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Beyonce Knowles On Her 65-Pound Weight Loss: "I Worked Crazily To Get My Body Back"

Jan 3, 2014 08:45 AM


Beyonce Knowles has released her fourth YouTube documentary video, and the Grammy winner opens up about wanting to debut her post-baby body in her visual album, which was released last month.

"I was very aware of the fact that I was showing my body," she says in the new clip, titled Liberation. "I was 195 pounds when I gave birth. I lost 65 pounds. I worked crazily to get my body back. I wanted to show my body. I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back. I know that there's so many women that feel the same thing after they give birth. You can have your child and you can still have fun and still be sexy and still have dreams and still live for yourself. I don't have any shame about being sexual. I'm not embarrassed about it, and I don't feel like I have to protect that side of me because I do believe that sexuality is a power we all have."

However, Queen Bey was a bit antsy to show her family members the video for her single "Partition," in which she wears several revealing outfits and dances in the Crazy horse nightclub suggestively for hubby Jay Z. Of the clip, Beyonce says, "It takes me back to when me and my husband first met, and he tries to scoop me and he thinks I'm the hottest thing in the world. I kinda had this whole fantasy of being in the car, and this whole movie played in my head. I didn't have a pen and paper. And I was so embarrassed after I recorded the song because I'm just talking sh*t. I'm like, 'I can't play this for my husband!' I still haven't played it for my mom. She's going to be very mad at me."

So what about those sexy moves? Bey explains, "The day that I got engaged was my husband's birthday, and I took him to Crazy Horse and I remember thinking 'Damn, these girls are fly.' I just thought it was the ultimate sexy show. I was like, 'I wish I was up there, I wish I could perform that for my man.' So that's what I did for the video."

Mission accomplished!




Beyonce Knowles And Jay Z Are Crazy In Love At New Year's Bash

Jan 2, 2014 07:33 AM

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Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z attended Diddy's CIROC The New Year 2014 bash at a private residence in Miami, and the couple had a late night dance off in the wee hours of the night. And not only that, but Bey totally went pant-less at the party wearing booty shorts and a men's Versace shirt. Hot!

From shaking it to hopping on a scooter later in the evening, it looks like Blue Ivy's parents had a blast. "Jay Z and Beyonce were off in a corner dancing and greeting people," an eyewitness tells Us Weekly. "Drake came with a posse of friends and took over the turntables" and "T.I. and Jamie Foxx were chatting and hanging out."




Beyonce Knowles And Jay Z Feast On Seafood After Their 22-Day Vegan Challenge

Dec 31, 2013 01:20 PM

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Jay Z and Beyonce made it through their 22-day vegan challenge, and the supercouple bumped into Gloria Estefan, her hubby Emilio and their daughter Emily on Sunday night after chowing down at Seasalt and Pepper restaurant in Miami, Florida.

Gloria posted the pic above and wrote, “Ran into the incredible @Beyonce & @Jay-Z post Dolphin game @ Sea Salt on the Miami River, sweet, Em was catatonic!” We're guessing the Em she's referring to is her teenage daughter Emily, not her hubby ... but maybe he's a big fan of Sasha Fierce too?

Bey and Jay ordered pappardelle, lobster ­risotto and seafood casserole according to Page Six, and chef Alfredo Alvarez even asked them what they were in the mood for that evening. They just get the VIP treatment everywhere they go!




Beyonce Called "Insensitive" After Sampling Audio From Challenger Explosion In "XO"

Dec 30, 2013 02:15 PM

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Uhh who thought that was a good idea?!

While both fans and critics alike have been all about the surprise visual album that Beyonce dropped on Dec. 13 -- one song has caused quite the controversy. Queen B's song about a troubled relationship, entitled "XO," shockingly features a brief vocal sample of retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt as he comments on the space shuttle Challenger explosion, which killed all seven crew members shortly after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 28, 1986.

"Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," Nesbitt said at the time of the explosion and in the sample.

June Scobee Rodgers, who is the widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, said she was "disappointed" at the pop star's use of the clip since it brought back painful memories of the fateful day she lost her husband, reports ABC News.

"The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues, and friends," she said. "We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today."

"For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least," said retired astronaut Clayton Anderson.

Yep -- we'll definitely agree with that assessment!

