Beyoncé’s Surprise Release Generates Sales And A Scathing Reality Check

Since we are living in opposite world, just what might glowing reviews, and dazzling sales figures really mean? So many things are presented as a “success”, yet people have different definitions of it.

What we are told is the good news:

Beyoncé’s surprise album release on iTunes this past Friday has, unsurprisingly, been a huge hit. Apple just announced that the self-titled video and song collection sold a whopping 828,773 copies in only three days, making it the fastest-selling album on iTunes ever. 617,213 copies were sold in the US. According to BIllboard, it will be the top-selling album of the week — even though it was only available for a few days and only on iTunes. In addition to it being the biggest album debut for iTunes, the huge sales of Beyoncé’s latest also represent her biggest debut week ever. Full Story

Reality Check

Greg Tate on Beyonce’s new album: Listened to Beyonce’s new album, dug some of the spooky vocals, spookier production. Watched about 12 of the videos and got depressed for the world like a mutha. Mostly by the butt nekkid desperation for self-sexualizing pop relevance. The hunger to please of the child-star returns pathetic and Marilynesque in the adult. The vacuum beneath the appropriated high tech haute couture come-on imaging reveals a no there-there raging void. Madonna sponged her reference for visual literacy from Basquiat. B got ‘Picasso’. Ronny Drayton‘s grandmother used to tell him ‘Boy, no matter how how high you go in this world you will always be The Product. ‘ Auction block R&B, billion dollar babies, commodified soul sucked clean to the plantation-haunted marrow. Epitome of what Cecil Taylor meant when he said, ”For a Black person to be a success iin this culture is to be failure.’
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