Beyoncé + Shakira, and other lame duets

Queen and David Bowie pulled it off flawlessly. So did Sonny and Cher. Heck, even Brandy and Monica served up one of 1998’s biggest hits with "The Boy Is Mine." So why is it that when wriggling one-named superstars Beyoncé and Shakira teamed up for "Beautiful Liar," a track and video that premiered on TRL yesterday, the results are strangely… underwhelming? These two talents clearly know how to make pop hits (after all, they were responsible two of my favorite — if insanely overplayed — pop singles of 2006), but the repetitive song strips the ladies of their sass.

And while I’m sure the song will eventually grow on me, the biggest turnoff to this duet is the video. With a budget looks like it amounted to $13 total, the clip takes two gorgeous women and throws them into a lookalike cheesefest, complete with early-90s production values and backgrounds that look like Top Model rejects. Seriously, ladies, at the very least, couldn’t you have ditched the smoke machine?

Which got me to thinking… what have been some other disastrous orridiculous musical pairings? History would point us toward the hammyvideo of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s "Say Say Say," and the awkward juxtaposition of Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias on "Could I Have This Kiss Forever"(watch as Whitney hisses in Spanish in the background). Britney andMadonna’s "Me Against the Music" was flat and digitized as a song, butthe playful video thankfully gave us something fun to look at.

So what do you think, PopWatchers? Do you like watching Beyoncé andShakira writhe around in "Beautiful Liar"? Am I the only one who can’ttell them apart in certain frames? And most importantly, what are yourpicks for the worst musical duets/video pairings of all time? (No,anything that appeared on Celebrity Duets doesn’t count.)


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  • Fatima

    In all fairness, I think the point of the video is that they are supposed to look alike and be hard to follow.
    But seriously, I think most people who read this blog know that I am perhaps one of the world’s biggest Beyonce supporters, but even I can’t muster up any energy for tis song or video. It’s just lame. Nothing else to say really. The whole thing reminds me of a Pepsi commercial.
    But the Upgrade U video that also debuted yesterday is pretty great, although not her best song or video. But she’s releasing a video anthology with a video for EACH song on B’Day and some of the 5 second clips are so hot, I can hardly stand it. I can’t wait for Green Light and Freakum Dress!!!

  • Jael

    Will Beyonce ever sing with women who aren’t dressed in similar clothes? Destiny’s Child, Dreamgirls, this hot mess…

  • Greg

    Okay, so I saw the video and suprisingly I really liked it. I thought the look-a-like thing was a good idea before knowing that it was done on purpose as part of the video’s concept which Beyonce said herself yesterday on BET. I’m not the biggest fan but as much as I’d like to wish her out of the spotlight for a few years the girl is a talented entertainer and you can’t hate her for that when she’s doing the damn thing.

  • Phil

    When I saw the video for “Beautiful Liar” yesterday I was shocked to see how both Beyonce & Shakira defied their cultural & ethnic backgrounds to appear identical looking. The song in & of itself is nothing mesmerizing, though there are supposedly 3 more version of the track on the “B’DAY” re-release due April 3rd, one of which is sure to be a full on Spanish or Spanglish mix. I don’t think this song will in fact be as popular as “Hips Don’t Lie” or “Irresistible” but now that Beyonce has recorded a new video for every track off of “B’DAY” for the Wal-Mart exclusive video collection, it doesn’t matter how quickly the star of “Beautiful Liar” shines & then fades. I guess since “Listen” lost at the Oscars, Columbia is now moving forward promoting “Beautiful Liar”, although I can’t help but feel sorry for Kelly Rowland, whose new single, “Like This” Featuring Eve debuted on AOL Music yesterday. Kelly will forever be in Beyonce’s shadow. Her new single is just OK, nothing memorable at all.

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  • Karla

    Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson
    Whitney Huston and Bobby Brown
    Bing Crosby and David Bowie
    Celine Dion and Sinatra
    Paula Abdul and a cartoon mouse
    Mrs. Miller and Tiny Tim
    Yma Sumac and Ish Kabibble

  • Mozz

    I find both women incredibly hot, so they don’t need flashy videos, they’re just two special effects within themselves. I do mind that EW, hires writers with no pop and pizazz to write their blogs. I swear, every day i see a new bloger name and every one of those blogs have been underwhelming, i’m not saying every blog should be a Pastorek Post (i love her.) my 8 year old niece could write better about entertainment.

  • Ceballos

    Reading about all those misguided superstar-pairing duets, I gotta give a shout-out to one of my favorite completely random duets…”Crusin'” by Huey Lewis…and GWYNETH PALTROW?! Seriously…who’da thunk it.
    As far as adding to the “worst list”, I have to go with J. Lo and Marc Anthony’s dreary, chemistry-free first live perfomance after they got married (was it the Grammys). Just awful.
    Also, I like having different writers on this blog. As a young writer myself, I look forward to watching them develop and find their own voice (ala the Slezaks and Pastoreks of the world) and entertain us.

  • Fatima

    I agree with Ceballos! I don’t mind having new writers come along. But I do think Slezak isn’t posting enough anymore! There was nothing wrong with this post!

  • Stacy

    Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford’s video for “If I Close My Eyes Forever” While hearing the song on the radio isn’t the most painful thing, seeing the video for the song is.
    I disagree with Karla about Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Their version of Little Drummer Boy is great!

  • aramis

    While this wasn’t the worst, I have to – the spirit of Ceballos – give a shout out to some of my most favorite pairings:
    -Cinder Calhoun & Sarah McLachlan “Basted in Blood”
    -Nicole Kidman & Robbie Williams “Somethin’ Stupid”
    -Nicole Kidman & Hugh Jackman “Kiss/Heartbreak Hotel” (granted from a movie musical, but still, RANDOM!)
    -Paul Oakenfold & Brittany Murphy “Faster Kill Pussycat”
    -Paula Cole and Dolly Parton “Heart Door”
    -Mark my words, next year you all will be saying good stuff about Mariah and Willie Nelson (now THAT IS WHAT I CALL RANDOM!)
    -and lest we forget the infamous Madge-Brit-Xtina tripling with an added Missy for flavoring
    As for a “worst pairing” kind of thing, I think there’s been quite a few, but I’ve repressed those memories for sake of my sanity.

  • Stacy

    I must add the following, for the ABSOLUTE WORST MUSICAL DUET PAIRING IN HISTORY:
    Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton for every song they sing together in the movie Rhinestone.
    I’m sure all 5 people who ever saw that movie would agree.

  • Fatima

    Whaaaaa? Mariah and Willie Nelson?! How did I miss this?

  • LindsayLou

    This is pop music at its most extreme form, but I love the Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue duet, Kids. They are both such fun entertainers seperately, when they are together I find I just bop along to the song whenever it is on (though none of my friends understand that specific tendancy of mine!). I also loved Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin on Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves. The low point on duets though, and I hate to admit this because as previously mentioned, I love me some Robbie, was his cover with the remaining members of Queen for We Are the Champions. Robbie’s fun, but he’s no Freddie.

  • daisyj

    I don’t think it was the worst thing ever, but there was something kind of wrong about the Whitney-Mariah pairing on that song from The Prince of Egypt, lo these many years ago. Is it possible to have too much diva on one record?

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