Let me open by professing my undying love for Beyoncé. If it wouldn't start complete and utter chaos in my family, I'd consider declaring the goddess who walks among us my religion. I refused to let anyone utter a single peep while viewing her HBO documentary Life is But a Dream, because it might ruin the illusion that she was speaking only to me. So, it is with the greatest respect (and absolutely no bitterness over how impossible it is to get tickets to her sold-out Mrs. Carter World Tour) that I announce this: Bey, this mega-blonde look is not working for you.
It's a little brassy and more than a little washed out, and Miss Girls Run the World is striking a seriously bimbo-esque pose. Where is your fierceness, your "WE RUN THIS MOTHER, YEAH" face, B? We know you're gorgeous, but we follow you blindly because you are one badass lady, not because you're good at being a bubblegum idol.
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Queen B posted this new image highlighting her partnership with Pepsi for her world tour, and while our girl still looks a-mah-zing, I do have to question the logic behind the look.
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Who runs the world? If you're looking at last night's Super Bowl XLVII, than the answer seems to be girls, or more rightly, women.
From Beyoncé to Budweiser, the non-football elements of the biggest television event of the year were greatly driven by women and women's interests, making this year one for the ladies. A quick look at Monday's top Google searches, and it's clear that ladies are the ones dictating the discussion. Beyoncé, Super Bowl Commercials (many of which were clearly aimed at women), and the Puppy Bowl are all ranked higher than the game itself and retiring linebacker Ray Lewis. During the broadcast, Bey's halftime show generated 5.5 million tweets and the tweets-per-minute rate was almost double that of the game-making 49ers touchdown after the blackout and the final seconds of the game in which the Baltimore Ravens took the title. Even FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, got in on the action, tweeting, "Watching the #SuperBowl with family & friends. @Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her!" and signing it affectionately, "-mo." If you're looking at social media, it appears that the girl power-heavy halftime show was a bigger draw than the game itself.
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But it wasn't just about Beyoncé. The game also opened with two other strong, talented women. Beyoncé's Dreamgirls co-star and vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson began the pre-game festivities with "America the Beautiul" and girl power figure Alicia Keys followed with a near-perfect "Star-Spangled Banner." It was clear that this year, more than ever before, the producers behind the Super Bowl were conscious of catering to both the usual beer-slinging, Taco-Bell-loving, he-men most ads and programming have catered to in years past and women. But why wouldn't they? According to most recent market research, women are the ones to aim for when it comes to marketing and social media.
According to Comscore, women account for the majority of social media users and are generally more engaged. Pontiflex adds that women on social media tend to be more influential than men. And when it comes to spending, Pontiflex also reports that women are responsible for 85 percent of household spending, and hold the majority of spending decisions in big Super Bowl advertising categories such as food, new cars, and personal computers.
With data like that, it should come as no surprise that some of the more beloved Super Bowl commercials are clearly marketed toward society's big spenders. Best Buy — a company that generally takes aim at men — enlisted lady hero Amy Poehler and her supposed love of Fifty Shades of Grey to sell its wares. Jeep sought the help of womankind's favorite lifestyle guru, Oprah Winfrey, as the voiceover for its emotional Super Bowl spot this year and Kia went for the cute, ooh-and-awww-inspiring story of Babylandia to entice its potential buyers. Where Budweiser usually goes for the rugged, All-American feel — showing us amber waves of grain and the strength of plodding Clydesdales — 2013 showed us the kinder, gentler side of America's favorite beer, giving us a love story between a man and the horse he raises from pony to steed, set appropriately to "Landslide." Even commercials that appeared to skew towards men, like Time Warner's Walking Dead-invades-your-home spot and Tide's miracle stain ad, end with the twist: Sorry, dudes, but women are the ones holding the reins. (Miracle stain guy is bested by his wife, who's rooting against his Ravens, and even Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead isn't too badass to heed mom's requests.) And that Calvin Klein ad, with a shiny, unbelievably buff model was definitely a little something for the ladies. While gross-out spots like Go Daddy's Bar Refaeli ad (which was offensive to nerds, people with ears, and living, breathing humans everywhere) and the borderline-rapey commercial for Gildan activewear, which featured a sneaky guy escaping after a one-night-stand, but not without trying to rip his t-shirt off his conquest first, the winning ads of the night were the feel-good, non-gender specific spots, and a few very-obviously female-skewing spots.
