4:45 pm - 12/14/2013

Beyonce Explains The Visual Album on iTunes Radio

Pretty Hurts – “Pretty Hurts was such an incredible song, it’s really difficult to find a song with such a strong message that doesn’t feel preachy & Sia is such a genius. The second I heard the song, I’m like I have to sing this song. I don’t care how hard I have to fight for this song, this is my song! (laughs) I immediately saw the vision & I thought about pageants & I thought about the most humiliating ,judgmental place you can be as a woman. I feel like sometimes the world is a big contest, we’re all being judged. I wanted to capture how humiliating & insecure that makes you feel. Melina was able to capture that emotion & capture the extremes we feel we have to go to to please the people that judge us. I knew from the moment that I recorded the song that she was the person that I wanted to bring the visual to life.”

Haunted – “Haunted is a song produced by Boots, a producer I completely respect. He’s a instrument,He’s a lyricist,He is an Innovator & I’m so proud to work with him. And the song is really about Temptation in the Music Industry & being exposed to this Craziness.”

Blow – “Blow I shot in Houston, TX, and I grew up in FunPlex which is a skating rink which we went back to & it was so strange because it was one of my first dates with one of my first boyfriends at FunPlex. And now I got the whole FunPlex that I rented out & I thought I was balling. (laughs) I’m like “Man, this FunPlex is just for me!” But it was beautiful to be back there & to shoot with Hype Willaims. And I was really happy to work with him again because he created the music videos for Hip-Hop/R&B artists. He was the visionary for that. From him to bring out the art direction & the hood, the sex appeal & all the things he brings to the music industry & kinda pays homage to everything brilliant that he’s done was exciting for me.”

No Angel – ”This next song goes out to H-Town, here is No Angel.” [lol so personal]

Yoncé/Partition - ”Yoncé is such an Incredible song, I love it because it’s really organic & the drumbeat was actually done in the studio by Justin Timberlake. He just started beating on these buckets & The Dream started coming up with this little chant. -sings Liqa Chant- And It’s so exciting when something naturally happens that way. Partition which is a song, You know I didn’t need a pen & paper, it just kinda flew out of my mouth & it’s one of my favorites.”

Jealous – “Jealous is a song about being human. We all get jealous, it doesn’t matter who you are at some point it’s inevitable. I co-directed this video with some very talented people, we shot in the streets of NYC at 4 in the morning ,it was freezing cold. -chuckle- But it turned out excellent.”

Rocket – “Rocket is one of the most (more) sensual songs, it reminds me of the vibe I got when I first heard D’Angelo’s Untitled.”

Mine – “Drake is one of my favorite rappers, he is extremely talented & I’m so happy he worked with me on this next song. It’s called Mine.”

Bow Down/Flawless – “The reason I put out Bow Down is because I woke up, I went into the studio, I had a chant in my head, it was aggressive, it was angry, it wasn’t the Beyoncé that wakes up every morning. It was the Beyoncé that was angry. It was the Beyoncé that felt the need to defend herself! And if this song never comes, OK I said it! I listened to it after I finished & said, “THIS IS HOT! Imma Put it out!” I’m not going to sell it, I’m just going to put it out!” People like it? great, they don’t? they don’t. And I won’t do it every day because that’s not who I am. But I feel strong, & anyone who says it’s disrespectful - Just imagine the person that hates you, just imagine the person that doesn’t believe in you & look in the Mirror in say “BOW DOWN BITCH!” And I guarantee you feel Gangsta, so listen to that song from that point of view if you didn’t like it before.”



Not sure why Heaven and Blue aren't talked about.  I wish she had more to say about the videos than just the songs. Imma need behind the scenes videos for Ghost/Haunted, Mine and Partition.
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_twenty 14th-Dec-2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing the Pepsi deal helped pay for the videos.

