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“Best Thing I Never Had” Music Video

Beyoncé’s video for “Best Thing I Never Had,” the second (third if you count “1+1,” which was her second single before she changed her mind) single from her “4” album premiered on her website and VEVO tonight.

Everybody has to do the wedding video. It’s an unwritten requirement for female artists. Think about it: Mariah Carey in “We Belong Together”; Katy Perry in “Hot N Cold”; Pink in “I Don’t Believe You”; Madonna in “Like a Virgin.” I could keep going. At least she made it down the aisle, which really isn’t the norm for wedding videos.

The video was missing all the sass everyone wanted, but she pulled off the happy vibe well. There’s just not much to it. It’s a good video, but I’m nothing really stood out. I think she set the bar really high with all the dance moves and the story line for “Who Run the World (Girls)” and going the simple route after that wasn’t expected.

With any other artist, the video would have gone unnoticed, but Beyoncé has this charm that makes it easy for her to pull off almost anything.

She pulled it off with smiles worthy of a toothpaste ad (I really need to see her dentist), white lingerie that’s somehow sexy and modest at the same time and a wedding dress that’s to die for. Ten points to anyone who can tell me who the wedding dress designer is. I have an inkling of who the designer may be, but I’m too savvy with wedding dress fashion. [UPDATE: My best friend did some research and found out the wedding dress is Baracci Beverly Hills and the reception dress is Vera Wang. Thank God for friends who love high-end wedding dresses.]

Some of my Twitter friends (tweeps, as I call them) and I want her to do the same thing she did with “B’Day” and make a music video for every song. Pretty please, King B?

Check out the video for “Best Thing I Never Had” below:

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Beyonce “4” Review | What Happens When A Singer is Fearless?

I bought Beyoncé’s deluxe edition of “4” from Target on Wednesday and about halfway through, I had to stop the CD. (Yes, I resorted to dinosaur technology, but I couldn’t wait until I got home and it’s now on my iPod) Not out of frustration or because I didn’t like it. I was just overwhelmed by how good it was; how different it was from anything I’ve heard in years, possibly since Lauryn Hill’s album. Just like “Miseducation” it was a fearlessly recorded album with little or no regard for things like “radio-friendly” tracks. Lauryn’s songs were played on the radio, but they were vastly different from all the crap being played before and after her singles (Have you really listened to those background vocals? That attention to composition was incredible) and it was obvious when she recorded them radio play wasn’t really on her mind–just making music. Beyoncé, a 16-time Grammy winner, brings that same veracity for the craft and catharsis of performance to her latest album, which is expected to be the #1 album in 14 countries without even getting a top 10 spot on Billboard.

I understand why critics have touted the concept, while shying away from actually saying if it’s good or not because nothing out there sounds anything like it. The sound on the previous three albums was one popularized by Beyoncé, but it had a generic quality that was beneath her talents. But that’s what people would rather hear because they’re used to it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved those albums, but I always knew she was holding back. Sometime during her year off, which can be seen in the mini-documentary “Year of 4,” she realized the same.

The sounds in “4” samples heavily from the 1970s and the 1980s, but doesn’t completely rip off the time periods by taking a modern twist. The track “Party” makes you want to get in a time machine and go back to the 80s when house parties were almost on the same level as a hip club and everything seemed a little more laid back. There are showy ballads, like “1+1,” “I Was Here” and “Start Over.” As opposed to her last album, which was full of anthemic dance tracks, this one only has a couple (and they’re not really dance tracks), namely “Love on Top,” “Party” and “Schoolin’ Life” (a bonus track on the deluxe edition).

This isn’t a complete deviation from the Beyoncé we’ve seen in the past. She’s still got her gritty-southern gangster side in “Countdown” (Me and my boo in/my boo coupe riding”), her vulnerable side in “I Miss You” (“I still need you/why is that?”), her sassy side rears its head in “I Care” (“I know you don’t care too much/but I care”) and her sexy side (“I’ll give it all away/just don’t tell nobody tomorrow”). But she’s doing it without worrying so much about how others want her music to be and focusing solely on what she wants it to be.

