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Beyoncé and Jay-Z pay tribute to Grenfell Tower victims during London show(6/17/18) Beyoncé and Jay-Z reduced fans to tears as they paid tribute to Grenfell victims during their London Stadium show.
The music power-couple performed “Forever Young” for the 72 people killed in the blaze, one year ago.
Queen B and her rapper husband both wore green heart badges from the Justice4Grenfell campaign.
Beyoncé, 36, told the packed stadium they would be dedicating a song to Grenfell victims, adding: “god bless you”.
An emotional audience sung along to the tune.
Later, fans took to social media to say how their “hearts broke” during the touching tribute.
One wrote: “Beyoncé and Jay Z just dedicated London’s show to the victims of Grenfell. We all sobbed.”
Another added: “I was peacefully working at Beyoncé and Jay-Z until they dedicated their encore song to Grenfell and then my heart broke.”
One young fan said: “I was alright until Beyoncé and Jay sang Forever Young in tribute to Grenfell and then I lost my s–t.”
Bey and Jay-Z were performing on the On The Run II Tour.
They also performed classics such as “’03 Bonnie and Clyde,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” “Crazy in Love,” “Formation” and “99 Problems.”
A number of events will be held today to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire and the 72 victims.
Beyoncé’s tour wardrobe includes $4K worth of custom Gucci(6/8/18) Beyoncé and Jay-Z‘s On the Run II tour kicked off in Wales on Wednesday and Beyoncé’s performance wardrobe didn’t disappoint.
Her many on-stage looks included a head-to-toe, heavily logoed Gucci getup comprised of thigh-high boots worth $1,790 and a custom jacket from the Italian brand’s collaboration with Dapper Dan. Outerwear from the iconic Harlem stylist’s range retails for between $1,500 and $5,800.
Beyoncé’s backup dancers paired the same pricey Gucci boots with matching tights ($265) for the performance.
And during the show’s finale, Beyoncé debuted a custom look by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller (who designed Meghan Markle’s wedding dress) featuring a bow-tied bodysuit with a detachable lace skirt, both covered in crystals. Similar Givenchy designs will set you back well over $3,000.
Beyoncé buys church in New Orleans(5/22/18) Beyoncé’s latest splurge in the Big Easy? A church of her very own.
TMZ reported that the 36-year-old is the new owner of a stone structured 7,500-square-foot House of God in New Orleans.
The church, which is reported to be more than 100 years old, was listed at $850,000. However, it’s unknown how much the entertainer coughed up for her latest investment.
The celebrity gossip site revealed the church was built in the early 1900s but had been out of commission as a place of worship for some time due to its members passing away. Beyoncé’s younger sister, fellow singer Solange Knowles, lives nearby.
A rep for Beyoncé did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Beyoncé is hardly the first celebrity to buy a religious site. Katy Perry has been involved in a contentious lawsuit with nuns over an 8-acre convent she purchased.
Beyoncé’s reported purchase comes just weeks after a San Francisco church held a Mass devoted to the music and accomplishments of Beyoncé.
“Come to The Vine SF to sing your Beyoncé favorites and discover how her art opens a window into the lives of the marginalized and forgotten, particularly black women,” the Grace Cathedral announced on its site. “The Rev. Yolanda Norton, assistant professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary who created the ‘Beyoncé and the Hebrew Bible’ class at SFTS, will be preaching.”
The Vine is a service offered by the Episcopal cathedral that provides contemporary worship and progressive theology.
“In this year where there’s been so much conversation about the role of women and communities of color, we felt a need to lift up the voices that the church has traditionally suppressed,” Rev. Jude Harmon, The Vine’s founding pastor, told The San Francisco Gate in April. “The beauty of Beyoncé’s music is she explores those themes in an idiom that is accessible to everyone. We can use it as a conversation starter. That’s what it’s designed to be.”
“I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” Harmon added. “But Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.”
Beyonce gives $100,000 to 4 historically black colleges(4/17/18) Beyonce paid tribute to historically black colleges during her groundbreaking Coachella performance, and now the singer is donating $100,000 to four black universities.
The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. She plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University. One student from each school will receive the scholarship money.
Beyonce’s Coachella festival set was critically acclaimed, as Beyonce paid tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges.
Last year, the singer launched the Formation Scholars Awards Program, supporting creative and bold young women, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of her “Lemonade” album.
Beyoncé to reunite with Destiny’s Child at Coachella(4/14/18) Buzz that Beyoncé will reunite with Destiny’s Child at Coachella has come and gone — but a music insider tells us, “It’s on!”
“Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child are reuniting,” claims the source. “It was teased, rumored, squashed, so nothing much else was said .?.?. But it’s happening.”
Beyoncé’s scheduled to perform solo on Saturday.
The insider said the added surprise is “to make up for the fact she was unable to perform last year,” when pregnant.
“The girls really wanted it and felt they owed it to the fans.”
Beyonce, Jay-Z announce 'On the Run II' tour -- with only 1 Canadian date(3/12/18) Jay-Z and Beyonce have announced they’ll hit the road together this summer and fall for a stadium tour.
The hip-hop super couple will kick off their “On the Run II” tour June 6 in Cardiff, Wales. The tour will hit 15 cities across the United Kingdom and Europe and 21 cities in North America, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting March 19.
The tour is a reprise of the couple’s joint 2014 six-week “On the Run” tour across North America and two dates in Paris, which were filmed for an HBO special. This time the tour will end Oct. 2 in Vancouver.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé wanted to ‘mind-f–k’ VIPs at secret Oscars party(3/5/18) Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s first — and sources say annual — Oscar party was so top secret even some of the couple’s closest friends were kept in the dark.
“Close friends with Jay .?.?. didn’t even know if they were invited,” said an insider of the party kept under wraps in the Chateau Marmont’s garage where only about 200 were admitted. “They wanted to mind-f?-?-?k everyone and keep everything mysterious and exclusive.”
Another source told us, “It took some masterful maneuvers to pull this off, and they enjoyed it so much they want to make it annual, keeping it as much on the ‘DL’ as possible.”
The garage was turned into a casino-themed space. To keep the public guessing, “They went stealth. VVVIPs all went up a hill past the hotel and went into the kitchen to make their way down to the back entrance of the garage. No fotogs, no carpet.”
In preparation for the party, we hear, staffers were told not to refer to Jay-Z and Beyoncé by name but only as “the host and hostess.”
Page Six revealed Saturday that the party was happening.
A different source said inside “it was all of black Hollywood.” We hear there were “no performances .?.?. a lot of stars mingling and letting their hair down because they knew they were not under the microscope of prying eyes.”
While photographers were faked out by the secret entrance, one of the few stars snapped at the hotel for the hush-hush party was “Get Out” breakout star Daniel Kaluuya.
Inside, we hear, were also Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Danai Gurira, Jamie Foxx and Drake.
Jay Z and Beyoncè are hosting a hot Oscar afterparty(3/4/18) Jay Z is giving Madonna a run for her money by throwing a starry, and until now, secret late night Oscar party in Hollywood
Word is spreading around Tinseltown that the hot late night Oscar party Sunday will be thrown by Jay and Beyoncé at the Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.
The Oscar winners traditionally head to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party after the show, then late into the night, a select few would be invited to Madonna’s exclusive bash thrown at Guy Oseary’s Hollywood Manson – where press is banned, the stars drink and dance, and the shoes come off (amongst other apparel).
But this year Jay, who is now moving into the filmmaking world, is coming to town to throw one of his legendary parties with his famous crew.
Sources exclusively told Page Six, “Jay has always wanted to throw an Oscar party, and now feels like the right time.”
Crews have been spied surreptitiously loading couches and sets into the parking garage of the Chateau Marmont for the last four days – and at Friday night’s Piaget party in honor of the Indie Spirit Awards, attended by Elizabeth Olsen and Michael B Jordan — Chateau party guests were wondering why on earth the parking garage was not just closed — but utterly blocked off from view.
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z toast Mary J. Blige’s Oscar noms(1/26/18) Beyoncé and Jay-Z helped Mary J. Blige celebrate her Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for “Mudbound” on Tuesday night at Tao LA.
We’re told Diddy hosted dinner to mark her double nom along with guests DJ Khaled, Nas, actor Jesse Williams and Pharrell Williams. A spy tells us: “The group was in a festive mood, taking turns toasting Mary with Ace of Spades Champagne and Ciroc. Mary was also surprised with two cakes.”
The Weeknd, Eminem and Beyonce to headline Coachella(1/3/18) Coachella bosses have confirmed The Weeknd and Eminem will be joining Beyonce at the California festival this spring.
The trio will headline the two-weekend event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio in April.
SZA, Haim, Tyler, the Creator, Portugal. The Man, and Kygo will also perform, as well as A Perfect Circle, South African DJ Black Coffee, Bleachers, Migos, Miguel, Cardi B, Chic, St. Vincent, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, French Montana, Post Malone, and French synthesizer wizard Jean-Michel Jarre.
Beyonce was billed to headline last year’s Coachella event, but her pregnancy forced her to change her plans. Lady Gaga stepped in to replace her.
Beyonce, Blue Ivy in Jay-Z's 'Family Feud' music video(12/28/17) (Video) Jay-Z has recruited his wife Beyonce and their daughter Blue Ivy to co-star in his music video for Family Feud.
The 99 Problems hitmaker has shared a 30-second teaser for the new video, which will be released on Friday, and in the footage, he is seen walking hand-in-hand with his daughter into a church, where Beyonce is also featured. The couple later pops up in a confessional booth.
In the song, Jay-Z references his wife’s infamous line from her song Sorry, in which she sings, “He only want me when I’m not there/He better call Becky with the good hair.” The lyric fuelled speculation about infidelity in the superstars’ marriage and in JAY-Z’s track, he alludes to some of their issues.
“Yeah, I’ll f— up a good thing if you let me/Let me alone, Becky/A man that don’t take care his family can’t be rich,” he raps.
However, he goes on to note about the importance of keeping the family together: “Nobody wins when the family feuds,” he adds.
In November, the 48-year-old opened up about the couple’s marital struggles, revealing therapy helped him realize his rough childhood had caused him to build walls around himself emotionally. He also alluded to cheating on Beyonce.
“You go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode what happen (sic)? You shut down all emotions,” he told T: The New York Times Style Magazine. “So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect (because of the way you feel about yourself). In my case… it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity…”
Beyonce Not Planning Destiny's Child Reunion at Coachella(12/17/17) No doubt Beyoncé has some surprises up her sleeve for Coachella, but Destiny's Child ain't one of 'em ... TMZ has learned.
Sources directly connected to Beyoncé tell us she is NOT planning to bring Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett up on stage with her next year in the desert. The Beyhive's been getting fans worked up, claiming there are clues all over social media.
We're told Bey's dedicated fans are simply seeing what they want to see -- but the fact is there is NO DC reunion in the works for Coachella.
Say their names all ya want ... it ain't happening.
Beyoncé Surprises Colin Kaepernick With Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award(12/5/17) Beyoncé is showing her support for Colin Kaepernick.
In a surprise appearance few people knew about, the "Crazy in Love" singer stepped out Tuesday night to present the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.
"It feels so good to be here on such a special night of appreciation. Thank you Colin Kaepernick. Thank you for your selfless heart and your conviction. Thank you for your personal sacrifice," the Grammy winner shared with the audience inside New York City's Barclays Center. "Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color."
The mother-of-three added, "We're still waiting for the world to catch up...His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let's not get that mistaken."
The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is given to an athlete who uses their platform to promote change.
During the 2016-17 NFL season, Colin made headlines when he refused to stand for the national anthem. His actions inspired other athletes and entertainers to speak out and follow suit.
When it was first revealed that Colin would be receiving the award, Muhammad Ali's wife Lonnie Ali supported the decision.
"I am proud to be able to present this to Colin for his passionate defense of social justice and civil rights for all people," she shared with Sports Illustrated. "Like Muhammad, Colin is a man who stands on his convictions with confidence and courage, undaunted by the personal sacrifices he has had to make to have his message heard. And he has used his celebrity and philanthropy to the benefit of some of our most vulnerable community members."
Previous Legacy recipients include Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Magic Johnson.
During tonight's ceremony, however, the attention was all on Colin.
"I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people," he told the crowd via the New York Daily News. "Because if it was not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support of the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people."
Watch the 2017 Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year event Friday night at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.
Beyoncé creating own line of holiday gifts(11/23/17) Beyoncé is getting into the holiday spirit with her own line of gifts this year.
She’s embellished everything from hoodies to onesies with slogans: “I Sleigh All Day,” “Slay Bells,” “Holidayoncé,” “Have a Thicc Holiday” and “Sis the Season” — to name a few. The items are available on Beyonce.com and range from $35 to $55.
The star was just named the highest-paid woman in music by Forbes, beating out Adele and Taylor Swift by earning $105 million from her album “Lemonade” and her “Formation” tour.
Beyoncé’s fed the homeless since she was 10(11/6/17) Beyoncé hasn’t hesitated to do what she can to help hurricane relief efforts in her hometown of Houston. That’s because, as her mother Tina Knowles shared, philanthropy is in her blood.
“They were feeding the homeless when they were 5 and 10,” Knowles said of daughters Beyoncé and Solange on “The Doctors,” airing Tuesday. “Solange was on bread and Beyoncé did silverware.”
Lending a helping hand, Knowles, 63, along with husband Matthew Lawson, also disclosed they filled up a semi-truck with 24 pallets of cleaning supplies and drove it from LA. She is grateful to see her children still doing their part.
“It’s just something that if you instill in them, I’m so proud because they’re still caring now,” Knowles said.
In addition to dropping a surprise single to aid in the relief efforts for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the 36-year-old superstar also teamed up with Pastor Rudy Rasmus of her home church, St. John’s United Methodist Church, to support the survivors.
“I’m home, this church is my home. I was maybe nine or ten years old the first time I sat there where my daughter [Blue Ivy] is sitting. I sang my first solo here,” she said last month, per NBC News.
“The things that really matter are your health and your children, and your family and your life.”
Beyonce & Pharrell Donate Items to Help The Lung Transplant Project(11/4/17) Beyonce and Pharrell fans can geek out on some pretty cool items now up for auction ... and in the process, can help a super worthy cause.
Bey donated her iconic wide-brimmed black hat from the 'Formation' tour to help raise money for The Lung Transplant Project ... which raises awareness and money to reduce transplant waiting list times. And the Beyhive will love this -- the hat's autographed and signed "All my love."
Pre-bidding's available now at the Heritage Auctions website, and the live bidding goes down Monday. We're told the hat alone could fetch up to $2k.
Pharrell kicked it up a notch with not one but TWO adidas Originals. The first pair has the hit-making producer's John Hancock with an inspiring message. The second pair will be custom-made for the winning bidder.
Beyonce Officially Joins Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Movie As It Sets Cast(11/1/17) Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King has added a queen to the cast — Queen Bey to be specific. Beyonce Knowles-Carter has joined the cast in the adaptation of the Disney classic as Nala.
There have been rumblings that the multi-hyphenate superstar was going to star in the Disney project, but her role was made Facebook-official today. She will join Donald Glover as Simba; Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar; and James Earl Jones, who will reprise his voice role as Mufasa from the animated film and series. The cast, which officially was announced today, also includes Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Eric Andre as Azizi, Florence Kasuma as Shenzi, and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari. Rounding out the cast are JD McCrary as Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala.
Released in 1994, The Lion King is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office of $968.8M. It also spawned the smash musical, which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and in October will mark 20 consecutive years playing on Broadway.
The film is set to be released in the summer 2019 for its 25th anniversary.
Beyoncé turned down a role in ‘Beauty and the Beast’(10/18/17) If Bill Condon had it his way, Beyoncé would have sung the chorus to “Be Our Guest.”
As the “Beauty and the Beast” director recently revealed to Yahoo! Entertainment, he lobbied for the Grammy-winning superstar to appear in Disney’s musical blockbuster.
“I even tried to get her into ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ but it wasn’t a big enough part,” the 61-year-old director said. “She would have been a good feather duster.”
Condon, who worked with Beyoncé, 36, in 2006’s “Dreamgirls,” helmed the live action version of the Disney classic, which has grossed a total of $504 million domestically. The role of Plumette, the feather duster of Lumiere’s (Ewan McGregor) eye, went to British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Though Beyoncé’s resume has grown since “Dreamgirls,” Condon believes the mother of three has an eye for the future of filmmaking.
“You look at something like ‘Lemonade‘: that is brilliant,” he says. “That is a brilliant new direction for movie musicals.”
Beyoncé Released a New Video for ‘Freedom’ in Honor of International Day of the Girl(10/11/17) (Video) It’s International Day of the Girl — and Beyoncé is honoring it with a video encouraging action to fight challenges girls around the world face.
The video, which the singer posted on her Facebook page, features young girls in various locations lip-syncing to her song “Freedom.”
It also includes disturbing statistics about girls, like how they are more likely to become infected with HIV or fall victim to human trafficking, and that 130 million girls don’t receive an education. The end of the video directs viewers to a page on globalgoals.org where they can contribute to help girls.
“Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goalsby taking action for #FreedomForGirls now,” Beyonce writes on her Facebook page introducing the video.
The video first premiered at Goalkeepers, an event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, last month. It was directed by MJ Delaney, and produced with UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Project Everyone.
Beyoncé joins Jay-Z for starry ‘SNL’ afterparty(10/1/17) Beyoncé joined Jay-Z at the star-studded “Saturday Night Live” season premiere after party at Tao Uptown after the rapper performed on the show.
Beyoncé, who gave birth to twins in June, looked amazing in a white blouse and high-waisted pants as she arrived in the early hours of the morning.
Jay – who performed two songs on the season opener, saluting Colin Kaepernick by wearing his jersey – hung out at the bash at a table with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. Beyoncé, who wasn’t at the earlier live broadcast of the NBC show, joined them around 3am.
Also at the bash was host Ryan Gosling, who was with wife Eva Mendez, and his “La La Land” co-star Emma Stone, who appeared in the opening skit with the actor.
“Weekend Update” co-host Colin Jost arrived in a car with his girlfriend Scarlett Johansson, but she didn’t join him inside the party. Page Six exclusively revealed the couple was dating in May, after they were seen together at an earlier “SNL” after party.
CNN star anchor Don Lemon arrived at the bash holding hands with his boyfriend Tim Malone. Other guests included Eva Longoria, Dakota Johnson, Aziz Ansari and Andy Cohen, along with “SNL” stars Kate McKinnon, Keenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che and Cecily Strong.
Plus, excited “SNL” breakout star Leslie Jones took selfies with Jay and Beyoncé as they were leaving at 4am. But, ”Beyonce was just as excited to take a selfie with Leslie as Leslie was to take one with her,” reveals our insider.
Beyoncé Shows Off Her Spanish Skills For a Good Cause on New Remix of J. Balvin & Willy William’s ‘Mi Gente’(9/29/17) (Listen) Beyoncé is dipping her toe into the Latin music scene once again — and for a good cause.
The songstress, 36, released a new remix of J. Balvin & Willy William’s chart-topping single “Mi Gente” on Thursday.
The mother of three recorded her lyrics in Spanish. The song marks the first time in months she has debuted new material.
“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands. To help go to Beyonce.com/reliefefforts,” Beyoncé announced on social media.
“We’re heartbroken by the hurricanes and earthquakes that have devastated families around the world. There are many ways to help. We’ve listed a few organizations that are on the ground from Mexico to the Caribbean, lending a hand to those who need it most,” the 22-time Grammy winner wrote on her website.
Along with the premiere of the remix, Bey also shared a series of Instagram posts in which she wore a multi-colored striped dress from Solace London’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection, the same outfit she was spotted wearing in the Hamptons two weeks ago.
Beyoncé previously released a live recording of “Irreplaceable” in 2011 to raise funds for Oxfam, WaterAid and Greenpeace.
Speaking of “Irreplaceable,” the 2006 single was also recorded in Spanish, and reached No. 4 on Billboard charts with “Irremplazable” in February 2007.
Beyoncé’s other Latin collaborations include “Beautiful Liar” with Shakira and “Amor Gitano” with Alejandro Fernandez.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé have family night out for Bruno Mars(9/26/17) The family that grooves together, stays together.
