Produced by Toddrick Hall. YAASSS for bees representin'!! Oh, and I see that Janet Jackson choreo too! :) lol
Do you think the songs on Beyonce's new album "4" tell a story? What about the song titles? I'm challenging YOU to make a poem out of the song-titles. The person who writes the best poem (as judged by J.Says) will win a cool piece of Beyonce` paraphernalia. You must use all 15 titles from the deluxe edition of "4." You do not have to use the titles in order. Be creative and have fun. Submit your poem by clicking the "Contact/Info" tab on this site and fill out the form. The contest ends August 8, 2011. Just in case you need it, the tracklist is: 1+1, I Care, I Miss You, Best Thing I Never Had, Party, Rather Die Young, Love On Top, Countdown, Start Over, End of Time, I Was Here, Run The World, Lay Up Under Me, Schoolin' Life & Dance For You.
What's your favorite song from "4"? Mine is "1+1." :) Be sure to vote on the other polls along the side of this page, including "What's Beyonce's Best Solo Album?" :)
Play "Beyonce` in Time" and WIN a PRIZE!!
Rules:There are 10 photographs in the video below. Correctly identify what album “era” the photos come from (ex. “B’Day” or “Sasha Fierce” era). The first 5 people to answer ALL 10 items correctly will win a piece of Beyonce` paraphernalia. Submit your answers via email by going to the “Contact/Info” tab on this site and filling out the form. Winners will be notified by email. The contest ends July 14th, 2011. Good luck! :)
Play “Who’s Beyonce’s 1+1?”
Rules: Correctly identify the individuals tagged in the video below (ex. a person tagged as “man in blue?”). There are 6 person tags, 1 question & 1 bonus question (answer the bonus question for extra points). The first 5 individuals who answer at least 7 items correctly will win a piece of Beyonce` paraphernalia. Submit your answers via email by going to the “Contact/Info” tab on this site & filling out the form. Winners will be notified by email. The contest ends July 14th, 2011. Thanks for playing! Good Luck! :) (just in case you need it: the youtube link to the video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zx-J9I0PRA)
I've created a facebook fan community called "The Beehive," with the purpose of creating a forum for us hardcore bees to share promotional info, media, photos, news and opinions. Feel free to join! Just click the icon :)
There is discord in the Beehive over Bey’s new single, “Rule The World.” Never in all my years of being a “bee” have I seen such a strong response and dissention among fans. Reactions to the song seem to be split three ways: those that love it, those that dislike it and those in the middle. Most of those that dislike the single have issues with the song being a sample and feel that the writing is sub-par. They’ve expressed heartfelt disappointment and feel that Beyonce` could’ve done better. Those that love song accuse disapproving fans of disloyalty and “hateration.” Fans in the middle encourage supporting the single, whether you like it or not. Many “middle fans” also suggest listening to the song several times to make yourself like it more.
While I hate to see my fellow fans in disagreement, I think this is a healthy debate that will help us “bees” analyze what being a “real fan” means. Some feel that being a real fan means supporting Beyonce` no matter what and taking the opinion that everything she does is perfection. Others think that being a real fan means giving Beyonce` constructive criticism and that such criticism will make her a better artist. Here’s my opinion: 1) It’s okay for us to disagree; it’s NOT okay for us to disrespect each other. Respect each other’s opinion. Be nice. We’re all in the same fan family. 2) Its okay to NOT like everything Beyonce` does. NO ONE is perfect. Your parents don’t like everything you do and might fuss at you for it, but they still love you. You can dislike something Bey does and still love her. She has said in many interviews that she doesn’t like for people to tell her “yes” all the time and not give constructive criticism. 3) Lastly, no matter what artist it is, only buy music you think is great. If you support music you think sucks, the record companies will think you love it and create more garbage.
