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“Can You Talk About Something Else?” Jennifer Hudson Is Sick Of Artists Constantly Singing About Sex
How many of us have listened to modern-day R&B music on the radio and thought, ‘Geez, folks are always talking about sex!’? If it’s not about beating something up folks are asking you to push your panties to the side (seriously, there’s a new song with Chris Brown and Kid Ink that says this), and at this point, it seems that very few crooners and singers can think of another topic to touch on. This is something that even Jennifer Hudson has noticed, and she says it’s tired. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Hudson was asked what (AND who) is played out, and she said singing about sex all the daggone time:
Girl, I can’t. Ooooh … Singing about the same old things in music is so overrated. Sex, drinkin’, the club. Okay, especially sex. Like, we [are] grownups, we ain’t got over that, like, really? Ain’t you too old for that kind of thing? Can you talk about something else? I get annoyed with those things. But I can’t answer the last question, ohhh though I want to.
Ironically, Hudson did say that she’s showing a sexier side of herself these days as she works on her third album. She has come up with a fierce alter ego, named Jones, which she came up with while working with some big names in the studio:
I call her Jones. That’s Jones, that’s not Jennifer. It’s so different, it’s really cool, and the music is, too. I love the energy. I got to work with Timbaland, and Pharrell, and R. Kelly.
I think we all caught a glimpse at “Jones” in Hudson’s new video for her single, “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).” And with Hudson out here on red carpets with her bra out and posting pics on Instagram with her killer abs, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of “Jones.” But what do you think about Hudson’s statements? Is talking about sex in music overrated and overdone?
“You Look Like Kelly Rowland”: Beyoncé And Kelly Crash Karaoke Bar To Sing With Surprised And Tipsy Patrons
What would you do if you were minding your business, singing “Party” off-key with your friends really late night at night at a karaoke bar, and both Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland approached you? I’d probably scream like I saw a ghost, but a few lucky (and a bit inebriated) karaoke partygoers almost didn’t realize who the former Destiny’s Child members were when the stars came into their room.
According to the Miami Times, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kelly, Michelle Williams, Timbaland, and a few other friends strolled into a karoake bar very late on Tuesday night in Miami to sing a little karaoke, have a few drinks, eat some light food, and just kick it. According to bar owner Kellie Pilicer, the place wasn’t packed (reminder, it was a very late Tuesday evening), as only two rooms out of the 17 in Sing Sing Karaoke were occupied, so the famous friends weren’t hounded by fans.
“A big security-looking guy walked in and asked us what time we closed. I’m thinking he’s going to come in with maybe a couple of other people and then all of a sudden a couple of people wearing hoodies do start trickling in and one woman comes up and asks me where the bathroom is and I look up and it’s freaking Beyonce.”
Bey reportedly asked if she could surprise those in the occupied rooms because she could hear her song “Party” being played in one of them. That particular room was occupied by three young women who had been in the bar for SIX hours, tipsy off of Long Islands (one woman is pictured asleep on the couch in the room) just a-sangin’. When the singer and Rowland walked in the room, the women couldn’t immediately tell who they were, but didn’t make a big deal of the fact that their singing session was bombarded by folks they would soon find out were famous:
“Beyonce follows the sounds, she just walks right in, and there are two girls sitting and one of their friends had fallen asleep on the lounge chair…I’m standing there watching this whole thing and the other people in their party started walking in and cracking up because they were singing Beyonce. They start dancing together, but they have no idea who it is. And all of a sudden one of the girls looks at Kelly and says, ‘Oh, you look like Kelly Rowland’ and then she looks at Beyoncé and goes ‘Oh my god!’”
Beyoncé and Kelly would go on to snap pictures with the ladies, and even stopped to photo bomb the very asleep young woman on the couch (see photo above right). That’s right. Her friends didn’t even try to wake her up. But hey, at least homegirl got a picture…?
But the takeaway from all this is that if you go to a karaoke bar late at night, sing “Party” and say “Beyoncé” three times, she just might show up. Noted.
In what appears to be the final installment of her documentary, Beyoncé talks honesty and reveals it was the key for this album.
