Archive | March 2014

Beyoncé Madness: Sweet Sixteen

The Sweet Sixteen are finally poll-ready!  Check out the updated brackets here: sweet16bracket.

As a heads up, these decisions just get more and more difficult from here on out.  I’ve already received some threats to end friendships, and even a couple to my personal health and safety.  Still, I’m a grown woman, and I am determined to do whatever I want, and what I want is to see these brackets to the bitter end.  For now I’ll just ask that you help me narrow each category down to two tracks.  You won’t have quite as long to vote on these, so make sure you get around to it before Tuesday, March 26th.

beyonceBEYONCÉ SELF-TITLED ALBUM

From the new album we have the amazing and danceable bonus track, Grown Woman, up against the empowering and badass ***Flawless.  I don’t even know what I’ll personally vote for on this one.  Then in the other corner, we have another sexy-off.  Partition barely beat out Rocket by just one vote, and now it’s up against the remix and radio friendly Drunk in Love.

Grown Woman (1)

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***Flawless (4)
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Yonce/Partition (3)

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Drunk in Love (2)
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beyonce-and-lady-gagaCOLLABORATIONS

In collab-land, three singles from 2003 have stuck it out till now.  Baby Boy – the Sean Paul feature with that infectious dance hall flavour – and ’03 Bonnie & Clyde – the first time Jay and Bey used the “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” terms.  Can you believe these songs are 10 years old??  As for the other poll, Lift Off is the surprise of this quadrant, being the one track without an official video to last this far, as well as the most recent track, from 2011’s Watch the Throne, and it’s up against yet another 2003 powerhouse, Crazy in Love.

Baby Boy, featuring Sean Paul (1)

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’03 Bonnie & Clyde featuring Jay-Z (4)
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Lift Off with Jay-Z and Kanye West (11)

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Crazy in Love featuring Jay-Z (2)
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destiny's childDESTINY’S CHILD

In the DC corner we have Independent Women Part I from the Charlie’s Angels Soundtrack is going to have a anthem-off with Survivor.  Meanwhile, you have to choose between the break-up track, Say My Name and the check-me-out-at-the-club track, Bootylicious, which took out my personal favourite DC single last week.

Independent Women Part 1 (1)

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Survivor (5)

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Say My Name (3)

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Bootylicious (10)
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solobeySOLOS

The solo career region has divided rather well, with the love songs on one side, and the dance tracks on the other.  Halo exists as the last standing ballad in the brackets, and it takes on Love on Top, the 8th seed that took out the the top spot in the category.  Another underdog that is fighting it’s way into the regional finals is the 11th seed, Run the World which goes up against the epic but maybe overplayed Single Ladies.  In this part of the bracket, it has already been proven that anything can happen.

Halo (4)

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Love On Top (8)
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Run the World (Girls) (11)

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Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) (2)

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Beyoncé Madness Round 2 Part II: Solos + Destiny’s Child


beyoncesoloBEYONCÉ SOLOS

Now for the straight-up, non-collaborated Bey doing her independent woman thing sans Destiny’s Child.  Somehow I feel like these match-ups make a bit more sense than most in this round.  Not that a good match-up will make your decisions any easier…

(1) Irreplaceable                 vs.                (8) Love on Top

The brilliant song that gets away with rhyming “minute” with “minute” against the song with all the key changes.

(5) If I Were A Boy                  vs.                   (4) Halo

Both of these ballads were the expected winners from round one and they both come from her 2008 album, I am… Sasha Fierce.  Both are regularly covered on singing competitions, which I think proves their strength as songs, but also may make you incredibly sick of them.  So really, anything can happen here.

(14) End of Time                  vs.              (11) Run the World (Girls)

In contrast to the last poll, these two tracks were both underdogs in round 1, and are both huge, anthemic-like club tracks that cover such great themes as Time itself, and running the planet.  Since End of Time doesn’t have a video, I’ve posted great performances for both of these songs.

(7) Best Thing I Never Had             vs.              (2) Single Ladies

An amazing break-up track that already beat out Diva goes up against the iconic Single Ladies. To sum up:  It sucks to be you right now, but if you like it than you should put a vote on it.

destiny's childDESTINY’S CHILD BRACKET

For the final set of polls, Beyoncé has some help from a couple of her friends – always Kelly, and sometimes Lativia and Latoya, while other times Michelle – over a time span of 8 years.  Together, Destiny’s Child has to date sold more than 60 million records, making them the second top selling girls’ group of all time (the first being Spice Girls).  Let’s get to it.

(1) Independent Women Part 1          vs.          (8) No No No Part 2

Both tracks are old school DC.  No No No Pt 2 being the original group’s very first successful single, and Independent Women one of the first single’s recorded with Michelle.

