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Beyonce, Jay-Z release celebrity stacked movie trailer for upcoming tour

- May 18th, 2014

King Jay and Queen Bey are pulling out all the stops to promote their upcoming joint tour.

On Saturday, Jay Z’s official YouTube channel released an official trailer for the tour, starring not only Beyonce and Jay-Z, but the crème de la crème of Hollywood.

Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Rashida and Kidada Jones, Guillermo Diaz, Emmy Rossum, and Don Cheadle have all pooled their talents together to help promote their friends massive upcoming tour.

In the trailer, which sits at just under four minutes, Jay and Beyonce play a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, with a smidge of Mickey and Mallory Knox thrown into the mix.

Within the first 15 seconds, it’s not too difficult to guess what kind of “movie” is about to be presented. It’s one James Franco screaming “spring break forever b——“ away from being a complete homage to Harmony Korine’s fluorescent neon 2013 cult classic.

Here’s the basic rundown of the trailer’s plot: Jay Z is a major league hustler who isn’t afraid to get a little blood on his knuckles. He’s used to dealing with the Big Whig kings of the underground world, like Sean Penn’s shifty character, and he loves every second of it.

That all changes, however, when he meets Beyonce, a sweet girl dipping her toes into the exotically enticing criminal underground. Together, the pair go on a barrage of crime sprees, robbing anyone they can and killing them dead in their tracks if need be.

Hopelessly in love with one another, they decide to exit the gangster game altogether, but like every good action movie, agree to complete one more job before driving off into the sunset, bags of money packed tightly into the trunk of their getaway car, laughter lost in the wind.

Seriously, just check out any of the Fast and Furious movies. Literally, any of them.

Of course, a Beyonce and Jay-Z video wouldn’t be complete without a banging hip-hop soundtrack. The two have thrown together a couple of their original songs together and created remixed tracks we can only hope we’ll hear on the actual tour.

Is the video over the top? Probably. Is it something we’ve come to expect out of the game changing, chart topping, exquisitely extravagant couple? Absolutely.

After all, only Jay-Z and Beyonce could make Sean Penn look like an extra in a film.

10 rare videos of artists before they were famous

- August 14th, 2013

One of the great things about YouTube is, it offers up historical footage that you would normally never, ever see.

This also includes video from back in the day of some heavyweight musical acts playing in front of, well, hardly anyone.

Hey, you gotta start somewhere.

It’s also clearly evident as to why they got to the heights they did after seeing and hearing some of these clips from years ago.

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Here are 10 rare videos floating out there on the video-sharing site. There’s such an abundance of unique stuff that we’ll add some more in the weeks and months to come. (Please, feel free to add your own favourite rarities in the comments section at the bottom of this page):

Madonna, 1982

Here’s an early look at the talents of Madonna as she struts her stuff at her first-ever live performance at old New York club Danceteria in 1982, playing Everybody. She had confidence, even back then:

Rihanna, 2003

We get an early glimpse of Rihanna’s vocal chops as she belts out a version of Hero at 15 years old:

Nirvana, 1988

Prior to Nirvana were selling out arenas in the ’90s behind their hugely popular albums Nevermind and In Utero, they played a Radio Shack in Aberdeen, Wa., in 1988 in front of a few staff members. They performed Paper Cuts:

Eminem, 1991

Before Marshall Mathers became Eminem/Slim Shady, he was playing in high school talent shows. Here’s a clip from a show in 1991 (he’s in the black shirt):

Guns N’ Roses, 1986

Before Guns N’ Roses signed to Geffen Records and a year prior to their breakthrough debut album Appetite For Destruction being released in 1987, the fivesome were staples on the Hollywood club scene. Here’s their full set from the Roxy in Los Angeles on January 18, 1986:

U2, 1977

Here’s U2′s first ever appearance on Irish TV in March of 1978 performing Street Mission. Bono was 18 years old at the time, and when they filmed the spot on the show Youngline, they were actually called The Hype:

The Smiths, 1983

The Smiths hadn’t released their debut album yet, nor any singles. Here’s the iconic band playing their third gig ever, and supporting a funk band called 52nd Street at the Hacienda club in Manchester on February 4, 1983.

Destiny’s Child, 1992

Here we see a young Destiny’s Child practicing their song-and-dance moves in a backyard in 1992. Beyonce was 11 years old at the time:



LL Cool J, 1985

Young rapper LL Cool J (with DJ “Cut Creator”) is seen playing to a half-empty gym of mostly mullet-wearing, disinterested white kids at Colby College in Maine in 1985. He was 17 at the time:

The Who, 1964

The Who, then known as the High Numbers, play a hotel bar in London in 1964, prior to the release of their breakthough song, My Generation (which would be released the following year).

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Beyonce books two more Canadian dates

- June 24th, 2013

We may need to refer to her as the hardest working mom in showbiz.

Pop superstar Beyonce has added an additional 14 dates to her already jam-packed Mrs. Carter Show World Tour itinerary, and it includes two Canadian stops.

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The new leg kicks off on November 30 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, winds its way to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (again) on December 16, and ends just before Christmas on December 20 at Boston’s TD Garden.