These videos have probably been as raw as we’ve ever seen Bey and we love it. Surely we aren’t the only ones because in all of the comments sections for the videos, people want to see the next installation. But in this seemingly final one, Bey talks about how her image and her responsibility had been holding her back from releasing music that was more true to who she is, or was at the time, as a person.
On Why She Felt She Couldn’t Be More Honest In Her Music:
“I started out when I was 9 with the girls of Destiny’s Child and our first album came out when I was 15. I was a child. But now I’m in my 30s, and those children that grew up listening to me have grown up and I always felt it was my responsibility to be aware of kids and their parents and all these generations. and I feel like it stifled me. I felt like, in a sense, I could not express everything. I’ve done so many things in my life, in my career, that at this point I feel like I’ve earned the right to be me and to express any and every part of myself.”
Beyoncé goes on to talk about the making of “Rocket.” She explains that it’s a song about singing from the heart, harmonies, adlibs, and arrangements. There’s a clip of her singing in the studio while Justin Timberlake and Timabaland (two of of the three writers – Miguel was the third) are there and Timberlake pretty much loses it. He just repeats, “There’s something wrong with you.”
Bey says she would not have been able to record “Rocket” in the past because she wouldn’t have had as much confidence. But now, she feels she’s let her walls down. She goes on to say about the videos as a whole:
“I feel like I’m having to tap into a lot of my life experiences to pull inspiration. And I fee like I’m opening up a lot in these videos and showing a lot of sides to me that only a few people have ever seen.”
Check out part five of the Beyoncé documentary below!
For the BeyHive, here’s a late Christmas present from your beloved Beyoncé.
In Part III of “Self-Titled,” the short doc that the singer is doing to give fans an inside look at what it took to put her visual album together, Beyoncé shows us a side of her we don’t often get to see–Bey creating new music in the studio. The five-minute clip shows the singer working with producer Detail, as well as her husband, Jay Z, as they put together “Drunk in Love.” In it, Beyoncé talks about having more fun in the studio, instead of worrying about hits:
When I started picking the songs that I started gravitating towards, because I recorded about 80 songs, it was the songs that were more effortless for me that stuck around that I still loved just as much as I loved a year ago when I recorded them.
There was this new producer, Details, and he had this really hard beat and he had this song called “Drunk.” And I’m like, ‘That’s what I want to sing! [laughs]‘ I kind of freestyled the verse and Jay went in and he just started flowing out his verse. We just kind of had a party. And then Timbaland pulled out his keys. It was so great because it wasn’t about any ego, we weren’t trying to make a hit record we were just trying to have fun, and I think you can hear that in the record.
You also get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video as the two frolic on the beach. The video was of course just of Bey writhing around in the ocean and sand as Jay drinks D’ussé cognac in a white T-shirt and snapback. It was simple, and that’s exactly what the singer wanted:
I wanted to carry this idea of being in the moment and embracing mistakes and effortlessness in the videos. I wish every video was like “Drunk” [laughs].
In the clip, you also get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of other videos, including “No Angel,” “Yoncé” and “XO,” as the singer explains what it was like to skip all the planning she’s used to for visuals and “rebel against perfection.” Definitely a must-see for the stans–and a nightmare for the non-fans who I have a feeling will still watch it…
Is “Drunk in Love” your jam? Do you think Bey was having more fun with this album?
Timbaland’s Wife Files For Divorce; Demands Child Support For Both Kids… Including The One From A Previous Relationship
Forever just doesn’t seem to last as long as it used to.
After only five years of marriage, it looks like famed hip-hop producer Timbaland aka Timothy Mosley and his estranged wife, Monique Mosley, are officially embarking upon the road to splitsville. There has been no official word on specifically why the marriage didn’t work out, but according to TMZ, Monique is looking to hit 41-year-old hitmaker where it hurts—his pockets.
Court documents filed on Monique’s behalf reveal that she is first and foremost requesting child support for both of their children. The couple share a 5-year-old daughter. Monique also has a 10-year-old child from a previous relationship. She justifies requesting support for her 10-year-old by insisting that Timb has “publicly and privately proclaimed this child as his own.”