On Christmas, the pop diva released her third informational YouTube video titled "Part 3 Run 'N Gun," in which she explained she had recorded about 80 songs to make the visual album.

"When I started picking the songs that I gravitated towards, because I recorded about 80 songs, it was the songs that were more effortless to me that stuck around," she explained in the YouTube video. 

Hey Bey -- maybe you should have picked one of the other 65 songs that didn't have live commentary on people's deaths -- instead of "XO"?!

On Monday, the "Single Ladies" singer gave a statement to Us Weekly, saying:

    "My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song 'XO' was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."

Well if that's an apology it's not a very good one! We agree with the song's critics and definitely think Beyonce (and her songwriters) choice to sample the heart-breaking audio was both "disappointing" and "insensitive."

At this rate, maybe for Bey's next album she will croon some heartfelt lyrics over a sampling of the voicemails left by people in the Twin Towers? That would serve as a great companion piece to "XO."




Beyonce Is Picture Perfect At Screening For Her New Album

Dec 22, 2013 07:06 AM

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All hail Queen Bey!

Beyonce Knowles knocked it out of the park last night in a sparkly black number at the SVA Theater in New York City for a screening for her new album. Remember, it's a visual album, this totally makes sense. And seeing as it's the fastest selling album in iTunes history, clearly she's got the right idea...

And not only does she look incredible and know how to work the music biz, but she also has a heart of gold, as evident from her now infamous trip to Walmart in Tewksbury, Massachusetts on Friday night. As you know, the singer surprised 750 shoppers in the store with $50 gift cards (that's a total of $37,500!) with an envelope that read, "Happy Holidays from Beyonce."

Loves her!




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Beyonce Knowles Surprises Shoppers At Walmart With $37,500 Worth Of Gift Cards

Dec 21, 2013 09:33 AM

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Beyonce Knowles stopped by Walmart in Tewksbury, Massachusetts on Friday night before her concert at TD Garden in Boston, and the singer surprised 750 shoppers with $50 gift cards -- that's a total of $37,500!

Beyonce pushed her own cart up and down the aisles of the store, and she even went on the intercom and shared the good news. Everyone in the store received the gift with an envelope that read, "Happy Holidays from Beyonce."

Beyonce's self-titled fifth album went on sale in stores yesterday, which was one week after its secret release on iTunes. Earlier this week Target announced that they would not be carrying the album on their shelves, so it seems like Bey's gesture to her fans at Walmart was a bit of a jab.

"At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections," Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski said in a statement the other day. "While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and we have appreciated partnering with Beyonce in the past, we are primarily focused on offering CDs that will be available in a physical format at the same time as all other formats. At this time, Target will not be carrying Beyonce's new self-titled album Beyonce."




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Beyonce Gives Madonna's Daughter Mercy A Sweet Kiss

Dec 20, 2013 10:41 AM

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Since Beyonce and Madonna only go by their first names, one could argue that both of their egos might not fit in the same room, but that was clearly not the case last night. Bey took the stage for her Mrs. Carter Show tour at the Barclays Center in New York City, and during the concert she gave Madge's adorable 8-year-old daughter Mercy a loving smooch.

Madonna posted the pic above on Instagram and wrote, "Mercy James gets a big fat one from the Queen. B!" Madge later added, "Mrs. Carter crushes the BK [Brooklyn] with her bad *ss show! Girls run the world! #srtforfreedom." If the queen of pop was this excited, we can't even imagine how happy her little girl was!

After the show Beyonce headed to Times Square to celebrate her album release at a private party at ... Dave & Busters?! Yup! And not only that but Beyonce spent most of her time posing for photos with fans and fellow partygoers:

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So much love!




Beyonce Breaks All Sorts Of Records With Her New Album

Dec 16, 2013 12:59 PM

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Not only is Beyonce's new visual album expected to debut at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but it's the fastest selling album in iTunes history!

iTunes reports that Bey's self-title EP sold 828,773 copies in its first three days, with 617,213 units sold in America. Apple reports that the album has hit the number one spot in 104 countries, and this would be the singer's fifth straight number one debut. On Friday alone the album sold 430,000 copies, and this is also a personal best for Beyonce as far as first-week album sales -- her previous record was her 2006 album B'day, which sold 541,000 copies in six days, according to SoundScan.

The last female musician to break records this big was Taylor Swift, whose 2012 album Red sold 1.2 million in its first week.




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