If you are an active member of the Tumblr community, your dashboard has no doubt been taken over this morning by Beyoncé. King B herself launched beyonce.tumblr.com this morning, a site that is chock full of pictures of Bey and her hubby Jay-Z enjoying the good life (and their untold riches) over the last few years. As you’ll recall, the couple decided to release the first pics of baby Blue Ivy Carter on the rapidly growing social blogging platform recently, which makes us think that they have invested some of their beacoup bucks in the site.
Either way, there are dozens upon dozens of pictures of B and J on the new site. Pictures of them smoking Cubanos together, relaxing in the French Riviera and just generally goofing off. There’s a bunch of solo Beyoncé pics, too, including her dressed up as Spiderman (Spiderwoman?), and even some snaps of her buried in the sand looking like the fly-est mermaid you ever did see. We’ve picked our 20 favorite pictures to share with you below, but be sure to head over to beyonce.tumblr.com and check them all out for yourself!
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?
Gossip monster aside, we’re really enjoying this performance. It starts of slowly but by the end Katy is really into it, and her vocal becomes more aggressive as she spits into the microphone. We imagine there’s some discomfort at having a woman, and a white woman no less, sing the controversial lyrics, but Katy carries it off with poise, eloquence, and some serious attitude. Our favorite part is when she raps, “That so cray / Ain’t it Kate?” Talk about adding a personal touch! Is this a career change for Katy? Are we going to see her rapping her own material in the future? Or do we smell another Kanye collaboration? A feature on Watch The Throne II, perhaps?
We heard that Jay-Z‘s performance at SXSW last night was riveting, sweaty, and iconic. With Hov reportedly letting the crowd take over for him from time to time, tickets to the show were highly sought after and hard to come by, and largely given out to American Express holding contest winners. So imagine our luck when the whole thing got put up online at American Express’ youtube site (here), after being streamed live last night. No really. We know what we’re doing tonight — inviting all our friends over, putting the concert on the big screen and moshing around the room throwing out some very, very loud singing and rapping. If you need to get into the mood, watch the fan filmed video above of Jay performing “99 Problems” — a classic and crowd favorite. Jay also played the newest edition to his repertoire, “Glory”, an ode to the tiny baby Blue Ivy Carter. After the jump you can see the full set list if you need even more inspiration to watch, but get in quick; the stream is only available online for a week!
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Jay-Z
Ahead of Jay-Z‘s SXSW performance tonight, Complex Magazine talked to Hov’s engineer and friend, Young Guru. So here are 15 fascinating things you didn’t know about Jay, including that his new album is not a concept album but it has a concept, and that there’s “serious consideration” being given to a Watch The Throne sequel. [Complex]
Jack White Kicks Off His Solo Tour in Chattanooga
And Rolling Stone have an amazing gallery of images to get you in the mood to appreciate Jack White as a solo artist. With Blunderbuss on the way, this is the first solo album and supporting tour in White’s career. [Rolling Stone]
When you first heard Jay-Z‘s “Glory,” did you imagine Jay-Z penning the track as Beyoncé pushed and groaned, tiny baby Blue screaming as she emerged from the womb? Or did you imagine the little bundle of joy, peacefully sleeping in the nook of her glowing father’s arm as he whispered lyrics to her? Whatever fantasy you had, forget it, because “Glory” collaborator Pharrell Williams has just dropped a truth bomb, revealing that Jay-Z was working on the track before baby Blue was even born. Pharrell said, “[Jay-Z and Beyoncé], they live a different lifestyle, and it was important for him to stop everything that he had going on and just sort of make statement to his baby and his wife.” He added that when they wrote the song, they had Stevie Wonder‘s “Isn’t She Lovely” in mind, and that Jay-Z underwent a similar process for his first son, but that he’s “more quiet and private about his life”. We don’t think the dream need be entirely shattered though — now we’re imagining Hova in the evening, maybe by a fireplace, resting his head on Bey’s full belly while he jots down words about the bundle of joy inside.