September has been such a great month for music, guys. Janelle Monae dropped The Electric Lady a few weeks back, Drake will release Nothing Was The Same on Tuesday, and of course, Justin Timberlake will release the second part of The 20/20 Experience (this time 2 of 2) on September 30. To promote the album, he’s already released the Michael Jackson-inspired “Take Back The Night,” and as a follow-up, he’s dropped the bass-heavy “TKO, ” which was of course produced by Timbaland. The song is seven minutes long, taking a queue from his most recent lengthy jams, and as usual, the song does a 180 in the last few minutes and becomes a booty-bouncing anthem. All in all, it’s about a woman he can’t seem to get over from a previous relationship and the pain she put him through. Check it out for yourself above and let us know, but our fingers are crossed for a video for the track soon.
As for the album as a whole, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 will feature another track with Jay Z (“Murder”) and an appearance from Drake for “Cabaret.” Personally, if the album as a whole sounds anything like this particular banger and “Take Back The Night,” I’ll be thoroughly entertained. But what do you think?
A few months back we reported on a new track from Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson titled, “Sorry.” During an interview, Timb revealed that the song was actually an apology track dedicated to his old friend Jay Z, whom he recently made amends with after the two had a falling out in 2009.
“I’ll tell you the story man. Me and Jay, let me tell you something about real friends. You fall out and then you make back up. Me and Jay fell out, I missed his 40th. He didn’t miss mine, he did sent me a gift. But, I missed his and it was over petty stuff, it was more personal stuff and disagreements. It was not no industry related, it was more personal, and I was wrong,” the 41-year-old Virginia native said of their feud.
Interestingly, he also expressed that through the song, Keri Hilson sought to squash her long-lived rumored beef with Beyoncé.
“I got this one song that I did with Keri on my album called “Sorry,” and Keri actually tells the story about the whole Beyoncé thing and how she was sorry about it because she wasn’t really talking about Beyoncé, but other people. It says it in the song.”
Two months later, Keri is speaking out about the song and according to her, Timbaland misrepresented her verse. When asked by Global Grind about the song where she’s supposedly apologizing to Beyonce, Kerry responded:
“There’s really nothing more to tell about that song. There’s really nothing to be said about it. What I will say, is the way Tim represented my verse is a little off. It’s not something I want to talk about right now. It’s not important to me. I’m not even sure if that song will be on the album.”
“It’s not what he made it seem, I will say that.”
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With songs like this, Justin is about to have me thirsty for The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 when it drops on September 30. Sounding like something inspired by Michael Jackson’s whole Off The Wall and pieces of Thriller, “Take Back The Night” is a groove worthy Thank-God-It’s-Friday (too bad it’s only Tuesday) feel-good jam. Produced by Timbaland with help from Timberlake and J-Roc, it is the lead single from Timberlake’s second helping of the 20/20 Experience, and the video for it was directed by Jeff Nicholas, Jonathan Craen and Darren Craig. In it, Timberlake can be seen driving an old-school car around the NYC streets at night, and then eventually getting out to have a pop-lock battle with a little boy before joining a crowd of clubgoers at an underground spot. There are also clips from his performance at Yankee’s Stadium a few weeks back when he debuted the song while making stops on his “Legends of the Summer” tour with Jay Z. JT’s still got the moves, and the vocals are smooth as he mimics some of MJ’s hottest collaborations with Quincy Jones (check out the horns, the strings, and the “Take it ooooover!” part).
While it’s not the most exciting video you’ll see this year, by keeping things simple, it allows the track to shine through the most. Check out the video for yourself and let us know if you think it’s worth a play, or if you’re trying to pass it.
While being interviewed for Revolt, Timbaland opened up about his thoughts on all the famous folks trying to have Aaliyah on their songs. As someone who knew her well and of course worked with her closely for many years, he made it clear that he wasn’t a fan of such collaborations, and the only person the late singer could have a successful collabo with is Timbo himself. They’re soulmates:
“People always say, I want to do a song with Aaliyah. It will never work. Chris Brown got a record. It won’t work. Drake could do a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t going to work. Aaliyah music only works with its soulmate, which is me.”
