The songs are explicit, for sure, but they embrace spiritual and emotional satisfactions — you know, those added-bonus feelings that come from great sex with someone you love. It is grown woman’s music indeed.
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"New rules," right? Jay-Z set a bar this year when he announced Magna Carta Holy Grail two weeks before its release date, selling Samsung one million units and earning himself a platinum record before any marketing had begun.
But his wife might have just one-upped him.
After almost an entire calendar year of teasing her massively loyal fanbase (and the rest of us) with clips, commercial appearances and generally not saying anything at all about her new album during her entire world tour (she also cut her hair!), Beyonce drops a new 14-song album at midnight on Friday the 13th with 14 accompanying music videos. Oh, and HOV, Drake and Frank Ocean all make appearances. OH, and Columbia Records said this week that her new album would be dropping in 2014. So much for that…
It’s December. The music industry, as it does every year, is about to go on hiatus for half a month. The Christmas albums have come out and the Grammy nominations are already here. No one releases new music this close to the new year for many reasons – one major reason is that Internet traffic dies during the holiday season, meaning that online marketing has a limited reach.
But when your marketing strategy costs zero dollars, who gives a fuck about that? Putting a new album on iTunes doesn’t cost anything. Releasing a 14-song album with 14 music videos comes with its production costs, sure, but this thing costs $16 online. And here’s a prediction – Queen Bey will chime in on this week’s Soundscan reports with sales around the 500K mark (and maybe more), even though she has a 3-day disadvantage by dropping the self-titled LP on a Friday instead of a traditional Tuesday.
UGH SHE IS PERFECT.
We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller We say to girls – you can have ambition, but not too much You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important A marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments, Which I think can be a good thing But for the attention of men We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.
I think I realize that business and being polite, it doesn’t match. You can be fair, but me being polite was not me being fair to myself. Now I’m learning how political things are and a lot of the crazy things he did was necessary.
I’m not interested in a free ride, but it absolutely proved to me that women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show.