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Beyoncé’s Publicist Spills The Tea On Destiny’s Child’s Early Days & Columbia Records’ Low Expectations Of Them
Before Destiny’s Child became the mega group we know them as today, they were simply a teen girl group that record executives didn’t expect much from, so says their then-publicist Yvette Noel-Schure. Yvette, who still handles publicity for Beyoncé under her own PR firm Schure Media Group, revealed in an interview with The Jake Sasseville Show that during her stint of employment with Columbia Records, her boss pretty much wanted her to babysit the foursome until they either transferred to another label or went back home to Texas.
“I remember sitting at Columbia Records and Larry Jenkins, who I will praise to the day I die for giving me that opportunity, he said ‘We just signed a girl group from Houston, you just came from Black Beat, you can get along with these teenagers, dah. You should take them, dah.’ ‘” Yvette recalled.
She went on to note that at the time, due to the success of girl groups such as TLC and En Vogue, label execs simply expected the group being signed to Columbia to be nothing more than a learning experience for the teens.
“I knew in that moment that he did not know what the capacity for success would be for this girl group. TLC was so big, En Vogue a little older and killing it vocally and I don’t know if the plan was to set in place. I believe in that moment, Larry said, ‘If nothing comes of this, Yvette can teach them a few things and I don’t know that he expected me to be a great publicist to this great group. I think he thought ‘For as long as we have them on the label, Yvette can be a mother figure …”
Although Yvette says that while there wasn’t a whole lot that she was able to teach the girls, she was able to mold them into the poised public figures we know them as today.
“I sat down with them [Destiny’s Child] and did makeup lessons but they were pretty advanced in terms of beauty because Ms. Tina Knowles was such a central figure in the lives of the girls of Destiny’s Child. Not just Beyoncé, but Kelly who was raised in her house, LaTavia and LeToya, the original two members, their friendship blossomed in that house. They understood about hair and how they wanted to look, it was the most incredible thing. But I knew in that moment that if Columbia Records trusted me with these young women, and if Tina Knowles and Matthew Knowles trusted me to leave a room and leave me with these young women and knew that if they walked out of a room, I wasn’t going to be shooting up a needle or smoking a blunt or cursing. These were young girls. I knew the responsibility of that moment and I knew being a publicist was not what I needed to do. I needed to be a teacher, a guide and a mentor.”
“There wasn’t a lot I could teach those girls, they could sing the ‘ABC’s’ and make me look like … but it was about ‘Here’s how I live my life,’ ‘Here’s how I come to work and I work really, really hard.’ I can not teach you how to sing but I will tell you that when you enter the room, your interview has begun. Everything is on the record, what you say, what you did, if you were slumping in your chair — so don’t slump in your chair because that’s going to be part of the description in the interview.”
“One of the things I know that Beyoncé probably appreciates about me, especially now that she has created her own family… is that I always said to the girls, at the end of everything, ‘I’m going home to my babies.’ It got to the point where the girls of Destiny’s Child used to mouth it to me after the interviews or a press day and I would say ‘I’m going to meet my babies’ and they’d mouth ‘She’s going to meet her babies.’
I was making it very clear that the work is over now for me.”
Listen to Yvette’s full interview on the next page.
Can Beyonce really heal the sick and turn water into wine? These fanatics certainly think so.
Who doesn’t think that the world is ready for the true power of Beyonce.
There’s another one to add to the Beyoncé, Jay Z Rumor Mill: Are the couple planning a joint album? According to Los Angeles DJ Skee, it’s happening. And it will come out soon– like, within the next few months. Yes, you can gasp.
It wouldn’t be the first time Jay Z partnered with another artists to make an album. The 44-year-old has collaborated with Roc-A-Fella artists, R Kelly and Kanye West in the past. As a former Destiny’s Child member, Bey has experience working closely with others, but this album would be a lot more personal.
Read more about this potentional Bey and Jay album at StyleBlazer.com
Over the weekend, there were reports that Jay Z announced that he and Beyoncé are expecting their second child during the last On The Run Tour stop. The way the story was told, Jay was performing “Beach Is Better” when he reportedly got a little creative and switched up the lyrics saying, “Cause she pregnant another one,” while gripping Bey’s rumored, forming baby bump.