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Yes, when the confetti fell on the Super Dome in New Orleans, it was for a team of sweaty dudes, but the night, overall, was a win for the ladies. Looking at the overnight ratings, which have been deemed the highest in history, made Super Bowl XLVII the biggest television event in the U.S., ever. The broadcast pulled in a 48.1 rating, which is equivalent to 114.7 million homes and 71 percent of the nation's televisions, and with the incessant chatter surrounding Beyoncé before (and long after) the halftime performance, it's hard to believe that the women who foretold that girls would run the world isn't at least partially to thank for the boost in viewership. UPDATE: The early numbers don't always match actual numbers and Super Bowl ratings were actually slightly down from years past, but interaction, especially during the halftime show, was still rather high and still rather focused on the lady of the five (plus) hour telecast.
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The literary form of autobiography dates back as far as the Fourth Century, when figures like St. Augustine pioneered a pride in self-documentation. Ever since, the art of telling one's own story has become commonplace, with written memoirs coming from every celebrity with a career of note (or one that can be sold as such). But the auto-documentary is another story — we haven't seen too many artists get behind the camera to chronicle their lives and work. That's one of the most interesting facets of the forthcoming HBO doc about and directed by Beyoncé Knowles.
Below is the first trailer for the movie, which features a sequence of clips of the music artist performing, placed beneath a brief narration about the fears and concerns that have plagued and encouraged her throughout her professional climb. The film will mark Beyoncé's directorial debut.
Obviously, one must approach the idea of an artist's autobiographical documentary with a bit of apprehension. Immediately, the idea of objectivity is tossed out the window. No matter how honest, self-aware, and well-intentioned a figure might be in the crafting of his or her own auto-doc (not this kind), no human being can achieve total objectivity when looking at or discussing itself. Sensationalism, slanting either positive or negative, is an inevitability.
That said, there's not exactly zero to be gained from an "inside perspective" on Beyoncé. If nothing else, people do love her. They want to know what it's like inside her head, and what her career and personal life have felt like. Where this movie might prove victorious is in the artist's honesty: bearing in mind how colossal a cultural idol she is, Beyoncé's greatest achievement here would be to deliver a candid, inspiring piece about the artistry and the climb. Encouragement balanced with realism. And a recharge of her longstanding messages about self-love, empowerment, and tolerance would be a good thing to tack on as well.
The documentary will air on Feb. 16, 2013, on HBO.
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When he isn't busy creating and running some of television's biggest series, including Glee and Nip/Tuck, Ryan Murphy occasionally dabbles in film directing. Murphy's feature-film debut, the new-age Julia Roberts travelogue Eat Pray Love, may have earned heaps of scorn from critics, but that didn't quell his interest in the craft. He's currently in the midst of his sophomore effort, A Normal Heart, starring Roberts and Alec Baldwin. And his next project, the musical comedy One Hit Wonders, is drawing some pretty big names, not to mention a rather large paycheck from a major studio.
Deadline.com reports that Murphy is nearing a "seven-figure preemptive deal" with Sony to produce, direct, and co-write (along with Glee chums Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan) One Hit Wonders, which will star Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, and Reese Witherspoon as "three singers who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain." Sounds a bit like Wilson-Phillips, no?
According to Deadline, SNL's Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts have been enlisted to pen songs for the film. Beyonce's apparently attached to the project as well, though it's unclear at this point what her role will be. Perhaps she'll by supplying the jelly.
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So many great music videos, only so many Moon Men to go around. Last night was the highly anticipated MTV Video Music Awards – an event that brings Hollywood’s most talented artists together for a night of musical mayhem. And what an epic night it was, what with Gaga going onstage in drag and almost kissing Britney Spears Russell Brand paying tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, and let’s not forget Beyonce’s exciting news – she’s pregnant! The show had more than a few moments you should be aware of, and just in case you missed all the excitement due to a busy social life or a lack of power caused by a certain hurricane we've got them all lined up for you.
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1. Lady Gaga is a dude for the entire show.
