Stop the presses! All y’all news organizations who already printed your Top 10 Lists for 2013 need to go back and print an addendum, stat, because Beyoncé dropped an album out of the blue (Ivy!) overnight. Sure, a few weeks ago we (lightly) admonished King Bey for failing to release an album in 2013, but as of this morning, we BOW DOWN before King Bey and take everything back. Beyoncé’s self-titled Beyoncé is a game-changer not only because it broke every rule in the book about music marketing, but because it arrived complete with VIDEOS FOR EVERY SONG ON THE ALBUM!
Rumors are circulating that Jay-Z is looking for big bucks — $150 million to be exact — to send wifey and baby momma Beyoncé on tour. Apparently, a source told the New York Post, “Just weeks after the birth of Blue Ivy, Jay met with Live Nation to discuss a tour for Beyoncé… He wanted a deal worth about $150 million, but they countered with a lower offer.” While representatives from the Bey-Z camp have not commented on the matter, we can’t help but feel a little bit giddy, and are crossing our fingers that there’s some truth in the report. We were expecting an extended hiatus from Bey after the birth of Blue Ivy, and would obviously love to see her back on the road and performing for us. That does beg the question however — what of the baby? Would Blue Ivy embark on her first ever tour, not even a year old? Could momma Bey possibly leave her behind so soon after she came into the world?
Jay-Z ‘wants 150m tour deal for Beyoncé’ [Music News]
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We guess she wasn’t messing around when she sang, “Strong enough to bare the children / Then get back to business.” Momma Bear Beyoncé is taking no prisoners despite only having given birth to the adorable Blue Ivy Carter earlier this year. She’s already reportedly in talks for two new projects, both due in 2013. Songwriter, OneRepublic front man, and Beyoncé collaborator, Ryan Tedder, who wrote “Halo” for King B (and who is currently basking in the Grammy glow for his work with Adele on 21), has let slip that the yummy mommy has some new music in the works already. He told The Boombox that he was busy pitching songs about parenthood, which, “goes without saying.”
He also revealed, “The conversations about her next album literally just started and there [are] two projects happening. All I can say is you kind of feed her the best that you have and she’s this phenomenal filter and she takes it all in… She’s not interested in 2012, [she’s interested in] what’s [going to sound good for] 2013… Without question she steers the ship. [With] Beyoncé, you just let her go, she’s ridiculous, she’s the best.” To say that we’re excited is an almost offensive understatement, and if we had some sort of time machine we’d definitely be skipping forward to the future so we could hear what the pair come up with for 2013.
The New York Times described Jay-Z‘s performance last night, “the highest-profile hip-hop show ever at Carnegie Hall.” Playing two shows in support of charity (the second one being tonight), Jay-Z is proving that he might not be as miserly as we first thought — the concerts are being put on in support of the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
From all accounts, last night’s show was an inspiring event, with guests Alicia Keys for “Empire State of Mind,” and Nas for “N.Y. State of Mind” and “If I Ruled The World” (for which Keys sang the Lauryn Hill part) joining Jay-Z on stage, before he finally took to a balcony to close the show amongst his enthusiastic fans. But according to reports, the shining moment of the night was when Jay-Z sang his ode to new baby daughter, Blue Ivy, “Glory.” After the emotional song, Hov told the audience, “I didn’t think I was gonna make it through that one. That one was tough.” We love the track, and we’re glad Jay-Z is keeping it in his repertoire. We’re also wondering if new mom Beyoncé was just as emotional as Jay — she was in attendance at the concert, which was her first post-birth public appearance, and she looked great!
Is Jay-Z the most gushing new dad of all time? By all reports, it seems like, yes, yes he really is. Following the birth of his and Beyoncé‘s daughter, Blue Ivy, last week, Hov wasted no time in releasing a song, “Glory,” in tribute to the blushing babe. And now, in the most recent chapter of Jay-Z Is An Amazing Dad, the rapper has vowed to stop using the word “b***h.” In a poem he wrote for baby Blue Ivy, Jay says, “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich, I didn’t think hard about using the word b***h. I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it. Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it. No man will degrade her, or call her names, I’m so focused on your future, the degradation has passed. I wish you wealth, health and insight. Forever young you may pass. Blue Ivy Carter, my angel.”
It’s not such a bold pronouncement for a dad, but a pretty revolutionary thing from a hip hop star, given the proliferation of misogynistic lyricism that characterizes a lot of rap music. We wonder if Jay will now proceed to censor his back catalog, given that the degrading term appears in many of his songs. For instance, will he now sing, “I got 99 Problems but the strong, empowered woman in my life ain’t one”? Will he force Kanye West to change the lyrics of their Watch The Throne hit, “That’s My B***h” to, “That’s my wonderful, intelligent young woman whom I respect unconditionally”?
Moreover, we want to know what Hov plans to do about everyone else — it’s all well and good for him to fly the feminist flag, but he can’t control the rest of the world now, can he? In that vein, some marijuana dealers in LA have developed a strain of weed dubbed “OG Blue Ivy.” We’re wondering how Jay, who often raps about his penchant for the green stuff, feels about the moniker? Obviously Jay can’t keep baby Blue completely away from the big bad world — she is as close as you can come to being infant pop royalty, after all, so she’ll always be in the spotlight. But if daddy really is on the war path, will Blue Ivy be the most sheltered/over protected baby on earth? Is Blue Ivy Carter the new Blanket Jackson?
‘No man will degrade her': Rapper Jay-Z vows to stop using the word ‘b***h’ following birth of daughter Blue Ivy [The Daily Mail]
‘Blue Ivy’ Strain Marijuana Sprouting Up In LA Weed Shops [Huffington Post]
We’re not really sure celebrities these days are aware that Twitter is public. This year we’ve already seen Kanye West go on an epic Twitter rant, and it seems like 50 Cent has picked up a case of the Twitter crazies too, after he morbidly Tweeted about his own death following a not-no-subtle tirade against his record label. Now 50 seems to be lashing out against long time partner-in-beef, Jay-Z, by posting some truly bizarre Photoshopped images of faux baby Blue Ivy. The creepy images feature Jay-Z’s face on a baby’s body, accompanied by what we can only assume to be a sarcastic comment calling the baby “gorgeous”.
In the past 50 Cent has been credited with saying that no one knew who Jay-Z was before he was romantically tied to Beyoncé, and that he was going to steal Beyoncé away. As far as we’re concerned, all’s fair in love and beef, but using a new born baby as the butt of a joke is just… cheap. Come on, 50! You can do better than this — pick on someone your own size! After his initial pot stirring, it seems like 50 back tracked somewhat, making it clear that he didn’t make the images himself, and that he was sure Jay-Z was very happy. However, we think the effort might have been mere tokenism, considering the strange pictures are still up on 50’s Twitter.
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