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Beyoncé just posted her first TikTok, a compilation of creative user-generated content inspired by her music and persona, thanking all her fans on the platform for supporting her and promising big things to come.
The use of house music throughout the album, and her sampling of queer artists such as Big Freedia, points to a queer history of disco and house music that was once controversial enough to cause public riots.
Disco had grown in popularity across the 1970s reaching its apex with the release of Saturday Night Fever in 1977. A concentrated rebellion against the genre grew in popularity among rock music fans, who felt the genre was too fixated on mechanical sounds that lacked authenticity.
Critics have since identified the anti-disco movement as almost completely populated by white men between 18-37. The leader of the movement was radio DJ Steve Dahl and in the weeks leading up to the explosive protest, Dahl and press agencies covering the movement conflated disco with R&B and funk music, and with gay men.
As disco declined in popularity, artists were no longer able to afford the lush sounds of a full orchestral backing, forcing a reliance on cheaper, synthetic sounds. Disco clubs moved to literal warehouses, giving house music its name.
A collection of the singer's unreleased music dropped on Thursday night on various streaming services under the alias of "Queen Carter." There are two 10-track albums, one titled Back Up, Rewind and a second one called Have Your Way, that fans are going wild over.
If Beyoncé did indeed fall victim to third-party leaking, she's not alone. SZA took to her Instagram Story on Thursday night to reveal that "new music" of hers shared to streaming services under the name "Sister Solana" was just some old cuts from 2015.
Beyoncé Knowles is a true definition of music royalty in every sense of the word. The powerhouse singer, who hails from Houston, Texas, rose to fame for being the frontwoman of Destiny's Child before launching a highly successful solo career. One of the world's best-selling artists of all time, Queen Bey has sold over 120 million records with her six studio albums. The latest, Lemonade, was released in 2016, and she's gearing up for an upcoming seventh, Renaissance.
However, Queen Bey's brand is too strong to just be associated with music. Up to this writing, her net worth is sitting nicely at approximative $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She's a true icon and entertainer with an impressive and long-ranging portfolio from acting, modeling, and her plethora of business ventures. Her tumultuous marriage and relationship with Jay-Z are also highly publicized. To sum it up, here's a look into Beyoncé's life outside music, and what the future holds for the superstar.
In addition to her impressive musical portfolio, Beyoncé has a few interesting film titles on her IMDb page. She made her on-screen debut opposite Steve Martin in the 2006 comedy film The Pink Panther, which ended up becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year despite its negative reviews. A true singer of her kind, she also starred as the late blues singer Etta James in the 2008 musical Cadillac Records. She later jumped into thriller films through her portrayal of Sharon Charles in Idris Elba's Obsessed.
Inspired by the street in Houston she grew up on, Bey launched her New York-based Parkwood Entertainment company in 2010 as an imprint of Columbia Records. Initially, the company began as a production house of Bey's on-screen project Cadillac Records back in 2008 before turning into full music and creative label. It's also responsible for propelling the career of R&B duo Chloe x Halle and their respective solo careers.
Recently on Instagram, Maverick City Music and social media influencer Jamison Bethea posted a mashup of Maverick City's song "Rest On Us" with Beyoncé's song "Halo." The post quickly sparked controversy, and some speculated that Maverick City was going to be collaborating with Beyoncé.The post exceeded 4,000 comments and 90,000 likes, and Maverick City quickly took to the comment section to explain that they are not releasing a new single with Beyoncé."Maverick City hasn't lost its way, we have no songs that compromise the Gospel or word of God," Maverick City explained. "We don't support or preach false doctrine, and we are not currently collaborating with Beyoncé. We are, however, supporting our brother Jamison Bethea and his musical genius, and we are praying for his family. We will continue to adhere to the Great Commission given to all of us."Later, Jamison Bethea edited his post to further clarify. "Not an official collaboration. This was not commissioned by Maverick City Music," he posted.Read the full post and listen to the mashup here.
Despite the success of the female stars on the list, there are regrettably still more than twice as many men than women among music's top-earning stars. Acts like the ninth-highest-paid woman, Katy Perry--who earned millions from endorsement deals with the likes of CoverGirl, Claire's and H&M--are doing their best to change that.