The pair have yet to publicly acknowledge the rumors and this of course, is not the first time that Beyoncé was rumored to be pregnant or anything. But it also wouldn’t be the first time they delivered pregnancy news in front of a live audience either. Nevertheless, the pair do appear to be enjoying some family time now that the tour is over. Mama Bey, Papa Jay and Baby Blue were recently photographed heading to a lunch date at the Nolita Restaurant in Paris, France.
The photos don’t do much to confirm or refute pregnancy rumors, but it’s always refreshing to see them out as a trio enjoying family time. Blue is blossoming into a big girl right before our very eyes!
Check out photos from their outing below and on the following pages.
This past weekend, Beyonce and Jay Z concluded their “On The Run” Tour in Paris, France. With a surprise appearance from Nicki Minaj to Jay Z igniting pregnancy rumors and the couple professing their love to one another, The Carters’ tour’s finale ended with a “Bang,Bang.”Although the tour is over, fans can enjoy the power couple’s silent short film trilogy called “Bang, Bang.” Set in the 1960s, the film revolves around two American outlaws who are on the run in a California desert. In the film, Beyonce is a lounge singer who falls in love and runs away with Jay Z’s character whose occupation is yet to be determined. Along the way, we see the couple visiting a diner where a man is reading a newspaper where the couple’s Most Wanted picture is on the front page. Jay Z’s character puts out his cigar in the man’s burger and the couple exits the diner in an urgent fashion. The two can be seen speeding off into the sunset in their Pontiac, while “To Be Continued,” appears on the screen. The director of “Bang, Bang,” Dikayl Rimmasch, did an interview with Nowness.com about what it was like working with music’s number one power couple. Here are highlights from his interview:
What were you immediately looking to capture with these films?
Dikayl Rimmasch: What is it about when you watch Godard’s Breathless? What is it with French new wave that everyone responds to? It is a magical moment in cinema, and the whole point of it was to not be so encumbered by the production that Hollywood and France had adopted. It was a resistance to that machine. Jay’s a New Yorker. He came up through everything and I really trusted that he would get that. I went into the shoot with that mentality.
You shot at a breakneck speed over the course of only two days. What was that process like?
DR: Just before we started shooting on the first day, I was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z in their trailer. They didn’t really know what I was going to do, so I said, “I’m going to shoot for five minutes. Were going to process the footage, I’ll bring it back for you to look at it and that’s basically what the footage is going to look like.” We picked a very particular, beautiful moment with Beyoncé in the mirrors, we processed the footage in a couple minutes and brought it back, and she thought it was beautiful. Jay Z came out and we shot for five minutes, with him and the cigar, and did the same thing. I was shooting with these old Russian lenses, there was no monitor, there wasn’t anyone standing behind me and we started cranking along like that.
How did you work the Bonnie and Clyde story in a new way?
DR: In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z he explained his concept of On the Run. He said: “We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. O. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.” Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being. He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract. How do you stay new, not just to your audience but also yourself?
What did you take away from the experience?
DR: Beyoncé and Jay Z are two very intelligent, insightful and thoughtful people, in an almost low-key way. Which is how they got to where they are. They are very aware of people’s attitudes and what energy they are bringing. Once you fully realize that, then the pressure comes off and you just have to do what you’re good at.
Below you can watch “Bang, Bang” Part One. Catch Part Two tomorrow at the Nowness.com.
Last night, during the On The Run Tour in Paris featuring Jay-z and Beyonce, the Carters dropped a huge hint! Beyonce may be pregnant with baby number 2!
While performing Beach is Better, Jay-z switched up the lyrics in the song to say “Cause she pregnant another one.”
Wait, what?!? Did Jay-z pull a Kanye? Well according to another rumor, he did.
“For the last month, Jay has been fiercely protective of her, just like he was when she was expecting Blue Ivy. He’s ￼been doing everything he can to ensure that Bey is in a stress-free bubble. He’s informed their entire entourage that they need to use relaxed voices, mellow lighting and listen to only soft music, and he’s said that all of the food Beyoncé eats should be organic. He’s really doing his best to make sure that she’s as comfortable and healthy as possible. At one point, she was ordered a glass of champagne backstage to celebrate the tour’s success, but she politely declined and even rubbed her belly, maybe unconsciously. She hasn’t had a sip of alcohol since.”
