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“Yours and Mine”: Beyoncé’s New Short Film Is a Rare Attempt to Open Up

This morning, 364 days after she sneak-attacked us with her self-titled album, Beyoncé debuted an 11-minute, black-and-white video reflecting and elaborating on the LP’s themes. Titled “Yours and Mine,” the short film is no doubt a promotional tool for Beyoncé‘s recently released “Platinum Edition,” but there’s also something worth appreciating here: Beyoncé attempting to open up in a way that may not be totally natural to her, as someone who’s been expected to smile pretty for the cameras since childhood. “I was brought up seeing my mother trying to please and make everyone comfortable,” she says. … Read More

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12 Ways to Say “Thank You” in Song

You know those people on Facebook who celebrate even minor holidays by posting corresponding songs? “Here’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ happy Earth Day!” Maybe you’re one of those people. I won’t tell, though your entire Facebook feed already knows. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, I’m just saying: at least make sure you pick… Read More

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Beatles Tributes, Ranked

For 50 years, popular culture has been paying tribute to The
Beatles. Innumerable covers of all qualities litter YouTube. Entire television specials are dreamt up, even now, to honor their contributions to music history. Every album anniversary is an opportunity for nostalgia of some sort, be it a tribute record, a Cirque du Soleil production, a video game, or a big-budget movie musical. And that’s not even counting the cover bands, with their cheap Liverpudlian accents and their even cheaper suits. … Read More

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The 50 Worst Albums Ever Made

As far as music goes, “the worst” is a slippery category: the worst album of all time was probably made by some godawful crunkcore/pop-punk band in a garage somewhere in 2004 and never saw a formal release. Still, there are better-known records that, for whatever reason, you never, ever want to hear again — the songs are awful, the band’s awful, the music’s awful, or all of the above! So, in the (lighthearted) spirit of our recent list of the worst films ever made, here’s a completely subjective list of the worst albums ever… Read More

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You’re Tearing Me Apart, Beyoncé Rumors

From the On The Run Tour to Elevatorgate to Jay and Bey’s divorce (which somehow segued into their pregnancy) to the supposed second surprise coming of her self-titled 2013 album2014 been a banner year for Beyoncé rumors. As the music editor of Flavorwire, I am required to pay attention to these rumblings and at times, parse them. As a Beyoncé fan, I am mostly unhappy about this job requirement. … Read More

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The 50 Best “Ripped From the Headlines” ‘Law & Order’ Episodes, Ranked

Law & Order, the Dick Wolf-produced procedural that paved the way for so many other shows — NYPD BlueNCISCSI: So Many, and so many others — has been running, in one form or the other, since 1990. Since that first season, Law & Order, and all its iterations — SVUCriminal Intent, and a few other less successful variants — have followed nearly 1,000 criminal investigations. So, it’s no surprise that a lot of those crimes were based on real-life events — some of them even from just a few months prior. … Read More

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Sia Releases “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” from ‘Annie’ Soundtrack

Sia might not be your first guess for an appearance on a revamped Annie sountrack, but — there it is.… Read More

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This Is Real Life: Beyoncé Kicks Jay Z’s Ass in ‘On The Run’ HBO Concert Film

On Jay Z’s 2006 album Kingdom Come, the rapper offered up one of the most revealing snippets of his private relationship with Beyoncé — that is, until this May’s Elevatorgate. On “Lost One,” Hova raps, “I don’t think it’s meant to be, B/ But she loves her work more than she does me/ And honestly, at 23/ I would probably love my work more than I did she.” Jay would confirm Beyoncé as the song’s subject in his 2010 book Decoded, but it was clear even then — a year and a half before Knowles and Carter would become America’s Couple — who Jay was speaking of. This is worth remembering after a summer filled with rumors of infidelity, divorce, and pregnancy. … Read More

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé Reportedly Working on Collaborative Album

Well, this seems like good news: while post-elevator-scandal, post-fraught-adultery-related-lyrical-tweaks, everyone was speculating on the likelihood of Beyoncé and Jay-Z… Read More

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