I think there are many people out there who have felt this way about all of the current mainstream artists trying to use her unreleased and old music for tracks, so it wasn’t really a surprise that the producer felt that way. But since doing the interview, I guess you could say he had a change of heart (or offended somebody), because he took to Twitter to apologize to Chris Brown for saying that his song with Aaliyah, “Don’t Think They Know” was a no-no.
“I want 2 publicly apologize 2 my lil homie @chrisbrown 4 my statements on revolt regarding the Aaliyah collaborations. i actually like the song wit him n Aaliyah, its just when you are talking about babygirl its a very sensitive subject with me. so the people who not only worked with her but grew a bond so tight we are like family so im very over protective over her. I have mad luv 4 my dude @chrisbrown.”
Surprisingly, he had no apology to share for Drake, whom he worked with a few years back on the popular track “Say Something.” But I’m more surprised that he apologized at all. He was speaking the truth!
But what do you think? Did he have a point or no?
Recently, Timbaland spoke to Revolt TV (yes, Diddy’s new venture) about the falling out he had with Jay-Z. According to Timbaland , the pair had a falling out over what he calls “petty” personal stuff and not “industry” stuff, reports Spin. Although it took a while, but the two worked together again on Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail as the album’s main producer.
The reunion goes to show that even a business relationship gone sour can be repaired — if approached the right way. You don’t have to pen a song called “Sorry” like Timbaland did, but there are certain steps to take in different sticky situations.
Bad Job Exit
We’ve all been there. You left the job from hell and you didn’t leave on the nicest note. But now you need to contact your former manager for assistance on a new venture since she is the best person in the industry for the project. Don’t be shy, pick up the phone and talk about the elephant in the room. “You create a good working relationship by briefly talking about what happened (at a high level) and then talk extensively about what is going to happen in the new business relationship and the outcomes that can be expected,” recommends growth and success coach Dr. Laureen Wishom, who spoke to MadameNoire. “Talk about the areas that you have grown in and how this growth will make for successful new working relationship. Commit to providing ongoing progress reports and give more than what is expected.”
Reteaming With Former Partner
You and your partner have gone separate ways but due to a turn in the industry you want to collaborate with her again. There is no shame in teaming up with someone who you have had previous success — such as Jay-Z and Timbaland. “Both parties should agree that this is a good venture and that together it can be beneficial to both,” says Dr. Laureen.
Spell out exactly what is expected of each person so as not to repeat your business breakup history. “Put in writing the terms of the new relationship, addressing any misgivings from the prior relationship – make sure that both parties agree with the written agreement and commit to be more honest and to talk a little more throughout this relationship.” Discuss your previous relationship and share your feelings and thoughts about what went wrong. “Always talk about what you did that could have been done better or differently, the lessons that you learned from the prior business venture and how you wish things could have been different. If appropriate, definitely apologize,” says Dr. Laureen.
Can’t Stand Your Co-Worker, But You Need to Team Up
There may come a time when you will be asked to team-up on a work project with a co-worker you despise. It can be hard not to bring your personal feeling to the table, but instead do a self examination as to your part in the bad relationship. “The two of you should briefly talk about what happened prior, do not blame her but accept your part in the horrible relationship, apologize if necessary and establish the ground rules for teaming up for the new endeavor,” advises Dr. Laureen. “Be sure to commit to be totally honest and transparent as you both move forward. Talk about what 3 to 5 things that both of you can do to make for a better new relationship.”
Oh No, Not Her
Do you have a peer in the industry you usually avoid at all costs? But what if one day you need to use her as a resource? Keep an open mind until you get to know her better. “Ask for an appointment to talk to them (lunch, after hours, or during work hours if appropriate),” suggests Dr. Laureen. Then talk about their suggestions for the project and how they would handle it.
If you stick to business matters, there’s a good chance that you can work with most people. If it’s mutually beneficial, you can find a way.