03:32 PM EDT 12/13/2013
Originally posted 12/13/2013 01:00PM
When Jay Z announced that he and Beyoncé would follow a vegan diet for 22 days as part of a "spiritual and physical cleanse," he noted the significance of that seemingly random timespan.
"There's something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day ... It just feels right!" he wrote on his website, Life+Times.
Originally posted 12/13/2013 08:30AM
Industry peers and fans alike are reeling, in a good way, upon waking up Friday to news of Beyoncé's audacious holiday stunt – the whole new album and group of videos she released by surprise overnight.
"Don't talk to me today unless it's about @Beyonce THANX," Katy Perry wrote on Twitter in the early hours Friday.
Beyoncé's move, of course, raises the stakes significantly for performers in her same stratosphere of stardom, like Perry, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Those other three have yet to weigh in, but Snoop Dogg and Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles both Tweeted their admiration.
Originally posted 12/13/2013 05:45AM
Beyoncé has created a holiday frenzy – delighting fans by announcing a surprise new album just before midnight Friday, then secretly releasing it immediately after the announcement.
With 14 songs and 17 videos, the self-titled album features several collaborators including Jay Z, Drake and Frank Ocean – and a special little one on its closing track. For the song "Blue," Beyoncé performs with daughter Blue Ivy.
"I see music," Beyoncé said in a video announcement on her Facebook page. "It's more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music."
Originally posted 12/12/2013 12:30PM
Toss together one of the dishes from Bey and Jay's three-week veggiepalooza
Originally posted 12/07/2013 12:55PM
Justin Timberlake was the biggest snub and Sara Bareilles was the biggest surprise in the top categories of the nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Friday night in conjunction with a concert special televised from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Timberlake was expected to make the cut for album of the year for his hit comeback The 20/20 Experience, and was also a likely contender for both record and song of the year for "Mirrors," but was shut out of all of those categories.
Perhaps Timberlake's decision to release a second part of The 20/20 Experience in September backfired on him. With both installments counting as one album, he might have diluted the strength of the first half with the voters.
Originally posted 12/06/2013 11:40PM
The song of the summer – Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" – was a no-brainer for a record of the year nod when the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced Friday night during a live concert at the Nokia Theater in L.A.
But Miley Cyrus, whose headline-making songs "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" were eligible, was shut out of the major categories.
Jay-Z leads the pack with nine nominations, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored seven apiece while newcomer Lorde received four.
Originally posted 12/05/2013 12:00PM
Originally posted 12/05/2013 04:30PM
Beyoncé posts an adorable photo of her 22-month-old girl walking hand-in-hand with her dad on Instagram
Originally posted 12/05/2013 07:20AM
Actions speak louder than words, and Beyoncé and Jay Z really proved they are ready to take on their 22-day vegan challenge.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 11:00AM
Jay Z is on to the next one. The rapper, mogul and King to Beyoncé's Queen Bey, turned 44 on Wednesday.
There is bound to be a glamorous celebration, filled with gorgeous people and fare catering to Jay Z's new vegan diet, but we are more concerned about the mystery that surrounds this man. How is it that Jay Z is 44 when he still looks 28?
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