Report: Beyonce At U of H RIGHT NOW

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Rocks Off's glitz-tracking colleagues/rivals over at CultureMap are reporting that Beyonce has just dropped in at the University of Houston to watch her mom, designer Tina Knowles, get interviewed for the university's Women's Archive and Research Collection. Like, RIGHT NOW, y'all.

So is about half of Twitter, as you can see above. "Beyonce" and "U of H" are both trending topics right now. Well, OK, they were about 10 minutes ago. Beyonce's better half, Jay-Z, is supposedly chilling at the University of Texas-San Antonio right now too.


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Pregnant Teens: Not Beyonce's Fault

Monday, BET.com posted an article suggesting Beyoncé's pregnancy, which she announced at the VMAs and nearly crashed Twitter, might cause a "spike in Black Teen Pregnancy." Have you ever heard anything more ridiculous? It's more than unfair to blame Beyoncé for African American teens becoming pregnant when a plethora of other factors can make a difference in the statistic.

Teenage girls have many different reasons why they have children at a young age. Wanting to emulate Beyoncé, who is a married woman and will be 30 years old next week, is without a doubt the most irresponsible excuse. Granted, the Grammy-winning singer and actress is a trendsetter with die-hard fans, but did we look at other pregnant R&B superstars and think the same thing?

When singer Alicia Keys got pregnant before marrying producer Swizz Beats, were there any thoughts of teens rushing to get knocked up? What about when singers Keyshia Cole, Monica or Christina Milian were with child? These women are role models to some girls across the nation as well; blaming musicians for the consequences of bad parenting has always seemed like the easy way out.


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Out Today: Beyonce's 4 Is Square, Limp Bizkit Chokes The Cobra

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This week in new releases sees is one of the most varied in months, with new discs by Beyonce, Limp Bizkit, Dolly Parton, and Thievery Corporation hitting shelves and digital outlets today. By far though, the sexiest album cover is the Beyonce art for 4, and the most WTF one, possibly of all year, is the deluxe album cover of Limp Bizkit's first new album in six years, Gold Cobra, which you can see in all its glory above.


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Sony May Reunite Destiny's Child If Beyonce Album Stiffs

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Following the lackluster response to Beyonce's 4, which leaked onto the Internet wholesale earlier this month, the singer's label has gone into crisis mode and is even considering another Destiny's Child reunion, The New York Post reported today.

Citing the ever-popular unnamed "industry insider," the Post's Page Six column says Sony executives are "bracing for the worst" should the album, scheduled to be released next Tuesday, not turn into a blockbuster like 2003's Dangerously In Love and 2008's I Am... Sasha Fierce.

Sony is "very nervous about Beyoncé's new record," this insider says. "It doesn't have the hit songs that her fans are used to. They asked her to make changes, but she said no."

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Beyonce Throws A "Party" With Kanye, Andre 3000 & Slick Rick

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Beyonce's wildly anticipated 4 has leaked three weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. One of the songs on the album, "Party," finds Bey joining forces with Kanye West and rap's greatest hermit Andre 3000.

It starts with a classic Kanyeism: "You a bad girl and your friend's bad too/Oh, you got the swag sauce, you're dripping swagu."Then, as soon as the beat drops, Beyonce gushes: "I may be young but I'm ready/ To give you all my love/ I told my girls you can get it/ Don't slow it down, just let it go/ So in looooove..."

Beyonce is a happy woman. Why wouldn't she be? She dons the most coveted tiara in pop, her new album has music fiends salivating, and her man adores her.

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Blogs Lose Their Breath Over New Beyonce Single

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Rocks Off's handy Google alert tells us that a new Beyonce single, "Girls (Who Run the World)" - or at least a demo - leaked onto the Internet sometime in the past 24 hours. Apparently Ryan Seacrest's L.A. radio show played the track, which seems to be audio from the Michael Jackson-esque video shoot (above), and a few blogs noticed.

You know, just a few. Here's what they're saying:

New Beyonce!!!: "It´s just a demo but we like it! It reminds us of classic Destiny´s Child. Like a 2011 Lose My Breath!" PerezHilton.com

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Beyonce, Dad No Longer Client, Manager

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Beyonce has severed business ties with her father and longtime manager since the days of Destiny's Child, Mathew Knowles, according to a press release from Houston-based Music World Entertainment.

"The decision for Beyonce and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual," Mathew Knowles, Music World CEO, said in a statement released late Monday by PR Newswire. "We did great things together, and I know that she will continue to conquer new territories in music and entertainment."


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Beyonce: What Was She Texting While Driving?

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A few days ago, Beyonce was texting while driving, which is not only dangerous but now actually against the law in most places. One of those places happens to be New York City, where she was pulled over by the police and given a ticket for the aforementioned digital-age misdemeanor.

What was so important that she couldn't wait until she'd finished her drive to text? As luck would have it, Rocks Off has been granted access to the contents of Beyonce's inbox and outbox, and... okay, that's not even remotely true, but we can pretend, can't we?

To: Twitter
Any of y'all know a good Tex-Mex place in NYC? The closer to 57th St the better. I miss Houston like crazy, freal.

To: Shawn Carter
Baby, you may have to come get me, I am lost as hell, LOL!

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Bama Boyz On Producing Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me"

The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston@gmail.com.

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This Week's Rapper(s)/Producer(s): The Bama Boyz

This Week's Subject(s): The Neptunes; namedropping; Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me"

Ask A Rapper: So, we hear you all have a new EP. How's that work? Are you all performers as well; like Pharrell but way less annoying?

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Jesse [laughs]: I don't feel like Pharrell is annoying, but yes, we are performers as well as producers. We come up with concepts for all of our records, so being on stage is not much different then the studio, except people are watching us act crazy and have fun.

The Bama Boyz, "Once the Lights Come On"

Eddie: Yeah, the EP is called Socially Awkward. One reason, if you have ever seen us in social settings it's quite obvious that we spend a lot of time alone in the studio. Also, being producers we usually concentrate on helping other artists interpret their vision musically while at the same time making sure the records are "commercially satisfactory" so the managers and labels are happy enough to pay us.

With our EP, the only people we have to satisfy is ourselves. We can go far left and say whatever we want and we really take advantage of that freedom with our EP. We may be just as annoying as Pharrell, possibly more.

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Beyonce Meets Bettie Page In Steamy New Video

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Holy smokes. Have you seen the new Beyoncé video for "Why Don't You Love Me"? It is, shall we say, steamy. Maybe even steamier than "Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)".

First Beyoncé swiped choreography from Bob Fosse. Now she's finding inspiration in entire scenes from Striporama, the Something Weird Video-released compilation of '50s-era burlesque dancers, while alternately living out her domestic fantasies. (Or maybe yours. Beyoncé in the kitchen? Yeow!) The result is totally Betty Draper meets Bettie Page. The video was released on Beyoncé's official Vimeo page, along with a short preview clip.

In the video, Beyoncé sloshes around a martini (gin, we're sure), jiggles her boobies, snorts cigarette smoke from her nose like an angry Pamplona bull, preens and poses on a couch in an Esther Williams swimsuit, burns cookies in the kitchen, smacks her gum and then her ass. The song even seems to fit - there's a hint of modernized Motown to it.

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