I know a label isn't going to release an album with songs + videos for $16.
scheisse 14th-Dec-2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
pretty sure the entire project was funded by pepsi.
thrillisgone_89 14th-Dec-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
she really could pay for them all + more out of pocket if she wanted to
_twenty 14th-Dec-2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
oh i know she could fund the rest of her career, but i figured this whole "visual album" is part of the ~other artistic projects they talked about when the deal was first announced.
ch33rylips 14th-Dec-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
Huh totally just realized there wasn't any product placement in the vids, well none that i noticed.
degele 14th-Dec-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
i mean, she did this before with b'day but idk how much that album cost
cageyb 14th-Dec-2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Labels don't typically pay for videos anyway, they come out of pocket from the artist, which is why there is usually so much product placement, to cover the costs.
holyfrijoles_2 14th-Dec-2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah I just noticed there was no product placement. Pretty smart of her to do that.
lovely_tunes 15th-Dec-2013 12:31 am (UTC)
she was also smart enough to couple the worldwide video shoot with a world tour. i mean, she's constantly making money while touring, the travel costs for her personal team will be covered by the tour organizers. that's already a chunk.
turi 14th-Dec-2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
1. Pretty Hurts

2. Haunted

3. Drunk In Love

4. Blow

5. No Angel

6. Partition

7. Jealous

8. Rocket

9. Mine

10. XO

11. ***Flawless

12.  Superpower

13. Heaven

14. Blue


In conclusion:

brightstarsure 14th-Dec-2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
facedancers 14th-Dec-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
lmaoooo this comment is golden
karinette001 14th-Dec-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
lol pretty much
carolpd 14th-Dec-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
zonoscope 14th-Dec-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
LMAO yes
goldengal1193 14th-Dec-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
_quietriot_ 14th-Dec-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well said.
pikapika217 14th-Dec-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
degele 14th-Dec-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
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nene718 14th-Dec-2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
youandeyeteewhy A+++++ TRUTHFUL COMMENTARY, rn!!!14th-Dec-2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
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this gorgeous comment rn
adam_pally 14th-Dec-2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
MTE Oprah
mabiche11 14th-Dec-2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
perfect comment tbh
sallgoodman 14th-Dec-2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Awesome comment lol
wanna_catch_me 14th-Dec-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
most accurate comment I've seen on ONTD in ages
ftyd 14th-Dec-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
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thebloomroom 14th-Dec-2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
brucelynn 14th-Dec-2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
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neverhft 14th-Dec-2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
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lenra 14th-Dec-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
lol great review.
geekchicrichie 14th-Dec-2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
murukku 14th-Dec-2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
truer gifs have never been used.
chronocruise 14th-Dec-2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
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__amerie 14th-Dec-2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Perfect comment.
shining_starsxx 14th-Dec-2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
YAAASSSS I know Oprah is getting her life. Lbr Oprah and the Obamas probably had advance copies lol
mattthew 14th-Dec-2013 10:37 pm (UTC)

ctfobro 14th-Dec-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
u are a fucking mess lmao
ponpiri 14th-Dec-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)

But I need someone to explain the No Angel video. That and Heaven are the only two I had a hard time with.
johndavidrage 14th-Dec-2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
I view heaven as her imaging the life her child from her miscarriage could have had, being crazy and getting tattoos with her friends and growing up and whatnot. But I need to watch it a few more times.
clowwykorea 15th-Dec-2013 12:18 am (UTC)
No Angel was just one big montage of Houston artists, local monuments, and random people. I don't think there's much to it
bemythugtonight 14th-Dec-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
you're the best =D

Edited at 2013-12-14 10:42 pm (UTC)
theupperdrive 14th-Dec-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oprah been doing the education!!!!
yousaidlog 14th-Dec-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
yassssss comment of the year tbh
fastusagi 14th-Dec-2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
lmao i love this comment
deceitful 14th-Dec-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
aando 14th-Dec-2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
sent over the edge with oprah in a bubble bath for partition
avantgaurdian1 14th-Dec-2013 10:59 pm (UTC)

mylittlerants 14th-Dec-2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
lol you're a fool, but i love it. forever remembering this a+, creative comment.
tusiaczek87 14th-Dec-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
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jessicamore19 14th-Dec-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
stewie_e 14th-Dec-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
lmao. flawless comment.
goldynchickie 14th-Dec-2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
omg cackling
beesknees7 14th-Dec-2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
lmao what kind of flawless comment
soft_volume 14th-Dec-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
hater_traitor 14th-Dec-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
iamadrinker 14th-Dec-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
This is like the best comment I have ever seen on here.
6tormy 15th-Dec-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
This is the greatest comment I've seen so far on ONTD.
twistedsinews 15th-Dec-2013 12:12 am (UTC)
This comment rejuvenated me almost as much as Beyonce's album.
lovely_tunes 15th-Dec-2013 12:33 am (UTC)

