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Beyonce surprised even her most ardent followers a few days ago by releasing her fifth studio album, "Beyonce" Columbiain one giant package on iTunes. The 14 songs and 17 videos comprise a "visual album," the trump card in a year dominated by nontraditional and secretive marketing campaigns by major artists: Kanye West's worldwide building-sized video projections; Justin Timberlake's two albums after six years of silence; David Bowie's stealthy comeback; the album-as-android-app by Beyonce's husband, Jay Z. The outpouring of double-take delight and praise in social media was instant, and "Beyonce" sold 80, copies in the first three hours of its availability early Friday.
She spent her childhood being trained not just to be a great singer but to become the type of athletic vocalist who could sing while in constant, rapid, muscle-and-bone defying movement on a stage for hours. Lemonade was a couple years behind her and Everything Is Loveher collaborative album with husband Jay-Z, had not yet been revealed to the public. Doing some of her most ambitious live choreography for two hours in the desert, the thenyear-old delivers the best vocal performance of her career.
She stars in the photorealistic computer-animated remake of the beloved classic and the song, titled Spirit, appears in the film during a pivotal scene with her character, Nala. The track will also feature on a multi-artist soundtrack album which has been co-produced by the singer. Authenticity and heart were important to me.
Jan I will hold my hands up now, I am by no means a Beyonce fan. On the surface, it seemed overproduced, soulless, with a chorus cooked up in a boardroom to sink a hook into your brain and never let go rather than through genuine experience.
I respect things that are built from the ground up. Coachella had obviously never seen anything like it. What matters more is the performance itself: brash and surprising and familiarly Bey, but also a stirring tribute to black music, black style, and, especially, the primacy of historically black colleges and universities as the bedrock of all of the above.
The clip suggested that The Lion King would be a soulless cash grab at best, a crime against humanity at worst. It also made it clear that the remake would never come close to eclipsing the cultural cachet of the original. With a couple clunky exceptions, each song makes only oblique references to its narrative peg so that it can exist functionally in our world, beyond the scope of the Lion King universe.
More Reviews. A gorgeous and hypnotic blend of jazz, funk and Africana have surely been part of the Carter household ever since. Beyonce is not the only artist to enjoy the fruits of Africa here.