TIME Music

Listen to Drake and Beyoncé Team Up on New Track ‘Can I’

Getty Images (2) From left: Beyoncé and Drake

It's the second collaboration between the two artists

In 2013, Drake appeared on “Mine,” a ballad on Beyoncé’s self-titled album. Now Bey has returned the favor by appearing on “Can I,” a track rumored to appear on Drake’s forthcoming album Views From the 6. The song is minimalist to the point that it’s quite possibly unfinished—moody and brooding and in anything but a hurry.

Beyoncé fans hoping to hear the diva busting out her singing chops won’t find them here. Her contribution is limited to a few spoken words repeating throughout the track: “Can I, baby? Can I, baby?” It’s unclear exactly what she’s asking permission to do, but the few verses Drake raps touch on the tension in a relationship when one person opens up and the other remains closed off.

Listen to the track here.

TIME Wealth

Beyonce Just Made the Ultimate 1% Statement

And people are pretty upset about it

What does it take to rile the 99%? Letting an expensive bottle of bubbly go to waste by pouring it out in your hot tub, apparently.

At least that seems to be the case judging by reactions on Twitter to the singer’s most recent video. Beyonce and Nicki Minaj released the music video for “Feeling Myself” on Monday. In it, Beyonce can be seen pouring out an iridescent bottle of Armand de Brignac—also known as Ace of Spades—into a hot tub. Bottles of the champagne range in price, sometimes into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Yahoo! Celebrity. (It isn’t clear how much the particular bottle shown in the video costs.)

Nevertheless, some Twitter users were not amused:

According to a report released earlier this year by Oxfam, the combined wealth of the world’s richest 1% will overtake that of the other 99% next year unless current inequality trends go unchecked. Then again, Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z bought a stake in the company, reports Fortune. So maybe the pop star got a decent discount?

TIME Music

Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé Just Dropped a Music Video on Tidal

And the clip is for subscribers only

Streaming service Tidal, and the artists who’ve invested in it, have promised exclusive material to fans willing to pay. Today, that promise bore fruit for fans of Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, as the artists released their video for “Feeling Myself” on the platform.

The video, for a collaboration on Minaj’s 2014 album The Pinkprint, depicts the most fun weekend any two friends have ever had at Coachella, with water pistols, burgers and fries, and time spent relaxing in a kiddie pool. Given the two stars at the center of the video, though, no one should be surprised to know there’s some fairly committed dancing, too.

The video is available for Tidal subscribers here.

TIME celebrity

Khaleesi Says Jay Z Bought a Dragon Egg for Queen Beyoncé

Beyonce Knowles attending the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Dave Bedrosian—Geisler-Fotopress/AP Beyonce Knowles attending the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Of course Bey is a 'Game of Thrones' fan

Beyoncé has always seemed like a real-life version of Game of Thrones‘ Khaleesi. Or maybe Khaleesi has always seemed like a fictional version of Beyoncé. Whichever way you’d like to think of it, now the two may be closer than ever.

According to Emilia Clarke, the woman who actually plays Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO series, Jay Z may have purchased one of Khaleesi’s dragon eggs for his wife. “Apparently Jay Z bought one for Beyoncé, or something,” Clarke told Harper’s Bazaar. “I don’t know.”

So it’s not 100 percent confirmed that Beyoncé now is in possession of one of the eggs, which are described by Clarke as “really, really, really expensive,” but we’d like to believe Clarke’s information is correct. Just imagine a dragon egg alongside all those trophies in the “Pretty Hurts” video.

 

TIME Style

See Beyonce Prove She’s the Queen of Sheer at the 2015 Met Gala

Other celebrities may try, but no one does the red carpet like Beyonce

Beyonce proved once again that she knows how to both make an entrance and capture the headlines.

While her appearance at last year’s Costume Institute Gala at the Met was dominated by Elevator-gate , the superstar has this year ensured that everyone is talking about her on her own terms. Showing up late to the annual event, Beyonce walked the red carpet in a shockingly sheer Givenchy gown that all but guaranteed every eye would be on her.

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TIME Music

Jay Z to Promote Tidal With Concert Featuring Old Songs and B-Sides

Jay-Z attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Alberto E. Rodriguez—WireImage/Getty Images Jay-Z attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

But you have to make a Tidal playlist to get tickets

If you’re a Jay Z fan who prefers deep cuts to brushing dirt off your shoulder, the rapper’s upcoming concert could be a dream come true—as long as you sign up for his streaming service Tidal.

Just a few days after going on the defensive about his Spotify rival, Jay announced its latest promotion: a b-sides concert whose setlist will feature material that hasn’t been performed in a decade, or ever. (As for that rumored Jay Z-Beyoncé collaborative album for Tidal, well…we’re still waiting.)

The concert, set to take place on May 13 in an “intimate New York City venue” according to the announcement, will be live-streamed on the Tidal website for subscribers. But fans can win tickets to the event by curating a playlist on Tidal and sharing it on Twitter with the hashtag #TIDALXJAYZ. The winners will be chosen based on the quality of the sequencing and the diversity of genres and artists, which means its time to put those mixtape skills to work if you want to get close to Hov—or, if you’re lucky, any of the other famous Tidal owners who could probably be persuaded to make a special appearance.

TIME Apple

Beyonce Has a Gold Apple Watch You Can’t Buy

The second gold-on-gold Apple Watch sighting

An exceedingly rare, gold-on-gold Apple Watch has been spotted once again, this time on the wrist of pop icon Beyoncé, as Apple continues a stealthy but star-studded campaign to promote the watch as the ultimate luxury apparel item.

