While we patiently wait for Beyoncé’s new album, the pop icon has something to hold fans over. Queen B has recorded an original song for the Epic soundtrack.
“Rise Up” was written by Beyoncé and Sia (“Diamonds”) and produced by Hit-Boy (“Bow Down”) and Chase N. Cashe (“Drop the World”). The track will be released by Bey’s label, Columbia Records, this month.
In addition to the soundtrack, Beyoncé lends her voice to Queen Tara in Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios’ 3D CG adventure comedy. The film hits theaters nationwide on May 24.
Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails top an eclectic lineup for Budweiser’s second annual Made In America Festival, scheduled to return to Philadelphia for Labor Day weekend on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Jay-Z once again curated this year’s roster, but will not perform unlike last year’s headlining set. Tickets went on sale Wednesday to American Express cardmembers and fans of the Budweiser Made In America Facebook page exclusively through Tuesday April 16 at 10 p.m. ET. Public on sale begins Wednesday April 17. (Read More…)
Pharrell also does double duty on vocals for a duet, with additional features from Wiz Khalifa and — surprise! — Beyoncé and Michelle Williams. “It’s not a Destiny’s Child track, it’s me featuring Beyoncé and Michelle,” Rowland says of the latter collaboration, the trio’s first since the Pharrell-produced “Nuclear” for January’s Destiny’s Child compilation “Love Songs.” As for the song’s sound? “Soulllllll,” she says with a laugh.
“Fi (Fire)“: When introducing this, The-Dream said, “Fire’s in parentheses, because that would be the non-ghetto title. Beyoncé‘s on this.” She sounds soft, airy, as if from a hallucination: “I’ve never been high, but tonight I might try it. I’ve been such a good girl, but tonight I might try it.” She name-checks D’usse cognac, obviously, and says “I’m so trill” and casually mentions “boppers.” All right, we get it, you’re from Houston, Bey. Dream runs his vocals through every ProTools filter, as if in a carwash, first through A$AP and then Nineties effects – up, down, red fish, blue fish, one fish, two fish. And, yes, in the middle of everything, there’s marimba.
01. Jay-Z – 100$ Bill
02. Beyoncé and André 3000 – Back to Black03. will.i.am – Bang Bang
04. Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)
05. Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful
06. Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Love Is The Drug
07. Florence and the Machine – Over The Love
08. Coco O. of Quadron – Where The Wind Blows
09. Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Crazy in Love
10. The xx – Together
11. Gotye – Hearts a Mess
12. Jack White – Love is Blindness
13. Nero – Into the Past
Beyoncé is going “Back to Black” with some help from André 3000. The pop icon and OutKast rapper are teaming up for a remake of the late Amy Winehouse’s classic.
According to E! News, the cover will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Baz Luhrmann-directed film The Great Gatsby. The original song was recorded by Winehouse for her 2006 Grammy-winning album Back to Black.
Jay-Z is producing the soundtrack, which blends contemporary music with jazz and hip-hop. “It’s a very different take on ‘Back to Black,’” said a rep for Interscope Records, who will release the album.
This is not B and André’s first time working together. They previously collaborated on “Party” off 2011’s 4.
The Great Gatsby stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire, and hits theaters nationwide on May 10.
Chime For Change – the new charitable initiative unveiled by Gucci last month – will take over London this summer with a concert to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment.
At a breakfast in London this morning, charity ambassador Salma Hayek confirmed that Beyoncé and John Legend will headline The Sound Of Change Live, due to be held in London’s Twickenham Stadium on 1 June. Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, Haim, Timbaland and Rita Ora are also set to perform, with more acts to be announced.
Beyoncé announced details of the concert via VT. ‘Our goal is to all for change in the loudest voice possible,’ she said in the brief black-and-white clip.
Tickets for the event will go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am GMT at www.chimeforchange.org. And if you don’t manage to bag any then you don’t have to miss out – the concert will be televised worldwide.
This unique and confessional film combines spectacular showpieces and video diary footage, giving a revealing insight into the life of the 17-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother. This is Beyoncé, by Beyoncé.
Thursday 28th March at 10.35pm on BBC One
Beyoncé is set to headline the V Festival in England on August 17th and 18th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 1st at 9:00am HERE.
Loved Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl halftime show? Get ready for more!
Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is adding a special performance at the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival, where the international superstar will return to the Superdome to headline one of three stellar nights of concerts taking place July 4-7 in New Orleans, LA.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Beyoncé back to the 2013 ESSENCE Festival line-up. She is truly the ultimate ESSENCE woman,” said Essence Communications President, Michelle Ebanks. “If you missed her tour de force in New Orleans, please join us this Fourth of July weekend so that you can experience it live for yourself at the ESSENCE Festival. The ESSENCE Festival features the best in music, culture, arts and entertainment—all of which Beyoncé captures through her extraordinary gifts.”
Beyoncé will join previously announced acts Jill Scott, Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, LL Cool J, Brandy and more for three days of extraordinary music and empowerment. Additional acts will be announced soon.