For good and bad, everyone and their mother can’t resist the urge to record their own version of what is shaping up to be the biggest hit off Beyoncé’s self-titled fifth studio album. Here are ten of the better takes on Drunk in Love out there, including an acoustic delight and an effort from EME Music artiste Niyola, preceeded by the Jay Z-assisted original.
Thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming period movie, The Great Gatsby (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and a bunch of other cool actors), there’s a new Florence and The Machine single to chase away the darkness. This (not overlooking Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra’s delightful jazz cover of Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love) is one of the good things that happen when Jay-Z produces a movie soundtrack.
The Great Gatsby opens in cinemas on May 10.
After promoting her ad for Pepsi with this short video and the hashtag #BeyHereNow yesterday, one would have thought that Beyoncé was going to show the world something quite amazing today. Well, today has come and apparently, all that buzz was for nothing.
Part of the beverage giant’s ‘Live For Now’ global campaign, the one-minute clip fittingly dubbed ‘Mirrors’ features, wait for it, several older versions of Beyoncé engaged in some sort of dance-off contest with present-day (Queen) Bey via a bunch of mirrors. The whole shebang is set to a snippet of ‘Grown Woman’, a forgettable unreleased single from her upcoming album. Video’s below, if you like that sort of bogus crap.
“Keep moving folks, ain’t nothing (awfully new) to see here.” That, along with the usual involuntary cheering from her fans,would be the normal reaction to the release of a Beyoncé song. But just in case you didn’t get the digital memo, ‘normal’ isn’t in vogue anymore. Mrs. Carter’s unusual new music as showcased in the twin-track teaser, ‘Bow Down/I Been On’ is a loud testament to that fact.
Put together by increasingly popular HS87 marquee producer Hit-Boy, the trap music-influenced ‘Bow Down’ is hinged on the offensively audacious line, “Bow down, bitches”. With all that attitude and more: “I took some time to live my life, don’t think I’m just his little wife”, Blue Ivy’s mama sounds about as domestic as a fully loaded AK-47.
And even (much) more hardcore is the second half of the two-part teaser, ‘I Been On’. Beyoncé goes full on street on the Timbaland-produced chopped and screwed track, rapping about “gold ass chains” in a pitched-down voice and making references to rappers (Willie D, Pimp C and UGK). Seriously.
The bottom line? For an artiste who has stuck faithfully to pop-tinged R&B throughout her celebrated 11-year solo career, all of this comes off as pretty phony. Thanks for trying, Bey, but never again.
Following the late-2012 release of her critically acclaimed EP, ‘True’, Solange Knowles continues to enjoy her time in the spotlight (out from under the gigantic shadow of older sister Beyoncé) with her very own magazine cover. Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu and photographed by Jason Nocito for The FADER Issue 84 Feb/Mar 2013, Solange appears ready for spring. Glimpse the lovely cover photo and a behind-the-scenes video below.