An image of the gold watch, combined with a gold link bracelet, was posted to the singer’s official blog on Monday. The sighting comes one week after designer Karl Lagerfeld sported a similar looking watch, bringing the grand tally of gold-on-gold watch sightings to two.

The custom design underscores Apple’s strategy to segment shoppers along a sliding scale of luxury, beginning with the $349 Watch Sport and nearly peaking at $17,000 for the Apple Watch Edition. The retail value for Beyonce and Lagerfeld’s custom-designed watches has not been revealed, however, as they’re not for sale.

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TIME Music

Watch Jay Z’s New Video for ‘Glory’

How to get to Carnegie Hall?

This post has been updated since the original version of the video has been removed from its streaming service.

It’s been three years since Jay Z recorded “Glory” to celebrate the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy. Now she has a music video to go with her lullaby.

“I think some songs shouldn’t be rehearsed,” he raps; the video, though, features rehearsal footage from a charity concert he gave in 2012 at Carnegie Hall, so maybe the best way to get there is still practice after all.

The “Glory” video was released exclusively on Jay Z’s new music streaming service, Tidal, which already has a star-studded celebrity roster: Madonna, Rihanna and—of course—Jay’s wife Beyoncé have all premiered songs on the service in recent weeks.

TIME Music

Here’s Everything That Premiered on Tidal Over the Weekend

New content from Beyoncé, Rihanna and Madonna may be enough to make some holdouts reconsider

Tidal, Jay-Z’s new music streaming service, recently premiered to a lukewarm reception, with critics calling it a scheme for wealthy artists to get richer, tone-deaf in its appeal to would-be customers accustomed to streaming their music for free. Some even warned that it will lead to increased levels of music piracy — the opposite of the service’s intended outcome.

But the wave of new content Tidal pushed over the weekend may be enough to make some skeptics reconsider. With some of the biggest names in music premiering songs and videos exclusively on the service, fans may well decide that 10 or 20 bucks a month is a reasonable price to pay to hear the world’s biggest artists first and fastest.

Here’s what premiered on Tidal over the weekend:

Beyoncé, “Die With You”:

This new track from Beyoncé is stripped down and soulful, a sweet piano ballad that echoes previous singles like “1+1.” With heart-melting lyrics like, “Darling I wake up just to sleep with you,” the song dropped on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s wedding anniversary, offering a viable alternative to the traditional gift of wool or copper associated with seven years of marriage, and finally answering the age-old question: “What do you get the rap mogul who already has a net worth of more than $500 million?

Rihanna, “American Oxygen”:

Rihanna’s new track isn’t only a dark rumination on the American dream — it’s also a thematic fit for the launch of the very service on which it premiered. Taken in the context of Tidal’s debut, the lyrics “We sweat for a nickel and a dime, turn it into an empire” reinforce the notion that even — and perhaps especially — the most successful artists got where they are through toil and sacrifice. “This is the new America,” after all — where quality music doesn’t come free.

Madonna, teaser for “Ghosttown” video:

The 16-second black and white teaser for Madonna’s “Ghosttown” video features capes, top hats, over-the-knee boots, trespassing and glimpses of something resembling Satanic ritual. The song offers a creepier take on the “I’ll Stand By You”/”Never Tear Us Apart” anthem of unflappable devotion, and the video looks as though it will follow suit. Because nothing screams fidelity like burning crosses and decomposing animal carcasses.

 

TIME Music

How Jay Z’s Tidal Press Conference Showed He’s Out of Touch

The launch event for the rapper's streaming service was a big mess

After its splashy launch press conference yesterday, the primary argument for Tidal—the two-tiered music service recently purchased by Jay Z that costs either $9.99 or $19.99 per month—is that artists deserve more money for their work. It’s not necessarily a wrongheaded argument, but the manner in which Jay Z and his contemporaries have pressed the point is embarrassingly out-of-touch.

There are real, systemic problems with current streaming services like Spotify, which stream music for free to listeners and distribute to artists a paltry fee drawn from advertising. That’s why Taylor Swift withdrew her hugely profitable catalog from the service last year. The argument Swift has been making is that music has inherent value; from her statements regarding Spotify to her op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, it’s a point she’s consistently made well. The argument Jay Z and his fellow stars at the Tidal launch (including Nicki Minaj, Madonna, and Beyoncé) are making is that they deserve to set the price point for their music. The supporting evidence for this claim? They want to set the price point for their music.

The rhetoric around Tidal was pretty funny, when it wasn’t embarrassing. A promotional video showed various celebrities gathering to discuss their master plan as Beyoncé, who would seem to know better, said “Every great movement started with a group of people being able to get together and really just make a stand.” From Seneca Falls, to Selma, to Stonewall, to Los Angeles, where a bunch of celebrities demanded that their fans give them more money—this country has such a rich history of protest movements.

Jokes aside, the celebrities at the Tidal launch press conference did a remarkably poor job of elucidating why the consumer accustomed to getting music for free should begin paying for it. In the age of Spotify, it is entirely legal to listen to music constantly and never spend money on it. Countering that fact with the moral claim that celebrities would prefer if you didn’t stream music for free only makes sense if you believe celebrities should get everything they want, one hundred percent of the time.

As for the rhetoric in the press conference that music is special and has a unique place in our culture: Music fans agree! That’s why they listen to music often, on services that provide that music for free. But rather than building a better system, Jay Z and friends have, so far, put their energy behind a product that’s more or less the same as Spotify, but more expensive. A product this pointless could, maybe, be sold as a charity case by artists who depend on every penny of fan support. But Jay Z, a rapper who wastes no opportunity to brag, on his records, about his business acumen, is not that figure. Based on the optics of the Tidal launch, his business acumen may have failed him this time.

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