I wouldn’t call the album perfect. Some of the lyrics don’t flow too well and a few of the beats are all over the place, but with such a great voice, she can pull it off where others would have failed.

Just like Rihanna needed “Rated R” as a way to transition into the next phase in her life, Beyoncé needed this album. But it came off way better than Rihanna’s, serving more as a beacon of light for any artist who’s been afraid to make their own musical path. It seems that Beyoncé needed this album to show the world she could really made a mark doing something other than making you dance at the club or helping you get over a break-up. Like she croons in her ballad “I Was Here”: “I just want them to know/that I gave my all, did my best.”

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Gaga pushes the fashion envelope in “Telephone”

Lady Gaga and Beyonce go for a ride in the "Telephone" video.

Oh, Lady Gaga, how do you amaze and freak me out at the same time? I ask myself that every time I see one of her performances or watch one of her Michael Jackson-length music videos. Her video for “Telephone” was no different. She and Beyonce have a proper adventure full of jailhouse lesbian love, a low-rider truck named “Pussy Wagon,” a mass diner homicide and even a friendly moment reminiscent of “Thelma & Louise.”

Needless to say, these are two of the most talented women, if not the most, in music right now, but they brought more than talent to the set–they brought amazing fashion. I am not sure where most of these pieces came from (I will put in labels as they are released), but it’s safe to say that at least one of these creations came from the imaginative Haus of Gaga.

The rest of this post will be told through still shots I took of the music video.

Before you view the photos, you MUST watch the video.

Leave it to Lady Gaga to make a prison outfit fashionable. The prominent shoulders, via Babe Pauley and Joan Crawford, and deep v-neck are perfectly paired with heels, fishnet tights and over-sized sunglasses. Gaga looks like she is ready for the runway, not a prison sentence.

Lady Gaga is smoking in her cigarette sunglasses and chains. Putting aside the possible danger to her eyes, the glasses are extremely creative. What is fashion without a few wildly inventive pieces most of us would never wear?

Who needs rollers when you have soda cans? Gaga takes the matronly hair-in-rollers image and makes it chic by pairing this inventive twist with Chanel sunglasses, a studded leather jacked and a studded bra.

Caution is right! Excuse the pun, but if the tape moves a centimeter on several parts of her body it could go from a music video to a porn. This is another of those pieces most of us would never even imagine and definitely wouldn't wear. But you cannot deny that it takes a creative mind to see caution tape as something other than a Halloween costume.

Gaga does a little dance in her over-sized hat and conservative (for Gaga, at least) outfit. Gaga reminds me of a mistress at a funeral, hiding near a tree to watch the service from afar. She seems to blend in and stand-out at the same time. And the gloves are the perfect touch!

Gaga does not save all the fashion for herself. Beyonce, who is called "Honey Bee" in the short film, looks like she came straight from the hive in this yellow ensemble. The color is definitely Gaga's aesthetic, but the form-fitting silhouette is all Beyonce. It's just enough of Gaga to fit the video and just enough of Beyonce for the Grammy-record breaker to keep some of her personal style.

Gaga reminds us of the name of the song with her pointy, telephone hat. Again, imagination is on overdrive in this short film.

Beyonce portrays one of the hottest new trends--the drum major look. She is ready to lead the band in her short, blue jacket with just enough fabric hanging from it to cover her.

Gaga poses to show off her telephone hair piece. After popularizing the hair bow, which is literally made of hair, she takes a few steps forward with this telephone. Do you think this will be as popular as the bow?

The divas dance together after a mass murder at the diner. The patriotism fits in perfectly with the style of the diner and is a nice contrast to the previous fashion, which did not really fit their rural setting. As rural as they may try to be, their make-up and dominating stage presence stop this from becoming a fashion nightmare.

Gaga channels Shania Twain in this leopard catsuit. Unlike Shania, there are no bell bottoms, or thick fabric. Leave it to Gaga to wear the print so tight that she could be mistaken for a leopard if she turns around.

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