That is very good for her. She has been everywhere (literally) this past week.
-- 1 BEYONCE COLUMBIA 505,593 --
I AM... SASHA FIERCE
I don't think it is. It's certainly not bad, but 500k during the start of the holiday season when she has been everywhere and has two top
3 hits isn't exactly great either. It just reinforces to me that people aren't quite as interested in Beyonce as her exposure would make it seem.
*And before anyone says anything, I think the debut total for E=MC2
was disappointing as well.
Having said that, her performance in Cadillac Records seems promising. From EW.com:
Beyonce in 'Cadillac Records': the EW First Look
Nov 25, 2008, 01:41 PM | by Margeaux Watson
Categories: Film, Music
Last night, I attended a media screening of Cadillac Records in New York while my
colleague Carrie Bell was on the scene at the movie's star-studded L.A. premiere at the Egyptian Theater, followed by an after-party at Les Deux. I had
been dying to see the film ever since Beyonce Knowles landed the
role of R&B legend and ex-heroin addict Etta James. The movie, which follows Chicago-based Chess Records in the 1950s and '60s, also stars Adrien Brody as label founder Leonard Chess, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, and Mos Def as Chuck Berry. Working with those guys clearly inspired B to
step up her acting game. She doesn't appear on screen until the second hour of the movie, but it's worth the wait, as this is her finest cinematic
performance to date. Tortured, tragic, and playfully profane, she inhabits the role with fiery conviction, though it's certainly the most sanitized
depiction of a junkie I've ever seen (Trainspotting
this is not). The only major drawback to her performance is that she lacks the pained vocal chops to convincingly pull off James' songs or make them her
own like Diana Ross did with Billie Holiday's standards in
1972's Lady Sings the Blues. Each time she covers classics like "At Last" and "Trust In Me," you hear Beyonce, not Etta.
Apparently, James agrees. Last night when Carrie asked her how she felt about Beyonce's portrayal, she replied, "She did her thing. She sings good,
but I don't think she sings as good as me." True that, diva.
Based on "At Last," I agree about her singing.