Jay-Z, Beyoncé and their daughter Blue Ivy, 5, attended Bruno Mars’ sold-out 24K Magic World Tour show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Spies said they were stealthily watching Mars perform from the venue’s soundboard.
“They seemed to be enjoying the show. Beyoncé danced while Jay cuddled with Blue Ivy,” a spy told us.
They later went to see Mars backstage.
While it was one of the family’s first public nights out since Beyoncé gave birth to twins Sir and Rumi, they appropriately left the newborns at home.
Mars also performed a private concert uptown at the Apollo Theater this month for a TV special that will air Nov. 29 on CBS.
Beyoncé and Mars performed together during halftime at the 2016 Super Bowl.
Beyoncé is on a Broadway benderBeyoncé can’t stay away from Broadway.
The “Formation” singer attended Tuesday night’s performance of “Aladdin,” less than a week after she was an emotional mess at “Dear Evan Hansen” and visited with the cast backstage.
This time, Bey didn’t go backstage, but “she seemed to love the show,” a source told Page Six.
Husband Jay-Z didn’t attend the show with her.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé privately tour hot new art showWhen Jay-Z and Beyoncé were seen leaving an address in the Meatpacking District last week, there was buzz they were touring a house. But it turns out, they were eyeing art, not real estate.
The recording artist royals were at hot downtown gallery Fort Gansevoort, Page Six has exclusively learned, to preview a new show there by artist Sadie Barnette. The show officially opened Thursday, but we hear Jay-Z and Beyoncé got a private tour a night before.
Spies said they were at the gallery for about an hour. California artist Barnette’s new show is called, “Compland” — said to blend “the California cities of Compton and Oakland.” One of the pieces in the show includes a 500-page FBI surveillance dossier on Barnette’s dad, Rodney Barnette — who founded the Compton, Calif., chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968.
One of the pieces in the show that Jay-Z and Beyoncé privately toured is an installation that’s a glittering purple tribute to Prince.
The couple was close with the late legend and Beyoncé has recently penned a forward to an upcoming photo book on The Purple One, called “Prince: A Private View,” out Oct. 17.
Meantime, Jay-Z’s had issues with Prince’s estate since the icon died: The rapper has said he made a deal with Prince before his death to release albums through the Jay Z-backed streaming site, Tidal. But that’s been disputed by Prince’s estate. On Jay-Z’s latest album, “4:44,” he defiantly raps, “I sat down with Prince, eye to eye / He told me his wishes before he died.” And of the estate’s executor, Londell McMillan, Jay-Z adds, “They only see green from them purple eyes.”
Beyoncé and Prince also performed together back at the 2004 Grammys.
Jay-Z’s known as an avid art collector. The Post reported in 2013 that the rapper was the anonymous buyer of a $4.5 million Jean-Michel Basquiat piece, and his lyrics have modestly included “I just want a Picasso in my casa.” He’s also known for collecting works by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Richard Prince, George Condo and Lena Dunham’s artist mom Laurie Simmons.
Mistake puts Canadian punk band on Beyoncé vinylSome Beyoncé fans who purchased a vinyl of the singer’s 2016 album “Lemonade” are in for an unexpected surprise – she’s only on part of it.
That’s because a fraction of the new European run of the lemon-yellow record was mispressed. Because of the screw-up, the first half of the Canadian punk band Zex’s album “Uphill Battle” appears in place of the Grammy-winning record’s A-side, which includes the songs “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself.”
“Due to human error at the Celebrate Records plant in Germany, which Sony uses to manufacture vinyl, a small amount of the European run of the Beyoncé ‘Lemonade’ vinyl included music from Canadian punk band, ZEX, on Side A,” Columbia Records said in a statement on Monday. “Beyoncé and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress. Fans who purchased the vinyl will be refunded and given a replacement copy. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”
Zex, who hail from Ottawa, seem to be taking the mistake, which will surely open them up to a whole new audience, in stride.
“Yeah we are getting some copies,” the band wrote in a Facebook comment, before adding: “We were on the split after all hahahaha.”
Beyoncé was an emotional mess after ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ tooBeyoncé is all of us after seeing “Dear Evan Hansen.”
“She came backstage and was basically still crying from the show,” a rep for the heart-wrenching hit told us. “She was so complimentary toward the cast and talked about how much she loved the show.”
We’re told the mom of three took in the 7 p.m. show Thursday at the Music Box Theater, and gladly took photos afterward with the cast members, who were “freaking out” knowing she was in the building.
“I’m no longer living,” the show’s Tony-winning lead Ben Platt captioned his photo on Instagram with the “Lemonade” singer, who sported a plunging blouse and a gold necklace that said “YONCÉ.”
Platt may even have been responsible for Bey’s appearance. In April he tweeted, “I really think a part of me believes that if I warm up to @Beyonce enough times before @DearEvanHansen, I will conjure her. #PleaseCome.”
Before leaving the theater and heading off to Rihanna’s Diamond Ball benefit, she said, “God bless you guys,” and we’re told a gutsy member of the cast responded, “No, God bless you!” Bey did not have a big entourage in tow.
We hear the singer made it to the Diamond Ball just in time for Kendrick Lamar’s performance around 10:30 p.m.
Star-Studded, Unifying ‘Hand In Hand’ Telethon Raises Over $14 Million For Those Affected By Hurricane HarveyThe biggest names in Hollywood banded together tonight for Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. The event spanned across multiple networks and online. The star-studded telethon which filmed in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and San Antonio raised over $14 million and included appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Justin Timberlake, Billy Crystal, Kerry Washington, Stephen Colbert, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Dwayne Johnson, Beyonce, and many, many more.
The hour-long event began with the legendary Stevie Wonder encouraged working together regardless of race, religion, political affiliation or sexual preference to help those devastated by the storms. Before performing a rendition of the classic Bill Withers tune “Lean On Me” he took a jab at climate change deniers saying, “Anyone who believes there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent, Lord, please save us all.”
Beyonce, a native of Houston, gave a passionate pre-recorded speech, saying, “During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives.” She added, “Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together. Seeing everyone of different racial, social and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.”
The telethon seemed to stray away from politics and controversial moments similar to Kanye West’s “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comments during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina concert. Instead, there was an overwhelming, genuine focus on unity and encouraging of helping those affected by the hurricane.
During the telethon, Colbert announced the news that Apple donated $5 million while Jimmy Fallon said that Albertsons and Merck donated $1 million on top of that. Houston Rockets player, who was on hand answering phones said NBA Players Association not only donated $500,000 but said they would match any professional basketball player’s donation up to $20,000.
The telethon also included footage from Houston as they tried to rebuild from the aftermath of Harvey and more encouraging, heartfelt words and appearances from celebrities including Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Bruce Willis, Sofia Vergara, Justin Bieber, Taraji P. Henson, and more. The phone bank itself was a who’s who of Hollywood. Lupita N’yongo was active on social media, documenting the event.
Texas native Selena Gomez gave a tearful speech saying “no matter who we are, the differences we have suddenly did not seem to matter. Since that day, we have joined together — neighbor helping neighbor, without stopping to think about race, religion or anything else.”
Matthew McConaughey, who is also a Texas native, took to the stage and said that the we “can’t bring back what they lost, but we can help them know where to take the next step and provide some solid footing for them to place their next foot. A path to stability. To a place where they can rebuild.”
In addition to the performance by Wonder, many other musicians and artists collaborated to give stirring, emotional performances. Usher and Blake Shelton did a duet of “Stand By Me” from Nashville while Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly sang a soulful “Hallelujah.” Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker and Cece Winans performed “With a Little Help from My Friends” and George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett approriately closed the evening’s performance of “Texas” and “I Believe” from San Antonio.
Hurricane Harvey Telethon: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC Join Forces for Star-Studded (Beyonce, Oprah, Babs) FundraiserThe major broadcast networks, with a little help from a Bey-vy of A-listers, are banding together to raise funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8/7c, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and cabler CMT will simulcast a one-hour telethon titled “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief.” Houston native Beyonce, as well as George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon are among the boldfaced names scheduled to appear on the special, which will be based in Los Angeles with cutaways to New York and Nashville. (It will air live on the East Coast and via tape delay on the West Coast.)
Also slated to lend their support: Jamie Foxx, Tori Kelly, Karlie Kloss, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan and Blake Shelton.
Proceeds will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas late last month, leaving behind a record 52 inches of rain, billions of dollars in damage and anc least 60 deaths.
Teen Choice Awards 2017 WinnersChoice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist (#ChoiceRBHipHopArtist): Beyoncé
Beyoncé shares photo of twins for the first time(Photo) The Queen Bey dropped a double dose of beauty early Friday when she posted a colorful image of herself carrying the newest members of the Bey-hive.
Beyoncé posted the stunning Instagram photo of herself cradling twins Sir and Rumi — the second and third children of the “Lemonade” singer and hip-hop legend Jay-Z.
“Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” the singer, 35, wrote on Instagram.
Beyonce and Jay-Z Apparently Name Twins Rumi and Sir CarterBeyonce and Jay-Z's twins' names are a mystery no more -- at least it appears that way.
It seems Rumi and Sir Carter are the new additions to the family. We know that because the company run by Bey and Jay that owns the trademarks to their names filed legal docs Monday, June 26 -- right around the time the twins went home -- to secure rights to the names Rumi Carter and Sir Carter.
The docs are filed by the same company that filed for a Blue Ivy trademark earlier this year.
The name Rumi appears to be an homage to a 13th century Persian poet by that name -- and Sir happens to be referenced in one of his most famous poems:
“Bring the pure wine of
The trademarks are for fragrances, cosmetics, key chains, baby teething rings, strollers, mugs, water bottles, hair ribbons, playing cards, tote bags, sports balls, rattles and novelty items.
Short story ... Rumi and Sir are about to become part of the Carter empire.
Beyonce, Jay-Z Bring Twins Home to Lavish Malibu RentalBeyonce and Jay-Z's twins are out of the hospital and at home ... and the home is a ridiculous Malibu estate ... TMZ has confirmed.
The twins were at UCLA Medical Center for a week and a half, and we're told toward the end of last week, they were released. TMZ broke the story ... the twins were born prematurely and placed under lights ... presumably to cure jaundice.
The boy and girl now join Blue Ivy and their parents at a spectacular $400,000-a-month Malibu rental ... as the Daily Mail first reported. It sits on 6.3 acres with jetliner views of the Pacific.
We're told they will be spending the summer at the estate, and they're still looking for a permanent L.A. home.
BET Awards WinnersBest Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce
Album Of The Year: Lemonade – Beyonce
Viewers’ Choice Award: “Sorry,” Beyonce
Video Of The Year: Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” – Beyonce, “Sorry”
Video Director Of The Year: Kahlil Joseph and Beyonce Knowles-Carter – Beyonce, “Sorry”
2017 Teen Choice Awards NomineesThe Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, Aug. 13 on Fox.
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‘Minor issue’ keeps Beyoncé’s twins in hospital: reportBeyonce and Jay Z welcomed their twins to their world six days ago, but a “minor issue” is preventing them from bringing them home from the hospital, TMZ reports.
The twins — a boy and girl — were born June 12 at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where they will stay with their famous mother until docs give the thumbs-up.
The trio is reportedly recovering at the hospital, but sources tell TMZ there’s not much to worry about and mother and babies are expected to be fine.
Beyonce’s father was the first in the family to publicly acknowledge the birth.
He feted his new grandkids Sunday by posting a balloon-filled e-card to social media.
“They’re here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday,” Mathew Knowles posted on his Twitter account alongside the card.
The superstar singers have another daughter, 5-year-old Blue Ivy.
Beyonce Gives Birth to TwinsBeyonce and Jay Z have reportedly welcomed their twins into the world.
There have been rumblings all week Beyonce gave birth in a Los Angeles hospital. There were signs she might have given birth to a boy and a girl based on balloons that were delivered to a hospital, but no hard evidence so far.
President Obama intimated a few days ago the twins might be girls, but again ... nothing concrete.
The evidence seems to be mounting ... 5-year-old Blue Ivy could earn some serious babysitting cash.
Billboard Music Awards 2017 WinnersTop Female Artist: Beyoncé
Top Touring Artist: Beyoncé
Top R&B Artist: Beyoncé
Top R&B Tour: Beyoncé
Top R&B Album: Beyoncé Lemonade
Jay Z and Beyoncé worth more than $1BJay-Z and Beyoncé are officially a $1 billion couple.
Forbes magazine on Wednesday announced its list of richest, self-made women and pegged her personal wealth at $350 million.
In its rankings of top hip-hop acts last week, Forbes estimated Jay-Z’s wealth at $810 million — making Mr. and Mrs. Carter worth a combined $1.16 billion.
Beyoncé, 35, makes no apology for her fabulous wealth.
“I’m never satisfied,” she told Forbes. “I’ve never met anyone that works harder than me in the industry.”
Beyonce and Jay-Z, 47, have one daughter, 5-year-old Blue Ivy, and are expecting twins shortly.
Beyoncé and Jay Z put in $120M bid for sprawling Bel Air mansionBeyoncé and Jay Z have put in a $120 million bid for a stunning hilltop Bel Air mansion that boasts four pools, eight bedrooms — and even bulletproof windows.
As Beyoncé prepares to give birth to twins, she and Jay are planning to move their family to Los Angeles from New York in search of more privacy. They have bid on the breathtaking newly constructed mansion at 454 Cuesta Way in Bel Air’s private East Gate area.
The place, which is being sold off-market for an asking price of $135 million, has just been completely remodeled from the ground up, and also boasts 11 bathrooms, a media room, space for a recording studio, a garage that can fit 15 cars, separate staff quarters and a big spa with a hot tub, sauna and steam room.
The hilltop location offers extra privacy, along with the woven metal security gates. It also offers sweeping views of Los Angeles.
The sprawling mansion spreads across six separate structures encompassing more than 30,000 square feet and more than 10,000 square feet of outdoor living space on two acres of land.
The house has been completely rebuilt by Irish firm McKillen Developments, which also redeveloped and owns landmark London hotels Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley.
Described as a “masterpiece,” the manse was designed by acclaimed architect Paul McClean.
A real estate source told Page Six, “The house is beyond words. No expense was spared in design or execution.”
Famous residents of East Gate Bel Air include Salma Hayek, Tom Jones and Michael Eisner.
Jay and Bey have been looking to buy an LA pad for years. In 2014, they were interested in a home built by Bruce Makowsky, but Minecraft billionaire Markus Persson beat them to it, paying $70 million. Then there was the Beverly Hills mansion that Tom Ford reportedly outbid them on. Since then, they’ve only rented mansions in LA.
But the couple is anxious to get settled in a new home since the twins are likely to arrive in June. They’ve also been checking out private kindergartens in the area for their daughter, Blue Ivy, 5.
A rep for Jay and Bey didn’t comment.
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Beyoncé top choice for Nala in ‘Lion King’ remakeDisney’s “Lion King” live-action reboot is getting in formation.
Sources tell Variety that Beyoncé is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming remake.
Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the film yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month’s end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.
Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba and James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa.
Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, even as Favreau begins development on his sequel to the recent hit “The Jungle Book.”
“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.
The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and, most recently, “Beauty and the Beast.”
This would mark Beyoncé’s first film role since lending her voice to the Fox animated film “Epic.” Her other major movie credits include the 2009 thriller “Obsessed,” 2006 movie musical “Dreamgirls,” and 2002 Mike Myers comedy “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
Beyoncé Steps Out to Support Mom Tina Knowles at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Show(Pic) Beyoncé is stepping out in the name of dance.
The expectant singer attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater show on Saturday night in Los Angeles, where she posed for photographs shared to mom Tina Knowles' Instagram page. Queen Bey was on hand to support Tina's Angels, the mentorship group founded by her mother in conjunction with Tina and husband Richard Lawson's non-profit venture, WACO Theater Center.
"Backstage after the Alvin Ailey dancers performance it was magnificent," Tina captioned a group photo. "With my beautiful Tina's Angels and with a few of the mentors. My very gracious daughter who met the girls and spent some time with them and made their day!"
Beyoncé was all smiles as she draped her growing baby bump in a creme-colored maxi dress, blush duster and metallic gold pumps. The mama-to-be placed a matching clutch over her tummy when posing for photographs.
Bey was also present for another group photo with the dance show's ensemble cast, which Tina captioned, "The Alvin Ailey Dancers were spectacular!! My Angels , and the gorgeous Dancers And Beyonce after the show."
Since announcing that twins were on the way for Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Beyoncé, the Lemonade artist hasn't held back from attending events, both personal and Hollywood-related. As E! News previously reported last Wednesday, Bey attended her stepfather's birthday celebration at The District by Hannah An in L.A. She showcased her baby bump in a black mini dress, and once again, happily posed for an impromptu family photo shoot.
And despite going incognito at the Beauty and the Beast premiere, Bey treated fans to multiple must-see photos from the event of her and Blue in matching dresses.
Another day, another flawless appearance for this celeb.
J.Lo gives Beyoncé advice on raising twinsJennifer Lopez has some advice for Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins.
Lopez — who has 9-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband singer Marc Anthony — said her words to Queen Bey would be, “Nothing can prepare you for twins. I certainly was not prepared. I would say, ‘Stay calm.’?”
The 47-year-old Lopez walked the red carpet for a screening of the Season 2 premiere of her show, “Shades of Blue,” on Wednesday at the Roxy Cinema.
She credits her New York roots with part of the success of the NBC cop drama. “My Bronx upbringing really helped with my role as Harlee. This is such a New York show. It is easy for me, in a sense .?.?. I know what it is to be a New Yorker. I don’t have to put on an accent, I know what the attitude is,” she told Page Six.
But Lopez added that she does get injured from her stunts on the show. “I do come home with a lot of bumps and bruises [from] this show. You would be surprised the different things that give you bumps and bruises when you are acting. It can just be having to slam a door .?.?. having to punch a wall and you think that nothing is really going to happen .?.?. you can hurt yourself so easily.”
Others at the NBC and Cinema Society premiere and afterparty at Tutto il Giorno included Harry Connick Jr., Joe and Kevin Jonas, Maxwell, “Rocky” star Carl Weathers and director Paul Haggis.
Lopez’s series returns to TV on Sunday.
Beyoncé and husband Jay Z made surprise appearances at two Harvey Weinstein events over Oscars weekend, and Page Six reported that Beyoncé was telling guests she’d know the genders of her twins in “two weeks.”
Beyoncé and Jay Z reportedly check out $200M LA mansionAre Beyoncé and Jay Z looking for more space now that they are going to be a family of five?
The couple is reportedly looking to move to Los Angeles full time and have checked out Aaron Spelling’s old LA mansion.
According to People, the couple had a secret viewing of the epic 56,500-square-foot home that now belongs to Formula 1 heiress Petra Ecclestone.
The home, which boasts 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms, was put on the market in October for $200 million and also includes a bowling alley, barber shop, tanning room, “doll museum,” screening room and gift-wrapping rooms.
Ecclestone bought the estate in 2011 for $85 million.
Pregnant Beyoncé parties until midnightDespite being pregnant with twins, Beyoncé partied until midnight after the Oscars, joining Harvey Weinstein’s bash with Jay Z.
Also among the guests at the Weinstein Company party at Tao at the Dream Hotel in Hollywood were Scarlett Johansson, Mick Jagger, Matthew Morrison, Priyanka Chopra and Georgina Chapman, in a stunning Marchesa gown.
They mingled with tech royalty including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Uber’s Travis Kalanick, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki with her sister 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki.
But 8-year-old “Lion” star Sunny Pawar the stole the show by creating a dance circle, doing robot moves and the moonwalk.
Jay Z and Beyoncé cause frenzy at Weinstein pre-Oscar partyJay Z and Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at Harvey Weinstein‘s pre-Oscars party at the Montage Beverly Hills on Saturday night.
Beyoncé, who’s pregnant with twins, was wearing a glam, body-hugging dark green dress. The hip hop mogul and his “Lemonade” singer wife arrived at the event during a live performance by Cynthia Erivo, Chris Jackson and Corbin Bleu of songs from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s “In the Heights.”