(5) Survivor                                  vs.                        (4) Lose My Breath

I feel as though even a person who has spent their life trying to avoid these songs has heard them. Honestly, what are the chances that someone who has come to vote on their favourite Beyoncé songs doesn’t know Survivor or Lose My Breath?  So, just to mix it up, here are a couple covers of the songs.  You can always find them on youtube if you really need to.

(3) Say My Name                         vs.                      (6) Bills, Bills, Bills

The two biggest singles from the original DC line up of Bey, Kelly, Lativia, and Latoya, both from the 1999 album The Writing’s On The Wall, and, coincidentally, both songs exist to call out a lame ass boyfriend (aka a good-for-nothin’ type a brotha).

(10) Bootylicious                          vs.                   (2) Jumpin’ Jumpin’

The final poll for this round features two wonderful tracks, full of literal bounce.  Bootylicious crushed Nasty Girl to get here, and although Jumpin’ Jumpin’ was expected to beat out So Good, the margin was surprisingly substantial.

That’s it, that’s all!  If you haven’t voted on the other half of the brackets yet, click this link.

Beyoncé Madness Round 2 Part I: Visual Album + Collaborations

bracket (3)I realize that it’s been a bit of wait, but now all the first round polls have been closed and the brackets have been updated.  Feel free to print and/or download the link from the image above if you’re following along.  I have 16 new and difficult decisions for you to make, but I have broken them into two separate blog posts.  For this particular post you’ll be asked to vote on your favourites in two bracket categories: the newest Beyoncé “visual” album, and the collaborations.  So get comfortable and get decisive!

beyonceSELF-TITLED BRACKET

In her self-titled December-2013-released “visual” album, Beyoncé has introduced us to some of her best music to date, and I know you must agree, since these songs received more votes than any of the others in the first round.  There’s still an issue of actually embedding these videos, so just click the pictures to open a new tab and link to a video.

(1) Grown Woman                    vs.                  (9) Pretty Hurts

The bonus video that beat out one of my personal favourite Jay Z/Beyoncé collaborations (21-7) goes up against the winning ballad of the first round that took out Heaven similarly, 20-8.  Other than that, I have no idea how to compare these two songs.

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(12) Superpower                 vs.                     (4) ***Flawless

The underdog collaboration with Frank Ocean has already beat the odds by winning against XO, so its title may be apt.  But can it beat the equally appropriately-named ***Flawless?  You tell me.

flawless

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(3) Partition                       vs.                         (6) Rocket

I like to call this match-up the sexy-off.  Possibly two of the hottest songs from an incredibly hot album.  Which one do you like better?

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rocket

(7) Blue                      vs.                   (2) Drunk in Love

And here is what I think is our funniest match-up, though I guess they’re both sort of family-related…

blueivydrunkinlove

collaborations

COLLABORATIONS BRACKET

Some of our all-time favourite Beyoncé tracks are collaborations.  Based on the choices that made it through to this round, it seems that you have preferred her work with rappers… one in particular.  I would venture a pretty safe guess that she prefers those collabs too.  Still, there are still some other collaborations in this bracket that have the strength to go all the way.

(1) Baby Boy ft. Sean Paul   vs.   (9) Upgrade You ft. Jay-Z

Both of these tracks beat out their first-round competitors without much effort.  Something tells me this will be a much closer race.

(5) Telephone with Lady Gaga           vs.              (4) ’03 Bonnie & Clyde with Jay-Z

With the videos in mind, this is kind of the perfect match-up.  Your choice is between the somewhat insane and cartoony Thelma & Louise inspired Gaga collab, and the more traditional devotion and trust between criminals in love as in ’03 Bonnie & Clyde.

(5) Check On It ft Slim Thug         vs.       (11) Lift Off with Kanye West and Jay-Z

Pink Panther takes on Watch the Throne.  Lift Off is definitely the underdog in this race, but it’s already proven itself by beating out the Shakira favourite Beautiful Liar.  Ok, actually, I’m not surprised about that.  Does Shakira remind the rest of you of a cartoon goat?  Anyway, enough about that.  Sorry for the fan-made video of Lift Off, but it’s all I can find.

(7) Deja Vu ft. Jay-Z                vs.            (2) Crazy in Love ft. Jay-Z

The power couple faces off with themselves.  It was inevitable.  The only big question is… how many times will this happen before the final poll?  Deja Vu seems to be the kind of song that everyone forgot, but loves, while Crazy in Love was the only song that won with a unanimous vote.

Check back tomorrow for the other half of the brackets, and let me know what you think will make it to the final 4!

*update: Round 2 is up!  Go vote here.