Here’s my review for Bey’s song:
Beyonce’s 1st single from her currently untitled fourth solo album is finally here (see video below to hear the song). It was produced by Switch and co-written by Terius Nash, AKA “The Dream.” The concept is fantastic, but the lyrics are overall very weak. I was surprised by how ill-written the song was; Beyonce` usually nails girl-power anthems. The production, although semi-infectious and aggressive, is just a recycling of Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” (also produced by Switch; see my blog post about lazy production:http://jsays.weebly.com/2/post/2011/03/divas-copying-divas.html). Although I was relieved that Beyonce` didn’t conveniently follow the techno-dance pop mold of today, “World” has the same problem musically as many techno tracks: it was repetitive and redundant. Furthermore, it feels like the song never begins; coming off like a long, 3 minute, 54 second intro. The vocal arrangement is unorganized, randomly shifts and doesn’t consistently blend well with the music. Beyonce` can do and has done better. In my opinion “World” is not a suitable lead single. Hopefully, the music video and the album’s subsequent singles will be better.
I came across a great new fansite analyzing Beyonce's diverse fanbase. You can take a quiz on what kind of fan you are. I think any hardcore fan will find it cute and interesting. Check it out :)
Stop Trying to Be So Hard!
The importance of language and image.
“Only Fans Understand” is a feature here on “Seriously, Beyonce`, WTH?” in which I discuss things that really only fans understand LOL. I put dashes of the part that spells “stan” because some use the term “stan” to describe “stalker-fans” or hardcore fans lol. Anyhow, today I wanted to talk about the importance of language and image for Beyonce`. Recently, I heard “See Me Now,” a Kanye West song in which Beyonce` is featured. She uses “niggas” in the song, and I found that beyond tacky. Similar to how I felt about Beyonce’s use of “bitch” in the song “Ego” (see Stop Reinforcing the B.S. 10-21-09), I think Beyonce’s use of the n-word is reinforcement of negative practices within the African-American community and furthers a negative image of African-Americans mainstream media. That’s just the 1st reason why Beyonce` shouldn’t have used the word. The 2nd is that the word carries too much controversy, and in order to keep a graceful or clean-cut image in the industry, it’s best to avoid controversy. 3rd, at minimum the word is “street” and Beyonce` needs to uphold her classy image in order to become the Barbra Streisand-esque icon she claims to want to be.
Here lately, Beyonce’s been dabbling in tacky fairly frequently. From the borderline skankola clothing in “Video Phone” and her performance costume at the European Music Awards, to the expletives sprinkled all over “I Am…Sasha Fierce” and the language used during her “I Am Yours...” Vegas show. The average person might ask “why is this is important?” and feel that Beyonce’s language or performance costumes aren’t a big deal. To average person it’s not, but to the hardcore fan (“stans,” “bees”, Beyonce` ninjas, whatever you call them), it crucial. The hardcore fan cares about Beyonce’s success, longevity and iconic status, and image (for better or worse) is a large factor in that. Beyonce currently has a great public image that’s founded on how clean-cut and classy she is. One media sourced referenced her as “the last lady in pop music.” Some people find it refreshing how poised Beyonce` is. Tacky clothes and coarse language can take away from that.
I think Beyonce` has been TRYING on purpose to be a little rougher and edgier. I’m not sure what she’s trying to prove or do by going in that direction, but it’s not necessary and it won’t be helpful to her if she continues in that direction. She’s at a point in her career where she can either become icon, or the just the leader of this current time. Everything has worked for her so far; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s irritating to me when I see her trying to be street, gangsta or “hard” for 3 reasons. #1 it’s sooooo typical- it’s what everyone is and does. Everyone else is the “bad girl” or the “edgy girl” and uses “pushing the envelope” to get attention. Not that Beyonce` has had a “push the envelope” moment; I’m just putting that out there. #2 it doesn’t work for her. It’s just plain not believable. #3 it can be perceived as inconsistent. Who are going to be? Ok, I think I’m done fussing for now.
Please head over to the “Entertainment” section on this blog and check out “The Curious Case of Beyonce`: How to Become the Queen of Pop.” It’s a career analysis in which I detail what steps I think Beyonce` should take if she wants to be the next chick on the throne. Enjoy.
Seriously Beyonce`, WTH?!?
Most people figure out pretty quickly that I LOVE Beyonce`. She is my queen diva of choice. But every now and then, she does something that irritates or perplexes me. Here, I tell what's been buggin me about the Bee lately (with reviews and love for the Queen Bee in between).