Miranda, who’s up for an Oscar, had introduced the “In the Heights” routine.
But since Jay Z and Beyoncé arrived in the middle of the medley, quick-witted Weinstein then had the singers stay on stage and perform “the first five minutes” again after they’d already brought down the house once. “The Color Purple” Broadway star Erivo and the others then launched back into their performance again to the delight of the starry crowd that also included “Lion” stars Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, Kelsey Grammer, Diane Warren, David Foster, Salman Rushdie, Matthew Morrison, Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman, Zac Posen, Egar Ramirez and Starwood Capital’s Barry Sternlicht.
The Weinstein Company is making a film of Miranda’s 2008 hit Broadway musical “In the Heights,” with “Color Purple” theater producer Scott Sanders. Weinstein revealed from the stage on Saturday night that Jay Z will also be a producer on the musical film. In September, Jay Z and Weinstein signed a first-look movie deal.
The luxe party was to toast “Lion,” which has six Oscar nominations. Weinstein noted he and Kidman have made nine films together.
Nicole Scherzinger and “Lion” composers — Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann (a k a Hauschka) also performed at the luxe bash.
Beyonce Bails On Coachella, Doctor's OrdersBeyonce has just canceled her gig at Coachella ... because her pregnancy makes it just too dicey.
Bey cited "doctor's orders" as the reason for bailing on the festival, which is interesting. She performed at the Grammys less than 2 weeks ago, but was seated for most of it. Obviously, doctors don't think it would be wise to even attempt that kind of low-impact performance at Coachella 2 months from now.
As for the festival, sources tell us they are now looking for a replacement, and Beyonce says she'll be back to headline in 2018. Makes ya think ... she's probably planning to release new music between now and then.
Brit Awards 2017 WinnersInternational Female Solo Artist: Beyoncé
Beyoncé the real star of the NBA All-Star GameAfter a show-stopping performance at the Grammys last week, Beyoncé stepped out at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.
The 35-year-old “Grown Woman” songstress, who was accompanied by husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy, captured everyone’s attention wearing a white T-shirt that barely covered her baby bump and ripped jeans.
The pregnant mom, who is expecting twins, was also sporting a stunning Gucci tiger-print silk kimono featuring a purple fur collar from the spring 2017 menswear collection.
Instagram footage from the star-studded game shows the crowd, and even the Pelican mascot, giving the Carter family much attention.
Earlier in the day, Beyoncé and family were spotted with her sister Solange celebrating Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans, where the game was held.
Grammy Awards 2017 WinnersBest Urban Contemporary Album: Beyoncé, Lemonade
Best Music Video: Beyoncé, "Formation"
Beyonce vs. Adele at music's biggest nightThe music world gathers Sunday for the Grammys with the top awards a choice between a new, edgier Beyonce and the time-tested heartache ballads of Adele.
The televised bash from Los Angeles, which kicks off at 5 pm (0100 GMT Monday), could also have political fireworks as many artists are outspoken critics of US President Donald Trump.
But the enduring picture from the Grammys may turn out to be Beyonce, who is expected to make her first public appearance since revealing that she is pregnant with twins.
Beyonce leads the Grammys with nine nominations and could win the most prestigious awards for the first time -- Album of the Year for "Lemonade" and Record of the Year for her song "Formation."
"Lemonade," which Beyonce intertwined with a film, marked a new direction for the pop superstar as she dabbled in hip-hop, hard rock and even country.
"Formation" was the most politically upfront song of Beyonce's career with a video rallying behind the Black Lives Matter movement, including an image of police officers surrendering as if under arrest.
Throughout "Lemonade," Beyonce directed herself to an audience of fellow African American women with themes of resilience. In the film, she strongly suggested that her husband, rapper Jay Z, had been unfaithful but Beyonce by the end forgave him.
Beyonce faces competition in the main categories from Adele, who proved her enduring, massive commercial popularity by sticking to her style of wrenching ballads.
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The English singer is nominated for her ubiquitous song "Hello" and her album "25," which has been the world's top-seller since her "21," which also triumphed at the Grammys.
Adele is scheduled to sing at the Grammys -- a year after her performance was marred by a falling microphone, which hit the piano and caused her voice to veer jarringly out of tune.
Other artists who stand a chance to win the most Grammys include Toronto rapper Drake, R&B superstar Rihanna and the hip-hop celebrity fixture Kanye West.
Drake has been nominated for "Views," his blockbuster collection of dance-ready tracks, and for "Work," his lusty collaboration with Rihanna.
Dark horses for Album of the Year include "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" by Sturgill Simpson, who has given some intellectual heft to country music through lyricism inspired by Buddhist philosophy.
Justin Bieber was nominated for "Purpose," in a surprise nod for the Canadian singer often more associated with tabloid exploits.
Chance the Rapper, 23, is a favorite to win Best New Artist amid acclaim for his gospel-infused hip-hop. The Chicago artist benefited from updated rules that consider streaming exclusives.
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The Grammys will feature tributes to two pop icons who died in the past year -- Prince and George Michael.
The performance is expected to herald the arrival of Prince, who battled the music industry for much of his career, to major streaming services following deals with his estate.
Katy Perry, back from a short hiatus in which she recorded new music, will use the global television platform to perform "Chained to the Rhythm," her retro disco-inspired new single.
Perry -- who with 95 million followers is the most popular person on Twitter -- released the song Friday after a unique social media campaign in which she sent fans around the world hunting for disco balls that held recordings of the single.
The show will also see the return of Daft Punk, the reclusive, robot-clad French electronic duo that has not performed in public since the Grammys in 2014.
Daft Punk will play with R&B sensation The Weeknd, whose music the duo recently produced. Daft Punk kicked off the weekend by opening a pop-up store in Los Angeles, although the duo has been characteristically tight-lipped on whether it plans more music or touring.
Lady Gaga -- who a week ago put on a riveting performance before more than 117 million television viewers at the Super Bowl halftime show -- is set for one of the more unlikely Grammy collaborations as she takes the stage with Metallica.
Gaga and Perry were among the most outspoken celebrity backers of Hillary Clinton in her campaign against Trump, raising the prospect of political statements at the Grammys.
But Gaga only addressed politics subtly at the Super Bowl as she championed a message of inclusion.
Image Award WinnersOutstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
Outstanding Music Video: “Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records/ParkwoodEntertainment)
Outstanding Album: “Lemonade” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records/ParkwoodEntertainment)
Outstanding Song – Contemporary: “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
Beyonce Sued For Sampling Messy Mya Vocals on 'Formation'Beyonce stole a famous recorded line from a dead New Orleans rapper and then sampled it in her song, "Formation," without permission ... according to a new lawsuit.
The estate of Anthony Barré -- aka Messy Mya -- just filed suit against Bey for allegedly using a small, but memorable, piece from his 2010 video "A 27 Piece Huh?" and sprinkling it into her hit song ... which has been certified gold.
Barré's estate claims Beyonce straight-up ripped the deceased artist's exact "I like that" phrase -- in his voice -- without permission ... and then went on to make millions off the track. Barré, a YouTube star, was shot and killed in 2010.
The estate goes on to claim they tried talking to Beyonce about the sample ... but says she blew them off.
Now, the estate is asking for more than $20,000,000 in back royalties and other damages for using some of his final recorded words.
We've reached out to Beyonce ... so far, no word back.
Beyoncé moving forward with Coachella plansBeyoncé has no intention of canceling her appearances at Coachella, TMZ reports.
After Queen Bey revealed last week she is pregnant with twins — making her announcement via what is now the most “liked” Instagram post of all time — festival-goers worried she might cancel her performances on April 15 and 22 at the multi-weekend Indio, Calif., gathering.
She’s already made housing arrangements for two secret guests set to join her onstage, TMZ said. Hubby Jay Z is rumored to be one of the mystery performers.
Pregnant Beyoncé to perform at the GrammysBeyoncé’s baby bump will be making its on-stage debut.
“Entertainment Tonight” reports that the “Lemonade” singer, who has nine nominations this year, will be performing at the ceremony. Citing sources, “ET” says the singer was spotted at rehearsal with a glam squad, camera crew and dancers in tow.
On Wednesday, the 35-year-old sparked a social media storm when she announced on Instagram that she’s having twins — making the Grammys her first performance during her pregnancy.
Other artists taking the stage at this year include Chance the Rapper, Alicia Keys and Adele. Justin Bieber and Kanye West have opted out.
The ceremony will air on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Beyoncé and husband Jay Z are already parents to 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
2017 Kids' Choice Awards: Complete List of NominationsJohn Cena will host the ceremony live from USC's Galen Center in L.A. March 11 at 8 p.m.
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Beyoncé Is Pregnant with TwinsBeyoncé Knowles, the queen of all media, is expecting twins, she announced via an Instagram post Wednesday.
The 24-time MTV Video Music Award winner shared a photo of herself touching her belly in underwear kneeling in front of a ring of flowers with a veil over her head and a Mona Lisa smile on her face.
"We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. - The Carters" reads the caption.
These will be the second and third children for Beyoncé and her husband Shawn "Jay Z" Carter. She announced her pregnancy with their first child, Blue Ivy, while performing at the 2011 VMAs.
Beyoncé was nominated for four Emmys for last year's visual album Lemonade, and is expected to dominate at this month's Grammys, where she is nominated for nine awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
Brit Awards 2017 NominationsInternational Female Solo Artist
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Beyoncé and Solange Knowles Sound Like Typical Sisters During This Chat for InterviewWhen it comes to music in Solange Knowles' life, it's a family affair.
Of the powerhouse family, the 'Rise" singer is the youngest member of the Knowles clan to strike gold in the industry. On the heels of her number one album, A Seat at the Table, the 30-year-old musician called her iconic older sister, Beyoncé Knowles, to talk singing, Selena and sisterhood for Interview Magazine.
Despite their other-worldly fame, the ladies sounded surprisingly like everyday siblings, bonding over parent-teacher conferences and all-too-personal texts from their stylish mama, Tina Knowles.
"Are you exhausted?" the "Formation" singer kicked off her interview, worrying about Solange's meeting with her son's teacher the night before. The conversation quickly turned to Solange's roots—growing with Bey and their parents in Houston.
"I remember thinking, 'My little sister is going to be something super special,' because you always seemed to know what you wanted," Beyoncé recalled of the star in her youngest years.
On her latest chart-topping album, Solange wrote, co-produced and staged all of her music—a one-man-band instinct she learned early on from her big sister. "I got to have a lot of practice. Growing up in a household with a master class such as yourself definitely didn't hurt. And, as far back as I can remember, our mother always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work, and she showed us that through her example," Solange explained.
Solange also credits her sister for helping her grow into a strong woman.
"It's something I've learned so much about from you, getting to be in control of your own narrative. And, at this point, it should be an expectation, not something that you're asking permission for. I feel like I'm getting closer to that, not taking on all the baggage when I have to just stand up for myself and say, 'No, I'm uncomfortable with that.' And I really appreciate you and mom being examples of that, being able to speak about our achievements, these things that deserve to be celebrated, without feeling bashful about it," she told her.
During the personal chat, Solange also revealed how her hit track, "Cranes in the Sky," was inspired by the end of her first marriage to Daniel Smith.
"I know you remember that time," she told her sister. "I was just coming out of my relationship with Julez's father. We were junior high school sweethearts, and so much of your identity in junior high is built on who you're with. You see the world through the lens of how you identify and have been identified at that time. So I really had to take a look at myself, outside of being a mother and a wife, and internalize all of these emotions that I had been feeling through that transition. I was working through a lot of challenges at every angle of my life, and a lot of self-doubt, a lot of pity-partying."
"I think every woman in her twenties has been there—where it feels like no matter what you are doing to fight through the thing that is holding you back, nothing can fill that void," she added.
Whether they're discussing painful milestones or picking between two Selena songs, the two women are inherently two gals with decades of history together.
"Growing up, how did I do as a big sister?" Beyoncé asked Solange.
"You did a kickass job," she answered. "You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we've been together, I think we've only really, like, butted heads... we can count on one hand.
"I was expecting something funny, but I'll take it. Thank you," Beyoncé commented.
As for those Selena songs, Beyoncé had her pick between "No Me Queda Mas" or "I Could Fall in Love."
"This is so unfair!" Solange answered. "No Me Queda Mas."
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Beyoncé headlining Coachella with Radiohead, Kendrick LamarBeyoncé is one of the headliners of the 2017 Coachella music festival — a first for the pop star.
Festival producer Goldenvoice announced Tuesday that Beyoncé, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will headline the two-weekend festival in April in Indio, California. Radiohead will perform on April 14 and 21; Beyoncé on April 15 and 22; and Lamar on April 16 and 23.
Tickets, including three-day passes, go on sale Wednesday.
Beyoncé last appeared at Coachella in 2014 when she danced onstage during her sister Solange’s set.
Other performers for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival include Lorde, the xx, Bon Iver, Future, Gucci Mane, Justice, DJ Snake, DJ Khaled and Father John Misty.
Grammy Country Committee Rejects Beyoncé SongBeyoncé earned a whopping nine Grammy nominations Tuesday, including best rock performance, but the singer's twangy song "Daddy Lessons" was rejected by the Recording Academy's country music committee.
A person familiar with the Grammy nomination process told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Beyonce submitted "Daddy Lessons" — from her album Lemonade— to the country category. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to speak publicly about the topic, said the country music committee rejected the song.
If Beyoncé's song had made it through, it would have been eligible for honors such as best country song and country solo performance.
Representatives for Beyoncé and the Grammys didn't immediately reply to emails seeking comment.
"Daddy Lessons" highlights the Houston native's Southern music roots, incorporating horns, acoustic guitar and hand claps as Beyonce sings about lessons she learned from her father and former manager. The lyrics include references to the Second Amendment, the Bible and shooting guns.
Beyoncé performed the track at last month's Country Music Association Awards alongside the Dixie Chicks, and later released a version of the song featuring the country trio.
Earlier in the year, the Chicks covered the song on their tour, and others in the country genre welcomed the tune, including Blake Shelton, who defended the song from critics who say it's not country.
Country star Dierks Bentley told the AP, "There is just something intangible about it that it feels like a country song."
Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town said, "(Beyonce) has some stories to tell — that's clear on 'Lemonade.' And that's what makes country music great."
Beyoncé, still, impressed the music world by earning Grammy nominations in the rock, pop, R&B and rap categories — becoming the first artist to earn nominations in those fields in the same year. Paul McCartney and Janet Jackson have also received Grammy nominations in pop, rock, R&B and rap, but not in the same year.
Beyoncé's nine nominations include the big three: album of the year for "Lemonade" and song, and record of the year for "Formation." She is also competing for best rock performance ("Don't Hurt Yourself" with Jack White), pop solo performance ("Hold Up"), rap/sung performance ("Freedom" with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album ("Lemonade").
She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most-nominated woman in Grammy history with 62 nominations. Beyoncé is also competing for best music film with "Lemonade" and music video with "Formation."
59th annual Grammy Awards nominationsThe Grammy Awards will air live February 12 on CBS, with James Corden hosting at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Best Music Video
Best Music Film
2016 Soul Train Awards WinnersVideo of the Year: Beyoncé, "Formation"
Album/Mixtape of the Year: Beyoncé, Lemonade
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Beyoncé
Song of the Year: Beyoncé, "Formation"
People’s Choice Awards Nominees SetHere’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Beyoncé and Jay Z partied with Solange after ‘SNL’Beyoncé and Jay Z were surprise guests at an “SNL” party at Il Bastardo on Saturday night to support Bey’s sister, the NBC show’s musical guest Solange.
“They went into a side room and created their own little party,” said a spy at the bash held by Beyoncé, Jay Z and Solange’s crew. “They wanted room to dance.”
Also celebrating with show stars such as Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon were former “SNL” star Bill Murray, “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah and comic Dave Chappelle.
Bruce and Beyonce lead stars in late Clinton pushTop musicians from Beyonce to Bruce Springsteen are rallying behind Hillary Clinton in the countdown to Tuesday's election, adding A-list star power to a massive get-out-the-vote operation.
While US pop stars have long leaned to the left, the tilt toward Clinton is unprecedented in a modern election, with Republican rival Donald Trump virtually shunned by the music world.
Springsteen, one of the biggest concert attractions in the rock universe, will perform at a Clinton rally Monday evening in the must-win state of Pennsylvania.
Jon Bon Jovi, a longtime campaigner for Democratic candidates, will also join the rally in Philadelphia alongside President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.
Lady Gaga, in one of her first shows since releasing her latest album "Joanne," will then join Clinton and Bon Jovi at a midnight stop in North Carolina.
Such celebrity entertainers invariably ensure large crowds at a point in the campaign where weak turnout would be optically disastrous.
But even more importantly, big-name performances allow campaigns to collect contact details for sympathetic voters -- crucial in the polarized country where elections increasingly are won by mobilizing turnout rather than persuading the undecided.
When rap mogul Jay Z announced a November 4 concert for Clinton in Ohio, her campaign had 10 days to ask fans to sign up for tickets through the candidate's website.
Jay Z came out in Cleveland with his wife, pop superstar Beyonce, as well as three other major names in hip-hop -- J. Cole, Chance the Rapper and Big Sean.
Jay Z -- who with Beyonce had strongly supported Obama, the first African American president -- alluded to Clinton's historic role as potentially the first woman to lead the United States.
"Our soul is colorless and I want to grow up in a world where my daughter has no limitations," Jay Z said.
Without referring to Trump by name, Jay Z said the real estate tycoon was "not an evolved soul" and had weakened the United States through divisive remarks.
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Trump, in his final days of campaigning, has repeatedly lashed out at Beyonce and Jay Z, claiming at a rally Monday in North Carolina: "I get bigger crowds than they do."
Trump also took aim at the language by Jay Z, who like many rappers frequently uses profanity and did not edit his lyrics for the Clinton rally.
"Isn't it amazing that ... Jay Z and Beyonce use filthy language in the songs, using words that if I ever said those words, it would be the reinstitution of the electric chair, right?" Trump said.
Despite Trump's concern about profanity, one of his few musical backers, hard rocker Ted Nugent, also used unprintable words when he introduced the Republican at a rally Sunday in Michigan.
Nugent, who has previously called for the death of Clinton and Obama, grabbed his crotch on stage and quipped, "I've got your blue state right here, black and blue," referring to the color associated with the Democratic Party.
Trump, who has described undocumented Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and boasted of forcing himself on women, has faced complaints from a long list of stars including the Rolling Stones and Adele for playing their songs at rallies.
Trump, a former reality television host, has several backers in Hollywood, notably Clint Eastwood.
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Other stars who back Clinton include Katy Perry, who has lent her hit "Roar" for campaign advertisements and has spoken out on Twitter, where the pop diva has more followers than anyone else.
Glam pop singer Miley Cyrus has stumped door-to-door for Clinton among Virginia students, while indie rock favorites The National performed a free pro-Clinton concert in their native Cincinnati, Ohio.
In one novel approach that may reach millions, users of leading music streaming site Spotify opened the service to a non-partisan message from Obama urging them to vote.
And novelist Dave Eggers over the past month has led the "30 Days, 30 Songs" project in which artists release anti-Trump protest songs.
Contributors include electronica great Moby, who has said that Trump is "pretty close to being a psychopath."
Desperate Hillary calls on Beyoncé, Jay Z to help win Ohio(Video) The lights were bright. The beats were pumping. And the backup dancers were wearing blue pantsuits.
After raucous performances from Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay Z, Hillary Clinton had one simple message for the packed, cheering crowd at Cleveland’s Wolstein Center: “Help us win Ohio.”
Clinton’s campaign is turning to a series of free concerts to appeal to young and minority voters not necessarily motivated to vote for her. Beyoncé and Jay-Z offered their own testimonials to the woman who, if elected, would be the country’s first female president and follow its first black president.
Beyoncé noted that less than a century ago, women did not have the right to vote.
“Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of history — again,” Beyoncé said. “But we have to vote.”
The singer says she was thrilled that her young nephew was able to witness Barack Obama’s 2008 election as the nation’s first black president.
Now she wants her daughter “to grow up seeing a woman lead this country and know her possibilities are limitless,” Beyonce said. “That’s why I’m with her.”