Leading the pack to kick off the show was Gaga herself or should I say her male alter-ego Jo Calderone. Strutting out onto the stage with a white T-shirt, black jeans, and greasy hair, the not-so-lady Gaga puffed on a cigarette while presenting her own version of a comedy routine. Jo then did what any normal boyfriend would do: he complains about his girlfriend Lady Gaga, talking about her hair and wearing heels in the shower, which honestly mostly felt like a time filler than anything else. But then true to Gaga form, the singer took to the piano and the real entertainment began. But if you were expecting Gaga to show her face once her opening performance was through, then you would have been disappointed. She chose to remain in the form of her guy counterpart for the duration of the show. If you ask me, it’s downright eerie how well Gaga can portray a man – the stance, the walk, the talk. It just further proves that she can do just about anything.
2. The show was left host-less.
Everyone knew MTV decided that there would be no host for the awards show this year, but it was still just so hard to believe. Could they really not find someone right for the job? Apparently not. At the beginning of the show, Kevin Hart explains how he wanted to be the host and thought he was going to be until the network told him (in the words of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Facebook page) Hell to the No. Hart was kind enough to share with the crowd just what he would have said if he had been the host joking about Lil Wayne’s skateboarding accident and saying STD jokes about Jersey Shore – only making us all thankful that he was in fact not given the host job.
3. Nicki Minaj’s fashion faux pas.
If Gaga’s meat dress last year was dinner, then Nicki’s was dessert. The cupcake necklace, cotton candy hair, and mirror ball dress – you could tell the singer was trying to be the next Lady Gaga with ground-breaking fashion trends, but it just doesn’t seem to work. Nice try girl, we still love you though.
4. Katy Perry Slams Kanye West
Katy Perry almost set off some fireworks of her own last night when she and Kanye won Best Collaboration. While accepting their Moonman, Perry made a jab at her fellow artist saying “Now, this is a time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye.” She’s of course referencing when the rapper infamously cut into Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the 2009 VMAs. Was it funny? Of course. But it seemed like an odd moment for a roast, right in the middle of their joint victory. Perhaps Taylor put her up to it. Katy also made the mistake of thinking this was Kanye’s first Moonman, but he quickly corrected her saying that he already has one. Awkward all around.
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5. Britney Spears rejects Gaga’s kiss.
Britney may have made out with Madonna, but she rebuked Gaga’s advances last night. After Lady Gaga presented Spears with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award (dressed as Jo Calderone of course), she tried to lean in for an intense lip-lock, but Britney awkwardly turned her head and declined the offer. Ouch. But Jo took the rejection like a man and joked, “I don’t want Gaga to get pissed.” Who knew Britney had developed such high make-out standards?
6. Chris Brown learns how to fly.
Chris Brown flew through the air with the greatest of ease. While Adele’s chops may be a cut above the rest of the night’s performances, Chris Brown proved that he’s got some mad skills of his own – dance skills. His routine was hands-down, the most exciting performance of the night – for me anyway. His dance moves were superb and he even flew above the crowd doing flips all while wearing a classy white tuxedo. The guy definitely has flaws and made some mistakes in the past, but you have to give him credit – last night he reminded everyone just how great of an entertainer he can be. His act was done like the pro that he is.
7. Jessie J sits on a throne all night.
Was anyone else a little confused why Jessie J was sitting on a white throne in front of everyone throughout the entire show? It seemed to be her job to transition and entertain viewers and the crowd itself during commercial breaks with renditions of a variety of songs including her "Price Tag" song, Katy Perry’s "Firework," and TLC’s "No Scrubs." It almost felt like she became the host in a way as she remained a constant presence on stage. I knew MTV would find a way to create a fake host to help ease things along.
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8. Beyonce Announces She's Pregnant!
Sasha Fierce is about to be a mommy. The diva goddess announced she was pregnant to the press at the beginning of the show last night, but just in case anyone missed the news she really drove her point home during her performance number. At the beginning of her song she hinted about it into the mic saying “I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me,” and then continued to wow us with her spectacular musical abilities. I swear, that girl knows how to work a fan no matter what song she’s singing. She then finished the song by throwing down the microphone, rubbing her belly, and nodding happily at the crowd. Jay-Z was shown off-stage grinning from ear to ear, already a proud Papa. It’s so cute how happy they are and this is going to definitely be one lucky baby. Just in case you missed it, check it out now!
