On August 21 R&B singer Beyonce Knowles wil release 'Irreemplazable,' an eight track Spanish language EP featuring select songs from Beyonce's hit album, B'Day.At the same time a Wal-Mart exclusive CD/DVD combo of the EP will also be released. Special content includes a behind the scenes documentary entitled La Evolucion Latina de Beyonce (The Latin Evolution of Beyonce) as well as the music video for Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied" (Timbaland Remix) featuring Voltio.The Spanish language EP follows close on the heels of B'Day's Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album raising Beyonce's Grammy total to 10. B'Day debuted at # 1 selling more than 530,000 copies and has already sold more than 4 million units worldwide to date.Comprised of original material and tracks from B'Day and Dreamgirls, Irreemplazable starts off with a recording of the single, "Amor Gitano," with Grammy Award winning artist, Alejandro Fernandez. This fiery collaboration between Beyonce and Alejandro has topped the Spanish single charts and is also the theme song for the immensely popular telenovela (Spanish soap opera,) Zorro, airing on Telemundo. Returning to some of her older material Beyonce also sings a Spanish version of her Academy Award Nominated song, Oye (Listen), from her RIAA Certified Platinum soundtrack, Dreamgirls.Following "Amor Gitano" and "Oye" on the EP is the hit title track, "Irreemplazable" (Irreplaceable), both in its original form and as a Nortena remix. In addition there are three different recordings of Beyonce and Shakira's sultry duet, "Beautiful Liar": one fully recorded in Spanish, another performed in Spanglish featuring Sasha (also known as Beyonce), and finally the English version of the single. Beyonce winds up Irreemplazable with a Timbaland remix of "Get Me Bodied" from B'Day featuring well known Reggaeton artist, Voltio.Although it was released nearly a year ago, B'Day has lost none of its power, and Irreemplazable only reinvigorates the strength of this multi- Platinum album. Beyonce can be seen on her nationwide tour, which began in July, in over 40 major cities.
Beyonce is starring alongside Steve Martin and Kevin Kline in the big screen comedy The Pink Panther. Meanwhile, the tune she contributed to the film, "Check On It," featuring Slim Thug and co-produced by Swizz Beatz, has already risen to the Number One spot on Billboard's Top 100 songs chart. The tune is included on the Destiny's Child album, #1s. The Destiny's Child diva says that initially the track was a throwaway from a previous project, but she remembered its comic spirit when it came time to supply music to the Pink Panther film. She never imagined it would be a hit tune, as Beyonce stated: "'Check On It' started out as a joke because I got a really bad track and I couldn't write anything to it, so we started playing around and started saying 'check on it!'And I remembered it, and when they said they wanted something for the movie I thought, well, even though it's silly it's fun. And this movie is a comedy and it's all about fun. So I finished writing it, put the Pink Panther theme music in the beginning and shot the video. And it became a Number One song." Beyonce has already begun shooting her role as Deana in the all-star film version of Dream Girls. She says she has also begun writing songs for her next solo project. Meanwhile, Destiny's Child has announced its retirement, the glam trio will make another farewell appearance February 19th at the NBA All Star Game in Houston. Beyonce will join Kelly Rowland and Michele Williams to perform the national anthem at the 55th annual basketball blowout. Source: HipHop Hovoc
Religion strikes again. According to reports, students at an Ethiopia religious college are protesting the close ties between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the government, alleged restrictions on their speech — and Beyonce's recent meeting with their patriarch. 26-year-old R&B singer Beyonce met with the Ethiopian patriarch, Abune Paulos, before performing in skimpy sequined outfits as part of the celebration of the country's millennium. Students were upset and reportedly went on hunger strike because of the closeness of the church to the ruling party and restrictions on their speech, but were also upset over the Beyonce-Paulos meeting. "She provoked the whole situation," says a student, accusing the patriarch of "practically a nonreligious act. It's unacceptable, or inappropriate, to say the least." Authorities were trying to persuade the students to end their hunger strike. The Orthodox Church is Ethiopia's largest, claiming 45 million out of 77 million citizens as members. It is considered to be very close to the government. College official Bedilu Assefa confirmed that students had complained, but said: "What they have done is they have raised some administrative issues regarding food and clinical facilities. Nobody has protested against Beyonce. Never." Not all the protesters were concerned with the singer, or even politics. Student Kinetibebeu Assefa, 25, said that he had joined the protest to demand an improvement in cafeteria food and the firing of some college officials. "There is no problem with Beyonce," he said. "But the (cafeteria) food is poisoned."