BEYONCE LOVES WHAT SHE DOES
Today is the day! Fans can finally check out Beyonce’s much-talked about album, 4. Many speculate that this could be the diva’s biggest opening debut and could potentially outshine 2008’s I Am…Sasha Fierce, which was number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 482-thousand units in its first week.
A TIMELINE OF BEYONCE’S JOURNEY TO THE TOP
· In 1990: At age 9, Beyonce Knowles formed the all girl pop group, Destiny’s Child, in Houston, Texas.
· In October 1997: Beyonce along with the rest of Destiny’s Child, got signed to Columbia Records and debuted their song, “Killing Time,” on the Men In Black soundtrack.
· In 1998: Destiny’s Child released their self-titled debut album, which sold three-million copies worldwide and went platinum. Singles released from Destiny’s Child include “No, No, No” and “With Me.”
· July 27th, 1999: Destiny’s Child released their second studio album, The Writing’s on the Wall. “Bills, Bills, Bills” was their first number one hit song on Billboard’s Hot 100. Other singles released: “Bug-A-Boo,” “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” and “Say My Name.”
· Mid 2000: Destiny’s Child became a trio with members Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
· In 2001: Bey became the first African-American female artist and the second female artist to receive the ASCAP Pop Music Award for Pop Songwriter of the Year.
· July 26th, 2002: Beyonce made her big screen debut next to Mike Myers in the comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember, as the fierce “Foxxy Cleopatra.”
· In Late 2002: Bey and her then-boyfriend, rapper Jay-Z, teamed up for the smash hit, “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde.”
· In 2003: Beyonce co-starred with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in The Fighting Temptation, a romantic comedy.
· In June 2003: Knowles released her first solo album, Dangerously In Love, selling over six-million units worldwide and debuting in the top spot on the Billboard 200. The album was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.
· February 8th, 2004: Bey won five GRAMMYS at the 2004 Grammy Awards for her solo work and also opened the show, performing a medley of songs with Prince.
· In 2005: Beyonce and her mother came together to start the fashion line, House of Deréon.
· February 10th, 2006: Bey appeared on the silver screen alongside Steve Martin in The Pink Panther, which debuted at number one, making 21.7-million dollars in its first week of release.
· In 2006: Knowles became the face for L’Oreal and Tommy Hilfiger.
· September 5th, 2006: Knowles released her second solo album, B’Day, which coincided with her 25th birthday. The album debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200, making it Bey’s second consecutive album to debut at number one.
· December 25th, 2006: Bey showed off her acting chops starring as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls with Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy.
· In 2007: Bey received two Golden Globe nominations for her role in Dreamgirls. One for Best Actress and the other for Best Original Song.
· In 2008: Bey released her first two singles, “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” off of her upcoming album, I AM…SASHA FIERCE.
· December 5th, 2008: The movie Cadillac Records came out. In it, Beyonce portrayed Etta James, alongside co-stars Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright.
· January 20th, 2009: Beyonce performed Etta James’ song, “At Last,” at President Barack Obama’s Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.
· In April 2009: Bey co-starred with Ali Larter and Idris Elba in the movie Obsessed.
· September 13th, 2009: Beyonce’s hit, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” received the top honor, Video of the Year, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
· January 31st, 2010: Beyonce led the 52nd GRAMMY Awards with a whopping ten nominations, tying with Lauryn Hill for most GRAMMY nominations for a single female artist in one year. Bey took home a record breaking six GRAMMYS out of the ten she was nominated for.
· February 2010: Knowles joined Lady GaGa on her hit song, “Telephone,” which went straight to number one, making it the sixth number-one song for both Bey and GaGa.
YOUNG JEEZY SUED FOR MISSED CONCERT APPEARANCE
According to TMZ, Young Jeezy is facing a lawsuit for failing to show up for a scheduled concert appearance in the Virgin Islands. The rapper’s rep called and canceled just one day before the gig due to an undisclosed conflict. The promoters, Paid 4 Entertainment, are suing for 75-thousand in damages and fraud charges.
· The company also went out of their way to book a private jet for Jeezy.
CELEBS RESPOND TO KELLY’S BET PERFORMANCE
If you were on Twitter while the 2011 BET Awards ceremony was on, you’d know that Kelly Rowland experienced what many are calling her career-defining moment while showcasing “Motivation.” Here’s what her peers tweeted:
· Nelly: “SAY WAD SIS!!!!!!!@KELLYROWLANDTHAT’S how u shut sh#t down!!!!CRAZY performance!!!!”
· Taraji P. Henson: “@KELLYROWLAND YOU DID THAT annnnnnnnd #ThatIsAll. #SoProud#ShineOnMySis”
· Missy Elliott: “So u killed it tonight!!! So proud! Hands down best of the night! Xoxo hope all is well!”
