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We've officially entered the whirlwind release period of 2016, with hip hop's (arguably) biggest current male and female stars, Drake and Beyoncé, both dropping projects in the past ten days. What's more, Chance 3 should be dropping any moment now.
Beyonce's "Lemonade" Is Her 6th No. 1 Debut In A Row
Beyonce's impressive first-week sales for her new album were just revealed, and Billboard has now confirmed that Lemonade will make its debut at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart.
Beyoncé Has Postponed The Nashville Show On Her "Formation" Tour
After breaking the internet with the release of LEMONADE, Beyoncé has been taking her new songs to the stage on the FORMATION World Tour, but unfortunately, one city will have to wait a little longer than planned to see the Queen Bey.
Review: Beyoncé's "Lemonade"
The credits on Beyoncé's new album Lemonade read like an oddly-selected history of pop, R&B, and rock music, with modern indie names like Ezra Koenig and Animal Collective sitting alongside titanic legends like OutKast, Led Zeppelin, and Isaac Hayes.
Karrine Steffans Admits She Used To Be Jay Z's "Becky"
Writer and former music video vixen Karrine Steffans has received a great deal of fame in the hip-hop world, for her role in music videos as well as her liaisons with certain rap superstars, including Lil Wayne, with whom she had a lengthy and dramatic relationship, documented in her 2013 book "How to Make Love to a Martian." In a new essay published by the online magazine xoJane -- written in response to Beyonce's new Lemonade album
Listen To A Snippet From Ezra Koenig's Reference Track For Beyonce's "Hold Up"
Quentin Miller's infamous reference tracks for Drake and PartyNextDoor's slightly less infamous reference track for Rihanna have offered fascinating insight into the relationship between songwriters and the stars who bring their songs into the public sphere. Another reference track has surfaced, on Diplo's Snapchat: Ezra Koenig's demo for Beyonce's "Hold Up." (Diplo co-produced the song.)
Jay Z Was Reportedly Involved In Creation of Beyonce's "Lemonade"
Since basically nobody saw Beyonce's Lemonade coming, in the sense that it would be a public airing of Jay Z's dirty laundry, it was a common assumption that Jay Z didn't see it coming either -- both during Sunday's premiere of the visual album and the ensuing fallout, which largely taken the form of an internet witchhunt for "Becky with the good hair."
Iggy Azalea Doesn't Think Beyoncé Is "Racist," But She's Still Against The Term "Becky"
"Becky" has been on the tip of everyone's tongue over the last week, following Beyoncé's use of the name in her song "Sorry," where she described a woman many have assumed to be Jay Z's former mistress as "Becky with the good hair".
13 Notable Writing Credits On Beyoncé's "Lemonade"
Any time an event album like Beyoncé's LEMONADE comes around, the writing credits usually get picked apart pretty quickly. Now that we've had a few days with the liner notes, there are definitely quite a few interesting takeaways, some more obvious and talked about than others.
Azealia Banks Lashes Out Against Beyonce In Latest Twitter Rant
Azealia Banks has opinions, and she has the habit of sharing said opinions, no matter how controversial on twitter. Her twitter deactivation back in March didn't last long, since hopping back on the social platform, she's had words for Iggy Azalea, Sarah Palin, Wale, and we're probably missing a couple names.
Iggy Azalea Thinks Beyonce's "Becky" Reference Is A Stereotype Against White Girls
In what shouldn’t be much of a surprise, Iggy Azalea is under scrutiny once again for statements made about the infamous “Becky” reference from Beyonce’s Lemonade album. While many fans believe Beyonce is referring to a woman Jay Z cheated on her with, possibly being Rachel Roy Or Rita Ora, Iggy thinks otherwise and says it’s a a stereotype used against basic white girls.
Rita Ora Responds To Beyonce "Becky" Rumors
Beyonce's thorough roasting of her husband Jay Z on Lemonade raised a few question, chief among them: who did Jay Z sleep with? Who is “Becky with the good hair?”
Rita Ora Is BeyHive's New Target For "Becky With The Good Hair"
Moments ago we reported on how Rachel Roy has officially put rumors to rest that she is the Beyonce-referenced "Becky with the good hair." Nonetheless, the BeyHive isn't done finding a new target for "Becky with the good hair," recently settling upon Rita Ora, after the singer posted an incriminating Snapchat.
Rachel Roy Releases Statement, Denies Being "Becky With The Good Hair"
Beyonce turned the internet upside down when it turned out LEMONADE was actually an entirely new (visual) album from the pop star. That was the only thing getting the internet topsy-turvy, the fact that Beyonce alleges that her husband Jay Z cheated on her in the album created in even more controversy, putting the BeyHive to work in attempt to locate "Becky with the good hair."
Beyonce's First Week Sales Projections For "Lemonade"
Over the weekend, Beyonce pulled a Beyonce, and dropped off yet another surprise (visual) album.
Beyonce's "Lemonade" Now Available On iTunes
Despite the fact that most of her new album Lemonade was an indictment of her husband Jay Z's infidelities, Beyonce is still betrothed to his streaming service TIDAL. While the album is still only available for streaming on TIDAL, as of Monday morning it is available to purchase on iTunes.
TV Cook Rachael Ray Catches Heat From Beyoncé Fans Over Confusion With Rachel Roy
The BeyHive is very passionate, but today, some were misdirected in their attempts to fight for their queen. When suspicion arose that fashion designer and ex-wife of Dame Dash, Rachel Roy, was the woman Beyoncé deemed "Becky with the good hair" on LEMONADE, some quickly mistook the name for Rachael Ray, beloved (an in this case, totally innocent) TV cook.
Rachel Roy Acknowledges Beyoncé's "Becky With The Good Hair" Lyric, The BeyHive Attacks
Beyoncé's LEMONADE was the event it promised to be, delivering on the musical and visual side of things, but also supplying some big surprises -- namely, more or less confirming rumors that Bey's husband, Jay Z, had cheated on her. There are multiple references to the infidelity throughout the album, but one lyric proved catchier and more damning than the rest -- "he better call Becky with the good hair."
Serena Williams Twerks & Jay Z Cheats In Beyonce's "Lemonade," Stream Here
Beyonce's new album, Lemonade, is now available on Tidal, though one shouldn't cop the album without watching the film of the same name that preceded its release. Tabbed as a "visual album," "Lemonade" plays out as one abstract but narrative-driven film, just under an hour in runtime. Music videos of most of Lemonade's tracks are sprinkled in throughout the film, each one essential to the larger storyline.
Beyonce's "Lemonade" Credits Include The-Dream, Soulja Boy, Just Blaze, Diplo & More
Beyonce released her sixth album in her usual surprise fashion tonight, as Lemonade appeared on Tidal after the HBO premiere of the "visual album" of the same name. Unsurprisingly, there is a vast array of mega-talented musicians behind Beyonce's latest work. Those who tuned in likely recognized the voices of Kendrick Lamar ("Freedom"), The Weeknd ("6 Inch"), and James Blake ("Forward").