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Where are the political pop stars?

Report and Interview by Lisa Verrico, The Sunday Times, 11 December 2016

Selfie-obsessed stars are selling out to the power of branding. ...

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Beyoncé: Beyoncé

Review by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, 20 February 2014

Don't be fooled by the endless perfume ads and narcissistic documentaries — with her upcoming tour dates, fortress Britain will fall once again to Beyoncé, ...

I'm More Than What You Made of Me: Making Sense of Beyoncé's Curious Film Career

Essay by Jason King, Red Bull Academy Magazine, 18 February 2019

Jason King explores the best and worst of Beyoncé's movie roles – and how they help us better understand her path to global superstardom. ...

Activism, Identity Politics, and Pop's Great Awokening

Comment by Jason King, Pitchfork, 11 October 2019

From Beyoncé to Kendrick to Kesha, pop's turn to political activism produced some of the decade's most memorable moments. ...

Beyoncé: 4

Review by Holly Gleason, Paste, 30 June 2011

WHEN YOU'RE BEYONCÉ KNOWLES, machining the sheets of throbbing summer singles — muscular anthems that merge thick modern R&B, hip-hop-inflected beats and enough female-empowerment lyric ...

"Purposeful pop": can stars like Katy Perry create change through music?

Comment by Maura Johnston, The Guardian, 14 February 2017

After Perry's #wokepop at the Grammys, there's an argument about how subversive pop can be in 2017. History shows it will take more than hashtags. ...

Beyoncé: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 13 May 2013

Caught up within the two-hour long human/machine synergy of Beyoncé's London performance, John Calvert reflects on its peculiar mix of sincerity and cynicism and the ...

Beyoncé: Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 30 June 2016

Queen Bey ruled, switching from glamazon goddess to line-dancing Texan rodeo star, and streetwise hip-hop sexbot to devoted wife and mother ...

Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story by J Randy Taraborrelli

Book Review by Lisa Verrico, The Sunday Times, 1 November 2015

The real surprise in this exhaustive biography is not Beyoncé, but her driven dad. ...

Beyoncé and Jay-Z: America's other first couple

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, The Sunday Times, 9 August 2009

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are black America’s second most famous couple: young, rich and with a direct line to the White House. ...

Beyoncé and Jay-Z: London Stadium

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 18 June 2018

STILL CRAZY in love? That's the message that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are keen to project during their On The Run II tour, which came to ...

Will Bon Iver Be The Arcade Fire Of 2012? And Other Pre-Grammy Nomination Show Questions

Report by Maura Johnston, The Village Voice, 30 November 2011

TONIGHT'S GRAMMY nomination concert, airing at 10 p.m. on CBS, will not only jam-pack a bunch of performances by the likes of Lady Gaga and ...


Profile by John Lewis, Populous, May 2014

IF YOU WANT an embodiment of the contradictions that seem to define Beyoncé Knowles, just listen to her 2008 anthem 'Single Ladies'. Sonically, it's one ...

Beyoncé: Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 28 June 2016

A disjointed barrage maybe, but she is still the master show-woman ...

Bibi McGill: Beyoncé's Guitarist/Musical Director

Profile and Interview by Greg Phillips, The Music Network, October 2009

AMID A STORM of spotlights, smoke and confetti, there she stood ... the unmistakable silhouette of Beyoncé Knowles. ...

Beyoncé Does Not Write Her Own Songs. Really?

Comment by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages, 15 July 2010

MY GAST WAS unutterably flabbered earlier this week when record producer Bangladesh "revealed" that Beyoncé does not write her own songs. ...

Beyoncé's Lemonade is an object lesson in collaboration

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 28 April 2016

She's the centripetal force that marshals the likes of Robert Plant, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar and MNEK to craft exquisite pop music that transcends boundaries ...

The Solid Gold, Super Fly Destiny of Beyoncé

Profile and Interview by Nicholas Jennings, Inside Entertainment, February 2004

SHE'S YOUNG, GIFTED and black. She's also devout, hard-working and extremely fly. ...

Beyoncé: Beyoncé

Review by Mike Diver, Clash, 9 January 2014

THE POP ALBUM'S taken a beating by technology. It used to be that progression in the field enabled the furthering of music, facilitated creative evolution ...

Beyoncé: Uh-Oh! Uh-Oh! Uh-Oh!

Interview by Simon Garfield, Observer Music Monthly, 14 December 2003

It was the year of R'n'B, and of the song. Above all, it was the year of Beyoncé Knowles, the Destiny's Child diva whose solo ...

Beyoncé: Beyoncé

Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 13 December 2013

UNUSUALLY FOR an industry fuelled by hype, it was the most well-kept secret since David Bowie's comeback album earlier this year, and all the more ...

Beyoncé: I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (Columbia)

Review by Mike Diver,, November 2009

A greatest hits-style setlist performed with accomplished pizzazz ...

Beyoncé: Shy Big Sister by Day, Wild Girl by Night

Interview by Pete Paphides, The Times, 14 November 2008

Her partner wowed Glastonbury, her music sells millions and her private life keeps everyone guessing. We talk to an unusually demure superstar. ...

Knowles' House Party: Beyoncé: The O2, London ****

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Q, May 2014

Pop superstar takes her Mrs Carter tour to the next level in London ...

Could Beyoncé's Visual Album Become The New Commercial Standard?

Comment by Juliette Jagger, A Journal Of Musical Things, 16 December 2013

WHAT DO YOU DO when releasing a record the "old fashioned way" stops working even for those at the top of their game? Well, if ...

Beyoncé: B'Day (Sony) ****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 1 September 2006

LIKE MOST American singers of her magnitude, Beyoncé speaks in life-coach soundbites that portray recording an album as a spiritual rite of passage. ...

Booty Calls: Beyoncé: Dangerously In Love (Columbia) ***

Review by Paul Elliott, Q, August 2003

Destiny's Child diva unveils world domination bid. ...

Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry: New Skin

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, GQ, January 2014

Reinvention can make or break our pop princesses ...

Beyoncé: I Am… Sasha Fierce (Music World/Columbia)

Review by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 20 November 2008

BEYONCÉ'S third album doesn't start well. Or end well. Or do much well in between. ...

Beyoncé Knowles

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, March 2003

It's her duty to shake that booty. ...

Beyoncé: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Kate Allen, Classic Pop, June 2013

The Mrs Carter Show rolls into town, but does the queen of pop justify the hype? The answer is yes and no. ...

Beyoncé Is Too Good For Glastonbury

Comment by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, 17 June 2011

Glastonbury's complacent Pyramid Stage crowd just doesn't deserve the great Beyoncé ...

Beyoncé: 4 (Columbia) **

Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 24 June 2011

THERE COMES a certain point in mass pop culture when it ceases being primarily about the music and simply becomes a matter of numbers, whether ...

Beyoncé: Pop the Question, Jigga – Miss Fat Booty Gets Some, Gives Some Up Without Shame

Comment by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 27 August 2003

UNLIKE THE B.Lo affair (so ubiquitous it practically has its own action figures), whatever is going on between Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z is under the ...

see also Destiny's Child

see also Solange


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