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Nicholas Jennings

Music Review: Jay-Z - 4:44

Music Review: Jay-Z - 4:44
Jay-Z resides comfortably in the palace of hip-hop: a groundbreaking rapper and label owner, with 21 Grammy Awards and sales of more than 100 million records to his name. As Beyoncé’s husband, he is also one half of pop’s royal couple. But all has not been well on the homefront, if we’re to believe the superstars’ artistic output. His alleged marital infidelity became grist for Queen Bey’s mill on her hit 2016 album Lemonade. Then there was elevator video footage showing an altercation with sister-in-law Solange. Jay-Z ...
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Blog Post: Nick's Picks - The Best Albums of 2016

Blog Post: Nick's Picks - The Best Albums of 2016
A selection of 2016's finest recordings, in no particular order: Radiohead  A Moon Shaped Pool - How can something so harrowing sound so sweet? Rich in symphonic and folky lushness, it’s big, beautiful and a little nightmarish. Beyoncé  Lemonade - With profound and touching songs about family ties, racial pride and female strength, Beyoncé makes a powerful personal statement and her career-defining album. David Bowie Blackstar - Bowie’s swan song, a trippy, jazz-infused art rock album that includes the shape-shifting, apocalyptic tit...
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Music Review: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Music Review: Beyoncé - Lemonade
It’s easy to see Beyoncé’s new album as an angry response to a broken marriage. Some songs seem to confirm rumors of alleged infidelities and an impending split with rapper husband Jay-Z. “We built sand castles that washed away,” Beyoncé sings wistfully, before venting “What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you.” Anger is most visceral on “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” a raw number featuring Jack White’s bluesy guitar. But the album also explores themes of hope, forgiveness and redemption and includes “Freedom,” her Black Lives Matter anthem w...
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Beyoncé - Beyoncé Platinum Edition

beyonceQueen Bey took the world by surprise just over a year ago, dropping her self-titled album on Dec. 13 at midnight without warning. “I didn’t want to release [it] the way I’ve done it—I’m bored with that,” she explained. “I feel like I’m able to speak directly to my fans.” Its 14 new songs and 17 videos formed what she called her first “visual album.” Now Beyoncé is reissuing that album, packaged with a live DVD and a disc of new tracks titled More. And while it’s not another stealth release, the Platinum Edition is the perfect Christmas gift for...
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Destiny’s Child - Love Songs

destinyschildIt’s been over a decade since Beyoncé eclipsed her girl-group origins. The artist who introduced “bootylicious” to English dictionaries and helped single ladies get over ex-boyfriends has risen to become global superstar. But Destiny’s Child, with cousin Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, has always remained close to her heart. “We all started in the ’90s, when r&b was the most important genre,” recalls Beyoncé. “And we all want that back, the feeling that music gave us. Vintage r&b abounds on this collection of sensuous sounds from D...
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Cover Story: The Solid Gold, Super Fly Destiny of Beyoncé

Cover Story: The Solid Gold, Super Fly Destiny of Beyoncé
She’s young, gifted and black. She’s also devout, hard-working and extremely fly. As Destiny’s Child’s frontwoman and solo singer-turned actress, Knowles boasts a wealth of attributes (including bootylicious, a term she popularized and now defines) that have helped to place the Houston native well on the road to one-name multimedia stardom. Already, she’s a fast-rising screen actress, thanks to her credible work in Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Fighting Temptations, and a multiple Grammy winner as a member of Destiny’s Child. But her ambi...
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