you didn't like Haunted or Blow?
lidahbidah 15th-Dec-2013 01:36 am (UTC)
LOL The Oprah gifs always get to me, and get the job done. +1
lockedinasmile 15th-Dec-2013 02:38 am (UTC)
shayme 15th-Dec-2013 04:22 am (UTC)
rainbowren 15th-Dec-2013 05:16 am (UTC)
bless this entire comment YAS
justyourfaceha 15th-Dec-2013 05:40 am (UTC)
lmao best comment
pirate_toast 15th-Dec-2013 07:45 am (UTC)
LOL perfect
kachna_junior 15th-Dec-2013 09:40 am (UTC)
God bless God for this comment
yeezus_christ 16th-Dec-2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
***flawless comment
ch33rylips 14th-Dec-2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so over sia's weak ass lyrics.
brightstarsure 14th-Dec-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
Which song did she write?
miwa201 14th-Dec-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Pretty Hurts
ch33rylips 14th-Dec-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
I meant in general but she wrote pretty hurts.
zonoscope 14th-Dec-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
ia but pretty hurts isn't bad
pastelward 14th-Dec-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
mte i like pretty hurts but the lyrics are so basic
_quietriot_ 14th-Dec-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
It's like a lot of her haters took “BOW DOWN BITCHES!” really personal as thought they felt like she was actually saying it to them, lol.
ilylykewoah 14th-Dec-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
yeah, the first line that says "since you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world" makes it seem like she is saying it to the audience, but she's actually just addressing the people who didn't believe in her and her abilities. everyone can relate to that.
ftyd 14th-Dec-2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
ponpiri 14th-Dec-2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
I loved how into it she was with this one.
milkhascalories 14th-Dec-2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
i didn't update iTunes so i can't listen to it rn :(( can someone tell me if it was recorded and i can get it via itunes or should i dl it somewhere else?
dafuqgetoffmeho 14th-Dec-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
i keep clicking the "listen here" button on itunes and nothing is happening
redrougerose 14th-Dec-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
"Partition which is a song, You know I didn’t need a pen & paper, it just kinda flew out of my mouth.”

hmm.... well go ahead Bey. Get those writing and producing credits on all the songs.

thrillisgone_89 14th-Dec-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
she's had writing and producing credits on 90% her songs since destiny's child's "survivor" album

get money, bitch!

Edited at 2013-12-14 09:59 pm (UTC)
redrougerose 14th-Dec-2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
lol she is so shady. She's taking credit for other people's hard work but I can't hate on her business game.
baboona 14th-Dec-2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
lol mte
geraldine_blank 14th-Dec-2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
xzackb 14th-Dec-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
sia wrote pretty hurts? that explains the "fix your teeth" lyrics, no tea no shade.
facedancers 14th-Dec-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
lol cold but hawt icon
xzackb 14th-Dec-2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
lol its true tho! sia probably wrote it as a personal song because she has dealt with a lot of hate concerning her appearance, and her teeth in particular.

Edited at 2013-12-14 10:11 pm (UTC)
shining_starsxx 14th-Dec-2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Ooooh you wrong for that.
karinette001 14th-Dec-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
I love everything, from the songs to the visuals ^____^
facedancers 14th-Dec-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
still listening to this the in between songs are good too even threw brit a bone
genbu_no_miko24 14th-Dec-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
windyourneckin 14th-Dec-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
damn she grew up near FunPlex?? now this bitch did grow up in da hood
FunPlex really is fun tho
astormatsea 14th-Dec-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
prlly bc Heaven & Blue are too personal tbh
miwa201 14th-Dec-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
Heaven made me really sad. I wonder if it's really about her miscarriage (the video made it seem like it's about a friend or someone she knew).

Mine and Yonce are my fav rn.
zonoscope 14th-Dec-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
I just realized Heaven is about her miscarriage ):

and then Blue right after it ):
mabiche11 14th-Dec-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize it until your comment and the one before you :(. I really felt that song before tho.
milklamb 14th-Dec-2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
oooo that explains a lot
lostinshalott 14th-Dec-2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
yh I cried at that song when I first heard it ;_;
wondermilk 14th-Dec-2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
it's too much for me to handle.
shining_starsxx 14th-Dec-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Omg I didn't notice that :(
claudsx 14th-Dec-2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
those 2 songs get me so emotional omg
yeezus_christ 16th-Dec-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
yea, that's what i figured initially, especially because of the melody is similar to the song she was recording about her miscarriage in life is but a dream, but the video is about a friend that passed and i wondered if maybe someone close to her passed away and she changed the lyrics to match that.
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