There is no more dominant couple in music—let alone pop culture—than Jay Z and Beyonce. The two separately have topped the charts with hit after hit and surprise album after surprise album, but together they make magic. While they never have truly recorded a duet, the two have collaborated a number of times—lending backing vocals and 16 bars to each other’s songs. Among them, “Crazy In Love,” “Drunk In Love,” and “03′ Bonnie & Clyde.” With the news that the two are planning to embark on their first official tour together, we can’t help but review all their best musical moments.
Lily Allen has never been one to shy away from telling the cold, hard truth nor has she ever skittered away from a challenge. So, we thought what better way to celebrate her new album, Sheezus, than with an old-fashioned game of “Truth or Dare.” Luckily for us, Allen didn’t disappoint. She taught us how to twerk and told us why Beyoncé is responsible for the worst hangover of her life.
We already know that Kelis is a culinary fiend — her new album is called Food, for starters — but just how much television does she watch while snacking? Because we can’t find a reason not to think about Game of Thrones during all waking hours, we put the singer’s knowledge of her own work to the test against that of a powerful, traveling queen with a similar sounding name. And why not? With her own show coming to The Cooking Channel, Kelis has got to get a feel for the competition.
Ledisi made it onto my radar late in the game, but it’s been a love at first listen ever since! We do all kinds of things for the sake of love, so I thought almost nothing of the brisk and rainy weather I braved on Wednesday to see Ledisi perform at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. I knew it would be worth it, and I was right. From the moment she strutted onto the stage to perform the single “That Good Good” off her seventh album, The Truth, Ledisi showcased an undeniable confidence and vibrancy that lit up the Beacon for the entire evening. The “Truth” theme for the night -and the 29-city tour- was solidified with her second song “Bravo,” featuring the lyrics: See it’s the same pretty woman with a brand new style/Same Ledisi but she ain’t walkin’ she flying/A new day making big moves. We were witnessing the same Ledisi we’ve always adored, only bolder and better.
Oh hello, Frank Ocean. The other night the R&B singer was having some late night fun when he posted a shirtless selfie to his Tumblr page. The singer has since deleted the image and posted a follow-up reading, “all posts after 2am and before 7am shall be forgiven.” Oh don’t worry, your photo is forgiven Mr. Ocean. Although deleting it is not. Thankfully, Tumblr users were able to grab the image before it disappeared.
As Mariah Carey has experienced delays with her upcoming album, the singer and her camp hinted at a surprise release, similar to Beyonce’s unbelievably successful LP from late 2013. It now appears that Mimi will end up going with a traditional rollout after all, but we’re still waiting to see which other music stars can make waves like Bey did when she dropped her album without warning.
Lest you think Bad Girl RiRi has been tamed by all the time she’s been spending with Drake, Rihanna is pushing boundaries again. The sexy singer posted a photo of her new cover for Lui magazine on her Instagram and the image isn’t just sexy, it’s shocking and scandalous.
In honor of Kelis‘s new album, Food, VH1 had her break down essentials when it comes to the kitchen. While the singer is known for her hits on the radio, she’s also turning up the heat in the kitchen for a number of years. After graduating from the culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu, Kelis has written a cookbook as well as launched a sauce line (called Feast) and starred in a cooking TV special on the Cooking Channel. This is one singer who knows her food! But just don’t ask her to do the dishes.
Beyoncé does not take her influence lightly. As one of the most influential people in the world, she understands the impact her work can have on fans and is using this power for good. “Pretty Hurts,” the opening track from her 2013 album, is not just a ballad perfect for an emotional night of karaoke, but commentary on our obsession with perfection. The official video places Bey in a beauty pageant, where she and other contestants struggle to reach the unattainable goals pageant bosses, Harvey Keitel and society have set for them. VH1 has an exclusive look at the making of the video, including thoughts from Miss 3rd Ward herself. “I wanted to tap into the world of competition,” Beyoncé says. “Some of the things young women go through are just really heartbreaking for me.”