A series of hip-hop stars were part of the show, including Big Sean, J. Cole and Chance the Rapper, who encouraged the crowd to vote for Clinton — at the very least just to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House.
“His conversation is divisive,” said Jay Z. “He cannot be our president”
Big Sean recalled being in the audience eight years ago when Jay Z hosted a similar free event for Obama’s campaign in 2008.
Now, he told the cheering audience, “we with her.”
At one point, Clinton’s famous quote that she “could have stayed home and baked cookies” flashed on the big screens. At another, the slogan “bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote” was blasted to the crowd.
Clinton offered her own praise for the show. “I am so energized after this concert and I have to say: Didn’t you love the pantsuits?”
Beyonce-Dixie Chicks collab sparks a clash on social mediaThe surprise collaboration of Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks at the Country Music Association Awards was still rocking the music world on Thursday, but not all were impressed by the electric performance — and some country fans unleashed their anger on social media.
Since the show aired Wednesday night on ABC, the CMA's Facebook page and other social media accounts have been filled with comments about the performance of Beyonce's country-flavored song "Daddy Lessons," which generated perhaps the most attention during the show's big night, as the CMAs celebrated the awards' 50th year.
The Beyonce-Dixie Chicks performance plenty of attention and rave reviews, and had many gushing. Reese Witherspoon tweeted, "Loving this!" during the performance.
But some were outraged Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks, who have been estranged from the country music world since their insult of then-President George Bush in 2003, even were allowed to perform. Some questioned the Dixie Chicks' patriotism, while others claimed that Beyonce is anti-police because she has addressed police brutality in her music videos.
Still others complained that Beyonce was not a country artist, although the CMAs routinely feature non-country artists in collaborations, including the highly praised performance at last year's show between Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton.
Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks also had plenty of supporters, with Beyonce fans leaving bee emojis, the symbol used for the superstar, in response to the negative comments.
Some Beyonce fans even accused the CMAs of taking down references to the performance on social media; the CMA Twitter page had only a brief reference to it.However, its Instagram page promoted a free download of the collaboration of "Daddy Lessons" and its Facebook account shared photos and video of the moment.
"CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyonce's performance on the CMA Awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA's Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast," read Thursday's statement. "Beyoncé's performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels."
This isn't the first time the Dixie Chicks have riled up country music fans. The Grammy-winning group, superstars of the genre, nearly had their career derailed after lead singer Natalie Maines said in 2003 that they were ashamed of then-President Bush for the invasion of Iraq. Radio stations refused to play their music and they were denounced by conservatives and many fans. Maines has also been critical of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
But overall, the country artists who performed and were honored on the show Wednesday were overwhelmingly supportive of the performance.
"She's a classy, classy lady and I am proud that she could take the time to come and show up," Chris Stapleton said of Beyonce backstage after the show.
"Queen Bey and the Dixie Chicks, I thought that was just power, just raw power," said entertainer of the year Garth Brooks. "I just love that it was feminine raw power."
Later on he said, "Tonight, I gotta tell you, I missed the Chicks. I miss their music."
Maren Morris, who won the new artist of the year award, said she was glad the Dixie Chicks returned to the CMA stage.
"But when I found out the Dixie Chicks were going to perform, I freaked out," Morris said on the red carpet before the show. "Because it's been a decade since they have been on the stage. I just grew up listening to them and loving their point of view and how they don't give a (expletive). And I just love them that about them."
Beyonce makes surprise appearance at Country Music AwardsPop superstar Beyonce helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Awards with a secret and boisterous performance of her song "Daddy Lessons" with the Dixie Chicks.
Beyonce hit the stage unintroduced when the show was about two-thirds over Wednesday, wearing multiple strands of pearls and a sheer, champagne-colored body-hugging dress. She looked happy and comfortable, dancing and clapping along with the performers who filled the stage. The performance got a standing ovation.
"Daddy Lessons," on her recent album "Lemonade," is as close to a country song that Beyonce's ever released. The Dixie Chicks started covering the song on tour earlier this year.
Rumors that Beyonce would attend the show started only a few hours before it started and show organizers would not say when or what she was going to do. Then, right after a commercial and without any introduction, Beyonce appeared at the top of the third hour. Immediately, Beyonce started trending on Twitter.
Not everyone was prepared to welcome Beyonce with open arms. "Let me have my country music in peace" wrote one critic on Twitter. Another suggested that whoever had invited her should be fired. Still another threatened: "I was going to watch, but not now."
But many others sounded thrilled, including country singers Brad Paisley (who tweeted "Welcome") and Cassadee Pope (who said, "I'm gunna explode."). The CMAs have previously invited non-country artists before, as they did last year with Justin Timberlake.
Beyonce has been criticized by some for her half-time show at the Super Bowl that referenced the Black Lives Matter movement, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, as well as her video for "Formation" that includes images of a hooded black child facing police and graffiti scrawled on a wall that reads "Stop Shooting Us."
Beyoncé Is Performing at the 2016 CMA Awards Tonight With the Dixie ChicksA source confirms to E! News Beyoncé will be performing with the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 CMA Awards this evening.
Beyoncé has ‘never genuinely liked’ Kim KardashianKanye West allegedly ranted about Jay Z at a recent concert when he whined, “Our kids ain’t never even played together!” Now we know why.
After Page Six reported that Jay Z is tired of wild West’s “nut job” shtick, a source exclusively adds that the rappers’ feud “stems right back to Beyoncé’s dislike of [West’s wife] Kim [Kardashian] and that’s why Blue and North have never had a play date.”
Said the Kardashian source: “Beyoncé has never genuinely liked Kim. She’s mostly tolerated her because of their husbands’ friendship and [their] mutual friends, like Jennifer Lopez. She is always a little icy to Kim. The last time they hung out, the minute Beyoncé could leave the conversation, she did. They always have lots of awkward pauses” when they speak.
While Beyoncé’s disinterest in Kim has been rumored for a while, we hear the couple’s absence at West and Kardashian’s 2014 wedding made it clear. “[Beyoncé’s] behavior during the wedding proved she isn’t Kim’s biggest fan,” our source explained. Beyoncé and Jay Z were invited, and their names were engraved in the marble table for the wedding dinner, but they didn’t show up.
Meanwhile, multiple sources have told us that Jay Z “misses the old Kanye,” and both he and Bey prefer to keep a more low-key profile than West and Kardashian. West sometimes appears on his wife’s reality show, to the dismay of Queen Bey.
“[She] always gives Kanye a lot of grief whenever he’s done anything for the show,” the source said.
At the recent gig, West declared of Jay Z, “There will never be a ‘Watch the Throne 2,’?” and seemed to blame the beef on issues between Tidal, Jay’s streaming service, and Apple Music. “Kanye is likely trying to distance himself from Tidal so he can collect a bigger check from Apple. There will never be a ‘Watch the Throne 2’ because Kanye is a nightmare to work with and Jay’s not going to deal with that again,” another source mused.
Beyoncé’s rep called the source’s claims “ridiculous, to say the least,” but did not comment further. Reps for Jay and Kardashian didn’t comment.
Beyoncé rips her earring out on stageOn Saturday night, Beyoncé was in the middle of performing in Brooklyn, New York, when her earring got caught in her hair and ripped out, causing her to gush blood.
The veteran performer continued to perform as if nothing went wrong. According to Us Weekly, Beyoncé seemed to notice the injury during one song and quickly wiped her ear and looked at the blood on her finger, but she continued to sing. The mag reports that the pop superstar went on with the show as if nothing was wrong and appeared on stage later without a Band-Aid on the cut.
Beyoncé’s fans were impressed and began praising the star on social media, but somewhere along the way several fans’ tweets took a drastic turn. The hashtags #cutforBeyonce and #BleedforBeyonce began appearing along with several graphic images of ear-related injuries or other gashes.
Some of the photos were clearly exaggerated but others appeared more genuine.
Many members of Beyoncé’s fandom – the Beyhive – decried the graphic photos, but others praised or joked about the trend.
Beyoncé performed as part of the Tidal X: 1015 benefit concert, hosted by Tidal and the Robin Hood Foundation.
Beyonce wraps up Formation tour with Jay Z, Serena Williams, KendrickBeyonce wrapped up her “Formation World Tour” with onstage assists from Kendrick Lamar, Serena Williams and Jay Z, whom she kissed passionately at the end of their performance before an audience of 80,000, including Hugh Jackman, Tyler Perry and Frank Ocean.
Ballerina Misty Copeland and “Orange Is the New Black” stars Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks were also in the crowd Friday night at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as Beyonce sang and danced excitedly and energetically to songs from her six solo albums, including her latest effort, “Lemonade.”
Jay Z earned loud roars when he joined his wife for “Drunk In Love,” making his first appearance on the top-grossing international stadium tour that kicked off in April in Miami. They were playful onstage and locked lips at the song’s end.
Lamar matched some of Beyonce’s dance moves in a pool of water during “Freedom,” while Williams — who appears in the music video for “Sorry” — brought the clip to life by twerking onstage while Beyonce sang the song.
Jackman entered the floor section of the stadium with his actress-wife Deborra-Lee Furness as fans screamed “Wolverine” as well as the actor’s name. He posted selfies during the show, while Perry took photos with fans before he was escorted to his seat, which was also on the floor.
Beyonce originally was supposed to perform at MetLife last month, but postponed the show to rest her voice. On the final night of her tour, she thanked her crew members, dancers, background singers and more for their work on the six-month tour.
She also thanked her feverish fans for helping her live out her dreams onstage.
“I have so much energy because of you guys feeding it to me. I really wanted to make this show special,” she told the crowd. “This is definitely my dream right here. I dreamt that I would be doing this and I’m actually doing it, and I could not be here without you and your support.
“I wake up every morning I thank God to be able to do what I love and to be able to perform and entertain you guys,” she added. “So thank you for trusting me and allowing me to still be here 20 years (later). Thank you.”
BET Hip Hop Awards 2016 WinnersSweet 16: Best Featured Verse: Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé, "Freedom"
2016 MTV Europe Music Awards NominationsThis year's MTV EMAs will take place in Rotterdam on Nov. 6 and fans can vote for the nominees at uk.mtvema.com.
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Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj to perform at Tidal showBeyonce, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj, artist-owners of Tidal, will perform at a concert in New York for the streaming service.
Tidal announced Wednesday that Lauryn Hill, Common and Robin Thicke will also perform at the Oct. 15 event dubbed "TIDAL X: 1015" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Pre-sale tickets for Tidal subscribers go on sale Thursday; tickets for the general public will be available Monday. The event, in its second year, will benefit Tidal-supported nonprofits as well as the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York.
Others performers include T.I., DNCE, Emeli Sande, Prince Royce, Blood Orange, Bebe Rexha and more. The concert will be livestreamed on Tidal, which is also owned by Jay Z, Usher, Madonna, Kanye West, Jason Aldean and others.
Beyoncé, under vocal rest, postpones MetLife Stadium concertEven Beyoncé needs to slow down every once in a while. Under doctor's orders for vocal rest, the superstar singer has postponed the Sept. 7 MetLife Stadium stop of her Formation World Tour until Oct. 7, according to a statement released Monday.
Fans in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Nashville can rest easy though. Queen Bey will be proceeding with those dates as planned.
The Formation World Tour in support of her album "Lemonade" kicked off April 27 in Miami and was to conclude Oct. 2 in Nashville.
Beyoncé turned 35 on Sunday and attended the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia with her husband and festival founder Jay-Z.
MetLife Stadium is in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Beyoncé and Jay Z Enjoy Date Night at U.S. Open Cheering on Pal Serena Williams(Pic) Beyoncé and Jay Z are putting their "Love On Top"!
The power couple enjoyed yet another date night on Thursday, as they attended the second round Women's Singles match where their pal Serena Williams' succeeded in regaining her dominance against Vania King, winning two straight sets.
The parents of Blue Ivy enjoyed the tennis match and cheered on Williams from the tennis star's box at the U.S. Open in New York. It doesn't come as a big surprise that the couple attended Williams' match after the tennis pro, who starred (and slayed) in Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade, introduced Bey before her 2016 MTV VMAs performance.
The outing isn't the first date night this week for the Lemonade artist, 34, and her hip-hop mogul husband, 45. The two were joined by Kim Kardashian-West, Alicia Keys and their husbands at Pasquale Jones in Manhattan's Little Italy in the early hours of Monday morning. The group date (which gave us all serious squad goals) came right after Bey's VMAs performance.
The music icons weren't the only ones enjoyed a night of tennis at the U.S. Open either. This week has seen an array of stars including Lupita Nyong'o, Jonah Hill and Susan Sarandon who all were guests in the Emirates Suite.
Beyonce -- Judge Gets In Formation ... Tosses 'Lemonade' SuitBeyonce just scored a huge legal victory -- the judge in that "Lemonade" lawsuit sided with her and tossed the case ... TMZ has learned.
The judge said he considered filmmaker Matthew Fulks' argument that "Lemonade" ripped off his work, and decided to toss the case ... according to docs obtained by TMZ. It's unclear why the judge rejected Fulks' suit ... he says he'll dish details later.
TMZ broke the story ... Bey was sued by Fulks back in June alleging she jacked several parts of his 2014 movie, "Palinoia" -- using similar images from his short film for the "Lemonade" visual album.
Beyonce argued her work depicted a "proud black woman" ... a stark contrast to Fulks' film about a depressed white guy.
Make that ... TWO depressed white guys now.
Beyonce proves she's in a lane of her own at MTV VMAsBeyonce proved once again she is the contemporary rock star, and she used the MTV Video Music Awards stage to showcase her skills and outshine her peers, from Rihanna to Britney Spears.
Beyonce won eight awards, including video of the year, and performed five songs from her visual album "Lemonade" in an epic 16-minute concert Sunday that had the audience at Madison Square Garden in awe.
She sang live, danced heavily and worked the crowd as she ran through "Pray You Catch Me," ''Hold Up," ''Sorry," ''Don't Hurt Yourself" and "Formation," which won the top prize over Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber and Kanye West.
"First of all, I'd like to thank my beautiful daughter and my incredible husband for all of their support," said Beyonce, who walked the carpet with daughter Blue Ivy and the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner — who all appeared in "Lemonade" movie.
It was reminiscent of the 2014 VMAs, when Beyonce also performed for 16 minutes and accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. This year it was awarded to Rihanna, who split up her performances throughout the night, singing hits such as "Work," ''We Found Love" and "Love on the Brain."
But the biggest moment for Rihanna came when Drake — in a tuxedo — presented the award to his former girlfriend. He said he met Rihanna in 2005 on the set of her first music video for "Pon de Replay."
"She's someone I've been in love with her since I was 22 years old," Drake said as Rihanna blushed and the audience cheered loudly. "She's one of my best friends in the world. All of my adult life I've looked up to her even though she's younger than me."
Rihanna, 28, thanked her family, friends and hometown of Saint Michael, Barbados, for helping her succeed in her 11-year-career.
"My success started as my dream, but now my success is not my own. It's my family, my fans, my country ...it's women, it's black women," she said.
Beyonce's top-notch performance starkly contrasted with that of Spears, who returned to the VMA stage after 10 years. Not only did she lip sync, in typical fashion, but she did so badly. Spears performed her hit "Make Me..." and danced slickly, but she didn't actually sing a word of the song live. She was joined by rapper G-Eazy — and she lip synched the hook to his hit song, "Me, Myself and I."
In true Kanye fashion, the rapper ranted onstage, touching on subjects from music to his beef with Taylor Swift to violence in his hometown Chicago before he debuted his music video for "Fade," which starred Teyana Taylor. He talked about his "Famous" video, which features what appear to be naked images of himself, his wife Kim Kardashian, Swift, Donald Trump and others. He even pointed to former girlfriend Amber Rose, who was in the audience and is also in the video.
Drake won best hip hop video for "Hotline Bling" and Calvin Harris won best male video for "This is What You Came For." David Bowie — who died from cancer earlier this year — received four nominations for "Lazarus" and won best art direction. The music video, which shows him looking frail in bed with bandaged eyes, was released just days before the icon's Jan. 10 death.
Performers included Nick Jonas, The Chainsmokers, Ty Dollar $ign and Ariana Grande, who brought spin class to the VMA stage when she sang the reggae-tinged "Side to Side" with Nicki Minaj.
In one of several odes to the recent Olympic Games, Michael Phelps said he's been inspired by hip-hop music before introducing Future, who Phelps said he listened to before swimming and making the grimace that went viral. The rapper-singer-producer performed his hit "(Expletive) Up Some Commas."
Jimmy Fallon, who presented video of the year, dressed as Ryan Lochte and even sported the platinum blonde hair. As Lochte — who is dealing with trouble after filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Rio Olympics — Fallon lied onstage about writing Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and directing the clips nominated for video of the year.
Other presenters include Alicia Keys, Puff Daddy and four of the Final Five gymnasts (Gabby Douglas was hospitalized for a mouth infection).
Adele was behind Beyonce with eight nominations, but the British singer did not attend the show and did not win any Moon Men. Beyonce's wins included best female video, pop video, breakthrough long-form video, choreography, direction, cinematography and editing.
Jay and Bey are loving ‘Hands of Stone’Beyoncé and Jay Z are so into Robert De Niro’s coming film “Hands of Stone,” about boxer Roberto Durán, they’ve already seen it twice.
The couple, who we’re told were sent a screener by De Niro’s co-star Usher, saw the film again Monday at a New York premiere.
Usher plays Sugar Ray Leonard, and worked so hard to prepare, he even showed us some sexy selfies of his abs.
“I built a gym in my basement,” he told us. “Sugar Ray came and trained me.”
De Niro and Durán go way back. “When [De Niro] was preparing for [1980 film] ‘Raging Bull,’ he met with Durán because he was world champ at the time,” director Jonathan Jakubowicz said. They even “played softball in Central Park, US versus Panama,” where Durán was born.
Beyonce's Formation World Tour Reaches $210 Million in Ticket Sales (So Far)Beyonce’s Formation World Tour has now grossed $210 million (and counting). The first two legs of the tour -- through North America in the spring followed by a five-week trek in Europe that wrapped Aug. 3 -- generated 1.8 million tickets sold at 40 performances.
After a brief hiatus, the Formation World Tour will resume on Sept. 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.: the first stop on a final nine-city jaunt through North American markets that will wrap in Nashville on Oct. 2.
The Formation World Tour launched on April 27 in Miami, and concluded its first North American leg on June 14 after playing 23 shows on the continent. The tour headed to Europe and kicked off with a June 28 stadium show in Sunderland, England. The European segment included 17 concerts at 16 venues, with box office sales reaching $86.9 million.
Reported this week by tour promoter Live Nation, revenue from the European leg earns Beyoncé the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list below).
Each of the venues on the European schedule hosted the tour for a single night except for London’s Wembley Stadium that drew 142,500 fans on July 2 and 3. The two-night stint earned $15.3 million, the sixth-highest gross of the year based on reported Boxscores from touring artists of all genres.
The best-attended show so far on the Formation World Tour occurred at her July 21 show at the Stade de France in Paris. A total of 75,106 tickets were sold to the concert. (That beats the 55,736 tickets sold to her May 14 Rose Bowl show in Pasadena, Calif. -- which had been the tour’s best-attended show.)
Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar slated for Obama’s birthday bashPresident Obama will celebrate his 55th birthday with a huge all-night party Friday at the White House with stars including Beyoncé and Jay Z.
Multiple sources confirmed to Page Six that first lady Michelle Obama is throwing a top-secret bash for the president to celebrate his last birthday at the White House.
We’re told that a host of stars will attend, including Usher, who is expected to perform, as well as Obama’s favorite rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Others who have made the guest list include Ellen DeGeneres, Stevie Wonder, Anna Wintour, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning.
Politicos expected include Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, VP Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
A source told us, “All the preparations and the guest list are being kept top-secret. The plan is to throw a party for the president to really let his hair down. There will be performances and a dance party that will go late into the night. Social media will be banned.”
The president’s actual birthday is Thursday, Aug. 4.
The first family are then expected to head to Martha’s Vineyard for their annual vacation on Saturday.
The Obamas have thrown some near-legendary private bashes during their White House tenure for those lucky enough to make the guest list.