Tickets for both Canadian shows go on sale July 8.

Beyonce’s previously announced summer tour hits T.O. on July 21, and Montreal’s Bell Centre on July 22. Both shows are sold out.

Here’s the new North American leg schedule:

Nov-30, Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Dec-2, San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
Dec-3, Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Dec-6, Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Dec-7, Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Dec-9, Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Dec-10, Houston, TX Toyota Center
Dec-12, Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Dec-13, Chicago, IL United Center
Dec-14, St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Dec-16, Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Dec-18, Washington DC Verizon Center
Dec-19, Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Dec-20, Boston, MA TD Garden

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Beyonce’s outrageous tour rider revealed: red toilet paper, $900 drinking straws

- May 3rd, 2013

We’ve heard of bizarre tour riders before, but Beyonce’s concert demands takes them to a whole new diva level.

According to the U.K. tabloid Daily Star, the 31-year-old, who is currently on her Mrs. Carter World Tour, includes some fairly outlandish and expensive items in her tour must-haves list.

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The rider includes:

• $900 worth of titanium drinking straws for her dressing rooms (used to drink a special alkaline water that’s served at exactly 21 degrees!)

• Everyone in the crew must be dressed in clothes made of 100% pure cotton (to prevent her from having an allergic reaction)

• The dressing room must be painted off-white

• Every toilet seat (in each venue) must be brand new

• Bathrooms are stocked only with red toilet paper (no joke)

• A hand-carved ice-ball (to cool her throat after performances)

• Glass platters of almonds, oatcakes and green-only crudités (no junk food allowed)

Can you imagine what her maids have to deal with at her and Jay-Z’s mansion?

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The most memorable Grammy performances

- February 7th, 2013

Rihanna. Frank Ocean. Taylor Swift. Alicia Keys. Jack White. These are just a few of stars that are set to potentially shine on stage for the 55th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.

So what better way to prep for the biggest night in music than by running down some of the most notable performances ever on the big awards show.

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As you will see, not all of the infamous ones on this list were because the artist killed it. Some lip-synched. Some (soy) bombed. Some were jaw-droppers. And some just plain awesome.

Here’s ten that made the grade for differing reasons:

Madonna/Gorillaz/De La Soul, “Feel Good Inc.”/”Hung Up,” 1996

If anyone asks what the first ever hologram band was, you can tell them it was Gorillaz. The cartoon group teamed up with De La Soul (who aren’t even mentioned) and Madonna for a mish-mash of musical samplings which culminated in an unforgettable Grammy showing.

Radiohead, “15 Step,” 2009

Thom Yorke and co. pulled out all the stops by bringing along the USC Trojan Marching Band for the 2009 Grammy Awards. With all the people on stage, it could have been a disaster but turned out to be a match made in heaven.

Bob Dylan, “Love Sick,” 1998

Bob Dylan was in his glory after taking home the 1998 Grammy for Album of the Year for “Time Out of Mind,” but it was an attention seeker that will always be remembered during his performance. A shirtless man with the words “Soy Bomb” painted on his chest began gyrating around the stage in a bizarre dance, while an unfazed Dylan played on. The man, later known as Michael Portnoy, was escorted away by security after about a minute. It was later revealed that he was hired to dance behind Dylan during the performance, but changed the plan. So what does “Soy Bomb” mean? “Soy represents dense nutritional life,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Bomb is, obviously, an explosive destructive force. So, soy bomb is what I think art should be: dense, transformational, explosive life.”

Alrighty then…

Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing,” 1983

It was the year and moment that soul legend Marvin Gaye’s comeback was complete. After being hitless for years, Gaye turned up the heat on this night, putting in a stellar performance of “Sexual Healing” (despite some feedback), and taking home two Grammys to boot. Sadly, a year later, he was shot and killed by his own father after an argument at the family home.

Milli Vanilli, “Girl You Know It’s True,” 1990

They’ll always have their night in the Grammy sun. They “sung” in front of millions and right after, took home the award for Best New Artist. You know the rest.

Trust me, watching the video is worth the effort once you see the priceless reaction on Ozzy Osbourne’s face after it’s over.

Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror,” 1988

Michael Jackson was known for his over-the-top performances, but on this night, it was a stripped down and moving rendition of his hit song had the audience on their feet.

Eminem/Elton John, “Stan,” 2001

This much-hyped (and gripping) duet had tongues wagging at the time. Slim Shady was being targeted by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation due to his homophobic lyrics, and had actually protested outside the Grammy Awards in 2001 because of his participation. What’s the best way of thumbing your nose at the protests? Get Elton John to help you out.

Tina Turner/Beyonce, “Proud Mary,” 2008

Tina Turner and Beyonce teamed up for a blistering rendition of the Creedance Clearwater Revival song, blending two different generations of soulfulness. No Ike needed.

Pink, “Glitter in the Air,” (2010)

Pink gets her Cirque on by getting wrapped up in a sheet, getting soaked in water, and getting high in the sky.

Kanye West/Jamie Foxx, “Gold Digger,” 2006

The twosome get the usually conservative star-studded audience out of their seats for this high-energy version of a tune that usually gets the party hoppin’.

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