Countdown to Beyoncé: Day 6

Written by on 22nd June 2016

It is almost time for the mighty Queen B to touchdown in Sunderland. One of the biggest megastars on the planet, Beyoncé, is bringing her Formation World Tour to the Stadium of Light. To celebrate, we at Spark, are going to be playing a full day of Bey’s biggest bangers with a few fan favourite album cuts mixed in too. The Spark team are uniting to bring you a Countdown to Beyoncé – with an insight into our favourite songs, albums and collaborations.

That’s right, our resident queen of music Rute Correia challenged us to all pick our favourite song by the Queen Bee herself.  If you’re a regular listener, you’ll know I’m not a music show kind of guy.  You’ll find me promoting local artists/culture on ArtyParti on Wednesdays, or bringing you industry advice for emerging creatives on 99% Perspiration on Sundays.  But today?!  Today, I bow down to our real sovereignty, and share my favourite Beyoncé track.

And since I like it, I’m going to put a “ring ring” on it.

Telephone Lady Gaga Beyonce

Oh, yes!  Telephone.  Our 1st Lady B may have shared the spotlight, but there’s enough honey here to go around.

Pick up that handset and thump in the numbers 2009, the year when two giants of the music industry (that’s Lady Gaga and our Queen Beyoncé herself, in case you don’t know) met head-on to deliver this thumping, pumping, massive banging mess of a tune.

Beyoncé Telephone


And whilst the song alone was a catchy earworm, making it so effortlessly to number 1 in the UK charts (and Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, the US, and the place they REALLY like to party, South Korea)… The video was something else!

Director Jonas Åkerlund presented us with a nearly 10-minute video that wouldn’t look out of place in a Tarantino movie. Seeing two ex-cons of sisterhood race down the highway in the you-know-what wagon and serve a scrumptious but unfortunately seasoned poisoned breakfast to a very much former lover, went down in herstory as one of the most epic things to come out of the 2000s since Britney Spears’ meltdown and Myspace.  Never forget.

Britney Spears

“I knew you’d take all my honey, you selfish m***********.” And we knew you’d take the charts by storm, Queen Bee!  Trust us, we don’t want to stop telephoning you.

Well, it’s certainly better than hold music.

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