Jennifer Hudson Gets Brand New On ‘Walk It Out’ featuring Timbaland
Beyoncé Talks Sexual Liberation & Introduces Us To Her Team In Out Magazine
Beyoncé is giving us Marilyn Monroe realness in the latest Out magazine, her first magazine cover of 2014, and instead of taking the opportunity to soak up all the glory, she shared her feature story with her team.
In the issue, which features a 50s blonde bombshell-inspired spread, Bey talks about her latest record-breaking hit album Beyoncé and how she used the record to start a dialogue about women being sexual, confident and mature without being demonized. She also said she makes music to empower all people, not just women, and working on this last record was freeing for her.
We also get to meet the masterminds that are her Parkwood Entertainment team, which include her first cousin Angela Beyince and her stylist, Ty Hunter.
On how she created a sexual liberation conversation with her latest album
I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.
[It was] much freer than anything I’d done in the past. We really just tried to trust our instincts, embrace the moment, and keep it fun.” As an illustration she singled out the video for “Drunk in Love,” a fan favorite. “We were in Miami for Jay’s concert, and it was just the two of us, on the beach, amazing weather, and one outfit! It’s beautiful in its simplicity. If you want something to feel real and urgent, you can’t overthink it.
On if it was her decision to have her voice sound raw and less polished for ‘XO’
When I recorded “XO” I was sick with a bad sinus infection. I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I lived with most of the songs for a year and never rerecorded the demo vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time I’d normally spend on backgrounds and vocal production on getting the music perfect. There were days I spent solely on getting the perfect mix of sounds for the snare alone. Discipline, patience, control, truth, risk, and effortlessness were all things I thought about while I was putting this album together.
On if she intentionally set out to make an album that feminist as well as the LGBT community could identify with
While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle…But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority…We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.
Singer Ciara Harris was seen attending Safe Kids Day at The Lot on Saturday, April 5, in West Hollywood, California.
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker Tie The Knot
Congratulations are in order for Kandi Burruss!
Kandi Burruss is officially a married woman after she and TV producer Todd Tucker tied the knot on Friday night.
After their beautiful ceremony in Atlanta which was attended by the likes of Sherri Shepherd, Fantasia, Tiny, Tamar Braxton, Keisha Knight-Pulliam and her Real Housewives of Atlanta castmates, Kandi shared her joy with In Touch Magazine:
This is one of the best days of my life! I never imagined that I would marry my best friend. Todd’s been that to me and to have just had the wedding of my dreams, it’s all been so beautiful. Now it’s time to party!”
Here’s a snap from the rehearsal dinner, but of course, we won’t get to see anything else until the wedding airs on Bravo. According to Sister 2 Sister, the couple will star in a wedding spin-off later this year.
Kandi so deserves this with all she’s been through in past relationships, not to mention how hard she works. She deserves to have it all.
Congrats to the happy couple!
Epic Records have announced a new posthumous track from Pop Icon Michael Jackson. Jackson died in 2009 at age 50. Epic Records released the official cover for the new Michael Jackson single “Xscape” which was executive produced by L.A. Reid, and produced by Timbaland, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Stargate. The single is set for release on May 13.