Beyonce vs. Beyonce! ('Diva' vs. 'Halo'!) Weigh in!

For the last two weeks, I’ve been attempting to blog about Beyonce’s twin set of new videos, but much to my chagrin, the embeddable versions keep getting pulled from the Internets. (The Crafty Ms. Knowles must want us all to pay for viewing privilege over at iTunes; apparently, when she sings "If you ain’t gettin’ money, then you ain’t got nothin’ for me," she means it.)But today (finally!), I’ve found said videos living legally (I think?) at YahooMusic. So, YAHOO! Let’s discuss which is better: My favorite song from I Am…Sasha Fierce, or the best song from I Am…Sasha Fierce. And no, those are not one and the same.

First, my favorite, "Diva," a track that’s already No. 64 on the Top 100 Most Played list on my iTunes, because in all honestly, I have a mental illness that makes me hit the repeat button on this track, then annoy friends and loved ones by randomly (and sometimes inappropriately) asking (in my best Beyonce drawl): "Where yo BOSS at?" The video has the production values of the clearance bin at Family Dollar, and yet somehow it works. Ever since I first heard the hypnotic chorus — "Diva is a female version of a hustler. Of a hustler. Of a, of a hustler." — I fully expected to see a trunk full of mannequins, Cylon-y fringed sunglasses, and angry-lady dancing on display in the accompanying video. (Good thing B provides the dictionary definition of "Diva," too, since her own take on the word is beautiful nonsense.) Where yo BOSS at, people?

http://d.yimg.com/cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/fop/embedflv/swf/fop.swf

Then, there’s "Halo," an absolutely glorious and perfectly produced track that should be as big a hit as "Irreplaceable" and "Crazy in Love." Still, it’s a little odd to me that the highest-quality track from …Sasha Fierce gets a video that’s lit so aggressively, I can barely make out whether B’s paying homage to Flashdance or trying to give me a seizure. Still, I’m not mad at Solange’s sister. Once that chorus kicks in for the final time, with its sweeping strings and percussion and B’s glorious vocal, my innards turn to processed maple syrup, and I lose the ability to constructively criticize. Does this woman ever make a musical misstep? (I smell pancakes!)http://d.yimg.com/cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/fop/embedflv/swf/fop.swf

Anyhow, check out the videos for "Diva" and "Halo" for yourself, then vote in our handy poll about which you like best!

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  • b0bbyr0we

    Halo is pop-ballad perfection.

  • Anonymous

    I am sick of this overatted self-absorbed twit. Her music sucks and so does her videos.

  • Dillon

    I read somewhere that “Halo” was written for Leona Lewis. That would have been interesting to here.

  • Joe C

    Since I’ve often logged in chastising you, Michael, for overhyping your girl Beyonce Knowles, I will concede that I’ve liked the first two songs from this CD. I can already sense overexposure kicking in, though. As for your question ‘does she ever make a musical misstep’ well I think you know my answer to that one, lol! YES! Still, MAYBE I might download/buy my first ever Miss Jay Z CD this time around. We’ll see….

  • Robyn

    Slezak we are twin souls!! I have had Diva on repeat since I picked up the CD in November! After the perfection of the stripped down Single Ladies video, I find there is just too much going on in the Diva video. I prefer Halo — mostly just for her gorgeous co-star — Michael Ealy.

  • susan

    Funny I love Beyonce but I’m not a fan of either of these songs. And I’m sorry but I still think it sounds like she used Alvin and the Chipmunks on the chorus of Diva. Hate that song.

  • B Rog Music

    Halo is something special. Grammy SOTY nominee?

  • Lynny

    Diva just seems to be pandering to the hip hop audience. Like, Oh we have to make sure and put a “street” song on here.It just seems kind of weak. I felt the same way about that Destiny’s Child “Soldier” song. Ugh- anyway. Halo is very pretty and you don’t hear as many love songs like that from female artists lately. Leona Lewis could have done a good job too.

  • REAL

    the Haters will be coming soon.
    Halo & Diva are both very fabulous songs.

  • Fatima

    Halo is without a doubt one of the best Beyonce songs ever. Diva has the better video though. I pity those who are too proud to like Halo, really.

  • B

    I kinda lika Halo as a song, but Diva is horrible. I have tried to like it as people, especially Slezak, keep saying it’s so great, but it sucks something awful. Halo is just okay. Could care less about either video. The first two singles were way better. What frustrates me is that this crap will get played when music by good artists with killer hooks gets ignored.

  • Phil

    The lyrics still are kinda cheesey, but my fave song off the “I Am…Sasha Fierce” set is “Radio”. A few weesk before the disc came out, & I was over “If I Were A Boy” and “Single Ladies” a friend sent me both “Diva” and “Radio”, and assumed I’d love “Diva”. It was cute the first few times, but then simply became as annoying as “Single Ladies”, then the weekend after the disc dropped and the DJ at the local gay bar dropped “Diva” before the lights came up I knew that the song was going to be inescapable. Oh and Mike, the videos were released on iTunes as EXCLUSIVES, which is prolly why they been so hard to embed!

  • Ed

    Halo is just more enjoyable to listen to. Diva is migraine inducing. Also, is it me or does it seem like Beyonce’s been phoning in her videos lately.

  • Phil

    Oh and the only real question I got is which rapper is going to be featured on the “Diva” Remix if NOT Mr. Carter?

  • Nancy

    I like the Diva video best, although I absolutely love the song Halo. Slezak, for many reasons, I wish we worked together. Your “Where yo boss at” would be a perfect compliment to the “you had me a-at hellOW” I keep randomly singing in my office.

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