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‘Renaissance’ Review: Beyoncé’s Home Sweet House

Renaissance (★★★★☆), an album that, at its core, captures the physicality of the dancefloor and everything that goes along with it.Its story should sound familiar by now: amid the uncertainty of a global pandemic and the claustrophobia of quarantines and lockdowns, an artist longs for the freedom, expression, and human connection of the club and puts out an album inspired by dance music.Although the COVID dance album has become something of a meta-genre at this point, Beyoncé’s take on it is, unsurprisingly, a standout.Renaissance is undeniably a fun dancefloor fantasy, but it works as well as it does because it is made from a place of intimate familiarity with its genre.

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Kelly Rowland reacts to being mentioned in Beyoncé's new song with Madonna
Beyoncé's new album, Renaissance, which came a whopping six years after her last solo album, Lemonade, was full of surprises and instantly viral lyrics.MORE: Kelly Rowland stops fans in their tracks with a special gown ahead of an exciting night outOne fellow singer especially surprised by the album is the singer's very own Destiny's Child bandmate, Kelly Rowland, who is mentioned in none other than the Break My Soul remix, which features the one and only Madonna.Upon listening to the song, the star took to Instagram to thank her longtime friend for the shout-out.WATCH: Kelly wows in sleek top and jeansMORE: Kelly Rowland's children have the most adorable bond – see photoThe part of the song where the mom-of-two is mentioned is an ode to several iconic singers, including Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, and Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles.To the beat of Madonna's iconic hit, Vogue, the songstress sings: "Badu, Lizzo, Kelly Rowl' (You know you can do it)."Kelly posted a clip of the remix on Instagram, and even gave a glimpse to the former bandmates' ongoing friendship when she implied that Beyoncé had gone to her to play some of the tracks that she would eventually release.A post shared by Kelly Rowland (@kellyrowland)The sweet moment between the two former bandmatesShe wrote: "Now, you know you didn't play me this!!" and then added: "It's so damn fire!!"MORE: Kelly Rowland shares special baby bump photos: 'I'm so grateful'MORE: Kelly Rowland reveals major milestone for latest project in candid new videoThanking the fellow singer, she endearingly said: "Ahem——thx for the shout out sis-Boo!! Love you back!!" Then she added: "YOU ALREADY KNOW!!" and fans loved to see that their friendship is still
Watch Grace Jones debut new songs at Meltdown Festival
Grace Jones debuted a pair of new tracks at Meltdown Festival, which she curated this year.The singer played ‘Born Black’ and ‘War No More’ on Friday (June 10), opening the 27th edition of the festival held at the Southbank Centre in London.Among the new tracks were performances of classics including ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ and ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’. The Jamaican artist also covered a number of songs including Roxy Music‘s ‘Love Is The Drug and Iggy Pop‘s ‘Nightclubbing’.You can watch her debut new songs and see the full setlist below.Grace Jones’ setlist at Meltdown 2022 [via SetlistFM]:01. ‘Nightclubbing’ (Iggy Pop cover)02. ‘Walking In The Rain’ (Flash And The Pan cover)03. ‘Born Black’ (new song)04. ‘My Jamaican Guy’05. ‘I’ve Done It Again’06. ‘Demolition Man’07. ‘War No More’ (new song)08. ‘Love Is The Drug’ (Roxy Music cover)09. ‘I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)’10. ‘Williams’ Blood’11. ‘Amazing Grace’ (John Newton cover)12. ‘Slave To The Rhythm ‘13. ‘Hurricane’14. ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’Acts including Peaches, Skunk Anansie, Dry Cleaning, Greentea Peng, John Grant, Sky Ferreira, Hot Chip and Honey Dijon played this year’s event.Anansie frontwoman Skin told NME last month about the “honour” of being asked to play the festival, and revealed the memorable request letter that the icon sent her.“I was aghast because we were the first band she asked,” Skin told NME.
Jubilee concerts' outrageous moments - Elton John demand, 'terrifying' solo and Kermit
The Queen is the longest-serving British monarch and has become the first to reach a Platinum Jubilee.This special occasion will be celebrated over a four-day bank holiday weekend and will see street parties taking place across the country in the monarch's honour.There will also be a huge pop concert live in the grounds of Buckingham Palace which will see the likes of Craig David and Nile Rodgers perform their biggest hits.Celebrating 70 years on the throne this year, the Queen has already enjoyed several jubilee milestones that have been commemorated with spectacular events.Here is a look back at some of the most memorable and outrageous moments.Pop icon Grace Jones stole the show at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee back in 2012.The charismatic singer, who was then 64, put the nation in a spin as she hula-hooped her way through her performance of Slave to the Rhythm.She effortlessly swung her hips for the full four minute duration of her song.Grace has previously said that her decision to hula-hoop came from Elton John saying he wouldn't attend the show if she didn't.She took to the stage wearing a black and red leotard that showed off her long legs which she paired with an extravagant red hat.Grace has been hula-hooping since her childhood in Jamaica and shared some advice for anybody trying to take it up.Speaking to LA Times, she said: "Hula hooping requires hardly any movement.
Chic's Nile Rodgers ‘died eight times' during wild night out with Robert Downey Jr.
Nile Rodgers, 69, once opened up about the time his heart “stopped eight times” during a debauched night out with Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr, 57.The musician recalled being brought back to life by doctors after narrowly escaping death.Nile claimed that he and the Avengers star had enjoyed a seriously heavy night together back in 1984, before things took a turn for the terrifying. The musician reportedly sprung back to life seconds before doctors pronounced him dead.In a resurfaced interview, he remembered: “I died eight times in one night and they brought me back. “Eight times my heart stopped.”“I was hanging out with Robert Downey Jr… It was coke and alcohol. “I was fine, but then I passed out,” he continued.“Typical rock n roll death…You choke on your own vomit,” he told The Guardian.The incident clearly had an effect on Nile, as now the star can boast being sober for a quarter of a century. Nile is an American musician, producer and composer, responsible for more than 500 million albums and 75 million single sales worldwide.He has a star in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is also the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.Chic co-founder Nile is also a three-time Grammy Award-winner, responsible for songs such as 1977’s Everybody Dance and 1978’s Le Freak. The star has collaborated with some of the most famous musicians in the world, including Madonna and Duran Duran.He also produced David Bowie’s Let’s Dance following Chic’s breakup in 1983. More recently, he has worked with artists like Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga.Nile is set to join a star-studded list of talent set to perform at Platinum Party at the Palace this weekend. On Saturday, the Buckingham Palace-set celebration will