Of the track itself, “R.I.P.” is set to be a pop anthem. With synth led beats, the song is a powerful dance number following in 2011′s trend towards club fueled pop, but this time with a grittier edge that takes shape with Ora’s sexy vocal and Tinie Tempah’s energetic verse. With a girl power theme, the track makes happy bedfellows with other hits of the season including Katy Perry‘s angry, moving on, triumph against heart break, “Part Of Me.” At only 21-years-old the British/Alabnian Ora should be both revered and feared. As Jay-Z’s newest protegee, it seems like Ora’s destiny is written, so prepare yourself for Ora to be the number one lady in pop this year.
Move over Rihanna, there’s a new babe on the block! The super gorgeous Rita Ora is poised to topple Rihanna’s throne as the go to girl for hip hop collaborations and sexy pop. Her new single, “Party & Bullsh*t” (which you can listen to below) is the first release for her forthcoming debut under Jay-Z‘s label, Roc Nation. The chorus of the infectious party anthem directly references Biggie‘s own iconic “Party & Bullsh*t”, and we predict that the new track is going to be blasting out of speakers everywhere this summer, especially with Jay-Z’s backing, and other huge collaborators like Drake, The-Dream and Stargate for her album.
The stunning Ora was a favorite at fashion weeks this past month, and rumors are flying that Jay-Z has “dumped” Rihanna is favor of Rita. Media Take Out “reports” that Jay-Z has begun a “media blitz” for Rita, not least because he’s angry at Rihanna’s for her recent collaborations with Chris Brown. An “rock solid” insider has allegedly said that, “Rita [Ora] has the same kind of pop appeal that Rihanna does, but she’s younger, and not as crazy… [Jay Z] has scheduled to make a bunch of appearances with her, and he’s even going to integrate her into [upcoming THRONES] concert [with Kanye West].” Does Rihanna need to watch her back? Will Rita dethrone RiRi’s, until now, dominance of cameos on the songs of hip hop’s finest? Is Rita Ora about the be the sexiest thing to happen to pop since RiRi’s “Umbrella”?
MTV have unveiled their seventh Hottest MCs list, and it’s a pretty accurate reflection of the current hip hop landscape. Coming in at number one for the first time is the distinctive Rick Ross, of whom MTV says, “When Rick Ross experiences a personal moment of triumph, a hearty grunt typically marks the occasion. Built up from the bowels of his belly, Rozay’s baritone call has become as ubiquitous as his titillating one-liners — not that a simple ad-lib is the only thing that earned Rick Ross the #1 spot on MTV News’ Hottest MCs in the Game VII list, his first time up top.”
Coming in at number two is Drake, who had a great year in 2011 with his album Take Care (does this settle the beef with Common, who doesn’t appear in the list at all?). Kanye West appears at number three, oddly enough three places above Watch The Throne collaborator and veteran rapper Jay-Z. And the only woman on the list is Nicki Minaj at number four — the female Weezy coming in one spot above the real Weezy! See the full list after the jump.
Maya Rudolph and Sleigh Bells were the host and musical guest, respectively, on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. The standout sketch of the evening involved the world’s most famous new parents, Jay-Z (played by Jay Pharoah) and Beyoncé (Rudolph) welcoming a slew of famous musicians to their crib to welcome the newest member of the Carter family, Blue Ivy Carter (see: Photos of Blue Ivy Carter). Their guests at their Scarsdale, NY home included the mystery wrapped inside of a riddle wrapped inside of an enigma that is Prince (played to perfection by Fred Armisen), 2012 Grammys host LL Cool J (played by Kenan Thompson, a comedian whose many strengths do not include the ability to do a spot-on impression), a rambunctious Nicki Minaj (played more than adequately by Nasim Pedrad), Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (Taran Killam and Abby Elliott, respectively), and a VERY surprised Taylor Swift (Kristen Wiig).
There was one other surprise visitor to see the Notorious B.I.C. — the 2012 winner of the Best New Artist Grammy, Bon Iver! Frequent SNL cameo actor and former musician Justin Timberlake turned in a hilarious impression of the notoriously shy indie frontman, which included singing a parody version of “Holocene” that served as a lullaby that put both Blue Ivy AND Bon Iver himself to sleep. Justin (unnecessarily) went out of his way at the end of the show to make peace with the bearded Wisconsin native, holding up a sign that read “I (Heart) Bon Iver” as the show credits rolled, but we’re pretty sure that the recent SNL musical guest didn’t care. After all, unlike Snooki and Skrillex, everyone managed to pronounce his name correctly.