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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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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.

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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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TIME Music

Jay Z Just Launched His Own Music-Streaming Service Called Tidal

Star-studded party inaugurates an artist-owned competitor to Spotify

Rap superstar Jay Z launched his own subscription-based music-streaming service called Tidal on Monday, with the support of other titans of the music industry including his wife Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Deadmau5.

The ad-free service will feature music and video and will be priced at $9.99 per month for the basic version, Variety reports. A high-definition version called Tidal HiFi will cost $19.99 per month. Users will reportedly have access to about 25 million tracks and 75,000 music videos.

Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, bought Sweden-based Aspiro — the company that created Tidal — in January. The rap mogul plans to compete with existing streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and the streaming service widely expected from Apple following the tech giant’s acquisition of Beats Music.

“We want to create a better service and a better experience for both fans and artists,” said Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Keys, who, like the other artists present at the launch event in New York City, is an investor in Tidal. “We believe that it is in everyone’s interests — fans, artists and the industry as a whole — to preserve the value of music, and to ensure a healthy and robust industry for years to come.”

Other artists involved in Tidal include Usher, Madonna, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris and former White Stripes front man Jack White.

It remains to be seen if pop goddess Taylor Swift, who has famously pulled all her music from Spotify, after claiming that the service didn’t value artists, will give Tidal her seal of approval.

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Bradley Cooper Is in Talks to Direct a Remake of A Star Is Born

Magnolia Pictures And The Cinema Society With Dior Beauty Host A Screening Of "Serena"
Andrew H. Walker—FilmMagic/Getty Images Actor Bradley Cooper attends a screening of "Serena" hosted by Magnolia Pictures and The Cinema Society on March 21, 2015 in New York City.

Looks like a director is born, too

Bradley Cooper could be helming the Warner Bros remake of A Star Is Born.

The movie is based on a 1937 film that starred Janet Gaynor, who played a young actress in Hollywood with dreams of making it big. Frederic March played an older alcoholic actor who helped her launch her career.

American Sniper star Cooper is also set to produce the film alongside Jon Peters, Basil Iwanyk and Bill Gerber, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Bros. have been working on a remake of A Star Is Born for a while and initially considered Beyoncé as the favorite to take the female lead. She may now be re-approached, Deadline Hollywood reports, while Cooper could play the male lead himself.

There have been two previous remakes of of A Star Is Born, one in 1954, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and another in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

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TIME Music

Watch Beyoncé and Gary Clark Jr. Pay Tribute to Stevie Wonder

The duo belted out “Higher Ground” during a special concert honoring the soul icon

The songs may have been written by Stevie Wonder, but the moment belonged to Beyoncé as she performed an impressive melody from the funk legend’s songbook along with Gary Clark Jr. during a tribute concert that aired on Monday.

The performance was part of CBS special taped last week that featured renditions of several Wonder classics by Lady Gaga, Pharrell, Janelle Monáe and John Legend. Wonder, 64, is set to kickoff the next leg of his “Songs in the Key of Life” tour in March.

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See the Most Inspiring Celebrity Couples of All Time

From Jay Z and Beyoncé back to Liz and Dick, these pairings have captured the public imagination

The hashtag “#relationshipgoals,” usually appended to a picture of an enviable (and enviably famous) couple, has become an inescapable part of social media just in time for Valentine’s Day: Every high-profile relationship, it seems, has someone who looks at it as a model.

And yet some relationships are more #relationshipgoals than others. Hollywood, known for producing news about acrimonious breakups, has also given us several pairings that live on, for various reasons, in the popular imagination. These couples are as enduring, if not more so, than the films or songs they produced — and they give us all something to which to aspire.

  • Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy

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    The pair never married — indeed, Tracy, who did not want to divorce, was estranged from his wife throughout his relationship with Hepburn, a fact that kept the relationship from being remarked-upon. But the pair have entered the realm of Hollywood lore both with their enduring collaborations onscreen and the nature of the pair’s bond, with Hepburn reportedly having nursed Tracy in the final months of his life.

  • Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman

    The Long, Hot Summer
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    Newman was one of the biggest stars on earth at his peak, and bucked the playboy image of a Hollywood icon by remaining not merely loyal to his Oscar-winning wife but vocal about it. His line “Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home?” has entered the lexicon.

  • Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks

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    The pair of actors have become symbols of a particular kind of sedate, adult stardom; Hanks and Wilson are publicly supportive of one another’s endeavors, which include for him higher-profile leading roles than ever and for her a nascent recording career.

  • Meryl Streep and Don Gummer

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    This couple, despite her megastardom, live out of the spotlight, having raised four children together. Streep has been vocal about the sense of loss she felt after the death of boyfriend John Cazale, but by all appearances has quietly rebuilt her life in the subsequent decades with Gummer. In her most recent Oscar speech, in 2012, Streep opened her speech with a tribute to Gummer, so that the orchestra would not drown her out: “I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me.”

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z

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    The pair are openly supportive of one another’s endeavors, including a joint tour last year and reported joint album coming soon. Whatever happens with that record, there’s a long history of the pair publicly declaring both affection and awe for one another; Beyoncé’s self-titled album, in particular, is a full-length tribute to the power of monogamous love.

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This Beck/Beyoncé Mashup Is What Really Should Have Won a Grammy

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It was inevitable

One of the biggest upsets at this year’s Grammy Awards was when Beck’s Morning Phase beat out Beyoncé’s self-titled tour de force for Album of the Year. Kanye West was so shocked by the upset that he almost pulled another “Imma let you finish” Taylor Swift moment, going so far as to wander onstage before thinking better of it.

While the Internet continues to debate whether Beck or Beyoncé deserved the award, one clever sound engineer has taken the matter into his or her own hands. Working under the moniker “Beckyoncé,” the song blends Beck’s “Loser” with Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” into an Internet-worthy earworm.

Wonder if Kanye has heard this yet.

[via Stereogum]

TIME Music

Watch Beyoncé Explain the Hidden Meaning of Her Grammys Performance

A behind-the-scenes look at "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

Beyoncé’s performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards wasn’t just one of the evening’s most captivating sets, it also was one of the most political.

Though it can be hard to focus on anything but Beyoncé when she’s taking the stage, the multiple Grammy winner — who took home another gong last night for Best R&B performance — explained her choice of onstage companions in a new behind-the-scenes video.

Following last year’s outrage over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Beyoncé hand-picked a group of black men to join her for the gospel song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” (featured in the movie Selma) “to show the strength and vulnerability in black men,” she says.

While the diva explains her personal connection to the song and the Civil Rights movement — her grandparents marched with Martin Luther King Jr.— she mostly lets the men featured in the clip do the talking. “I feel like being part of this is showing black men in a positive light and showing that we are members of this society and we have value,” one says. “Our lives have meaning.”

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