Sunday Selection: Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy” vs. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

Two words, she’s back! And if all the other chicks in the game didn’t put their music out prior to now, it’s a wrap. You will be overshadowed by the sights and sounds of Mrs. Carter. This week we were graced with two highly anticipated singles by Beyoncé, “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” I must admit both of them are FIRE. As we watch her continue to blossom into one of the most talented and successful icons of our generation, you have to admit – Beyoncé just gets better with time.First up: “If I Were a Boy” is one of the best ballads I’ve heard in a while. As usual Beyoncé has transformed words on paper into music that women everywhere can connect with. It has no boundaries and is simply easy listening. The overall theme of the song touches upon if a man could relate to woman’s overall understanding, things would be different. But since that doesn’t typically happen, women have to accept and get over the painful notion that they won’t live the fairytale lives they are sold as little girls.If I Were A Boy – BeyonceOne might say that the title, the concept and video for “If I Were A Boy” bears a similarity to the song “Like a Boy” by R&B sensation Ciara, but after listening to it thoroughly and then watching the video – there is NO comparison. And I’m sure someone somewhere is saying, ‘Beyoncé stole the idea from Ciara,’ and I’ll admit I was guilty of thinking that at first. But let’s be frank here, even if Bey did bite it – so what. Beyoncé did it better. No disrespect to Ciara, but Beyoncé’s version is more mature and the concept is better presented and timeless. Ten years from now on Urban, Urban AC, Jazz, and Adult Contemporary radio stations this song will still be a hit while Ciara’s “Like a Boy” will be a mere memory on the shelves collecting dust. Second, in “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” I think Beyoncé is throwing up her middle finger to the last guy who let her fall through the cracks and didn’t realize her value and worth. This is another classic anthem for the ladies, and I’m sure it will blast in the clubs and on the radio while the chorus will serve as a chant that motivates women to high tail it to the dance floor.Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – BeyonceIf I had to choose which one of these songs I enjoyed more it would be, “If I Were A Boy” even though “Singe Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” is my jam too. Which one grabs you? Let me know.Until next time, y’all enjoy this week’s Sunday Selections – “If I Were A Boy” and Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It).Poll Answers

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