January 24, 2014

What is power? At its base, it’s the ability to reshape the world around you according to your vision. And who in the music industry did so better in the last year than this power couple?

Leveraging their star power to release new albums in unprecedented ways—Jay Z through Samsung and BeyoncĂ© through iTunes—they instantly changed how the industry and fans thought about interacting with music. He gave his album away; she charged a premium price for hers. But they both used the element of surprise to restore the excitement that used to accompany a new release, before that impact was dulled by the endless thunder of carefully plotted promotion.

In short, they proved that content truly is king. Or, in this case, king and queen.
Read the rest of this entry »

January 22, 2014

Me and 40 work on projects and he normally hits me like, “Hey, I might need something for this.” I think at the time we were working on [Drake’s] Nothing Was the Same and then he came and said, “Yo, BeyoncĂ©, we gotta do something.”

So then I had some ideas and he was like, “All right, that’s dope!” We had the idea, then we added some chords and we took it to the studio, Drake added some words to it and the rest is history. It was all done at Jungle City Studios, which is right in [New York City].

Initially, I didn’t really know where it was going to go. I didn’t know it was going to be for BeyoncĂ©’s album. I figured it could have been one out of a hundred tracks she recorded or listened to. So I didn’t know it was going to be ‘that’ joint. I’ve been in the game for a little while so I’ve learned you can’t really expect anything. You usually have to wait until something happens. You can’t really have high expectations in this music industry.

I was just like, “If it happens, it happens.” Then of course it happened sort of out of the blue. I sort of knew when everyone else knew. So when everyone else found out [after BeyoncĂ© did the surprise LP release], that’s when I found out. You have to treat it as business as usual. It’s definitely a boost because in this industry, it’s about relevancy. You’re as dope as your next record or album.

Now show us if you are reppin’ or co-sign any artists out in North Carolina! Get at us on Instagram with #sohhpix

Check out BeyoncĂ©’s “Mine” (snippet):


Source: SOHH

January 21, 2014

Unless you’re asexual (or Keri Hilson), it’s impossible to hear Beyoncé’s “Rocket” and not feel an intense urge to invite your guy/gal/cutty buddy over to do the no-pants dance. And according to the song’s author, the song was written with that in mind.

Miguel, who penned Bey’s 2013 update to D’Angelo’s rhetorical classic “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” says he was challenged by Mrs. Carter to push the envelope with some of her most risquĂ© lyrics yet.

“I’ll never forget the conversation I had with BeyoncĂ© and her insisting that nothing was off-limits,” Miguel tells VIBE. “And me being like, ‘Oh yeah, you sure? Because I can really take it there.’”

And take it there he did. Once Miguel got the OK from Yonce, he came up with the song’s definitive opening line: “Let me sit this ass… on you.”
Read the rest of this entry »

January 21, 2014

When BeyoncĂ©’s surprise self-titled album touched down last month, a minor mystery quickly shot out from the forest of the album’s liner notes. Among the usual suspects—Timbaland, the-Dream, Pharrell, Hit-Boy—someone by the name “Boots” was everywhere on the record. He wrote and produced “Haunted”, “Heaven”, and, perhaps most strikingly, “Blue”, the song dedicated to BeyoncĂ© and Jay Z’s daughter. He sang backup vocals on and performed many or all of the instruments on several songs. In an interview, BeyoncĂ© name-checked him as “an innovator,” while a member of her creative team tweeted the only currently available picture of Boots, with the note that he had “co-produced 80 percent of the album.” Within seven days, the query “Who is Boots?” had racked up 452,000,000 Google results.

So who is Boots? When I meet him at a Brooklyn restaurant down the street from his apartment, I have already agreed to some ground rules: I can’t ask about his real name—even though Complex, The Broward Palm Beach New Times, and now even his freshly-minted Wikipedia page identify him as Jordy Asher, a Miami-based musician who spent time in a number of rock bands, including Blonds. He doesn’t want to talk about any of the projects he’s worked on before now. And he’s cagey about how, exactly, BeyoncĂ© discovered his demo, saying only, “That’s for BeyoncĂ© and me to know.”
Read the rest of this entry »

January 20, 2014

Superstars Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift , Hunter Hayes, Katy Perry, Lorde, Robin Thicke, and John Legend perform on The GRAMMYs, Sunday, 8/7c! Only CBS. Do not forget that you can watch it online here (January 26).

Can’t you see the video? Click here to watch it

Source: CBS

January 17, 2014

These Grammy-nominated ‘Sisters with Voices’ cranked out back-to-back R&B hits and sold over 15 million records worldwide. After a 15-year separation, the trio reunited in an attempt to recapture their spot at the top of the music charts. WE TV’s new reality series SWV Reunited profiles the R&B trio as they embark on their make-it-or-break-it comeback tour. The series follows SWV as they write new music, tour and finally face the issues that ended their friendship and their careers once before.

During an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon the ladies of SWV—Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” George, opened up about their breakup, which happened at the peak of SWV’s fame.

Watch the video after the jump…
Read the rest of this entry »

January 15, 2014

B.o.B. has no problem with BeyoncĂ©’s surprise album release last month. Just its timing.

“It’s like, ‘Dang, couldn’t you have waited for 2014!’ ” he tells Billboard with a laugh. His third album, “Underground Luxury,” dropped just four days after “BeyoncĂ©” appeared and gobbled up the spotlight, but B.o.B. hastens to add that there’s certainly no hard feelings. “It was definitely, like, Whoa.. She showed the world how powerful an artist can be, and at the same time how powerful the Internet is. That’s how to end the year, y’know? She ended with a bang.”

Read the full interview after the jump…
Read the rest of this entry »

The Beyonce World » Music