As one of the most influential multitalented pop stars on the planet, Beyonce Knowles continues to impact an impact across the entertainment world. When she isn't recording a new album, performing live in front of fans, or acting in a new project, Beyonce's mega-popular music is often used by other filmmakers and showrunners to help increase their fan base and promote a lucrative marketing tie-in.
The song was written by singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, who's best known for R&B, pop and hip hop. He first heard his song out loud accompanied by an acoustic guitar. He thought it would sound perfect as a country song recorded by country artists Faith Hill or Shania Twain. Now I almost feel like this information is a total tease. The song would sound completely different recorded by one of these powerhouse women, so I wish they could cover it (maybe even as a duet?) and save all of us from wondering what could have been and what that music video would have entailed. Perhaps a future remix would satisfy country fans? It's not too far-fetched. Reba McEntire released a cover of one of Beyoncé's best songs 'If I Were A Boy," a song about how a woman sees life from a male perspective. The song rose to the No. 6 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"When I first heard the track, produced by Norwegian production team Stargate, they just played the guitar. There were no drums to it and sounded like country-western music, and when they put the drums on it, it brought it back to the R&B side of things," Ne-Yo told BlackFilm.
"If you listen to any country music, there's always a story... it's always empowering or get your bags and leave or whatever case may be," Ne-Yo said. The truth of the matter, that's how country music is. So, I just basically did my version of how an R&B country western song would sound like in my opinion."
What's next? I am going to find out that Carrie Underwood almost recorded a Lady Gaga song? Luckily, we were able to get a country music twist on the song when Sugarland and Beyoncé teamed up for an incredible duet at the 2007 American Music Awards. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush perfectly complement Beyoncé's powerful vocals.
Coming into this year's awards, Beyoncé already owned 28 Grammys as a lead artist, though only one in the one of the awards' general categories. She had nine nominations this year, and hit the new record just after 7 p.m. PT, when she won best electronic/dance music album. She cried upon taking the stage, saying, "I'm just trying to receive this night." Later, she gave credit to her forebears and inspiration, adding: "I would like to thank the queer community for your love, and for inventing the genre," referring to the house music that grounded RENAISSANCE.
The show's "In Memoriam" segment, honoring musicians and industry professionals who died in the last year, featured performances by Kacey Musgraves, Migos' Quavo and Mick Fleetwood. The night featured multiple tributes, including Stevie Wonder honoring Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson by playing Motown hits including The Temptations' "The Way You Do The Things You Do" and "Tears of a Clown" alongside Robinson.
A brand-new honor called best song for social change was given to Iranian musician Shervin Hajipour for his protest song "Baraye," which was written in solidarity with Iran's "Woman, life, freedom" movement, and gained worldwide fans on social media. Hajipour was unable to attend the ceremony, as he has been banned from leaving Iran while he awaits trial; the award was presented by First Lady Jill Biden.
This is FRESH AIR. As the year ends, rock critic Ken Tucker has been re-listening to and thinking about the pop music released in 2022. For Ken, the year has been defined by two releases in particular, Beyonce's album Renaissance and the debut album from the duo Wet Leg. He talks about these and more in his year-end roundup.
TUCKER: Beyonce's "Renaissance" is my album of the year, my favorite of any genre in the past 12 months. Listening within those various genres, I have to say that country music had a pretty weak year, with little that was fresh or innovative. In fact, my favorite country performance of the year was on TV, Jessica Chastain's portrayal of Tammy Wynette in the Showtime miniseries "George & Tammy." Michael Shannon as George Jones? Not so much.
The best music book of the year is RJ Smith's spellbinding biography of Chuck Berry. Now back to recordings. In hip-hop, there was Kendrick Lamar's "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers," as well as the very potent collaboration between Danger Mouse and Black Thought called "Cheat Codes." Among singer-songwriters, Angel Olsen, Weyes Blood, Carly Rae Jepsen and Bonnie Raitt all released beautiful, semi-autobiographical collections with vivid detailing. 041b061a72