For Michelle’s epic all-night 50th birthday celebration in 2014, Beyoncé performed and sang hits including “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in front of guests including Sir Paul McCartney and Wonder, before Legend serenaded the first lady with “Happy Birthday.”
Rita Ora Opens up About Jay Z and Beyoncé: 'I'll Never Not Appreciate the Experience I Had With Them'Rita Ora has nothing but good things to say about Jay Z and Beyoncé.
The British singer opened up about her relationship with the power couple in the September issue of Cosmopolitan UK. "I'm still happy I've had this incredible experience. Jay is one of my idols and Beyoncé is obviously the queen of life," Ora, 25, said.
The new host of America's Next Top Model was signed to Jay Z's record label, Roc Nation, in 2008 but the pair's seven-year work relationship became strained after she released only a single album amid her five-album recording contract. In December 2015, Ora filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation and subsequently parted ways in June.
In addition, fans accused Ora of being the woman whom the Lemonade singer alleges cheated with her rapper husband.
"I'll never not appreciate the experience I had with them and the things I've seen," the former X Factor star shared to the publication, adding, that Jay and Bey are "great mentors" and she "look[s] up to them a lot."
Ora previously called Beyoncé "family" on Snapchat at the Met Gala in May.
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Beyonce -- Pulls Race Card in 'Lemonade' LawsuitBeyonce's adamant she didn't rip off "Lemonade" from a film about a depressed white guy, and she says the proof is right there in her visual album ... about a proud black woman.
Beyonce just filed docs which call Matthew Fulks' lawsuit bogus ... because "Lemonade" and his 2014 short film "Palinoia" have completely different narratives.
In the docs obtained by TMZ, she says the differences couldn't be clearer -- "Lemonade" portrays "an African-American woman who progresses through stages of suspicion, denial, anger and, ultimately, reconciliation in her relationship."
On the other hand, she says "Palinoia" is about a "white man who is distressed in the wake of a failed relationship."
We broke the story ... Fulks sued Bey and her record label, saying much of her "Lemonade" trailer copied chunks of his film.
Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Beyoncé Demand Racial Justice in Moving '23 Ways' PSA(Video) Alicia Keys and an A-list roster of social justice advocates are demanding change.
The R&B singer, 35, teamed up with the racial justice group We Are Here Movement to stand up and speak out in a striking PSA entitled "23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America" for Mic.com.
Keys, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Queen Latifah, Pink, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and more recorded videos for the campaign, in which each star lists everyday incidents – from "riding in your girlfriend's car with a child in the back" and "making eye contact" to "on the way to Bible study" and "attending a birthday party" – that led to innocent black lives being taken.
"Go to WeAreHereMovement.com to tell President Obama and Congress that the time for change is now. We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to live and to pursue happiness," Keys says at the end of the PSA, which featured original reporting by Mic's Jamilah King.
The moving PSA comes just a week after the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille.
Sterling, a father of five, was 37 when he was gunned down on by police on July 5 in Baton Rouge after a homeless man called authorities reporting that he was brandishing a firearm; a coworker said he had the gun to protect against robbery.
Castille was 32 when he was shot and killed by police for carrying a licensed gun in a Twin Cities suburb on July 6 during a traffic stop. "Would this have happened if ... the driver were white? I don't think so," Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said after protests broke out in St. Paul.
Beyonce Honors Police Killed in Dallas: 'No Violence Will Create Peace'Amidst a horrific week of violence in America, Beyonce has had an active voice addressing the police killings of two black men. Now she is paying respect to the five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night, saying "no violence will create peace."
Beyonce posted a black and video to her Instagram showing the Texas flag waving, while each officer's name is displayed.
In the caption, she wrote, "Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas. I am praying for a full recovery of the seven others injured."
She continued, "No violence will create peace. Every human life is valuable. We must be the solution. Every human being has the right to gather in peaceful protest without suffering more unnecessary violence. To effect change we must show love in the face of hate and peace in the face of violence."
Beyonce is a Texas native, born and raised in Houston.
Beyoncé and Jay Z Lead the Star-Studded Pack to Watch Serena Williams Get a Major Wimbledon Milestone(Pic) Beyoncé and Jay Z are outshining the coveted Wimbledon trophy.
The couple was spotted smiling and chatting while cheering on their friend and tennis superstar Serena Williams during the Wimbledon women's singles championship match on Saturday in London. Williams defeated Angelique Kerber (7-5, 6-3) and is now the second woman in history to have won 22 grand slams. (This also marks Williams' seventh Wimbeldon singles win.)
Queen Bey and her husband, both dressed in white, showed their support in the player's box on Centre Court. For Williams and Beyoncé, surprise appearances are kind of their "thing."
A few months ago, Williams had a cameo (where she twerked!) for Beyoncé's much-talked-about Lemonade film.
"I've known Bey for a long time," Williams, 34, told WSJ Magazine last month.
But Beyoncé and Jay Z weren't the only stars who attended Williams' match. Actresses (and Harvard grads!) Rashida Jones and Natalie Portman were spotted sitting and laughing together at the final.
And Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were all smiles at the match.
Even Maisie Williams and her new blue 'do made an appearance!
Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba showed her support on Twitter, posting a photo of Centre Court with the caption "Today, is for Serena."
Beyonce, other celebs express anguish over latest shootingsThe shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police in the matter of days has led to an outcry nationwide, and celebrities were among those expressing their anguish in social media.
Beyonce released one of the most powerful statements on the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile on her website on Thursday, praying for "an end to this plague of injustice in our communities." John Legend tweeted: "We should not have to jump through hoops to prove black people shouldn't be shot by police during routine traffic stops."
And rapper Macklemore called on other white people to react: "The systematic oppression that enables a murder like this, will be corrected once white people care enough to change it."
Here are more responses from the celebrity world:
"We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand they 'stop killing us.' We don't need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives." — Beyonce in a long post on her website that includes links to contact Congress.
"The assault on the black body in this country is as American as apple pie. It is time for a #CallToAction. Let's prove #BlackLivesMatter." — Nate Parker, actor and director of the upcoming "The Birth of a Nation" film.
"My heart is broken for all of these suffering families. Something has to change. #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #StoptheViolence" — Reese Witherspoon on Twitter.
"In the interest of time, would ye noble patriots please provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution? Thanks! ... Upon receipt of this list, we'll return to our quarters and study up, eager to enjoy freedoms of white mass murders. #LIFEHACK" — Actor Jesse Williams, on Twitter.
"This is what lynchings look like in 2016! Another murder in the streets because the color of a man's skin, at the hands of the people who they say will protect us. When will they be held accountable? or did he fear for his life as he executed this man?" — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, on Instagram.
"Don't forget to set your clocks back 300 years tonight." — A meme posted by Questlove of The Roots on Instagram.
"This is not acceptable. One more life taken. One more family heartbroken. Another fatherless child. Accountability. #PhilandoCastile" — Susan Sarandon on Twitter.
"I can't keep calm I have a black son." — A meme posted by actress Niecy Nash.
"I would say good morning but it's not. Bs like this keeps happening. This is sickening. When will it end?" — San Francisco 49ers player Torrey Smith.
"Yo man, something's gotta give, bro, it just has to. ... We're getting killed every day. ... This (expletive) is (expletive) horrible, and it needs to (expletive) stop." — Singer Chris Brown, in an Instagram video.
"And now I come home to this??????? !!!YES!!!!! We all NEED to see this OVER and OVER ... because it's REAL...And it's happening NOW!!!! I'm sad and sadly not shocked. The gig is up and we need to fix it!!! My prayers to this man's family." — "Empire" producer Lee Daniels, posting a video of the Alton Sterling killing.
"Ppl have the ability to be outraged about failing to see the humanity of a GORILLA, but magically don't have the ability to see our worth." — Actress Gabrielle Union, on Twitter.
"Perhaps if we witness enough tragedy we will reflect on our shortcomings & make decisive change. #PhilandoCastile" — Actor Adrian Grenier on Twitter.
In London I have to wake up to this. He was black. Shot 4 times? When will something be done- no REALLY be done?!?! — Serena Williams, after the Castile shooting, on Twitter.
Beyonce pleads ‘stop killing us’ in response to Alton Sterling, Philando Castile shootingsBeyonce has added her voice to the many speaking out against the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, releasing a powerful statement on her website urging others to take a stand.
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” begins the statement released Thursday (July 7) on Beyonce’s website. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.'”
The deaths of both Sterling and Castile have launched a series of protests, fueling the fire of the ongoing debate of the police’s treatment of black men. Cell phone footage saw 37-year-old Sterling shot and killed by two Baton Rouge, La., police officers after pinning him to the ground early Tuesday (July 5). The death has spurred a civil rights investigation by the Justice Department.
Castile, 32, was killed after a police officer opened fire on him during a traffic stop in Minnesota. The aftermath of the death was shown in a Facebook Live video shot by Castile’s girlfriend, who was a passenger in the vehicle.
“These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good,” Beyonce said in the statement.
“We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn in to protest us should consistently go unpunished,” reads Beyonce’s statement. “These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good.”
She follows the statement with a call to action, urging readers to contact their local congressman or woman and providing links to voice protests to the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
Surprise! Beyoncé Opens Up the 2016 BET Awards With a Special Performance Featuring Kendrick LamarNow this is how you start an awards show!
Never one to shy away from a good surprise, Beyoncé pleasantly shocked us all by opening up the 2016 BET Awards.
While standing in a pool full of water, the genius mind behind Lemonade performed "Freedom" before Kendrick Lamar stepped on stage to join in on the show-stopping performance. As you likely could have guessed, everyone in the audience gave a standing ovation after the moment.
A source later told E! News that BET had been planning the surprise for a bit but kept it secret from the network until this weekend.
The evening comes after the singer celebrated her sister Solange Knowles' birthday in New Mexico on Saturday.
As seen on Snapchat and Instagram, the birthday girl documented a celebratory lunch that ultimately became a family affair.
"Dreams made true," the singer wrote on Instagram while wearing a bright orange dress. "I'm never coming home if you keep making honey peach and hibiscus lime popsicles."
Sunday night's performance also comes right in the middle of Beyoncé's tour. On Tuesday, the "Halo" singer is back on stage near the United Kingdom.
Until then, we're just going to savor this special surprise. Keep doing you, Bey!
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Beach please! Beyoncé slays in floral swimsuit(Pic) After a grueling 23 shows throughout April and May, Beyoncé hit the beaches of Hawaii for a much-needed Beycation on Monday.
The pop queen was joined by her daughter Blue Ivy, 4, and her husband Jay Z, 46, for a walk along the shore.
Beyoncé, 34, earned nearly all of the paparazzi’s attention in a bold floral one piece swimsuit complete with sleeves and cutouts long the sides.
But perhaps her accessories were the most interesting part of her ensemble. Beyoncé wore a headband and necklace comprised of little lemons — perhaps a nod to her latest album, “Lemonade.”
Beyoncé resumes her “Formation” world tour on June 28 in England.
Beyoncé and Jay Z unite for the NBA Finals(Pic) Nothing brings a couple together like the NBA Finals.
Beyoncé and husband Jay Z sat courtside during Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Thursday night — beaming at each other two months after their “Lemonade”-fueled relationship drama.
As LeBron James and the Cavaliers trounced Steph Curry and the Warriors 115-101, Beyoncé — clad in Golden State’s bold blue — kept her eyes locked on Jay Z as the couple chatted and laughed throughout the game.
This spring, the pair was plagued by rumors of Jay Z’s infidelities following the release of Beyoncé’s explosive album “Lemonade.”
And while Beyoncé and Jay Z appeared crazy in love given their megawatt smiles at the game, one member of the Warriors fan club certainly was not as happy.
Curry’s wife, Ayesha, took to Twitter ahead of the game to rant her frustrations about how she and several Golden State family members were detained on a bus before being let into the arena. As team sources told ESPN, one of the causes of the traffic jam was Beyoncé and Jay Z’s arrival.
Beyoncé helps raise over $82,000 for Flint residentsBeyoncé has helped raise more than $82,000 for Flint residents who continue to deal with the city’s lead-tainted water supply.
The singer’s representatives announced her entertainment and management company, Parkwood Entertainment, presented the United Way of Genesee County with a check for $82,234 on Monday. The Detroit News reports the funds were raised by Beyoncé fans who opted to contribute to the Flint fund while purchasing tickets for her Formation tour.
Beyonce’s team said 14 Detroit-area high school students were also chosen to receive “college gifts” to help with their educational expenses and tickets to her concert Tuesday night at Ford Field.
The Detroit concert is one of three cities on Beyonce’s tour to feature a “signature charity event” component.
Filmmaker claims Beyonce stole his ideas to make 'Lemonade'An independent filmmaker filed a federal lawsuit against Beyonce on Wednesday alleging that ideas from his 2014 short film were used to create the trailer that accompanied her new visual album "Lemonade."
Matthew Fulks alleges in his lawsuit that his 2014 short film, "Palinoia," had been seen by members of the team working on the "Lemonade" video and that Beyonce's video was created months later and was "visually similar." Fulks, who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, alleges that the pop singer, her management company, Parkwood Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Recording Corporation, infringed on his copyright.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, points to nine instances — about 39 seconds of the 65-second trailer — that Fulks says are visually similar. It seeks unspecified monetary damages.
The "Lemonade" trailer is "substantially similar" to Fulks' film, including a similar mood, setting, pace and fonts, he says in the lawsuit.
The video, posted on YouTube on April 17, had received nearly 11 million views by Wednesday afternoon.
Representatives for Beyonce and the corporations did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.
Beyonce steals show as surprise honoree at fashion awardsIn a surprise appearance, Beyonce delighted a glittery fashion crowd Monday evening, showing up unannounced to accept the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Fashion Icon award.
Usually, organizers announce the name of the Fashion Icon winner well in advance, but this year they kept it under wraps until the end of the ceremony, when designer Diane von Furstenberg took the stage to introduce the pop superstar, saying she was everything women aspire to be.
Beyonce, dressed in a glittering pinstriped pantsuit with a huge, black wide-brimmed hat, spoke of her seamstress mother, and how she had used her talent and creativity to give her young children their dreams.
She also praised fashion designers for being, in her words, fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors — and sometimes therapists.
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Beyoncé and Jay Z secretly made an album togetherForget those rumors about Jay Z and Beyoncé’s marriage — after all the wild speculation set off by “Lemonade,” the power couple has secretly recorded an album together.
Sources confirmed exclusively to Page Six that Jay and Bey’s surprise album is complete, and it will drop on his streaming service Tidal very soon.
One source told us, “Jay and Beyoncé were never going to do an interview to address all the questions that came up after ‘Lemonade.’ It’s more their style to respond through music.”
Beyoncé’s album “Lemonade,” released on April 23, set off a torrent of rumors about the state of their marriage, because of the singer’s lyrics about a cheating spouse and her angry performance in the accompanying film.
Countless column inches and Web posts were devoted to discussing the identity of “Becky with the good hair,” and both Rachel Roy and Rita Ora were forced to deny being Jay’s alleged other woman. Beyoncé and Jay haven’t made any public comments about it.
It is not known how long the famous couple has been working on the new album, because Beyoncé is in the midst of her Formation World Tour.
Meanwhile, Jay made a rare onstage appearance at the opening night of Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy Family Reunion concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday.
Bey and Jay’s previous collaborations include 2002’s “?’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” then “Crazy in Love” a year later. Beyoncé also sang on Jay Z’s “Hollywood.” More recently, their joint tracks include “Lift Off,” “Drunk in Love” and “Part II (On the Run).” Meanwhile, there has been speculation about the couple recording an album together for years. But our sources say it is finally ready.
Their reps could not be reached for comment Sunday night.
Country artists welcome Beyonce to the formatWhen Beyonce dropped a country tune inside her new visual album "Lemonade," it was the biggest crossover news in country music since Justin Timberlake brought down the house at the Country Music Association Awards last year alongside Chris Stapleton.
The Houston native's Southern music roots are interwoven throughout the No. 1 album, but on "Daddy Lessons," she mixes New Orleans horns and country lyrics and messaging with a sprinkle of Texas enthusiasm. And many in Nashville are welcoming music's reigning queen to the format.
Country singer Dierks Bentley said he loved the whole album, but when he heard "Daddy Lessons," he immediately thought it was a country song.
"There is just something intangible about it that it feels like a country song," Bentley said. "It's not just choruses that are catchy and verses that could be intermixed anywhere as some pop songs are. It's a real story that she tells about what's going on in her life growing up."
Added Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town: "She has some stories to tell — that's clear on 'Lemonade.' And that's what makes country music great."
The Dixie Chicks covered the song during their current national tour and even Blake Shelton defended the song from critics who say it's not country. Female country artists in particular have loved Beyonce's emphasis on the feminine perspective in pop music for years: Reba McEntire cut a version of Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" in 2010.
Even country superstar Garth Brooks said he can learn from Beyonce.
"I was lucky enough to get to see Beyonce's Vegas show ... I mean, take out your notebook and take notes. No matter how long you've been on the stage — take notes on that one," Brooks said.
"Daddy Lessons," which debuted at No. 41 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, starts off with an extended horn intro, but then Beyonce namechecks her home state of Texas. Led by an acoustic guitar with hand claps marking the rhythm, she sings about lessons she learned from her father and former manager. With its lyrical references to the Second Amendment, the Bible and guns, "Daddy Lessons" could easily pass as the latest feisty hit from Miranda Lambert.
Fairchild said that Lambert would be a perfect duet partner for Beyonce on "Daddy Lessons," adding "but I am getting in on that, if that's happening."
Nationally syndicated country radio host Bobby Bones played the song on his iHeartRadio morning show, "The Bobby Bones Show," and said the feedback from his listeners was positive. Younger country music artists like Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini and Sam Hunt all draw on pop and R&B influences, so it's not a stretch to hear a song that mixes genre on country radio.
"With country music it's all about the message, how you are able to present it and the authenticity of it," Bones said. "It's not just an acoustic guitar and a cowboy hat. I think the message of being true and honest has stayed the same from the beginning and I think the Beyonce song fits that mold."
He compared it to Timberlake's "Drink Me Away," a pop song that originally was released in 2013, but had a second life on country radio last year because of his well-received performance of the song with Stapleton on national television.
The song could even qualify for CMA's song of the year or single of the year awards if it charts in the top 50 of a Billboard country singles chart by the end of June, which it hasn't yet. And there's no requirement for being known as a country artist for Beyonce to be nominated for female vocalist of the year.
"Beyonce is an artist that you wouldn't normally associate with country radio. And like a lot of new artists, I think it would take a lot of listeners a second to say, 'OK, I get this," Bones said. "I think it could be a No. 1 hit for Beyonce, if there is some time and effort put into it."
Beyoncé's Superstar Fans: Kourtney & Khloe Kardashian, Tyga, Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Attend L.A. ConcertExtra star power was in full effect at Beyoncé's concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California Saturday.
The R&B and pop star began her anticipated Formation tour late last month. This marked the concert series' first show in the Los Angeles area.
Celebrity attendees included Bey's Destiny's Child pal Kelly Rowland, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian. Their sister Kylie Jenner's ex Tyga who was spotted arriving and walking with a group of guy friends and near Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Karlie Redd. It is unclear if she attended the show with them and whether he and the Kardashians interacted.
Other celebs spotted at the concert included Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis, Kerry Washington, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Bradley Cooper, who arrived with his model girlfriend Irina Shayk and her mother, Olga Shaykhlislamova.
Duff and Dewan-Tatum posted on their Snapchats pics and clips of themselves before and during the concert. The latter star shared a video of her and a friend dancing to Beyoncé's 2011 hit "Run the World (Girls)" at the show.
Her husband Channing Tatum had dressed up like the singer and performed the track, with Bey herself, on Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle several months ago.
Washington also posted on Instagram a photo from the concert.
"Joyous #LEMONADE hangover," she wrote.
Kourtney posted on her Twitter page on Sunday morning what scores of fellow concertgoers were likely thinking.
Beyoncé’s sportswear line reportedly made in Sri Lankan sweatshopMulti-millionaire singer Beyoncé reportedly contracts with overseas clothing companies that use sweatshop labor to manufacture her sportswear line.
