5 reasons BEYONCÉ is a triumph [REVIEW]

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Beyoncé’s fifth studio album has been called many things, from “game changer,” to an elaborate “gimmick.” But behind the unexpected release of the album and the unprecedented buzz about it after, BEYONCÉ is in fact a musical triumph. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. The big surprise

Let’s start with the obvious: No one else could have pulled off BEYONCÉ except for, well, Beyoncé. The bombshell release—without the elaborate marketing hype that usually precedes major pop releases—surprised even the directors and the producers who worked on the album.

“I had no clue it was coming,” Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, who wrote and produced “No Angel” told RollingStone.  “I never heard the final version till last night.” Talking to BuzzFeed, Ricky Saiz, director “Yoncé,” added, “It was a complete surprise even to the people involved.”

In an industry that is primarily single-driven, it was a gutsy move not to release a single first and to create videos for every single song: Beyoncé essentially turned the music game on its head.

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5 most disappointing pop albums of 2013

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It has been an interesting year in pop music. While established artists like Daft Punk and Pharell electrified the charts, some pop comebacks didn’t quite pan out. Here are 5 albums that left me wanting more.

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  1. PRISM – Katy Perry

I liked PRISM (for the most part), and I like Katy Perry. But the third album from the Teenage Dream pop star simply fell short. If Katy had gone through any musical maturity, PRISM didn’t show it. I know she can do better.

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Beyoncé drops self-titled album, Internet freaks out

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If you’re a King B fan, here’s an early Christmas gift for you.

Beyoncé—flawless ruler of the pop world—just released a new album out of nowhere. The self-titled LP comes as a big surprise.  Sure, there have been numerous rumours that she’s shooting new videos. But most people assumed she was just preparing for an early 2014 release.

The very calculated pop star didn’t even do a press conference or anything of that sort to announce this album. She simply told fans about it via Instagram.

The best part of all? All 14 songs already have an accompanying video.

Teaser video and tracklisting below.

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LIVE BLOG: Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale

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10:01 PM: “I don’t do drugs. Don’t you need to be using drugs to go to rehab?” Really cute skit.

10:04 PM: That note. “Run, Run Rudolph” is so Kelly. Loving this performance.

10:06 PM: “I love hunger. But it’s just not sexy enough.” – William Shatner is pretty funny in this skit.

10:10 PM: “TMZ would just love to get their hands on these.”  Trisha Yearwood and Reba!

10:11 PM: Not loving this gown on Kelly. But she sounds good opening “Silent Night.”

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10:14 PM: With all due respect to Trisha Yearwood and Reba Mcentire, I’m not really feeling this collaboration.

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Kelly’s first Christmas special, KELLY CLARKSON’S CAUTIONARY CHRISTMAS MUSIC TALE, aired onWednesday, December 11th at 10/9c on NBC. Here are some highlights:

10:18 PM: “My Favorite Things” isn’t a Christmas song, but I love this performance. Reminds me of big-band week when Kelly was on Idol. (She performed “Stuff Like That There” that week.)

10:22 PM: “George Clooney is going to be Santa Claus.” Uhm, I would LOVE to see that.

10:24 PM: The dress during the “Wrapped in Red” performance is the best thing Kelly has worn so far this evening. The vocals are perfect.

10:26 PM: “George? Bush?”

10:27 PM: Looks like Blake Shelton doesn’t know how to iron clothes. He should stick to his day job. :)

10:33 PM: The vocals keep getting better. Loving “Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing).”

10:36 PM: Totally wasn’t expecting “Walk Away” to be used on this Christmas show. I guess Kelly really loves this song?

10:44 PM: How many ways can one say “perfection”? Kelly Clarkson doing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” justice.

10:49 PM: “Christmas isn’t about her career.” Nice lesson. I guess.

10:55 PM: “Underneath the Tree” is probably going to become a Christmas classic…eventually. Love this tune!

10:58 PM: And that’s a wrap! Loved this Chrismast special. I wouldn’t mind at all if NBC turns this into an annual thing.