Thursday, December 4, 2014

That's Enough Already, Beyoncé

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 10:09 AM

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Recently, there was an entire Beyoncé category on on Jeopardy. Just let that sink in for a minute.

Ready? Here we go.

We are all Yoncé'd out.

See also: That's Enough Already, Dave Grohl

That means we are over the Jeopardy categories. We are over the album drops. We are weary of the gossip items, blind items, bump watches and Jay Z sightings. That means we are tired of the "Surfborts" and "Single Ladies" parodies. Even the Solange jokes, too.

But not Blue. Blue can stay as long as she wants, 'cause that child is beyond cute.

Back to Beyoncé, though. When an artist warrants an entire category on Jeopardy, it seems like the right time to take a step back. If there's that much information available on one artist -- who isn't even in her mid-thirties, by the way -- well, it should tell you something.

Before we go any further, we should clarify something. We don't dislike Bey. In fact, she's kinda likable in a lot of ways. But that doesn't stop this feeling of being all Yoncé'd out.

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Remember those days as a dorky teenager, when you'd obsess over when a band would be dropping its next album? We do. We did it with Alanis Morissette after she released Jagged Little Pill. The woman was brilliant -- at least in our angsty, middle-school minds -- but in order to get another update on Morissette, the artist would have to offer it up herself, and those things didn't happen often.

The Internet was also in its infancy back then, and didn't allow for instant access into artists' lives. And album releases weren't digital -- you had to wait in line in actual stores for CDs, for fuck's sake -- which meant that there was less access that way, too.

It was that kind of anticipation, born from sheer lack of access to information, that made waiting for new music so exciting. But Beyoncé isn't allowed that ocean of distance from her middle-school (or adult) fans, because it's accessible immediately. Should she cut her hair, there is a debate on her new Bettie Page bangs. Should she dress as the other half of Blue Ivy's Halloween costume -- which was admittedly adorable -- she gets fawned over.

While some of that instant information may be born of a nation obsessed, it's also a commodity Bey takes full advantage of. Just last week, she released a "new" secret album.

But that thing is not a new album. It's a monster rehash of last year's secret overnight album, Beyoncé. This one, The Beyoncé Deluxe Set, comes with not only two albums, but two DVDs as well.

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