Britain’s The Sun on Sunday said its investigation found that the star’s Ivy Park label, featured in Topshop stores, is made by Sri Lankan seamstresses paid only $6.17 a day.
A 22-year-old sewing machine operator told the newspaper that she lives in a 100-room boarding house near the factory in the town of Katunayake.
“All we do is work, sleep, work, sleep,’’ she said.
The young woman said she can’t survive on her salary of $125.30 a month.
That’s just a bit over half the Sri Lankan average monthly income of $235.49, according to the newspaper.
The worker, a farmer’s daughter from a remote village 200 miles away, shares a 10-foot by 10-foot room with her 19-year-old sister.
Each of them pays rent of $27.08 a month.
“We don’t have our own kitchen or shower; it’s just a small bedroom,’’ she told the Sun.
“We have to share the shower block with the men, so there isn’t much privacy. It is shocking and many of the women are very scared.
“We don’t have much spare money and what we do have we send back to our family.”
Arcadia Group, the company that owns Topshop, told the Sun it has strict rules for its suppliers.
“When customers buy our goods, they have to be sure [the products] have been made under acceptable conditions. That means without exploiting the people who make them.”
Arcadia added that all suppliers must provide “decent working conditions.”
The Sun acknowledges that the factory — owned by a Sri Lankan tycoon named Mahesh Amalean and his two brothers — is not breaking any laws.
And even the poorest of Amalean’s workers make more than the country’s minimum wage.
But the newspaper quotes Jakub Sobik, from a group called Anti-Slavery International, saying, “This is a form of sweatshop slavery.’’
The story quotes the 34-year-old entertainer, the wife of multimillionaire rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z, saying, “My goal with Ivy Park is to push boundaries of athletic wear and to support and inspire women who understand that beauty is more than your physical appearance.
“True beauty is in the health of our minds, hearts and bodies . . . I am mentally strong and I wanted to create a brand that made other women feel the same way.”
'Just dance': Serena recounts taking part in Beyonce videoBeyonce told Serena Williams to dance and the tennis champion let loose.
Top-ranked Williams recounted Sunday how she came to have a part in the singer's video, ''Lemonade.''
Williams says, ''I have known the director since I was like nine years old. I know Beyonce pretty well, so they were like, 'We would love for you to be in this particular song. It's about strength and it's about courage and that's what we see you as.'''
Williams' appearance came on the song ''Sorry,'' which features Beyonce showing her man the stupidity of his cheating ways.
Williams says, ''She told me that she just wants me to dance, like just be really free and just dance like nobody's looking and go all out. So that wasn't easy in the beginning, but then it got easier. ... I thought that particular song on the visual album was really a strong song, and it was also really fun at the same time.''
Waltz with Leo, Brad or Beyonce _ or their holograms anywayYou can waltz with Leo, pirouette to "Swan Lake" or join Beyonce on the disco floor. Well, your holograms can, at Tokyo's Madame Tussauds wax museum.
The Tokyo location of the museums known for their life-sized celebrity figures in wax opened a dancing hologram attraction Thursday.
Visitors can waltz and disco with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Marilyn Monroe, or pirouette in a "Swan Lake" ballet with Olympics figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu.
Mizuho Shinden had a dream-come-true experience with two of her favorite celebrities, Monroe and Lady Gaga.
"It looks as though I'm really there, so that's a strange feeling. But I thought, wow, it's like a dream to be able to dance with such amazing people,'" Shinden said.
It was more unsettling for Tomoaki Ishizuka, who found himself dressed in a ballet leotard alongside Hanyu. "I saw myself dancing with other ballerinas, so that was disgusting - but it was disgusting because it looked so real," said Ishizuka.
Participants get a 3D face scan, which is transposed onto a hologram dancer for the 90-second presentation.
The attraction is one of the ways the centuries-old museum is exploring of interacting with celebrities in a digital age.
Museum General Manager Toshi Endo said the current roster of three dances and six celebrities will expand by midyear.
Beyoncé Thanks 'My Beautiful Husband' Jay Z as She Launches Her Formation World Tour in MiamiThe kick off to Beyoncé's Formation World Tour in Miami Wednesday night came packed with an emotional punch.
At the very end of the show, Queen Bey thanked her "beautiful husband" Jay Z, and earlier shared a touching story about their daughter Blue Ivy and also paid tribute to Prince.
The singer's marriage to husband Jay Z has been under tremendous scrutiny ever since she released her infidelity-themed album Lemonade four days prior to the launch of the tour.
Beyoncé sang "Sorry" with the much-discussed "Becky with the good hair" lyric and other tracks from her new album, as well as her hits including "Drunk In Love," "Single Ladies," and "Naughty Girl."
Talking to the audience about daughter Blue Ivy, Beyoncé shared: "We were driving to rehearsal today and she said 'Mommy, are we going to your work?' And it reminded me that I dreamed of this day my whole life." She then thanked her fiercely loyal Beyhive fanbase.
During one costume change, "Purple Rain" by Prince was played to the audience as a big purple screen rotated onstage. Later, before singing her hit song "Halo" she said: "Thank you Prince for your beautiful music," as well as thanking God, Jay Z and Blue Ivy.
Meanwhile Jay Z was spotted looking very relaxed in Miami on Tuesday afternoon and was also at his wife's rehearsal at the Marlins Park venue the night before.
The couple are seemingly in a good place despite lyrics in Lemonade like, "This is your final warning ... . If you try this s--- again, you gon' lose your wife."
"They definitely went through a rough patch a couple years ago, but they came out stronger in the end," a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. Renewing their wedding vows in fall 2014, "I think they almost wanted to prove to everyone that they wouldn't break up," adds the source.
Beyonce set to top chart with unconventional releasePop superstar Beyonce's sixth album is expected to debut at number one on the US chart despite being available only for download and through one streaming service, Billboard said Wednesday.
The music industry journal, which publishes the weekly album charts on Sundays, said that Beyonce's "Lemonade" was likely to sell more than 450,000 copies before factoring in streaming in the week through Thursday.
Beyonce late Saturday released "Lemonade" -- after plenty of hints but no direct announcement -- exclusively on the Tidal streaming service led by her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z, during the broadcast of a film version of the album on cable network HBO.
Beyonce on Monday started selling the album for download on iTunes and other digital retailers but it remains off Tidal's larger competitors Spotify and Apple Music and a CD version will not come out until May 6.
Nielsen Music, which calculates the charts, factors in streaming, which has rapidly grown as a listening format, even if it generally brings in less revenue to artists than direct album sales.
If the forecast holds true on "Lemonade," Beyonce will have debuted at number one with all six of her solo albums.
Her last album, which was self-titled, was released in late 2013 without warning on iTunes and with no immediate physical copy -- a move that outraged brick-and-mortar retailers but which has become increasingly common for stars.
Her latest album, with themes of infidelity and the resilience of African-American women, marks a musically diverse turn for Beyonce with a song co-written with Led Zeppelin members and another track with a touch of country.
Beyonce's Lemonade Is Headed To The EmmysAs if having the entire Internet, music world and news cycle gasping for breath after Beyoncé's Lemonade weren't enough, HBO is working to get the special an Emmy too.
Lemonade, which Beyonce called a "visual album," premiered as an hour-long special on the cable network on Saturday night as part of HBO's free preview weekend. Variety reports that HBO will be submitting the music special for Emmy consideration this year in the Variety Special category.
In addition to the Variety Special category, Variety speculates that Lemonade will be a "shoo-in" for lighting design/lighting direction category as well.
Everybody and their mother parodied Lemonade last night.
Beyoncé is no stranger to TVs most prestigious award, having been nominated twice before: once for her Super Bowl XLVII Halftime show in 2013, and for the "On the Run Tour" concert special she did with husband Jay Z.
Might this be the one that gives her a win?
Beyoncé and Jay Z 'Came Out Stronger in the End' After a Rocky Few Years, Says SourceThe Bey-hive is still buzzing over all the bombshells dropped in Lemonade, but Beyoncé and Jay Z have put the drama behind them.
"They definitely went through a rough patch a couple years ago, but they came out stronger in the end," a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE.
On Beyoncé's sixth studio album, infidelity is a major theme throughout many of the tracks (the witch-hunt is still on for "Becky with the good hair"), but forgiveness and recommitment is also featured prominently.
In 2014, whispers of an impending split reached a fevered pitch after video leaked of the "Formation" singer's sister Solange attacking her brother-in-law in an elevator after the Met Ball.
At the time, sources told PEOPLE fashion designer Rachel Roy provoked Solange.
On Saturday, Roy posted a photo on Instagram seemingly identifying herself as "Becky," but the designer released a statement Tuesday denying she is the woman at the center of the cheating rumors. Singer Rita Ora – after being attacked by Beyoncé fans for possibly being "Becky" as well – denied the accusations on Twitter, saying she has "nothing but the [utmost] respect for Beyonce."
After spending the summer touring together, Beyoncé and Jay Z renewed their vows in fall 2014. "I think they almost wanted to prove to everyone that they wouldn't break up," says the source.
Since then, the duo have put on a united front, spending time with their 4-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and traveling as a family. At the Super Bowl (where Beyoncé performed during the halftime show), the rapper "was her biggest fan," says the source. "They were very affectionate all weekend and he helped her celebrate after her big performance."
Adds the source: "Jay's been very supportive of Beyoncé."
Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' hits iTunes, AmazonTidal holdouts can now experience Beyoncé's latest.
Lemonade is available to download on both iTunes and Amazon, after being sold exclusively on Tidal for 24 hours. The visual album, released Saturday, will continue to stream exclusively on Tidal, and will not be released to Apple Music or other streaming services.
A CD/DVD set is also available for pre-order on Amazon, with an expected release date of May 6.
Beyoncé premiered Lemonade's hour-long visual on HBO Saturday night, generating more than 1.8 million tweets worldwide, according to Twitter. The album has so far received rave reviews and also caused a stir online, with themes of marital strife and alleged infidelity (apparently about husband Jay Z) pervading its 12 songs.
The pop star released her last surprise effort — a 14-song, 17-video self-titled album — exclusively on iTunes in December 2013. She has since released new videos such as this year's Formation on Tidal, which Jay Z bought for $56 million last year along with its parent company, Aspiro.
Lemonade's 24-hour exclusivity is a relatively short window compared to Beyoncé's peers. Rihanna's Anti was only available on Tidal for a week after its late January release, while Kanye West's The Life of Pablo lived exclusively on the streaming service for nearly two months before he released it to other platforms this month.
Review: Beyonce again proves to be center of pop universeBeyonce doesn't simply release albums anymore, she unleashes events.
And so it was this weekend, amid deep mourning for a lost icon, music's queen dropped "Lemonade," an arresting display of what technically qualifies as videos and singles, but is better described as a work of art that appeared deeply personal, yet is a bold social and political statement as well.
It contains revenge anthems for scorned wives, a requiem for side chicks, a display of #BlackGirlMagic and support of #BlackLivesMatter, and an ode to forgiveness, all wrapped into an hourlong HBO special Saturday night that would of course land on Tidal, the music streaming service owned by hubby Jay Z, moments after the special ended.
"Are you cheating on me?" Beyonce's husky voice intones early on. For the first half of "Lemonade," it seems that Jay Z's 100th problem was here, and unfixable. While Beyonce has used rumors of infidelity to fuel her music for years, from "Ring the Alarm" to "Jealous," it seemed as if she was spilling all the tea on her much-scrutinized marriage with "Lemonade."
On "Hold Up," an intoxicating song with an island beat, a smiling Beyonce takes "Crazy in Love" to a new level: She smashes a bat on everything around her while reminding her man that other women "don't love you like I love you." Later, on "Sorry," with a twerking Serena Williams by her side, she shows her man the stupidity of his cheating ways and all he's lost. "Middle fingers up, put 'em hands high, put it in his face, tell him 'Boy bye.'"
At another point, she references her man's desire for "Becky with the good hair" and talks about wearing his mistresses scalp — talk about snatching edges.
What could come across as desperate instead becomes empowering, though, in part due to the poetic narrative Beyonce uses to tie each segment together, as well as the imagery, which is a defiant celebration of the beauty of black women: Dark to light, wooly hair to wavy hair, all looking glorious, with cameos from the likes of Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis, Zendaya and Amandla Stenberg.
And just as we think it's time to start to get seriously concerned for Jay Z's safety, he appears, nestled with his queen, in "Sandcastles," which speaks to a troubled union but a love that transcends it.
While much of "Lemonade" would appear to tie into Beyonce's own life, or so she would have us believe, she also draws from the angst of the black community: The mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown are seen, among others, looking somber as they hold photos of their slain sons. At another point, she tells the audience via the voice of Malcolm X that "the most disrespected woman in America is the black woman."
Like much of her music over the last few years, the music on "Lemonade" is not made for pop radio. Besides the explicit language, it doesn't fit into neat categories and boxes, ranging from R&B to a bit of reggae to rock and even a country twang. Paired with its visuals, it's also elevated, becoming a work of art that has many layers to be dissected; there may well be dissertations planned on it at this moment.
It all speaks to Beyonce's undisputed role the queen of pop — not of music, but of culture. It's hard to imagine any other artist who could drop a project in the middle of our national mourning for Prince and still not only get attention for it, but captivate us so.
Toward the end of "Formation," not included on the HBO special but part of the album, Beyonce intones: "You know you that b---- when you cause all this conversation."
With "Lemonade," she shows us she is King B, once again.
Reports: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' hits iTunes at midnightTidal holdouts won't have to wait much longer to experience Beyoncé's latest.
The New York Times reports that visual album Lemonade will go on sale on iTunes at midnight Sunday, a mere 24 hours after it was released exclusively on streaming service Tidal. The album's hour-long visual premiered as an HBO special Saturday and generated more than 1.8 million tweets worldwide, according to Twitter.
Beyoncé released her last surprise effort — a 14-song, 17-video self-titled album — exclusively on iTunes in December 2013. She has since released new videos such as this year's Formation on Tidal, which husband Jay Z bought for $56 million last year along with its parent company, Aspiro.
Lemonade's 24-hour exclusivity is a relatively short window compared to the pop star's peers. Rihanna's Anti was solely available on Tidal for a week after its late January release, while Kanye West's The Life of Pablo lived exclusively on the streaming service for nearly two months before he released it to other platforms this month.
So far, Apple hasn't returned requests for comment. USA TODAY has also reached out to Tidal and Beyoncé's rep.
Stop Everything: Beyoncé's New Album Lemonade Is HereThe Beygency is on high alert: Beyoncé just pulled a Beyoncé – again!
As was the case with her 2013 self-titled visual album, she gave the world little warning before dropping her new album, Lemonade on Tidal Saturday night, hot the heels of the premiere of her special on HBO.
The album, which features 12 new songs and a short film is based on "every woman's journey of self-knowledge and healing," according to a press release.
Although Queen Bey remained mum about her new music – avoiding any form of promotion, unless you count that epic Super Bowl halftime show and world tour announcement – this surprise was preceded by the unexpected debut of her hit song "Formation" and its buzzed-about music video in February. The Formation World Tour kicks off Wednesday in Miami.
Still, an abundance of signs, including unlisted videos on her Vevo page and that Lemonade teaser, amped up speculation among Beyhive loyalists in the days leading up to the release.
Why all the hysteria? In the words of Bey: "'Cause I slay."
Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' will be a docu-style special(Video) New details are spilling out about Beyoncé's Lemonade.
The mysterious one-hour event, airing on HBO Saturday (9 p.m. ET/6 PT), is not a live concert. Rather, it's a docu-style special similar to her 2014 HBO special, Life is But a Dream, according to an HBO executive who was not authorized to speak in detail about the project. The pop star has previewed Lemonade with two cryptic teasers released online, although it's unclear if the special will include any music videos or songs from her long-awaited new album.
The Internet has been abuzz with rumored release dates for Beyoncé's next effort ever since she released a polarizing new single, Formation, in February, which she also performed at the Super Bowl. The singer kicks off a world tour April 27 in Miami and launched a Topshop athleisure line, Ivy Park, in stores last week.
Beyonce unveils 'Lemonade' amid album speculationPop superstar Beyonce on Saturday announced a televised project entitled "Lemonade" for next week, fueling speculation that she will release a "film-album."
Beyonce posted on Instagram a short video with the title "Lemonade" which it billed as a "world premiere event" to air on the cable network HBO on April 23.
The rest of the video is cryptic, with a faint whispering as a person -- presumably Beyonce -- slowly rises with dreaded hair and a fur jacket but without any glance at the face.
The video would appear to confirm a report in February by The BeyHive, a fan site, that said she was working on an "album film."
Beyonce is known for surprise releases and her interest in pairing her music with visuals.
She released her last album, which was self-titled, in December 2013 with no prior announcement and combined the music with a series of short films.
"Beyonce" was the fifth solo studio album by the now 34-year-old and her most personal, with reflections on motherhood and of her marital bliss with rap mogul Jay-Z.
In February, Beyonce released a new song, "Formation," that moved in a sharply different direction with a sound from the New Orleans-bred bounce hip-hop scene.
Beyonce accompanied the song with a video in line with the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement against perceived police brutality, with one scene showing officers raising their hands up as if under arrest.
The video won wide praise from activists and Beyonce's fan base, although her political turn outraged some conservatives.
Beyonce, one of the most successful contemporary artists who has mostly avoided controversy in the past, later said in an interview that she was taking issue with abuses, not with all police.
Beyonce performed the song at the Super Bowl, the most-watched annual event on US television, and announced a "Formation" tour to start on April 27 -- meaning that an album release next week would be logically timed.
Beyonce has hinted at the "Lemonade" theme on Instagram, showing pictures of herself with lemons.
Her fan site said that Beyonce was working with Kahlil Joseph, a Los Angeles-based director behind a lengthy video for acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Clothing line accuses Beyoncé of playing dirty with mag creditsBrass from Bronx-based dancewear manufacturer KD New York are fuming that they weren’t credited in Elle’s Beyoncé cover story.
The singer wore the company’s leggings in the spread, but the piece online only credits Ivy Park, Beyoncé’s own line with Topshop.
A rep for KD told Page Six that the brand was at first credited until someone from Beyoncé’s camp allegedly had Elle pull the online credit.
“We were fully credited when the story went up, and then I went back a couple of days later and it was removed,” owner David Lee told us. “Someone [close to Beyoncé] called and said the credits were going to be removed without any explanation.” Lee said they lent the mag over 60 pieces.
Elle’s site instructs readers to pick up the print issue on newsstands “for a list of complete fashion credits” while mentioning, “Beyoncé wears Ivy Park throughout.”
But Lee said: “If you look at what’s up online right now, it’s implying that everything there belongs to another company. We’re a dance manufacturer in The Bronx. We’re talking about Beyoncé and Topshop sharing a little bit of credit.”
An Elle rep said, “The format of the story was modified solely to benefit user experience and showcase the content.”
The magazine was recently slammed by a disgruntled freelance writer in a bizarre Observer piece called “Elle on Earth.”
Meantime, a KD rep snarked of the Beyoncé brouhaha: “It’s complete greed. It’s disgraceful that they could not share even a fashion credit with a ‘Made in USA’ minority-owned clothing line.” Bey’s rep didn’t comment.
Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals the One Beyoncé Song That Gives Her "Chills" Every Time She Hears ItWe've said it before and we'll say it again: Gwyneth Paltrow is for sure crazy in love with Beyoncé.
As the actress and Goop founder continues to support her latest cookbook It's All Easy, fans are learning more about the bond shared between her and the A-list singer.
While chatting on SiriusXM's My Favorite Song with John Benjamin Hickey radio show, Gwyneth revealed "Drunk in Love" could just be her favorite song from her close pal.
"I never get sick of this song. A song that has this much vibe, I mean I get chills from this song," she explained. "It makes you want to move."
Being such close friends, John Benjamin Hickey had to ask if she had any idea about the self-titled album that came out of nowhere. As it turns out, Gwyneth may have heard the tunes and watched a few clips before all of us.
"She played me the video for this song so she played me a bunch of videos before the album dropped," she confessed. "I had been with her a lot when she was working on it. I knew the general plan of what she was going to do. I knew there was going to be a surprise."
