There’s not many artists that I get excited to see, but please believe Queen Bey is one of them. What better time to reminisce on her amazingly spectacular performance than now, weekend two of Coachella. Well, for people like me, NOCHELLA.
Yes, I am that person that had to run to my blog to share my excitement of Beyoncé being pregnant with not ONE, but TWO babies! QUEEN BEY IS HAVING TWINS! Now, if you’re not a loyal member of the Bey Hive than something like this would just be, “oh, another celebrity pregnancy.” BUT THIS IS BEYONCÉ!
Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. For those who have not noticed, the blog did go under major changes such as a new name. ChaoticCritic is now the new name for the blog, simply because my posts are BEYOND music. Also be sure to follow me on Instagram @chaoticcritic. So before we get into the weekly music news, here’s what’s been posted this week:
Just when I thought the video for ‘7/11’ was AMAZING, Nicki Minaj drops her video to her smash ‘Feeling Myself’ alongside Beyoncé this past Monday (5/18). The videos was released exclusively on Tidal, but of course the full length has surfaced elsewhere for non Tidal subscribers, like myself, to view.
Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. I took a blog break, but I’m back in the swing of things. Let’s get into the news.
On the top of the Billboard 200, Shawn Mendes debuts with his album Handwritten. I’ve never heard of him so I had to do some research. He’s a 16-year old Canadian singer that’s had success with singles ‘Life of the Party’ and ‘Something Big.’ In at #2 is the Furious 7 Soundtrack which had the top spot last week and in at #3 is Reba with Love Somebody. Over on the Hot 100, Wiz Khalifa is still in at #1 for the 2nd week with his track, ‘See You Again.’ This track dethroned the 13 week run of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’, Uptown Funk,’ which now sits in at #2. In at #3 is The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It,’ surging 3 spots from it’s previous spot at #6.
Moving on from chart news, there’s a lot of new music and videos released since I haven’t kept tabs on what was going on. J. Cole released a video for his track ‘Wet Dreamz’ off his album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. I absolutely love the video because the song is about his “first time.” What could’ve been the typical vision of walking through the halls of school, flirting, ending up at the girls house and yeah you can take the visual from there, the video was a completely different approach. It was PUPPY LOVE instead. It matched the song perfectly and it was a great direction opposed to the typical direction it could’ve went. I wasn’t expecting it, but it was cool to watch. Check out the video below:
Music that I need to catch up on includes: Lady Antebellum, ‘Long Stretch of Love;’ Rick Ross, ‘Phone Tap;’ August Alsina, ‘Hip Hop;’ Hilary Duff, ‘Sparks;’ and Vanessa Carlton’s, ‘Young Heart.’ If I enjoy it I’ll blog about it. If not, I guess I didn’t.
Big news for Brandy and Kelly Rowland as they both have shows to be featured on BET. Brandy is currently starring in Chicago on Broadway, but will soon be heading back to TV and not just as Chardonnay from The Game. She has her own show, a romantic comedy titled Zoe Moon, in which she will not only be starring in, but executively producing. As for new mommy, Ms. Rowland, her show will be called Chasing Destiny and will be looking for “the next big female superstar group to make their mark in a dog-eat-dog music industry.” I’m more excited to see Kelly’s show simply because she had a personal tie to it being she started in a group. Who knows who’ll appear on the show. Kelly’s no stranger to singing competitions as she was once an X-Factor judge.
Lastly, my Instagram was FLOODED with pictures of Ms. Tina
Knowles Lawson’s wedding to actor Richard Lawson, father of actress Bianca Lawson (Sister Sister, Teen Wold, Pretty Little Liars, etc.). The family has a thing for all white affairs. It’s such a pristine look that they slay every time. Flashback to Solange’s wedding. I love all the pictures that surfaced. Click HERE to see more pictures. CONGRATS TO MR. & MRS. LAWSON!
Until next time…
There’s a new music subscription for the public to access, but this time its backed by the stars. Jay-Z announced that he would be relaunching Tidal. Now there’s Spotify which is $9.99/month. Then there’s Beats Music that’s $9.99/month and allows access for up to three devices. Now when I heard of Tidal I was thinking, great another music subscription. When I saw the price I knew that I wouldn’t want to sign up. $19.99 for a music subscription? What makes it so special? What am I getting in addition to the cheaper alternatives already available? This star-studded announcement that included the likes of: Jay-Z & Beyonce (of course), Kanye West, Usher, J. Cole, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, and more. I paid this no mind until Beyoncé released a new single via the site titled,’Die For You .’ How appropriate as it is the 7th wedding anniversary of her and Jay-Z. Click HERE to listen to the track.
When going on to the site you reach a screen that states what Tidal is:
Introducing the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial.
Again, that doesn’t really define much of what I’d possibly be paying $19.99/month for. You could “listen now” or enter a voucher which I’m curious to know what that is. Now when going to start a free trial there are two options, Tidal Premium ($9.99/month) and Tidal HiFi ($19.99/month). From the looks of it the only difference between the two seems to be the quality of sound. When asked (in an interview with NYU) if Tidal was competing with Spotify, Jay-Z commented:
I know everyone thinks “new company, main business competitor is Spotify” but we’re really not here to compete with anyone. We’re actually here to improve the landscape. If just the presence of TIDAL causes other companies to have better pay structure, or to pay more attention to it moving forward, then we’ve been successful in one way. So we don’t really view them as competitors. As the tide rises, all the boats rise.”
