August 20, 2012

Beyonce’s music video “I Was Here” for the UN’s World Humanitarian Day campaign generated one billion messages encouraging people to do a good deed on Sunday.

The campaign is designed to increase the amount of good deeds done by ordinary people, and additionally, to give something back to those partaking humanitarian work. The campaign asked people to help others on Sunday by making sandwiches for the homeless or volunteering at a local charity.

“The World Humanitarian Day 2012 campaign has made social media history by sharing more than one billion messages of hope,” the UN said in a statement. “World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.”

Watch above U.N. Humanitarian Chief, Valerie Amos, talking about the emotional atmosphere during the recording of Beyonce’s ”I Was Here” video.
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August 08, 2012

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are not only the undisputed first couple of hip-hop, but they are also the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple, according to Forbes.

The music moguls rose to the top of the ranks after getting beat out by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen back in 2011.

This year, despite Beyoncé’s seemingly lower profile in the music world, she still managed to rack in $40 million thanks to her many ventures in and out of music, including her 2011 album 4. As for Hova, well, Forbes notes he brought in slightly less with an income of $38 million thanks to his Watch the Throne album and tour with Kanye West, as well as his own enterprises outside of music.

While their combined $78 million makes them the couple to beat, last year’s #1 couple Gisele and Tom are following close at #2 with $72 million in a combined salary. They’ve earned their keep on the list through modeling gigs (for both partners) and his contract with the Patriots, which runs through 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

August 03, 2012

May 30, 2012

I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me running on that treadmill,” Beyoncé said at her sold-out concert on Saturday night (May 26), the second of four shows at Revel’s Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, before ending the night with her No. 1 hit, “Single Ladies.”

It’s no surprise the amount of dedication and discipline Bey’ puts into her shows, from the knee-high age of five. The ‘Back to Business’ four-night concert series — the title comes off a lyric in her first “4” single, ‘Run the World (Girls) — was no different. It was her first time on stage since giving birth to her and Jay-Z’s baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter, and eight months since her four concert series, “4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé,” in NYC. Days before the event, Bey’ released two videos showing herself at rehearsal, cracking the whip.

The end result was a welcome back party for Beyoncé, in which the “Party” singer turned host, entertained fans and VIP friends, including Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, with a two-hour set of her chart-topping hits.

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May 28, 2012

Last night Beyonce confirmed she’s working on a new album! She’s said between songs:

I’m ready to get back. Ya’ll want uptempos right, ya’ll want everything

CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!

May 25, 2012

CBS News anchor Katie Couric is releasing a book called “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives” and she mentions an advice she got from Beyonce.

“Knowing who you are is the greatest wisdom a human being can possess. Know your goals, what you love, your morals, your needs, your standards, what you will not tolerate and what you are willing to die for. It defines who you are. I have learned not to obsess over being number one all the times. Sometimes not being number one gives you the incentive and the courage to fight harder; it is motivating. Have patience. Have grace. Be secure enough in yourself to base success on personal growth.

Take at least twenty minutes every day to be still and quiet. Time to sit in complete silence. Think. Reflect. Dissect your thoughts and feelings. Relive any mistakes from the day before. Decide how to be smarter and tougher, how to be more committed and considerate of others and more sensitive and aware of your surroundings. Choose something you learned that will make you a better person.

Choose to be happy and positive. Live like the blessed human you are.

Define you.

Knowing who you are allows you to create your own beautiful legacy.”

– from Katie Couric’s Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

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