While her love for Queen Bey remains strong, Gwyneth has also developed a huge appreciation for Taylor Swift. After her daughter Apple expressed a desire to see the "New Romantics" singer live and in concert, the author agreed and was pleasantly surprised by what she experienced.
"I love her. She's very savvy. She keeps her clothes on. She writes her own music. She has good values," Gwyneth shared. "She's a good girl. I like her."
And while the proud mom had to wear earplugs during the entire show—you know how enthusiastic those Swifties can be—Gwyneth said the night out with her daughter was unforgettable.
"It was my first experience of experiencing my daughter completely swept up in something that was her own thing. It was her own experience," she shared. "I wasn't bringing her. She was bringing me. She knew every single word to every deep cut on 1989. I just stood there watching her watch Taylor Swift."
Gwyneth's full interview airs April 20 at 8:00 am EST on Radio Andy channel 102.
Beyonce says she's not 'anti-police'Pop superstar Beyonce has rejected criticism that her new activism is "anti-police," saying she is tired of being assigned labels.
Beyonce caused a stir in February with her new song "Formation," whose video was heavy in imagery from the Black Lives Matter protest movement including a scene in which police raise their hands up as if under arrest.
"I'm an artist, and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken," she said in an interview with Elle magazine that came out Tuesday.
"I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let's be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things," she said.
Beyonce suggested that the criticism was a case of attacking the messenger, calling the video a celebration of Black History Month and of feelings "there long before a video and long before me."
A police group and a number of conservative commentators said they were offended by the song, which musically marked Beyonce's biggest foray into the Southern hip-hop style of bounce.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, known for his tough-on-crime stance, said it was "outrageous" that Beyonce performed "Formation" during halftime at the Super Bowl -- American football's title match which is the most-watched US television event of the year.
But Beyonce also won praise from activists who said that the pop star -- who along with her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z, is worth an estimated $1 billion -- was using her fame for social good.
Beyonce has long described herself as a feminist but said in the interview that a better term might be "humanist" as she was concerned with all inequality, noting for example her work for Global Citizen which fights extreme poverty in the developing world.
"I don't want calling myself a feminist to make it feel like that's my one priority, over racism or sexism or anything else.
"I'm just exhausted by labels and tired of being boxed in," she said.
Beyonce, who gives few in-depth interviews, spoke to Elle for the launch of her Ivy Park line of athletic attire for women.
Billionaire’s daughter lands rare Beyoncé interviewWhat does a writer have to do to score an interview with Beyoncé? Have at least one very powerful parent, it seems.
On Monday, Elle magazine published a preview of a “rare” interview with the singer. The writer wasn’t the type of big name usually attached to such a high-profile story: Instead it was written by Tamar Gottesman, a journalist who’d previously penned just nine stories for the magazine, all of which were published in 2014.
So how did Gottesman snag such a prime assignment? Well, as Lainey Gossip points out, it just so happens that her dad, billionaire hedge fund manager Noam Gottesman, is pals with both Beyoncé and Jay Z. The couple even attended his wedding last summer.
The site points to an online record of a 2011 Daily Mail story in which Gottesman and two if his daughters shared a helicopter ride with the music power couple during the Glatsonbury Festival.
“On one occasion, Beyoncé and her rapper husband were flown back for lunch, where to the delight of Gottesman’s two elder daughters, Maya, 18, and Tamar, 20, Beyoncé gave the girls an impromptu dance lesson,” the British paper reported at the time.
The full story — the teaser announced the singer’s activewear line, Ivy Park — is set to go up on the magazine’s website on Tuesday.
4 reasons to believe Beyoncé's album may drop on April 4From rallying brown girls to get in Formation to her unapologetic Black Lives Matter tribute at the 2016 Super Bowl, from her mic-dropping announcement of an international tour to the debut of her Ivy Park "athleisure" line, Beyoncé is once again all on our mouths like liquor. And the Queen Bee’s renewed buzz can be only mean one thing: Another edge-snatching album is upon us.
Beyoncé's camp previously confirmed the album would drop sometime in April, which got us thinking, “Why not this Monday (April 4)?”
Here’s the calculated reasoning behind our prediction.
1. It coincides with the release of her Elle cover
Beyoncé has largely eschewed interviews over the course of the last two years, relying instead on a painstakingly curated social media profile and HBO documentary, quiet contributions to grassroots movements campaigning against systemic racism, and sumptuous music video visuals that leave critics wringing their hands in a bid to parse through her embedded political messages. And yet, on the verge of increasing clamor about her sixth studio album, Bey agrees to a cover story. The Elle profile (on newsstands and online April 4) is either incredibly serendipitous or incredibly strategic. Based on the mogul's business savvy, we’re inclined to lean toward the latter.
2. She's about to go on tour
Time is running out for Beyoncé to release new music before her Formation world tour kicks off April 27 in Miami. Of course, nothing's stopping her from touring without new material. But we're not talking about an amateur here — we're talking about Beyoncé, one of music's savviest marketers, who's ascended the pop music throne by making sure there's always something new for her fans to buzz about. Launching a tour without releasing an album first? Both we and Bey know that's a wasted opportunity.
3. It's the anniversary of Walter Scott's death
From the Formation video's pointed police brutality references to Bey's Black Panther homage at the Super Bowl, all signs point toward Beyoncé highlighting social justice issues on her new album. And April 4 marks an important and tragic anniversary for the BLM movement — it's the one-year anniversary of the death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police after a traffic stop in South Charleston on April 4, 2015. Combined with the rumors that Bey will honor Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Mike Brown in one of her new music videos, remembering Scott by releasing her album on the 4th isn't beyond the realm of possibility.
4. And, finally, the simple answer: The number 4 holds sentimental value for Bey
Beyoncé previously opened up about the significance of the number 4 during her press tour for her fourth studio album, the aptly titled 4. During an July 2011 interview with Good Morning America, the singer explained: "My birthday is on the fourth. My mother's birthday is on the fourth. My husband's (Jay Z) birthday is on the fourth. I got married on the fourth." So, why not debut her highly anticipated LP on the fourth day of the fourth month of the year — a day which also marks her 8th anniversary with Jay? It's only right.
Beyoncé is launching an activewear line(Video) Beyoncé is helping her fan base get thismuch closer to obtaining her bootylicious bod.
The superstsar singer took to Instagram Thursday morning to announce her latest venture with co-founder Sir Philip Green: an activewear line named Ivy Park.
Her cryptic post — a photo of herself wearing a black-and-white bodysuit while sexily lounging on a pair of suspended workout rings — was simply tagged @weareivypark.
Meanwhile, Topshop (of which Green is the chairman) posted a more direct announcement on its Instagram account, with a photo of Queen Bey wearing the same bodysuit emblazoned with the brand’s logo. The caption directly announced the collaboration, as well the date available to purchase (for those of you hanging by an athleisure thread, that’s April 14).
The first half of the brand’s namesake comes from Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, while the latter half is equally loaded with personal meaning (it references the park where Beyonce used to go for runs with her father — Elle.com has the full explanation in this newly released video.). With cameos from Blue Ivy and old footage of Beyoncé and Solange as kids, the quick clip packs a sentimental punch.
All we know is that if the Beyhive has anything to do with it, this cool collaboration is sure to hit the ground running as soon as it goes live.
Is Beyoncé About to Release New Album Featuring Adele, Kanye West & Mariah Carey?(Pic) The Beyhive is abuzz once again about a rumored Beyoncé and Adele collaboration.
Back in November, Adele denied a rumor that she turned down a request from Beyoncé to sing together. Now, though, what appears to be a leaked album release is making its way around the Internet, and it has fans hoping once again that Queen Bey is joining forces with Adele and dropping an album on Friday! But hold on, y'all, there's a pretty big catch...
This supposedly leaked release has Beyoncé dropping this new album, titled Formation, to Tidal users on Apr. 1—otherwise known as April Fool's Day—one week earlier than a wide release slated for Apr. 8. Given that Beyoncé is a Tidal founding member, it's totally plausible that she'd use her album release as a way to promote the streaming service, but on April Fool's Day? Really?
Actually, it's Beyoncé, and she likes to keep us on our toes. That said, the singer has yet to make any sort of announcement in regards to all this, so we're not really sure if we should be setting ourselves up for new music joy or cruel prank disappointment.
If the Formation release making the rounds is, indeed, legit, Beyoncé's new album will feature Adele as well as Jay Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Frank Ocean. There are 14 total tracks listed on the purportedly leaked set list, one of them being "Formation."
There's speculation that Beyoncé will be pulling a Beyoncé and releasing new songs and music videos like she did back on December 2013. As several astute Twitter users noticed, the video count on Beyoncé's Vevo page is listed at 117. But, if you add up all the videos from the index (music videos, audio, performance & shows), that number jumps to 130. That leaves 13 videos unaccounted for (and presumably, privately listed), and since Bey already released the music video for "Formation" last month, the remaining 13 tracks from her rumored album could theoretically be privately listed and waiting for launch.
There was an Us Weekly report claiming that Beyoncé was filming a music video last week and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to the set. However, per NBC News, a member of the presidential hopeful's camp said this meeting never happened.
As for a new album dropping on April Fool's Day? Your guess is as good as ours.
Beyoncé is way too expensive for Bradley CooperBradley Cooper’s planned directing debut, a remake of “A Star Is Born,” has fallen through after his rumored co-star Beyoncé wanted too much money for the role.
Warner Bros. was negotiating with “American Sniper” star Cooper to direct and star in the remake of the 1950s Judy Garland musical. Beyoncé was being lined up to play the lead, a young woman whose dreams of stardom are helped by an aging icon.
But one Hollywood source tells Page Six, “Beyoncé wanted too much money, and Warner Bros. balked at her price. The production budget was also said to be an issue with the studio, so the project has fallen apart.”
However, a different source claimed, “Bradley has started reading scripts for his next acting project. But the ‘Star Is Born’ project remains in development and Bradley is still involved.”
A third source added, “This project is something Bradley has been involved with for a long time. It has gone on the back burner, but he’s still working on it, among other projects.”
Cooper has his own production company, 22nd & Green, with Todd Phillips under the Warner umbrella.
The remake of the classic 1954 Judy Garland musical made by Warner Bros. — itself a remake of a 1937 film that starred Fredric March and Janet Gaynor — has been floated around Hollywood since 2011. There was also a 1976 version, which starred Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand and was panned by most critics.
Back in 2011, Clint Eastwood was set to direct, and Beyoncé’s name was first mentioned as the female lead. Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were reportedly circling as the male lead, but the movie kept being delayed.
In 2014, Cooper — who’s been thinking of directing for some time — picked the project as his directorial debut, following the success of “American Sniper,” also made with Warner Bros.
Reps for Warner Bros. and Cooper didn’t comment, and a Beyoncé rep didn’t get back to us.
Beyoncé Goes Blue For Garage Magazine Cover(Cover) 50 shades of Bey!
Beyoncé debuted a new look, and a couple of options, for her photo shoot with Garage Magazine.
On the cover, Queen Bey is surrounded in hues of blue as she looks over her shoulder, staring seductively into the lens, wearing her blonde locks in cornrows, and a fresh face, featuring minimal makeup. The “Formation” singer also flaunts some new piercings — although it’s not clear if they’re real — as a line of hoops go up her ear.
In other variations of the cover shot, the mother of one, 34, is seen with a frame of orange, red, and yellow, circling her face.
The cover art is collaboration between the superstar singer, and world-renowned artist Urs Fischer, and offers a sneak peek into what the magazine describes as an “interactive feature [that] will include exclusive words and images from Beyoncé herself.”
The March issue is currently available for pre-sale, but won’t hit news stands until March 14.
Miami cops vow security boycott of Beyoncé concert in AprilThe Fraternal Order of Police has moved on from berating filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to bashing Beyoncé, vowing to boycott working security at her concert when her Formation tour kicks off in April in Miami.
Members of the Miami chapter of the FOP, the national police union, voted to boycott Beyoncé's April 26 show at Marlins Stadium, local union president, Lt. Javier Ortiz, confirmed Thursday.
He called on all police officers everywhere to boycott all of her concerts on her forthcoming world tour.
The reason: She '"used this year's Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message," Ortiz said in a letter announcing the boycott.
The FOP was one of multiple police unions and departments that called for a boycott of Oscar-winning Tarantino's latest film after he delivered inflammatory remarks at a November rally in New York against police brutality.
The Miami move comes after ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News Channel after the Super Bowl to condemn Beyoncé-and-company's half-time show — in which she and her dancer posse cavorted in black berets and bandoliers — as "outrageous" and an "attack on police officers."
Ortiz accused Beyoncé of using her Super Bowl show to "salute" the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers, a black-power group widely feared by police back in the day and still loathed in 2016.
Ortiz said he and "tens of thousands" of cops didn't watch the show — apparently they knew what Beyoncé was going to do before anyone else. But he later stumbled on her Formation video, which featured a black boy dancing in front of police in riot gear, who put their hands up in surrender.
Clearly a reference to the Black Lives Matter campaign, Ortiz said, and the police-shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last year. He challenged Beyoncé to read the Justice Department report on that shooting, saying it showed "hands up, don't shoot was built on a lie."
As per usual, Beyoncé has been silent about all this.
Ortiz did not clarify whether the call to boycott working security on the Miami concert is an order or a request, and whether it applies to all Miami cops, or just union members or all police officers in Dade County.
Nor would he say what would happen to those cops who ignore the boycott. And what about cops who want to attend the concert for their own pleasure on their own time?
But the Fox News affiliate in Tampa reported that no local cops have signed up yet to work her concert on April 29 in Tampa.
So far, the FOP's campaign against Tarantino has yielded little. Prior to the opening of his The Hateful Eight on Christmas Day, Jim Pasco, the head of the national FOP, threatened a nasty "surprise" for the filmmaker in retaliation for not apologizing for his remarks at the New York rally.
But nothing happened and the film opened without incident. It's grossed about $132 million worldwide.
Red Lobster enjoys sales surge after mention in Beyonce songRed Lobster says it's feeling the "Beyonce Bounce."
The seafood chain known for its cheddar biscuits says sales surged 33 percent on Sunday, compared with last year's Super Bowl Sunday. The increase came after the release of "Formation," in which Beyonce says she took a man to Red Lobster after sex. It's hard to imagine hordes of people rushing to Red Lobster after hearing the song, but the chain says it's sure the mention is responsible for at least part of its sales jump.
Other factors also likely helped. Red Lobster notes this year's winter wasn't as harsh, meaning people were likely more willing to head out to restaurants. And the chain is running a "Lobsterfest" promotion that it didn't last year.
The pop culture spotlight from Beyonce is nevertheless a welcome change for Red Lobster, which was sold by Darden Restaurants in July of 2014 after it suffered ongoing declines in sales. The chain, which is now privately held by investment firm Golden Gate Capital, says it has posted sales gains every quarter since the separation.
And after the mention by Beyonce, it says it was also a trending topic on Twitter for the first time.
"It's clear that Beyonce has helped create some Red Lobster fans, and we are very grateful to her for that," Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup said in a statement.
Erica Ettori, a Red Lobster representative, said she could not "confirm or deny" whether the chain has reached out to superstar, but noted that things were "moving fast."
Regardless, the chain is already trying to make the most of its moment, noting that lobster is considered a romantic food. The chain also tweeted that, "Cheddar Bey Biscuits" has a nice ring to it, don't you think?" The tweet had more than 14,000 retweets as of Tuesday afternoon, but some mocked Red Lobster for taking several hours to respond, only to come up with something they deemed underwhelming.
Red Lobster, based in Orlando, Florida, has more than 700 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
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Beyonce's Super Bowl show bringing both praise and criticismA day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year.
The halftime show — seen by an estimated 112 million people — is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics.
While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded 50 years ago by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in the Bay area — the location of this year's Super Bowl. At one point during their routine, the dancers formed an "X'' on the field, which some people are taking as a tribute to slain black activist Malcolm X.
In addition, Beyoncé and her dancers raised a fist to the sky, reminiscent of the black power salutes of the 1960-70s, made popular internationally by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists to the sky after winning gold and bronze at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
Several people applauded her embracing the history of black activism and of her own identity. Her new song "Formation," which she sang during her performance, includes the lyrics "I like my baby hair, with baby hair and Afros. I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils."
"I think that you're hard-pressed to find that demonstrative an example of performative blackness on stage, on such a high profile stage," said Damon Young, editor in chief of the website www.verysmartbrothas.com , on Monday. "Between the dancers coming out dressed as Black Panthers to the lyrics to the song, again ... I can't recall another time you saw that unambiguousness with a performance on a large scale."
Melina Abdullah, a Black Lives Matter activist and leader in California, said it's wonderful that artists like Beyonce "are willing to raise social consciousness and use their artistry to advance social justice."
But not everyone appreciated Beyoncé's performance. Republican Congressman Peter King of New York immediately condemned Beyoncé for her performance, saying on Facebook "her pro-Black Panther and anti-cop video 'Formation' and her Super Bowl appearance is just one more example of how acceptable it has become to be anti-police."
(While there were no direct references to police on the Super Bowl field, the video, released Saturday, features a young black child in a hoodie dancing in front of a line of police officers, and graffiti that reads "Stop Shooting Us.")
And all of this comes during heightened racial tensions across the country, particularly in regards to allegations of police brutality. Hollywood is grappling with issues of race as well, with Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith planning to skip the Academy Awards after no actors of color received Oscar nominations for a second year in a row.
Lakeyta Bonnette, a Georgia State University political science professor, said more and more celebrities like Beyonce are moving toward public activism. In 2014, basketball superstar LeBron James and other NBA players wore "I can't breathe" T-shirts to their basketball games: "I can't breathe" were the last words of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a physical altercation with police in New York City.
But some people have complained that Beyonce injected politics into a sports event. On Monday's Fox & Friends, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani slammed her tributes to black activism during the halftime show when performers are "talking to Middle America."
"I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive," said Giuliani, who said he would have preferred "decent wholesome entertainment."
To be fair, it wasn't just Beyoncé that the 71-year old Giuliani didn't like. He called the whole halftime show "ridiculous."
"I don't know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible," he said. "Actually don't even know why we have this. I mean, this is football."
Beyonce’s Valentine’s Day comes early, Jay Z sends her 10,000 roses before Super BowlJay Z proved that waiting until Valentine’s Day to show one’s love is indeed silly, especially if you have a wife who is about to perform during the biggest television event in the world.
On Sunday (Feb. 7), “The Blueprint” rapper sent his 34-year-old wife 10,000 roses to say, “Why I love you” to Queen B before she took the stage at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, according to Us Weekly.
Maybe it was this over-abundance of affection that helped push the “If I Were a Boy” singer to absolutely steal the show from Coldplay during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Confidently marching onto the field while singing her new song “Formation” with an entire army of ladies dancing behind her, Beyonce proved once again why she “runs the world.”
Bey and Jay, the two married musical all-stars and parents to 4-year-old daughter Blue-Ivy, appear to still be “Crazy in Love,” and continue to raise the bar for relationship goals everywhere.
Beyonce announces 2016 Formation World TourBeyonce is working overtime this weekend: After releasing a new song Saturday and performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, she's announced a new stadium tour.
The Grammy-winning singer announced her 2016 Formation World Tour in a commercial after she performed at the halftime show with Bruno Mars and Coldplay. The tour will kick off April 27 in Miami and the diva will perform shows in North America and Europe. The tour wraps on July 31 in Brussels.
Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders go on sale Tuesday; tickets for general public will be available Feb. 15.
The singer was last on a stadium tour — the On the Run Tour with husband Jay Z — in 2014, a year after she headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in New Orleans. Sunday's halftime performance included Beyonce's new song, "Formation," released Saturday causing Internet frenzy.
Did Beyoncé rip off a documentary in her new video?Beyoncé dropped her pro-black anthem video “Formation” Saturday night to much acclaim, but received some backlash from documentary filmmakers Chris Black and Abteen Bagheri after they recognized scenes she used from their 2013 doc “That B.E.A.T.”
“New Beyoncé video used hella clips from the doc I produced and directed by @abteem .?.?. but why!?!?” Black tweeted.