Do you think Beyonce is pregnant again? Or is it just another rumor?
Beyonce’s Parisian fans received the surprise of a lifetime!
During the European edition of her On The Run tour with husband Jay-z, Queen Bey brought out Nicki Minaj! The two superstars treated fans with a performance of Flawless Remix. This marks the first time Beyonce & Nicki Minaj performed Flawless and have appeared on stage together.
Beyonce and Nicki Minaj shut down the stage and left the fans wanting more. Nicki also made sure to share a selfie she took with Beyonce after the performance.
We’re hoping the two will release a video for the remix after watching this performance.
“I Was Kind Of The Muse And I Trusted Everyone Here” Beyonce Releases Behind-The-Scenes Video Of CR Fashion Book Spread
Since the release of her visual album, Beyonce has given us several behind-the-scenes looks at various projects she’s executed. Not long ago, we reported on her CR Fashion Book photo-shoot, noting “the spread, photographed by Pierre Debusschere, stars the performer extraordinaire wearing Commes Des Garcons, Prada, Givenchy and Celine.” We were also pretty psyched about the poem Beyoncé shared of her wishes for her daughter Blue Ivy and now Bey’s given us another reason to be excited: behind-the-scenes footage.
In the clip, Bey is seen working with stylists and posing artistically for the cameras, saying:
“This is going to be really fun for me; That was definitely interesting and I loved the mask! I couldn’t see anything but it’s a hot a** picture. I think we got what we need; It was really interesting to do something that was not the typical, classic photography. We really made and created art. I was kind of the muse and I trusted everyone here and I just went for it. That is always exciting for me; I haven’t done that in a few years.”
To watch Yonce’s behind-the-scenes clip of her CR Fashion Book spread, click here or watch below.
If you were one of the biggest pop icons in the world, how would you spend your 33rd birthday? Well, if you’re Beyoncé, you throw a small beach party with your closet friends and family.
The 33-year-old songstress celebrated her birthday in Corsica on Thursday. According to E! News, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Jay-z and a few family members spent hours relaxing on the beach. The family played paddleball and took tons of pictures.
E! News states,
In keeping with tradition, the soulful singer traveled overseas and landed in Corsica on Thursday to enjoy some quality down time with her family.
Yoncé and her fam-bam were all spotted arriving on a private jet at Bastia-Poretta airport, where they’re expected to enjoy a peaceful vacation in the South of France. According to a source, Jay tipped their hostess on the private jet a hefty sum of €500, and when she returned to provide him with change, the rapper laughed and refused to accept. How nice!
The family also chartered a luxury yacht for $800,000 a week. $800,000 a week?!?! The joys of being Beyoncé and Jay-z.
When news first broke that Joan Rivers passed away yesterday afternoon, people took to Twitter in doves with their reactions to the news, with some noting that the legendary comedian’s death date happened to fall on Beyoncé’s birthday. In no time, the conspiracy theories began to take shape. One particular theory stemmed from Bey and Joan’s birth years.
I’ve just read that Joan Rivers was born ’33 & died at 81. Beyonce was born ’81 & turned 33 today. Coincidence?
— Terry Stapleton (@TerryStapes) September 4, 2014
Taking the insanity up a notch, another tweeter pointed out that one of Joan’s last tweets consisted of some Beyoncé shade.
A man reportedly got his finger bitten off at a Beyoncé concert! The shocking twist: It wasn’t Jay Z’s finger and it wasn’t by Solange. — Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) August 27, 2014
— ㅤ (@faizatbh) September 4, 2014
And then, of course, there are the folks who think Bey and the Illuminati killed Joan.
joan rivers passing on beyonce’s birthday… pic.twitter.com/aJcDEvDoli
— Jared (@jaredgnarly) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers died on Beyonces birthday Coincidence ? or #ILLUMINATI
— PIZZVGODDESS (@123shawnab) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers berates Beyoncé and then passes away on her birthday…..hmmm
— Kawaii ♡ Kitten (@katconway) September 4, 2014
BEYONCE KILLED JOAN RIVERS!!! you can’t tell me otherwise! — Gabby the Great (@_AsianDope_) September 4, 2014
Yup, they went there.