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[Music] Beyonce – Halo




…and just after 12 years, we here at All Naija Entertainment presents you an amazing throwback song from Beyonce titled “Halo“.

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Halo” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). Included on the I Am… disc, it was intended to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Beyoncé’s life, stripped of her make-up and celebrity trappings. Columbia Records released the song, the album’s fourth single, to mainstream radio in the United States on January 20, 2009, and to international markets from February 20. Inspired by Ray LaMontagne’s 2004 song “Shelter,” “Halo” was written and composed by Ryan Tedder, Evan Bogart, Eric Nealante Phillips. It was conceived by Tedder and Nealante specifically for Beyoncé, although there was media speculation that it had been intended for Leona Lewis.

“Halo” is a pop power ballad, the lyrics of which describe a sublime love. It features drum, piano, keyboard, string, synthesizer, and percussion instrumentation. The song faced a controversy when Kelly Clarkson claimed that Tedder had reused the musical arrangement in her own 2009 song “Already Gone.” “Halo” received positive reviews from music critics, who made comparisons with Lewis’s 2007 song “Bleeding Love.” Its production and Beyoncé’s emotional vocals also received critical praise. “Halo” was nominated for Record of the Year and won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. It won Best Song at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. “Halo” topped the singles charts of Brazil, Norway, and Slovakia, and reached the top five on the singles chart of Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the US. It has received over ten certifications including a seven-times platinum certification from Australia and a double-platinum from Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Philip Andelman directed the ballad’s accompanying music video, which features American actor Michael Ealy. It portrays a romantic relationship between Beyoncé’s and Ealy’s characters. Critics complimented Beyoncé’s looks in the clip. An alternative music video, which shows Ealy’s character being chased by police through a forest at night, was posted on the Internet in May 2010. The lyrics to “Halo” were changed for two of Beyoncé’s special live performances: in a tribute to Michael Jackson following his death, and in a tribute to the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The song has been covered by many artists, including Florence and the Machine, Harper Blynn, and Westlife. It was performed on the television show Glee, and was added to the international soundtrack of the Brazilian soap opera Caminho das Índias.

The accompanying music videos for “Halo” and “Diva” premiered simultaneously on the US iTunes Store on December 23, 2008. Shot in late November 2008 in a SoHo townhouse owned by Beyoncé, the video was directed by Philip Andelman and features actor Michael Ealy as Beyoncé’s love interest. Ealy was happy to work with Beyoncé, as he had loved the song immediately after hearing it. This was the second time he was asked to star in a video for a song by Beyoncé; the first was “Irreplaceable”, which he had refused because he did not appreciate its theme and concept. He had advised Beyoncé: “Call me when you have a hero role.”

The video, which Beyoncé has considered intimate and romantic, begins as she stands against a wall, illuminated by light that passes through a window. In one scene, Beyoncé’s character, dressed in a skin-tight leotard, performs a dance sequence while her love interest looks down at her from a balcony. According to Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly, the dance routines pay homage to the 1983 romantic drama film Flashdance. Beyoncé and Ealy later stare adoringly at each other as they snuggle on a sofa. During the climax of the video, Beyoncé is shown underwater, dressed in white, moving slowly upwards. As the chorus begins, she opens her eyes; after Ealy kisses the back of her neck, the pair come face to face in the final scene, in which Beyoncé lies in bed, with Ealy above her. Jennifer Cady of E! Online wrote that the bright shiny lights in the video “make [Beyoncé] look like an angel”. The video was ranked at number 74 on BET’s Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

An alternative video surfaced online in late May 2010, explaining why Beyoncé’s character was remembering her love interest in the original version. It begins with a view of the night sky and many trees, as Beyoncé drives a car and Ealy’s character is chased by the police through a forest. As the video progresses, she parks her car on the side of the road and scenes from the original version are shown. Police dogs eventually catch Ealy’s character and attack him savagely. An open bag reveals stolen money, which is dispersed by the wind. At the end of the video, in the forest, Beyoncé finds Ealy lying lifelessly on the ground. – Wikipedia

With your headset slugged on, jam this amazing song, and don’t forget to share with us here at All Naija Entertainment on what you feel about the song via the comment section below….. . . .

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Download Song Halo by Beyonce Mp3

Some Quotable Lyrics

Remember those walls I built?
Well, baby they’re tumbling down
And they didn’t even put up a fight
They didn’t even make a sound
I found a way to let you in
But, I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now

It’s like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin’
It’s the risk that I’m taking
I ain’t never gonna shut you out!
Get Full Lyrics Here

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