Their mashup of Tonight and Girl on Fire wasn’t what I hoped it would be. In my opinion it was too forced and maybe it’s because I’m not a Maroon 5 fan, but it just didn’t work for me. Alicia playing drums is super cool though.

Kaley Cuouco and Keith Urban are up to present Best Pop Vocal Album to Kelly Clarkson for Stronger.  “I got stuck to Miranda Lambert. I get nervous speaking in front of people. Fun. I’ve been covering you all summer. Miguel I don’t know who the hell you are but we need to sing together. I honestly didn’t think I was going to win.”

Rihanna and Micky Echo singing Stay. Lovely intimate performance by Rih Rih.

Ne-Yo and Carly Rae Jepsen are up to present Best Rap Sung Collaboration “I didn’t think I’d be the first one speaking but thank you,” Frank Ocean. I would like to thank the Swap Meet for his hat. Thank you God,” Jay-Z. What on earth was The Dream thinking though when he got dressed? Tjop!

Kat Dennings from 2 Broke Girls introduces Grammy winners, The Black Keys. They’re joined on stage by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform Lonely Boy. Cool performance. Kelly Clarkson honours pays tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipients Patti Page & Carole King before presenting the Best Country Album Award. The award goes to Zac Brown Band for their album, Uncaged.

Bob Marley tribue, Grammys 2013

The Bob Marley tribute is up featuring Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and two of the Marley Brothers. Bruno Mars kicks off the tribute with Locked out of Heaven. Sting joins him and they slow it down with Walking on the Moon. Rihnna and Ziggy Marley are now on stage singing Could you be Loved. Hello Damian Marley. This is winning!

The Lumineers are on stage now singing their let’s get stoned and reminisce. I do love this song though.

Album of the Year nominee, Jack White takes to the Grammy stage to perform.

Katy Perry is up to present the award to the Best Newcomer Award. “I was never nominated in this category and I have my own eyelash line”. The award goes to Fun. “I didn’t think we were going to win this one. Frank Ocean, The Lumineers. Amazing. I’ve got to pee real badly, so I’m going to leave this up to these guys. Thank you so much. We’re so old.”

Hunter Hayes enjoys a short performance before introducing the lovely Carrie Underwood who is performing Blown Away.  She, just like Kelly Clarkson has pipes for days. There’s this weird graphics show happening on Carrie’s dress while she’s performing.

Prince presents the award for Record of the Year to Somebody that I used to Know. “Little bit lost for words to be receiving this award from this man standing behind us with a cane.”

Grammymusicteacher.com is a site you will want to visit. Pay tribute to your teachers, make sure they get the praise too.

In memoriam segment is up. In 2012 greats like Dick Clark, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Frank Wilson, Hal David passed away. Sir Elton John, Zac Brown, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and others pay tribute to those lost in 2012 and also to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, whose lives were lost too soon. They’re singing a Levon Helm track.

Juanes sings an Elton John number. He then welcomes Frank Ocean to the stage. There’s a great backdrop for the star, as he sings his song Forrest Gump.

Adele is up to present the Album of the Year. The award goes to Babel by Mumford & Sons. Lekker. “Adele is looking lovely tonight and so nice to get this from another British musician. Thank you very much.”

Listen: Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie ft Jay-Z

YES! YES! YES! This is how you start a Monday morning… Justin Timberlake has released his new single called “Suit and Tie”. Getting a little bit of help on the track from Jay-Z. Winning!

Read his open letter below:

An Open Letter to you (the fans):

I hope this gets to you the right way. It’s the only way I know to do it. Some people may criticize me for the last 3 days. But it was fun, right?? Right?!?! Besides, I’d rather speak directly to all of you. And, who can knock me for having a little bit of fun with it?

Well… No more teasing. Although, it was A LOT of fun. (Did I mention that I’m having fun with this?? Ha!)

*Makes a serious face*

So, here goes:

This year is an exciting one for me. As you probably have heard through the “grapevine,” I’m gearing up for a big 2013.

Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.

The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn’t expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I’ve had in my career… Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.

What I came up with is something I couldn’t be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I’ve discovered along the way.

I’m calling it “The 20/20 Experience,” and it’s coming out this year.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

That’s all I’m giving you for now… I know, I know! Again, with the teasing!!!

Get ready. This is going to be fun (well, at least it is for me).
Justin

Winners at the 2012 BET Awards

And just like that, the BET Awards are done for another year. If you don’t have Top TV in SA you were like me in that we couldn’t watch the show sadly. I’m hearing that Cissy Houston‘s tribute to the late Whitney Houston was incredibly moving and fantastic. I also hear that Mariah’s performance was on point. Anyone reading this who did manage to catch the awards, please enlighten those of us in the dark.

What I can do is provide a list of the winners for this year:

Best Group – The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best Actor – Kevin Hart

Best New Artist – Big Sean

Best Male R&B Artist – Chris Brown

Best Female R&B Artist – Beyoncé Knowles

Best Collaboration – Wale ft. Miguel

Best Gospel Artist – Yolanda Adams

Sportsman of the YearKevin Durant

Sportswoman of the Year – Serena Williams

Best Female Hip Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj

Lifetime Achievement Award – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Video of the Year – Otis by Kanye West & Jay-Z

Centric Award – Common

Best International Act: Africa: Wizkid (Nigeria) and Sarkodi (Ghana)

Best International Act: UK: Emeli Sandé