· Brandy: “@Kellyrowland just F’in MURDERED the @BETawards!!!! So proud of you gal:) Trey fall back on the neck piece though playa..lol”
· Monica: “WERRRRRRRK @KELLYROWLAND rhat was a phenomenal performance. The Ladies not PLAYING tonight. Love it ….”
· Sean Garrett: “Wow!!!! Congrats to @KELLYROWLAND just Mashed!!!! Congrats princess!!! Killer Performance!!”
· Rico Love: “Congrats @Kellyrowland. You deserve it all. I Love u babe!#TTLO”
· Michelle Williams: “Amen! #audiencetweetBETAwards Go Go Go Go @KELLYROWLAND! Okay bye!”
· LeToya Luckett: “KEL!!!!! Smh *drops mic & walks off stage*”
ALICIA KEYS TALKS RE-RELEASE FOR DEBUT ALBUM
To celebrate 10th anniversary of its release, Alicia Keys has put out the deluxe and collector’s edition of her debut album, “Songs In A Minor.” The project includes bonus tracks, demos, live performances and two previously unreleased songs. Be sure to purchase your copy today!
· Visit her official website to learn more about passes for the Piano & I: A One Night Only Event with Alicia Keys on June 30th at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
AMERIE MARRIES HER MANAGER
According to Rap-Up.com, Amerie and Columbia Records A&R man Lenny Nicholson held their destination wedding over the weekend. The couple exchanged vows on the island of Anguilla. The pair is currently honeymooning in a private resort bungalow.
EL DEBARGE OUT OF RE-HAB, PREPS ESSENCE FESTIVAL
According to SingersRoom.com, while in February, El DeBarge suffered a relapse of substance abuse, he has since left rehab after and is reportedly back on track. The singer is scheduled to perform at the main stage during the upcoming 2011 Essence Music Festival. The showcase marks his first concert performance in almost five months.
· Before he checked into rehab, El said in a statement, “I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to take the time to work on me so that I may continue to share my music and my story with everyone.”
HIP HOP TWEET OF THE DAY: WALE
Before shooting his new music video, Wale took to his Twitter account to complain about the models that were cast. He wrote, “Here we go again…there is NOOOOO brown skin models to chose from AGAIN… this game is so f**ked up…I don’t even wanna do this video.” He added, “I think it’s time I start my own modeling agency ….we need some more f**king balance ….beautiful is not one shade…they got the game f**ked.”
G.O.O.D. MUSIC JOINS DEF JAM
According to HipHopDX.com, Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music has officially joined the Def Jam umbrella. The first project that will be released under the new partnership is Big Sean’s debut, Finally Famous, which is in stores now.
DJ KHALED RELEASES OFFICIAL TRACKLIST
According to HipHop-N-More.com, the tracklist for DJ Khaled’s upcoming album, We the Best Forever, has surfaced online. The 12-track project includes guest spots from Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne, T-Pain and many more. Be sure to get your copy on July 19th, but you can pre-order it now via Amazon.com now.
1. “I’m On One” Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
2. “Welcome To My Hood” Feat. Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne & T-Pain
3. “Money” Feat. Jeezy & Ludacris
4. “I’m Thuggin” Feat. Waka Flocka & Ace Hood
5. “It Aint Over Til It’s Over” Feat. Mary J. Blige, Fabolous & Jadakiss
6. “Legendary” Feat. Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole & Ne-Yo
7. “Sleep When I’m Gone” Feat. Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo & The Game
8. “Can’t Stop” Feat. Birdman & T-Pain
9. “Future” Feat. Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Wale, Vado & Big Sean
10. “My Life “Feat. Akon & B.O.B.
11. “A Million Lights” Feat. Tyga, Cory Gunz, Mack Maine, Jae Millz & Kevin Rudolf
12. “Welcome To My Hood” (Remix) Feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, The Game & Waka Flocka
T-PAIN DROPS NEW VIDEO
According to his official fansite, T-Pain has released the visual to his new single, “Booty Work (One Cheek At a Time).” The Erik White-directed clip includes a cameo from comedian Kevin Hart as his rap alter ego, “Chocolate Droppa.” The song is off Pain’s upcoming album, rEVOLVEr, which will be released later this year.
BLACK EYED PEAS TO RELEASE VIDEOGAME
The Black Eyed Peas unveiled plans for a new videogame called The Black Eyed Peas Experience. According to AllHipHop.com, the group is working with Ubisoft to develop the game, which will feature tracks like “Boom, Boom, Pow” and “Let’s Get It Started.” The Black Eyed Peas Experience will be available for Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 and is scheduled for release later this year.
· Ubisoft also developed and published Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance 3 and Michael Jackson: The Experience.
JUSTIN BIEBER WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Justin Bieber confirmed that he is currently in the planning and recording stages for his next album. Usher’s protégé is taking time to craft a unique record, telling MTV News that his voice “is not meant for any style.” There are no set deadlines for work on the album, which Bieber hopes will be “huge.” For more, check out MTVNews.com.