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Beyonce Does It Again!

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While the lucky few have been getting the Mrs Carter Tour experience, the rest of Beyonce’s fans have been waiting with bated breath for a new album, and she has suprised the whole world by dropping her album on iTunes, UNANNOUNCED.

Twitter users woke up this morning to a buzz about the new release, a self-titled “Visual Album“, created with both songs and videos for the songs to create a more holistic experience. MtV

Columbia Records tweeted on Friday, “#Beyonce The Visual Album. 14 songs 17 videos available now on iTunesMusic”.

The album is a more personal look into Bey’s life, with a song featuring Jay Z called “Drunk In Love” and another track and video name “Blue”, which features princess Blue Ivy. The album has 14 songs and 18 videos and ends with a digital booklet (see the slideshow here).

Beyonce released a brilliantly made video statement this morning where she explained her thinking behind the new release:

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“I see music, as more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual, or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies, and they’re all connected to the music. And I think its one of the reasons why I wanted to do a visual album. I wanted people to hear the songs with the story that’s in my head, cause it’s what makes it mine. That vision in my brain is what I wanted people to experience the first time.

I feel like right now, people experience music differently, I remember seeing Thriller on TV with my family, it was an event. We all sat around the TV and I’m now looking back and I’m so lucky I was born around that time. I miss that immersive experience. Now people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods, they don’t really invest in a whole album. It’s all about the single, and they hype. Theres so much that gets between the music and the artist and the fans. I felt like, I don’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready, and from me to my fans. I told my team, I wanna shoot a video for every song and put them all out at the same time. Everyone thought I was crazy, but we’re actually doing it, it’s happening. I wanted to make this body of work, and I feel like something that’s lost in pop music. I wanted people to hear things differently and have a different first impression. Not just listen to a ten-second clip but actually be able to see the whole vision of the album. It was important that we made this a movie, that we made this an experience. I wanted everyone to see the whole picture, and to see how personal everything is to me. I will make my best art, and just put it out. And that’s why it’s out today.”he story that’s in my head, cause it’s what makes it mine. That vision in my brain is what I wanted people to experience the first time.”

If you weren’t a serious Beyonce stan before now, this is the body of work that might just turn you.

Track List:

1. Pretty Hurts

2. Haunted

3. Drunk In Love (ft. Jay Z)

4. Blow

5. No Angel

6. Partition

7. Jealous

8. Rocket

9. Mine (ft. Drake)

10. XO

11. Flawless (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)

12. Superpower (ft. Frank Ocean)

13. Heaven

14. Blue (ft. Blue Ivy Carter)

Pretty Hurts (Video)

Ghost (Video)

Haunted (Video)

Blow (Video)

No Angel (Video)

Yonce (Video)

Partition (Video)

Jealous (Video)

Rocket (Video)

Mine (ft. Drake) [Video]

XO (Video)

Flawless (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche) [Video]

Superpower (ft. Frank Ocean) [Video]

Heaven (Video)

Blue (ft. Blue Ivy Carter) [Video]

Grown Woman (Bonus Video)

Credits (Video)

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SA At The Obama Inauguration

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634_obamas_ls_12113_copyYesterday was the 57th Presidential Inaugural celebrations, and inobama00000021-4_3_rx512_c680x510 case you weren’t paying attention, they drew the ultimate of the A-list celebrities, all there to perform and honour the leader of the free world at the beginning of his second term in office. The celebrations kicked off with a host of unofficial pre-inaugural parties on Friday, 18 January and ended with the two official balls (The Inaugural Ball & The Commander in Chief’s Ball) on Monday, 21 January. The president elected to also have a children’s concert, held on Sat, 19 January and between all these balls and parties, the stars came out to play.

People spotted included Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Beyonce, the cast of Glee, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Kelly Clarkson, Cindi Lauper, Will.I.Am, Common, Pharrell, James Taylor, Far East Movement, Fun., Nick Cannon and youth gospel choir Soul Children of Chicago.
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Theres has since been much furore in the news and net, detailing everything from, the drama caused by Lupe Fiasco when he “went all anti-Obama” at a pre-inaugural event, to the beautiful outfits won by the first lady and other A-list attendees.

micasaMy favourite piece of news, however, happened at the Ambassador’s Inaugural Ball, where Mi Casa, Hugh Masekela and Lira were performing. There is no higher honour, I think, than to be called to perform at the inauguration of the POTUS and these South African artists joined some of the world’s biggest names to honour the Barack Obama at Carnegie Library in the first event of it’s kind. The ball drew ambassadors from Morocco to Malawi and was hosted exclusively by members of the international community.
Representatives from nearly 200 countries were present, including international DJ/vocalist Anane Vega (originally from Cape Verde) and hip hop artist Biz Markie.
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Arts and Culture minister, Paul Mashatile sent our musicians off with a “Go out there and make us proud”. Speaking in Johannesburg on the 16th, Mashatile told the group that the whole of South Africa would be behind them.

J-Something spoke for his group members, Dr Duda and trumpeter Mo-T, in an exclusive interview with Tania Fuentez Media, saying “Obama holds a very special role in every African’s heart. Our message to him, from us as a band and, I think from Africa as a whole, is thank you for giving us HOPE!”lira-performance-1
Lira, a BET Award nominee, said she was proud to represent her country and that it was opportunity to show the world what Africa is made of. “When you are out there, you must celebrate being African,” she said, also hinting that she would be wearing a David Tlale creation that be a huge African Statement.
Hugh Masekela, who’s album Jabulani has just received a Grammy Award nomination, assured Arts and Culture minister, Paul Mashatile, that the Grammy would be coming home, and told Mi Casa not to be suprised by their sudden success as “Things that come from heritage will always stand forever.”


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Super Bey

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If you haven’t already heard, King Bey (Beyonce) will be performing at this year’s superbowl half-time show.
For those in the know, you understand what a big deal this is, since this is not only considered a great honour, but it’s one of the very few things that are actually watched by the entire country.

Not my country ofcourse…so no, I will not be tuned in, but I love the advertising campaign that has gone into this.
There are billboards and photoshoots and everyone wants a picture of the World’s Sexiest Woman in anything even remotely football related.
These are a few pictures I came across between December and last week, including the new GQ photoshoot.

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