9. Cloris Leachman wants Pauly D.
Cloris Leechman presented an award with the girls from Jersey Shore. Before announcing the nominees, she goes on to explain how much these two generations have in common: women her age don’t know who the Shore girls are, while everyone their age thinks she’s Betty White. After JWoww comments that she was so happy when she came to Italy to chill with them, Cloris responded saying, “Well, when you get a booty call from Pauly D, you answer it. You better believe I’m DTF.” Pauly D fist pumped in response. There’s only one word to sum all that up: eww.
10. Russell Brand pays tribute to Amy Winehouse.
The night’s emotional highlight came when Russell Brand took the stage to give an emotional speech about the late singer, calling her a genius. Jazz legend Tony Bennett also introduced footage he recorded with Winehouse last March for his Duets 2 album. Then Bruno Mars performed a rendition of her version of "Valerie," which seemed to lift up the entire audience and had them all singing along. It was a very moving moment and paid great respect to Winehouse’s contributions to the music industry.
Beyonce, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift were the toast of the music world on Sunday night after taking home the 52nd annual Grammy Awards' biggest prizes.
Beyonce was the Los Angeles event's biggest winner, claiming six of the 10 honors for which she was nominated.
These included Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance awards for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
Swift took home her first four Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year award, and Kings of Leon's anthem "Use Somebody" earned the rockers prizes for Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z were also triple winners at the Grammys, as was the San Francisco Symphony, thanks to its album Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10.
The event's winners were overshadowed by a clutch of terrific performances from acts like Green Day, Pink, Dave Matthews Band, Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas.
Elton John and Lady Gaga collaborated to open the show, and there were further mash-ups for Jamie Foxx, T-Pain and Slash, Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli, Eminem, Drake and Lil Wayne, and Taylor Swift and Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks.
But the event's highlight was a star-studded tribute to Michael Jackson; Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Smokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood teamed up to perform the King of Pop's "Earth Song."
The stunning collaboration was accompanied by a 3-D version of the "Earth Song" video Jackson planned to use as a backdrop during his This Is It concerts last summer.
Stars like Beyonce, Rihanna and will.i.am were among the audience members who donned special 3-D glasses to fully appreciate the spectacular musical moment.
They ended the song with their backs to the crowd, staring at images of Jackson, which were flashed onto the big screen behind them, as the audience rose to its feet to applaud the performance, which presenter Lionel Richie called "unbelievable."
Following the showstopper, Jackson's children Prince and Paris took the Staples Center stage to honor their father, a recipient of one of the night's Lifetime Achievement Awards.
In his first public speaking appearance, Prince thanked God for "watching over us these past seven months" and "our grandma and grandpa for their love and support."
Both Jackson children ended their brief acceptance speeches with the words "We love you daddy".
The big winners of the 2010 Grammys are:
Record Of The Year: Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Song Of The Year: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
Best New Artist: Zak Brown Band
Album Of The Year: Fearless - Taylor Swift
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Halo - Beyonce
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Make It Mine - Jason Mraz
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Throw Down Your Heart - Bela Fleck
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Potato Hole - Booker T. Jones
Best Pop Vocal Album: The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
Best Dance Recording: Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Best Electronic/Dance Album: The Fame - Lady Gaga
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden - Michael Buble
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Working On A Dream - Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Best Hard Rock Performance: War Machine - AC/DC
Best Metal Performance: Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: A Day In The Life - Jeff Beck
Best Rock Song: Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Best Rock Album: 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
Best Alternative Music Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Pretty Wings - Maxwell
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Blame It - Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: At Last - Beyonce
Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Pearls - India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore
Best R&B Song: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
Best R&B Album: Blacksummers' Night - Maxwell
Best Contemporary R&B Album: I Am... Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
Best Rap Solo Performance: D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune) - Jay-Z
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: Crack A Bottle - Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Run This Town - Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
