Shortly after Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards last August, rumors of her using a fake baby bump and a surrogate ran rampant. Like most rumors involving the global superstar, the accusations have not died down, even after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter in January.
“That was crazy. It wasn’t hurtful, it was just crazy,” People’s “Most Beautiful Woman” told the magazine in an interview, saying: “Where did they come up with this?”
More fuel was added to the faux-bump rumors after video of her interview with the Australian talk show Sunday Night HD hit the web, where her stomach appeared to deflate as she sat down to speak with the host.
“Stupid, ridiculous and false,” her publicist said in a statement last October. “It was a fabric that folded – does fabric not fold? Oh my gosh, so stupid,” she said.
While the allegations didn’t seem to bother Beyoncé, her mom Tina Knowles took it personally.
“I thought it was very unfair and very cruel that someone would think that someone would be that diabolical to keep up a charade like that for nine months,” said the House of Dereon designer. “As a mother it was painful for me to hear the crazy rumors. And I even had people ask me, which was so ridiculous.”
Even with Beyoncé finally speaking out about the fake bump and surrogate rumors, the conspiracy theorists won’t rest until they’re giving video proof that Blue Ivy resided in the Holy Uterus and can examine the afterbirth. Meanwhile, B is gearing up for her three-night stint at Revel, Atlantic City’s newest resort, during Memorial Day weekend.
Beyoncé lands her 18th No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Club Play Songs chart as “Love on Top” rises 4-1 this week. “Love on Top’s” ascension moves her within one of Janet Jackson (19) for the seond-most leaders in the chart’s 35-year history (and pushing her past Rihanna, who has 17), according to Billboard.
Elsewhere, “Top” secures its fifth week at No. 1 with 35 million listener impressions on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and sits at No. 26 on the Radio Songs list. The song, co-written and co-produced by Knowles, The-Dream and Shea Taylor, falls 54-58 on the Hot 100 this week. Prior to its release as the fourth single from 4, “Love on Top” debuted and peaked on the Hot 100 at No. 20, following Bey’s performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
The song has sold 635,766 downloads.
Watch the video for “Love on Top” below.
“Strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business…” – Beyoncé
If you thought motherhood would slow Beyoncé down, think again. The international superstar has two albums in the works for 2012, according to singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder.
As 2011 comes to a close, we look back on the year by counting down the top songs of the past 12 months. The rules for the list are simple:
- The song was released as a single
- Charted or peaked in 2011
- Songs released toward the end of 2010 are eligible
- Rankings are based on MY iTunes plays, charting on Billboard, and presence on World According to Monté.
Simple and easy to follow, right? Cool. Let’s countdown the top songs of 2011!
Check out part one here
Either this girl has the manager from heaven or MTV is determined to make her a star.
MTV has announced Oakland rapper Kreayshawn will host the MTV.com red carpet report for this Sunday’s 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. “I can harass celebrities about what they’re wearing, what they ate before they got to the carpet, all sorts of funny stuff, ” said the “Gucci Gucci” singer and Best New Artist nominee.
Kreayshawn recently made headlines after she dissed Rick Ross for being fat. “I really wanted to say, wait no, what I really wanted to say is Rick Ross ‘is’ fake,” she said. “I bet you five dollars Rick Ross can’t find his d*ck. Like he gave up [looking]. I would [stay with my shirt off] too. He probably hot. He’ll be like, ‘Shut up Kreayshawn, I got bigger t*tties than you. Ugh! My left t*tty weigh more than your thigh.'”
After putting her foot in her mouth, she back paddled and cleaned up her comments. “I’m not like a person to go against anyone or anything. So hey, no offense to you Rick Ross. There’s no Rick Ross offensive things going on in there, even though it sounds like it,” she told MTV.
The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards just got hotter. Beyoncé will grace the stage at this year’s festivities.
MTV officially announced Bey will return to the VMA stage for the first time since 2009 to perform tracks from her latest chart-topping album 4. She is nominated for three Moonmen at this year’s show including Best Female Video, Best Choreography, and Best Cinematography for “Run the World (Girls).”
“We are thrilled to have Beyoncé return to her rightful musical home at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards,” said Amy Doyle, Executive Producer of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and EVP, Music & Talent, MTV. “Her performances at the VMAs are legendary – leaving everyone breathless and talking about it for days. We can’t wait to see her set the stage on fire once again!”
Check out past VMA performances from Beyoncé below.
Lil Wayne drops the visual for “How To Love,” the latest single from Tha Carter IV. The Chris Robinson-directed clip isn’t what you’d expect from Weezy, but it’s worth a watch. Tha Carter IV will be available digitally this coming Sunday and physically on Monday, August 29. Watch the clip after the jump.
The first batch of performers have been announced for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Adele, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne will take the stage at this year’s show, which airs live Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m.
This marks the first time Adele will grace the VMA stage. As her sophomore album, 21, continues to break chart records worldwide, the singer’s “Rolling in the Deep” is up for seven Moonmen, including Best Female Artist, Best Pop Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Editing and the night’s biggest prize, Video of the Year.
Chris Brown will return to the stage for the first time since 2007. His chart-topping hit, “Look At Me Now” featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, is up for multiple awards, including Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Collaboration.
Lil Wayne is looking to capitalize off the free promo the VMAs provides as he takes the stage. In addition to earning nods for his collaboration with Chris Brown, his top ten single, “6 Foot 7 Foot” is up Best Hip-Hop Video. The event coincides with the August 29 release of his upcoming album. “Looking forward to performing on the show, and having Tha Carter IV drop the same week,” Wayne said in a statement.