When asked who’d be McDonald’s or ShakeShack he responded:
“We’re cool with, you know, they [other streaming services] can be McDonald’s, we’ll be Shake Shack. We don’t have to be number one, we just want to be very specific and very great at what we do. We want to do a very specific thing, we want people to come to TIDAL for a specific sound, a specific experience, and to know that there are going to be the greatest new artists in the world, the biggest artists, introducing the newest artists, collaborations and things you’ve never seen before. That’s what we’re going to do. After that, the world decides. The universe decides.”
As for my thoughts on this whole Tidal movement, I’m not sold on this. I see this as just another music subscription service except with a punch. The punch is that the artists are behind it and paying subscribers can have access to exclusives such as the one released by Beyoncé. Also available on the site right now are exclusives from. I’m interested in seeing where this goes. This does go hand in hand with that of the Grammy Creators Alliance which wants artists to get the respect they deserve. Whether people subscribe or not, artists have joined together for their music to be respected.
‘Happy’ has cemented itself into the history of music as has the creator, Pharrell Williams. Pharrell has done just about everything and while he continues to recreate himself, he continues to add to his resume. Well, he’s no stranger to creating soundtracks as he’s produced soundtracks for Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. This time around he’ll be curating the soundtrack for NBA 2K15 set to be released October 7th. He will be taking over the throne from Jay Z and Lebron James who curated the previous two installments of the game.
“I’m tripping out that we get to put this music out. This never happens — the system is never like that, where you look up and go ‘Wow, we just pulled that off.’ I’m pumped and excited.”
The track list will not be released until later this summer, but Pharrell did mention that System of a Down and Strafe will be featured on the soundtrack. A 2K Games rep stated it will be the biggest soundtrack to date for the franchise for the title.
With his latest album being titled, G I R L, women were not an afterthought when it came to creating this soundtrack. Pharrell always considers the ladies:
“There are girls that play the game and there’s a lot of girls that are around it … so I thought it’d be such an interesting twist to have the girls weigh in on the song list, because they listen to it just as much. I tried to pick an alternative approach, because how do you follow up LeBron and Jay? I gotta take a different route. When we finished looking at the list, it felt right.”
With production from Pharrell and his vast taste in music this will be one for the books. NBA 2K15, in stores 10.7.14.
I recently blogged about Beyoncé and Jay Z heading to HBO, this time as a duo to showcase their latest feat and biggest collaboration to date, The ‘On The Run’ Tour. The show just finished up in Jersey at MetLife Stadium (7.11/7.12) and is heading West. The show finishes in the states August 6th and the HBO special will be filmed during their two day stint (9.12/9.13) in Paris at State de France. This is their only international stop on the tour.
In the 25 second teaser, it quickly shows the emotion of the tour. Quick clip of the couple holding hands. Flash Beyonce, flash Jay Z, flash On the Run. There you have it. It’s coming in September. No official air date just yet.
Check the trailer below:
Beyonce and Jay Z are no strangers to HBO with their previous projects so what better platform to showcase their latest collab than that of HBO. It has confirmed that Beyonce and Jay Z’s ‘On The Run’ tour will be documented via HBO this September. HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo, stated:
“This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO. It’s going to be a night to remember.”
Beyonce currently has her docu-series, ‘Beyonce: X10’, which encompasses the days of her latest tour along with her highly rated ‘Life Is But a Dream’ which aired in 2013. Jay Z is no stranger either as he aired his documentary, ‘Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film’ in August of 2013.
The concert special will be shot during the international leg of their tour, September 12th and 13th, at State De France in Paris. It will feature the dynamic duo performing over 40 songs.
With the ‘On The Run Tour’ wrapping up in the states at the end of next month, this announcement gives fans the opportunity to view a show at such a high caliber, granted they have HBO.
Solange has been out and about since the infamous elevator incident that has become somewhat of shadow to not only her, but to her big sis Beyonce and brother-in-law, Jay Z. Well, she took to the pages of Lucky Magazine where she talked music, life, and the elevator incident.
“What’s important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and what we all feel peace with that.”
In other words, she’s not going to discuss the situation any further. We all saw the video yet as far as digging deeper into the situation, we’ll never know.
Not to be shadowed by her older sister, Solange has become more of a fashion symbol more so than for her music. Her music is a completely different sound that that of her sisters which I personally love. In the beginning of her career, when you listen to her earlier music, it wasn’t her. She didn’t really have a say so and I think that her 2008 album, Sol-Angel and The Hadley Street Dreams, really zoned in on her sound and the direction she wanted to go musically. Here’s what she said as far as dancing with Destiny’s child .
“I had no idea how to dance hip-hop at the time. I was trained in classical ballet! But it sounded chill and I was going to make a little weekly check and be with my whole family, so I said okay. I loved traveling. We were in Europe for a month, and that’s when my musical eyes opened up. There, Björk was on pop radio. She wasn’t some obscure underground thing like she was in America.”
An injury took her away from dancing and she went on to say,
“Dance had been my everything since I was a little girl and all of a sudden I couldn’t do it. Some beautiful things came out of that year but also some painful things. I started writing songs because I had all of these emotions that were so real.”
On the direction of her upcoming album:
My last EP, True, was about the overall vibe—the message was fun. This one, I really want you to hear what I’m saying. I want you to hear me.
It wouldn’t be an interview without mentioning her life as a mother. Here’s what she shared.
I think about all of those phases that I went through and the ridicule and whatever that I experienced. And I can’t think of one time where I ever felt like I was going to break. That’s because I had confidence instilled in me by my parents. They didn’t always like it—in fact, most of the time they didn’t—but they never asked me to change.
Check out more pics from the shoot below and head over to LuckyMag.com for the full interview.