The advancements in technology have affected almost every industry, but seems to have hit the music industry the hardest. People simply don’t buy music like they used to, and now music artists are required to go the extra mile in order to maintain profit and popularity. Beyoncé is an artist that knows this all too well, since she makes the very most out of touring, which is the biggest way to bring in money for music artists. Currently on the Formation World Tour, she has already announced she will embark on another tour as soon as this one ends.
While she isn’t the first or only artist that exudes admirable work ethic when it comes to touring, she is revolutionary when it comes to album releases and music videos. During the heyday of MTV, music videos were huge in creating buzz over an album and the network offered endless hours of back-to-back videos. However, the rise of reality TV caused the network to change their programming to include shows like The Osbournes and Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.
Justin Timberlake famously called out MTV during the 2007 VMA’s by saying he didn’t want to watch the Simpsons (Jessica and her sister Ashlee both had reality shows running on MTV at the time) anymore, and instead to, “Play more videos!” But unlike other artists that took the lack of music video airplay as a hit, Beyoncé used it as an opportunity to change the way it was viewed. Instead of creating a music video as an afterthought, Beyoncé has turned them into forms of art that create their own buzz.
Releasing visual albums without even so much as a “Save the date” reference, Beyoncé proved that she doesn’t even have to promote her album releases in order for them to sell. The release of her sixth studio album, Lemonade, is her second visual album with music videos that have been dissected to death. While diving into her latest album, let’s take a look at the 15 sexiest music videos by Beyoncé and see how they rank.
13 “If I Were A Boy”
12 “Best Thing I Never Had”
11 “Check On It”
10 “Me, Myself, and I”
9 “Baby Boy”
6 “Beautiful Liar”
5 “Dance For You”
4 “Crazy In Love”
2 “Drunk In Love”
1 “Naughty Girl”
Giving a nostalgic look in the video, the setting features a club that mixes what you might expect from a speakeasy with a cabaret-style strip club. Beyoncé is depicted as the star of the show, with all eyes on her. Showing off her amazing silhouette, she is shown dancing behind a screen after taking off her bottoms. Later she’s in a giant champagne glass on stage, splashing around in the glass filled with soapy water. With lyrics like, “Tonight, I’ll be your naughty girl,” the video is the closest thing fans will get to seeing Beyoncé behave as if she were actually a stripper.
Sources: cosmopolitan, abcnews, eonline
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