The Week In Music: Beyoncé Is Beautifulicious
Beyoncé's next album could be I Am … The Most Beautiful Woman In The World, which she is according to People magazine. And just what makes the 16-time GRAMMY winner so beautiful? "I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth," the fairly newly minted mother of Blue Ivy Carter told the magazine. Beyoncé also gave a special shout-out to her own mother, Tina Knowles. "My mother is absolutely the most beautiful woman in the world and I’ve had an incredible example," she said. Before you run out looking for Mr. Right to start a family and become beautiful too, we're thinking Beyoncé's flawless skin, classic facial structure and powerful confidence play a big role in her beauty. On the other hand, if she were a boy. …
Meanwhile, in other "best of" lists this week, Time magazine named the 100 most influential people of 2012, and it was surprisingly bereft of music titans. Just where "old guard" names such as Simon Cowell and Jay-Z rank is unknown, but a few music and GRAMMY-winning names do pop up on the list, which is populated mostly by world political leaders, economists, Supreme Court justices, activists, and "peacemakers," and appears to run in no particular order. GRAMMY winners Adele, comedian Louis C.K., Rihanna, and Raphael Saadiq made the cut, as did Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. Adele is paid tribute by Pink ("Her success renews hope in me that the world I live in has good taste."), C.K. by Joan Rivers ("He's the next big one."), Rihanna by Stella McCartney ("She is just getting going, so watch out."), Saadiq by Elton John ("He confirmed that great black music is alive and well …"), and Ek by Ashton Kutcher ("Daniel has democratized music in a social-commerce environment that rewards true artistry."). Of course, we're not counting list-maker President Barack Obama, even though he is a GRAMMY winner and despite his recent pitch-perfect Al Green imitation.
Speaking of Obama, he staged another musical performance, of sorts, this week. The artist also known as the president joined Jimmy Fallon for his "Slow Jam The News" sequence on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" to rap about his campaign to hold in check interest rates on student loans, with Fallon interjecting soulful asides. Obama: "Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people." Fallon: "Ooooooooh yeeeaaah. You should listen to the president. Or as I like to call him, the Preezy of the United Steezy."
We know that Ke$ha often wakes up in the morning "feeling like P. Diddy," but what's she doing in the wee hours before she even gets to bed? According to a recent tweet from the pop star, she's marking her territory on the streets. In conjunction with a tweet reading, "pee pee on the street. PoPo come n get me if u can find meeee. I blame traffik," Ke$ha shared this photo of herself in the middle of what most of us consider a private act. Hygienic considerations aside, some fans loved getting an intimate peek of Ke$ha's world as one fan tweeted, "LOL stole my move, we are the same person
Though Nirvana ceased to exist in their original form since the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, the legacy of the grunge band continues to live on, most recently in the form of a demo of Cobain and then-wife Courtney Love performing an unreleased track titled "Stinking Of You." The demo is paired with never-before-seen home footage of Cobain playing with their baby daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, which was originally part of the documentary Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story Of Patty Schemel. The video features Love playing acoustic guitar and singing, while taking instruction from Schemel and Cobain. Nirvana fans also get a glimpse of a side of Cobain that they've likely never seen before as he's swaying Frances Bean back and forth doing what Love calls his "hippie daddy dance." What do you think of "Stinking Of You"?
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles charts.
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