Sunday, April 14, 2024

Beyonce’s Avant Garde Sister Solange Gets a Magazine Cover Curiously Timed to the Star’s New Album


Solange Knowles, sister of Beyonce, is on the cover of the new Harper’s Bazaar.

Solange is the avant garde sibling who must toil in the shadow of one of the biggest stars of the last thirty years. She’s incredibly talented, has put out sensational albums, and is mostly overlooked.

The timing of this cover is odd: Beyonce is simultaneously at the top of the charts with two new singles. Her new album, “Act II,” is coming shortly. The cover story has no tie-in purpose to anything, really. Solange has some new projects, nothing huge, and her likeness would not sell magazines off a newsstand.

What is actually going on here? I have no idea.

I do sympathize with Solange’s plight. She has enormous talents. Her last two albums were praised, had possibilities, and then disappeared overnight. They had no support per se from Columbia Records, which also handles Beyonce. I wrote about it in 2019. When her album unexpectedly bombed, she cancelled a performance at Coachella. We haven’t really heard from her since, although she’s been doing smaller projects. None of this is mentioned in the Harper’s bizarre piece.

Well, if Harper’s couldn’t get Beyonce, I guess this will do. I root for Solange. Listen to her music. It’s well worth our time.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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