Beyonce Gets Complex

Beyonce is still in promo mode and she is looking damn good doing it. She’s featured on the Aug/Sept cover of Complex magazine.In the magazine she discusses many things, including Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, and her new album 4.

On the repetition in music & creating 4:
Figuring out a way to get R&B back on the radio is challenging. Everything sounds the same on the radio. With 4 I tried to mix R&B from the ’70s and the ’90s with rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of horns to create something new and exciting. I wanted musical changes, bridges, vibrata, live instrumentation, and classic songwriting.

On why Frank Ocean was a must for her album:
Jay had a CD playing in the car one Sunday when we were driving to Brooklyn. I noticed his tone, his arrangements, and his storytelling. I immediately reached out to him—literally the next morning. I asked him to fly to New York and work on my record.

On knowing what makes a hit:
I’ve found that with hit records the melody and lyrics come together [naturally]. I usually know from the hook if the song is something that transcends language, race, and genre, and if it’s something that affects pop culture. It’s something I can visualize people singing in stadiums all over the world. But my favorite songs on my albums are usually not my singles.

On Jay-Z as a creative genius:
Jay’s music is more than music. His lyrics have fathered generations. All that he has overcome gives millions so much hope. There are moments when I see his lips moving and I can see lyrics floating above his head and I think, ‘Wow! How did I get so lucky to be able to witness this level of genius so closely?

On motivation and complaining:
I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. People who complain really get on my nerves. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.

On her legacy:
I just want my legacy to be great music. Someone who was a risk taker and someone who had songs that struck conversation and emotion.

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Jessica Alba Looks Very Pregnant On The Cover of Latina

Jessica Alba has the pregnant glow women get when they are, well, um pregnant. In the August issue of Latina she discusses kids, kids, and more kids.

On preparing for her second child: “The first time around, every moment was so new and terrifying and now I know what to expect. It’s like ‘It’s fine, I’ve been there before.’ With Honor, I was constantly asking myself ‘Is she moving? Is her heart beating?’ I’d worry about everything, and with this baby I don’t have the same anxieties.”

On balancing motherhood & her career: “After I had Honor I didn’t leave the house for a while. It was all about changing diapers and feedings and still trying to get back in to the routine of my [acting] thing. I love what I do. But unless it’s worth it, I’m not going to spend time away from my daughter. Before I had her, work was all I had. Now it’s not.”

On the possibility of more kids: “I just have to feel it out. See how my 30s treat me. I just try to live in the moment.”

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