Best Rap Song: Run This Town - Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
Best Rap Album: Relapse - Eminem
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: White Horse - Taylor Swift
Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Sweet Thing - Keith Urban
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Run To You - Lady Antebellum
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: I Told You So - Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
Best Country Instrumental Performance: Producer's Medley - Steve Wariner
Best Country Song: White Horse - Taylor Swift
Best Country Album: Fearless - Taylor Swift
Best Spoken Word Album: Always Looking Up - Michael J. Fox
Best Comedy Album: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! - Stephen Colbert
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Slumdog Millionaire - Various Artists
Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Up - Michael Giacchino
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire) - Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters
Lifetime Achievement Award: Leonard Cohen
Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Jackson
Lifetime Achievement Award: Loretta Lynn
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bobby Darin
Lifetime Achievement Award: Clark Terry
Lifetime Achievement Award: David 'Honeyboy' Edwards
Lifetime Achievement Award: Andre Previn
Trustees Award: Walter C. Miller
Trustees Award: Florence Greenberg
Trustees Award: Harold Bradley
Presidents Merit Award: Doug Morris
Presidents Merit Award: Placido Domingo
Presidents Merit Award: Ken Ehrlich
MusiCares Person of the Year: Neil Young
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Top Story: Ice Cube Takes xXx Reins
While it was forgone that Sony-based Revolution Studios would go ahead with a xXx sequel, no one could have foreseen it happening without star Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen. But while Diesel and Cohen have decided to opt out of xXx2 (they will remain executive producers), the studio is hardly trading down with its spy actioner: Revolution has hired rapper Ice Cube as the star and Die Another Day helmer Lee Tamahori as director. According to Variety, Cube will play a new character who is recruited by the National Security Agency to become an "Triple X" agent, referring to a three-strikes rule the agency uses to give criminals the option of joining the crime-fighting force or going to prison for good. Tamahori is set to begin production on xXx2, which will be largely set in Washington, D.C., in summer 2004 for a 2005 bow. This is the second time Diesel and Cohen have opted out of a sequel to a franchise they launched, following Universal Pictures' The Fast and the Furious.
New York Film Fest Kicks Off
Clint Eastwood's psychological crime thriller Mystic River premiered Friday at the 41st New York Film Festival, which will feature 24 films and three special events during its 17-day run. According to Reuters, the highlights of the festival include The Fog of War, a cinematic dialogue between filmmaker Errol Morris and former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Gus Van Sant 's Elephant, about high school gun violence, and the Nicole Kidman starrer Dogville, which shreds the myth of American small town innocence. The festival wraps Sunday, Oct. 19 with 21 Grams an English-language film directed by Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio Del Toro.
Beyoncé Knowles' Dad Sells Music Company
Beyoncé Knowles' father has sold his music management company, Music World Entertainment, to the London-based music group Sanctuary for $10 million, the AP reports. The company has managed artists including Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, her sister Solange Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Under the agreement, Mathew Knowles, who will stay headquartered in Houston, will work at Sanctuary for at least five years as president of its urban and gospel division and will continue to manage his roster of artists. In buying Music World Entertainment, Sanctuary brings to its management stable two of the biggest acts in pop music, Beyoncé and Destiny's Child.
Winery Features Jerry Garcia's Artwork
The memory of Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia will be immortalized with his own signature wine. The AP reports the Clos du Bois winery is launching J. Garcia wines, which will feature Garcia's artwork, including the abstract creations that have already adorned T-shirts and neckties, on its labels. The initial release consists of 50,000 cases of 2002 Sonoma County chardonnay, 2000 Sonoma County merlot and 2000 Sonoma County cabernet sauvignon, with a zinfandel due out later this year. Members of Garcia's estate say the singer enjoyed drinking Clos du Bois wine and approached the winery about putting his artwork on its bottles. Garcia, who died of a heart attack in 1995, attended high school near this Sonoma County town.
Role Call: Jonze and Kaufman Team Up for Horror, Bryan Barber To Helm Holy War
Director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the duo behind Adaptation, are channeling their talents to the horror genre. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures is hammering out deals for the duo to collaborate on a closely guarded, untitled horror film, which they will also produce ... Music video director Bryan Barber, who helmed the OutKast clip "The Whole World," is in negotiations to make his feature directing debut with the church comedy Holy War for Artisan Entertainment. According to The Reporter, the project centers on a rivalry between two preaching cousins, which comes to a head when they start competing for the loyalty of a new female parishioner with a great singing voice.