Beyonce may have had the number one album in the country, but that’s not her main concern this time around. In another segment of her interview with Access Hollywood, the 4 singer talks about her desire to gain critical acclaim instead of sales:
“I really wanted to make a great body of work and a great classic album, and I focused more on the music from beginning to end. I really wanted to get the critical acclaim. I feel like the longer I do this—I’ve been doing it for 15 years now—No. 1s are amazing, but to see some of the comments that the Rolling Stones and The New York Times and all of these credible, amazing, really critical magazines and papers [are saying] has really made me my proudest.”
Though the album has yet to produce any smash hits, Mrs. Carter goes on to say that she cares more about getting respect from her peers:
“Just getting the respect from my peers and reading the really tough, tough critics, them acknowledging my growth and my bravery ’cause that was really what I wanted to do is go against the grain and try to put chords and bridges and lyrics and music back on the radio.”
Although all three of Beyonce’s previous albums have won her Grammy’s, she only considers her first, Dangerously in Love, to be a “classic” album:
“I think my first album was a classic album. The other two were great, but I didn’t focus on that. I focused more on singles and this time I said, ‘Let me take it back to when people just listened from beginning to end.’” <<<<I agree!!! Still play that album front to back today!
Do you think 4 will be a classic album?
Beyonce looks like a queen on the cover of Complex Magazine’s August 2011 issue. Inside, she’s gushing about her hubby, talking about bringing classic R&B to the radio and what gets on her nerves. Interview highlights below:
On 4’s R&B sound:
“Figuring out a way to get R&B back on the radio is challenging. Everything sounds the same on the radio. With 4 I tried to mix R&B from the ’70s and the ’90s with rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of horns to create something new and exciting. I wanted musical changes, bridges, vibrata, live instrumentation, and classic songwriting.”
On Frank Ocean:
“Jay had a CD playing in the car one Sunday when we were driving to Brooklyn. I noticed his tone, his arrangements, and his storytelling. I immediately reached out to him—literally the next morning. I asked him to fly to New York and work on my record.”
On recognizing hit songs:
“I’ve found that with hit records the melody and lyrics come together [naturally]. I usually know from the hook if the song is something that transcends language, race, and genre, and if it’s something that affects pop culture. It’s something I can visualize people singing in stadiums all over the world. But my favorite songs on my albums are usually not my singles.”
“Jay’s music is more than music. His lyrics have fathered generations. All that he has overcome gives millions so much hope. There are moments when I see his lips moving and I can see lyrics floating above his head and I think, ‘Wow! How did I get so lucky to be able to witness this level of genius so closely?’”
On complaining and motivating herself:
“I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. People who complain really get on my nerves. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
On creating her own lane:
“There is room on this earth for many queens. I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else. I’ve been fortunate to accomplish things that the younger generation of queens dream of accomplishing. I have no desire for anyone else’s throne. I am very comfortable in the throne I’ve been building for the past 15 years.”
Beyonce is a diva in control. Love it! For the entire story, visit the Complex website.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that Beyonce’s longtime manager/father Matthew Knowles had stolen money from his daughter, which naturally lead to their business separation. Now, Matthew is fighting back. In an interview with The Associated Press, Knowles denies all of the allegations and gives his reasoning for Beyonce’s most recent album not producing any top 10 hits:
On the theft allegations:
“We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyoncé, and all dollars will be accounted for…In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims—they have to come into the light.”
On Beyonce’s new management team:
“The relationship with Beyoncé is extremely amicable. I want to make that clear. Where there’s concern is the people that she’s doing businesswith. I’m challenging all of these folks onintegrity, professional integrity. She changed almost every aspect of her business. The team ironically appeared to be a cross-pollination of Beyoncé’s team, Roc Nation’s team, and Live Nation’s team, who ironically have the most to gain.”
On talking to Beyonce about the allegations (He revealed that they have yet to speak about it):
“The only way we will be able to understand this is through a court of law. That’s the only way either one of us will be clear if someone in our camps did something that was not correct.”
On Beyonce’s album success, but inability to produce top 10 hits:
“They put out the record in a vacuum. It makes you believe that there are some artists that don’t need radio. There are some records that don’t need a record label, and Beyoncé is one of those artists.”
I have a feeling that this is about to get ugly.
Beyonce looks “Sasha Fierce” in the Diane Martel directed visuals for “Best Thing I Never Had,” the second single from 4. In the vid, Beyonce sings to a man from years back that treated her the wrong way as she preps for her wedding day.
The lingerie and wedding dress are definitely divalicious and the groom is foine. I’m sure he was very excited and honored to be Beyonce’s husband…on the screen!
Besides being all around fabulous, Beyonce has a lot to celebrate this week. Despite a full album leak and no top 10 singles so far, 4 tops the Billboard charts with 313,420 copies sold. This is a smaller debut compared to I am….Sasha Fierce, which sold over 400,000, but still a great feat.
Congrats are also in order for G.O.O.D Music signee Big Sean whose debut album, Finally Famous, came in at the number three spot with 84,566 albums sold. Adele sits comfortable in the number two spot with another 90,315 copies of 21 sold.
Beyonce continues her torpedo of promotion for 4 with a dramatic and beautiful spread in this month’s Vogue Italia. Our “Queen Diva” is dressed in Tom Ford gowns styled by Rushka Bergman. Check out more photos below, all taken by the famed photographer Francesco Carrozzini:
Beyonce shut down New York City this morning with her show stopping appearance on Good Morning America’s Concert Series. She performed a slew of songs from her new album (“Run the World,” “Best Thing I Never Had,” “1+1”) and an old favorite (“Single Ladies”). After tearing down the stage, Beyonce had a chat with Robin Roberts. Interview highlights ( [Source] ):
On her album being musical gumbo:
It’s all of my musical influences and everything that has inspired me over my travels.I was able to go and see some festivals and see some of the artists I’d never get to see because I rarely get to watch a performance. It’s a bit of rock, jazz, and a lot of live instrumentation. I wanted to bring chords, bridges and melody back on the radio and that was my goal. I figured after all these years; I earned the right to have artistic freedom and just make good music and not try to make regular songs.
On the remake of A Star is Born:
Clint Eastwood, can you believe that? I can’t believe it still. I know when I met with him I was like in awe and I’m so, so honored that he believes in me. I can’t wait to do this film; I represent this generation’s talent and for me to be the chosen person as a African American woman is incredible.
On making women feel good about themselves with her music:
That is my message and I try to write and sing songs that I think we as women like to hear. I know sometimes it’s hard to realize how amazing we are so I’m very happy to be able to do that to women around the world.
On why she made an appearance at the Boys & Girls Club in Harlem:
I remember being a young girl and admiring Michael [Jackson], Diana [Ross] and I remember how much music kept me free. To know that people watch me, it may keep them off streets and keep them focused. I feel like that’s one of the reasons I’m here and I’m very proud of that.
I’m personally not feeling the idea of the A Star is Born remake. That is a classic Old Hollywood film and those are movies the just shouldn’t be remade. However, we’re talking about Academy Award winning director Clint Eastwood, so it could turn out amazing. We’ll just have to wait and see.
ABC has removed the video of the performances unfortunately 😦