After months of PG performances (the national anthem, the Super Bowl), Beyonce returns to music with a mean anthem: “Bow Down / I Been On,” posted to her SoundCloud account on Sunday and promoted by a fierce Instagram, seems like a composite of a trap-style banger and a syrupy, pitch-shifted spoken word piece.
With more than 118 million records sold worldwide, 17 Grammy awards and an electrifying Super Bowl performance, Beyonce Knowles Carter is the indisputable Queen of Hip-Pop, a hybrid genre of R&B, pop and soul, that she herself created. And while Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga can claim fame, Beyonce can claim it all: fame, fortune, a doting husband, beautiful daughter and the world at her fingertips. The question is why she would compromise it all by releasing a song like “Bow Down”?
The bread and butter of Beyonce’s career have been empowering women and girls to embrace their curves, ambition and independence. “Bow Down,” Beyonce’s first single since the birth of her daughter Blue Ivy seems to undercut many of those messages with its biting, ego-centered, “anti-girl-power” lyrics.
“Bow Down” is the kind of song one might expect from an overzealous starlet trying to make a name for herself, not a megastar. Beyonce should be basking in her recent victories, such as her multi-million dollar Pepsi deal or sold-out concert just three months after giving birth, rather than squabbling with imaginary enemies.
Perhaps the pressure to stay on top and manage it all is finally starting to catch up to her. As any ambitious career woman can attest, going back to work after having a baby while trying to prove you can still do your job is overwhelming. In Beyonce’s case, she has to be bigger and better than before. The thing is that she is her only real competition.
If Oprah Winfrey released the equivalent of a song like “Bow Down,” we would all be scratching our heads, as it would be antithetical to all she stands for. The same is true for Beyonce. “Bow Down” is a real misstep and not what being an independent, powerful woman is all about. Prestige readers what’s your opinion on this one….
Adina Howard Switches up the Sound with New Single
Remember Adina Howard? The name might seem like a blast from the past, but just like the title of her new single “Switch” Adina has switched up her sound and vibe and is on her way to a catchy musical comeback. Released on iTunes on September 10, “Switch” is more up tempo than her previous…
Remember Adina Howard? The name might seem like a blast from the past, but just like the title of her new single “Switch” Adina has switched up her sound and vibe and is on her way to a catchy musical comeback. Released on iTunes on September 10, “Switch” is more up tempo than her previous mid-90’s R&B hits. The song features a hot electronic background beat with snappy vocals. “Switch” is the lead single from The Switch Up, Adina’s upcoming fifth studio album.
For those of you who don’t remember, the R&B diva made waves with her hit “Freak like Me” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard charts in May 1995 and was later certified Platinum by the RIAA. From the same Do You Wanna Ride? debut album were the moderately popular releases “My Up and Down” and “It’s All About You.”
The following year Adina made Billboard charts again with “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” which sampled the Tina Turner song of the same name and was featured in the Supercop soundtrack. In subsequent years, Adina continued makes splashes with mid-chart hits like “(Freak) And U Know It,” the fan favorite Platinum-certified song “T-Shirt & Panties” (featuring Jamie Foxx), and the 2004 release “Freaks.”
In the nearly two decades since her last string of hits, Adina has done some cool stuff – things that you probably wouldn’t expect from such an overtly sexual R&B singer. For instance, in 2012, Adina attended and graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu, a culinary institute. Maybe she just wanted to make good on the promise in her “Freak Like Me” lyrics: “I’m packing all the flavor you need”? Whatever the case, she’s taking her cooking seriously; she’s spoken about plans to open a restaurant.
In 2011, Adina got married to her lifelong friend, businessman Sherman Jordan. Perhaps her decision to open up more of her personal life to her fans is part of her “Switch.” Switched, updated, and sexier than ever, Adina is finally set to stage a sonic return.
Kelly Rowland gets personal on new single “Dirty Laundry”
Kelly Rowland’s solo career has never been able to escape that of Beyoncé. But her new single is a brutally honest song in which she tells of an abusive relationship and previous feelings of jealousy towards her “sister” Beyoncé. Since her 2002 solo debut, Rowland has stood in the shadow of her Destiny’s Child sister. It’s…
Kelly Rowland’s solo career has never been able to escape that of Beyoncé. But her new single is a brutally honest song in which she tells of an abusive relationship and previous feelings of jealousy towards her “sister” Beyoncé.
Since her 2002 solo debut, Rowland has stood in the shadow of her Destiny’s Child sister. It’s almost impossible to find an interview with the singer without a mention of her more successful pal.
For her part, Rowland has always taken the constant comparisons and never-ending questions about a Destiny Child’s reunion or Bey’s success like any best friend would — with a smile and a soundbite. Now, she’s finally opening up about how it’s affected her in a stunningly candid new single, “Dirty Laundry,” taken from her upcoming fourth album, “Talk a Good Game.”
Produced by The-Dream, Rowland’s intensely personal single has the singer facing her resentment over her post-Destiny’s Child career — and revealing that as she stood in the shadows, she was also being physically abused.
“When my sister was onstage / killing it like a … / I was enraged / feeling it like a ….,” she sings. “Went our separate ways but I was happy that she was killing it / Bittersweet, she was up and I was down / No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?”
Led by piano, the R&B jam spools into a dark confessional with Rowland singing about an ex who was “putting his hands on me” and cautioning to listeners that “y’all don’t know the half of this industry.
“Hitting the window like it was me / And still it shattered / He pulled me out and said, ‘Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama / Not your daddy / and especially not Bey.’ ”
“Dirty Laundry” continues to show Rowland channeling the confidence she found with her last album, 2011’s “Here I Am.” After beefing up her profile with dance tracks such as “When Love Takes Over” and “Commander,” Rowland slid into more sensual, grittier R&B terrain on the album with steamy cuts such as “Motivation.”
As she’s shown on recent singles, Rowland is continuing her quest to step out of the shadows. Hopefully, now that she’s cleaned out her closets, more people will be ready to listen and accept Rowland — on her own.
We’d post “Dirty Laundry,” but all the lyrics aren’t safe for work. Check out the track here.
Hmmmm. Not for sure why Kelly has the notion of being jealous of Beyoncé. When she is just as beautiful and just as talented. But one things for sure Kelly is staying true to herself, while it seems Beyoncé is letting stardom go to her head. “Talk a Good Game” is scheduled to hit stores June 18.
The Hangover III: New “It All Ends” Trailer
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “The Hangover Part III,” the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. “The Hangover Part III” reunites Bradley Cooper,…
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “The Hangover Part III,” the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
“The Hangover Part III” reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha as Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug. Also returning to the ensemble are Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow, Heather Graham as Jade, and Jeffrey Tambor as Alan’s father, Sid. Joining the starring cast is John Goodman.
Phillips directs from a screenplay he wrote with Craig Mazin, who also collaborated with him on the screenplay for “The Hangover Part II.” Phillips is producing the film under his Green Hat Films banner, together with Dan Goldberg. Thomas Tull, Scott Budnick, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are the executive producers. “The Hangover Part III.” It is scheduled for release on May 24, 2013, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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