He added, “I guess it’s flattering that people f?-?-?k with the things you’ve created but also frustrating when they wanna use it like it’s theirs. The funny thing is that our doc is low key iconic so the audacity to rip and pass it off like we not gonna notice. You outta touch b!”
But Beyoncé’s rep claimed they had permission and the licensing to use the documentary footage from the production company. Beyoncé’s director, Melina Matsoukas, eventually shouted out Black and Bagheri in a tweet acknowledging she took the footage from their doc.
“Must give much love to the beautiful NOLA footage shot and directed by @abyewm and @lkeber to make #FORMATION whole.”
Beyonce releases top-secret song ‘Formation’ — will she sing it at Super Bowl 50?(Video) With a high-profile Super Bowl 50 appearance on her schedule, it would seem like Beyonce isn’t exactly lacking in publicity. Nevertheless, the iconic artist spent the Saturday (Feb. 6) before the big game surprising fans with the top-secret release of her new single “Formation,” her first song in over a year.
According to Rolling Stone, Queen Bey has been rehearsing the song during halftime show preparations, making it seem likely that she’ll debut it as she performs alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars.
The video makes reference to Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans, with Beyonce sitting on the roof of a partially-submerged police car and singing seductively about her Givenchy dress. It seems as though Beyonce is looking to push some buttons with the song, which makes it an even more unlikely Super Bowl arena anthem, but it sure is catchy.
Her first new song since “Beyonce: Platinum Edition” came out in November 2014, “Formation” is available to download or stream for free through Tidal.
Beyoncé shakes up her management teamBeyoncé has parted ways with her longtime business manager and hired a new team to promote her career and land her more lucrative deals, Page Six has exclusively confirmed.
As the star prepares to perform with Coldplay at Sunday’s Super Bowl, we’ve learned that Beyoncé has split with her general manager of five years, Lee Anne Callahan-Longo.
Beyoncé is now working with Steve Pamon, who was JPMorgan Chase’s head of sports and entertainment marketing and masterminded the bank’s sponsorship of Queen Bey and Jay Z’s 2014 On the Run tour.
A source tells us, “Beyoncé basically cleaned house, got rid of her whole team, which included her cousin, and hired a new team. She wants to surround herself with business people who could take her career to an even higher level.” The insider added, “She has one album left to deliver before her deal is up with Columbia, plus she wants to make smarter decisions where it comes to touring, sponsorships and acting roles.”
Beyoncé brought Pamon over from JPMorgan Chase to her company, Parkwood Entertainment — which encompasses artist management, music production, tours, motion pictures, TV specials and apparel (as well as every facet of Beyoncé’s career ) — late last year. Former Universal Republic and Island Def Jam exec Peter Thea has also joined her team, along with Dan Ghosh-Roy, who heads up her digital operation.
Beyoncé’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, said in a statement: “Last year, Parkwood Entertainment created new departments and recruited new executives from the tech, business and entertainment sectors who joined the team to help grow Parkwood and its interests .?.?. Some senior staffers were given the opportunity to reposition and stay on. Some members .?.?. awakened [to] new interests and decided to follow personal routes.
“Lee Anne Callahan-Longo has worked with Beyoncé for the last 10 years. Their friendship supersedes business, and while she is no longer an employee of Parkwood, she will remain an imperative part of Beyoncé’s life.”
Coldplay, Beyoncé unite for 'Hymn for the Weekend' videoColdplay, Beyoncé unite for 'Hymn for the Weekend' video: Video.
SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST HALFTIME SHOWSTwo days before the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers kick off in SUPER BOWL 50, SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST HALFTIME SHOWS will celebrate the best halftime performances in Super Bowl history and trace the evolution of the event over 49 years. Narrated by NCIS: LOS ANGELES star Chris O’Donnell, the new two-hour special will be broadcast Friday, Feb. 5 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. As previously announced, Coldplay will be among the artists that will take the stage during SUPER BOWL 50’s halftime show.
In addition to highlighting past shows, the anthology includes fresh interviews with top performers who have made the Super Bowl Halftime Show one of the most highly anticipated live 12 minutes on television, including Beyoncé (2013), Bono (2002), Missy Elliot (2015), Bruno Mars (2014), Sir Paul McCartney (2005) and Katy Perry (2015).
Also, Halftime Show producers Jimmy Iovine (2003) and Don Mischer (2005-2009), director Hamish Hamilton (2010, 2012-2016), journalists, music executives and former NFL personnel share their insider memories of past performances, such as Michael Jackson (1993), Madonna (2012), No Doubt (2003), Prince (2007), The Rolling Stones (2006), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2009), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2008) and The Who (2010), among others.
SUPER BOWL 50, featuring Denver taking on Carolina, airs live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, Feb. 7 (6:30 PM, ET/3:30 PM, PT) on CBS.
Beyonce to share the stage with Coldplay in the Super Bowl halftime ShowIt’s been three years and it looks like Queen Bey is set to return to the Super Bowl halftime show stage. Entertainment Tonight has confirmed that Beyonce will be joining Coldplay at Super Bowl 50.
While Beyonce’s rep has not commented as of yet, speculation leads to the though that Bey will join the band in a live performance of “Hymn for the Weekend,” the track they recorded together on the band’s seventh studio album, “A Head Full of Dreams.”
Also set to mark their return to the sporting event is Bruno Mars as rumors have him joining Coldplay on stage during the show. Chris Martin is very excited about the opportunity, saying in a video interview, “Are you kidding me? It’s the greatest moment of our band’s life. We’re going to give it everything we have.”
The same video makes reference to “special guests” which has led to more speculation that Bruno Mars and Beyonce may not be the only superstars taking the stage during the show.
Super Bowl 50 will go down at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California and will air live on Sunday, Feb. 7 on CBS.
Beyoncé and Jay Z win ‘Drunk in Love’ sampling suitBeyoncé and Jay Z beat a lawsuit filed by a Hungarian singer who accused the superstar couple of using her voice for their hit track “Drunk in Love” without her permission because the song is a “constitutionally protected work of art,” according to a new ruling.
The Hungarian Roma, who goes by Mitsou, was shocked when friends heard her singing a cappella for the first 13 seconds of Beyoncé’s song after it was suddenly released without any promotion in December 2013.
“Mitsou’s voice was sampled and digitally manipulated without her permission” for Beyoncé’s Grammy-nominated “Drunk in Love,” the 2014 Manhattan suit charges.
Mitsou, whose full name is Mónika Juhász Miczur, released the traditional folk song “Gypsy Life on the Road” in the US in 1997.
Mitsou’s vocals dominate 1½ minutes of the 5½-minute song. The rest of the track features Beyoncé’s voice with Jay Z rapping alongside her.
The song’s video won Best Collaboration at the MTV Video Music Awards and has been viewed over 236 million times on YouTube.
Mitsou sued for unspecified monetary damages, claiming the “blatant unauthorized use of [her] voice for trade purposes is causing irreparable harm and emotional distress.”
But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern tossed the case because Mitsou was suing under the state Civil Rights Law, which only protects a “name, portrait, picture or voice used for advertising or trade purposes without written consent.”
Kern wrote that “courts have consistently held that Civil Rights Law does not apply to works of literary and artistic expression.
“It is undisputed that the ‘Drunk in Love’ song and video are works of artistic expression and, pursuant to well established law, they are therefore exempted from the Civil Rights Law,” Kern said.
The judge also didn’t buy Mitsou’s argument that the Civil Rights Law applies to the song and video because they were used in HBO ads and a series promoting Beyoncé’s concert tour.
That use “does not vitiate their character as works of artist expression,” Kern wrote.
Beyoncé Dresses Like a Christmas Tree (and Her Outfit Would Warm Even the Grinch's Heart)(Pic) It’s the most magical time of the year, and in case you haven’t heard, Beyoncé is here to bring all of the good tidings of comfort and joy you’ll ever need, all thanks to the most festive winter outerwear the world has ever known.
When Queen Bey gets in the spirit, she doesn’t mess around, as evidenced by this coat festooned with tinsel and ornaments, her santa hat, and tannenbaum sunglasses the pop star wore out to a holiday party last night. Judging from her husband Jay Z’s extremely normal attire, it’s pretty safe to say this was not some kind of Christmas-themed costume party, but rather a natural effusion of Beyoncé’s appreciation for the season. Or perhaps this is simply her small way of harkening in the yuletide and combatting these decidedly un-Winter Wonderland like conditions we’re currently facing in New York.
Whatever the reason for this glorious head-to-toe look, you should never look a gift horse in the mouth. Let’s all cross our fingers that this is some kind of holiday outfit advent calendar so for the next 10 days we’ll be able to revel in the majesty of Queen Bey’s increasingly festive ensembles until Christmas when she finally reveals what we’ve secretly known in our heart of hearts all along: She’s really just Santa Claus in disguise.
Beyoncé joins Bradley Cooper in remake of ‘A Star Is Born’Bradley Cooper is moving ahead with his planned directorial debut — a remake of the classic “A Star Is Born” — and Beyoncé is on board to star with him, sources tell Page Six.
But insiders added that although Cooper’s now meeting with producers in Hollywood to back the project, the film won’t be ready to go before cameras until the end of next year, or possibly January 2017.
As a result, Cooper is now trying to squeeze in an acting role before going into preproduction on “A Star Is Born,” but sources said he needs to find the right script that will let him “disappear” into a part and shake off two bombs — chef drama “Burnt” and Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha.”
“Beyoncé is a go,” said a source of Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born,” which originated in 1937, was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and again in 1976 with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand. Our source added Cooper’s still seeking the rest of the cast. “He’s out to find the rest of the cast, but he may take another acting role [in the meantime]. He’s furiously making everything he can.”
Beyoncé’s reportedly been taking acting lessons and looking for “an iconic dramatic role.” She was originally said to be interested in the “A Star Is Born” remake when it was to be helmed by Cooper’s “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood, who then dropped out.
After “American Sniper” raked in more than $350 million at the box office, Cooper impressed critics on Broadway in “The Elephant Man,” then landed in two underperfoming movies. Also, his role in “Joy” was just snubbed by the Golden Globes.
“He is looking to really disappear into his next role,” said a Hollywood source. “That’s where Bradley’s best — in ‘American Sniper,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’” Either way, one lined-up role he’ll really disappear into is as CGI character Rocket Raccoon in “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” which won’t hit theaters until May 2017. He’s also been rumored to direct another movie starring Robert De Niro, “Honeymoon With Harry.” Reps didn’t get back to us.
Watch a 7 year-old Beyonce flawlessly perform ‘The Wiz’Watch a 7 year-old Beyonce flawlessly perform ‘The Wiz’: Video.
SightingsJay Z and Beyoncé at the 40/40 Club to hear Jay Z’s nephew Jarrel Carter DJ.
Song of the week: Coldplay and Beyonce team upVocals from Gwyneth Paltrow, a sampled speech from Barack Obama, a choir with Blue Ivy Carter — a diverse crew of voices join Coldplay on their new album A Head Full of Dreams.
But it's Blue Ivy's mom, Beyonce, who claims the album's strongest guest appearance, lending her graceful vocals to Hymn For The Weekend. Hymn is Coldplay's version of a party anthem, which sounds just like you'd expect it to: Chris Martin delivering lyrics like "Got me feeling drunk and high" in his signature falsetto over twinkling percussion, light-footed piano and bursts of horns. But delivered with a gentle touch, it all works.
And who knows — maybe we'll hear it live at the Super Bowl this year.
Beyoncé's Topshop Collection Finally Gets a Release Date—Scoop!Say it all together now: Finally!
Beyoncé and Topshop have been keeping shoppers on their toes for more than a year now since announcing a dream-come-true athliesure line last October. Said line was supposedly set to hit stores in the fall of 2015, but clearly that date has come and gone and still no Top-Bey collection. Both the pop star and the mega retailer have remained mum about the street style-perfect line since—no teasers, no Instagram sneak peeks; nada. But at long last, we've finally got some good news to share.
Mark your calendars for April 2016, 'cause that's when Queen Bey's line is now slated to hit the shelves in Topshop locations across 25 countries, The Telegraph was first to report. And if this celebrity retail endeavor proves to be anything like Olivier Rousteing's Balmain for H&M collaboration, then shoppers may need to start strategizing their store front stakeouts now.
But remember, this is no mere collaboration, Sir Philip Green assured the masses back in October 2014 (he's the chairman of the Arcadia Group which controls Topshop, FYI). No, the Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd. line (as it's so been dubbed) will be a "50-50 joint venture company."
"We have been looking at this category as fashion inspired fitness develops, and know that this is right in our customers' heartland," Sir Phillip added in the initial statement about the line. "Creating a partnership with Beyoncé, one of the most hard-working and talented people in the world, who spends many hours of her life dancing, rehearsing and training is a unique opportunity to develop this category."
As for what to expect from the soon-to-be-released brand, neither Beyoncé nor Topshop have offered any hints. But if we had to guess, we might look back to a few of Bey's many, many mommy style getups from the British label.
Holly Holm’s awkward moment with BeyoncéNewly crowned UFC champ Holly Holm — who recently crushed Ronda Rousey in Australia — had an awkward moment in Las Vegas with Beyoncé on Saturday night.
Spies tell us the pair were among just a few select guests in a D’Ussé VIP lounge at the Mandalay Bay during the Miguel Cotto and Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez fight.
When Jay Z — whose Roc Nation Sports reps Cotto — congratulated Holm on her underdog win over Rousey, she introduced her husband, Jeff Kirkpatrick. “Jay was like, ‘This is my wife,’” turning to Beyoncé, a spy said.
When Beyoncé told Holm, “I’m B,” “Holly turned around and was like, ‘What’s your name?’?” After Holm’s husband explained it was Beyoncé, Holm apologized and said, “I want to put my foot in my mouth right now. Of course, I know who you are.”
After the fight, spies tell us Jay Z went into the locker room and told the beaten Cotto that he had a great fight. Jay Z lost a $100,000 charity wager on the bout to Álvarez’s backer, Oscar De La Hoya.
We hear that back in New York, Rihanna, Travis Scott, Swizz Beatz and Victor Cruz watched the match at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club.
Jay Z and Beyonce -- The Queens Collide At Britney Spears' Show(Pic) Jay Z and Beyonce had one of the best seats in the house Friday night for Britney Spears' Vegas show.
The two were spotted at Planet Hollywood for the concert, and both tried to keep an extremely low profile. You can see from the video below, Bey kept her head tucked on the way out and Jay Z covered up with a hood.
Britney recently signed a brand new $35 million deal with PH ... so maybe Beyonce's just taking notes for a show of her own.
Adele Did Not Turn Beyoncé Down: 'Obviously, Queen B Until the Day I Die'There's no beef between Adele and Beyoncé.
"Obviously, Queen B until the day I die," Adele, 27, proclaims in a new interview with Beats 1's Zane Lowe.
"There's a rumor going around that I turned Beyoncé down, which I would never be so disrespectful as to do," the singer explains. "I'd never disrespect her like that."
She adds with a laugh, "I'm such a fan, oh my God."
Despite the British star's love for her fellow diva, fans won't score a duet when Adele's hotly-anticipated album 25 drops on Friday.
Adele teased her new songs – including the nostalgic "When We Were Young" – at her Radio City Music Hall concert in New York City on Tuesday. NBC will broadcast the show on Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. ET.
Beyoncé Dances with Blue Ivy in Sweet Instagram Snap(Pic) May I have this dance?
Beyoncé uploaded an adorable Instagram snap on Sunday of herself and Blue Ivy sharing a dance. Both wore white outfits and little Blue, 3, is seen smiling as Beyoncé twirls her around.
Blue sported a sun dress while Bey opted for a form-fitting, wrap dress with gold detail.
It is unclear what the event was, but other Instagram snaps show the “Single Ladies” singer both on her way to the soirèe and striking a fierce pose once there.
The superstar is known for sharing sweet mommy-daughter snaps, as well as family pics with hubby Jay Z.
Recently, the 34-year-old shared photos of the Carter family’s Coming to America-themed Halloween costumes.
The snaps show Beyoncé wearing a head wrap, a tribal print dress and what appears to be animal fur. Jay Z donned a phony mustache, a hat and what looked to be an animal shawl, akin to Prince Akeem, played by Eddie Murphy, in the 1988 film.
Completing the family costume, little Blue wore a high ponytail and a tribal-printed dress.
In September, the “7/11” vocalist blessed her Instagram followers with a load of vacation pics while the Carters spent time in Italy. She shared a cute photo of herself and Blue wearing flower head bands.
Beyonce & Kelly Rowland -- Go Artwalking ... No Picasso, BabyBeyonce and Kelly Rowland were just two normies taking in the arts Tuesday -- sans the A-list treatment -- at UCLA's Hammer Museum.
Witnesses say they came with Bey's mom Tina and just like everyone else -- walked right on through the general entrance and cruised the exhibits for 2 hours with regular folk ... NO special tour guide. They stepped out of civilian mode just once, to take a pic with the museum's curator.
Bey and Kelly weren't there to see Picassos or Van Goghs .. and instead hit up two contrasting exhibits by emerging artists Frances Stark and Njideka Akunyili Crosby.
Bey's said in the past her music is often inspired by art ... so it could mean new music is on the way, or she's just shopping for wall hangings.
Katy Perry is the highest paid woman in musicKaty Perry has been named the highest-paid woman in music for 2015.
According to Forbes, Perry earned the top spot thanks to a world tour, hit singles and endorsements, which combined to earn her $135 million this year, tens of millions of dollars ahead of the rest of the women on the list. Throughout her Prismatic World Tour, she grossed more than $2 million per city during the 126 shows. Her deals with Covergirl, Coty and Claire’s were icing on the cake.
“I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company,” Perry told Forbes. “I’m an entrepreneur… I don’t want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls.”
Taylor Swift earned the No. 2 spot on the list, nabbing $80 million. Her own tour, the 1989 World Tour, helped her cinch the high ranking, but couldn’t measure up to her rumored rival Perry’s haul. Her album “1989” sold more than 3.6 million copies and was the top release of 2014.
Fleetwood Mac claimed the third spot, with Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie posting high numbers in the coed quintet. Their $59.5 million total, with over $1 million per city for their On With The Show tour, put them at No. 3.
Lada Gaga and Beyonce rounded out the top five with $59 million and $54.5 million, respectively. Gaga played 66 shows and also cashed in from deals with Versace and MAC while Beyonce’s On the Run tour with husband Jay Z grossed over $100 million in 19 dates. The rest of the top 10 includes Britney Spears ($31 million), Jennifer Lopez ($28.5 million), Miranda Lambert ($28.5 million), Mariah Carey ($27 million) and Rihanna ($26 million).
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New Beyoncé book sheds light rumored Jay Z, Rihanna trystThe author of an unauthorized biography of Beyoncé says that despite rumors that Jay Z cheated, Bey would never tolerate it.
One bombshell revealed in J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book “Becoming Beyoncé” is about a rumored Jay Z fling with protégée Rihanna when she was just 17.
“It was total fiction,” the author told “Entertainment Tonight,” claiming a publicist concocted the tale to boost Rihanna’s career. But, “Beyoncé didn’t know what to make of this, and it actually ended up breaking them up for a time. They spent maybe a year apart from each other because Beyoncé just wasn’t sure of what to make of the situation with Rihanna.”
Now, “It’s safe to say that Rihanna and Beyoncé are friends.”
He adds RiRi was partially to blame for Jay’s infamous elevator fight with Beyoncé’s sister Solange in 2014.
“People told me that there was a whispered argument that night having to do with Jay wanting to go to a party [for] Rihanna,” he said. “Beyoncé did what Beyoncé does. She laid down the law .?.?. it was a whispered married couple’s argument that would’ve gone by completely unnoticed had not Solange overheard it.”
Date Night! Beyoncé and Jay Z Hit Up Hamilton on Broadway(Pic) Beyoncé and Jay Z hit the town for a Broadway date night Wednesday.
The pair was snapped leaving hot-ticket musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, just one night after they both took the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to perform at the TIDAL X: 1020 charity concert.
As it happens, Jay and Bey are just the latest A-list theaters to see Hamilton, the hip-hop-influenced show by In the Heights composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on founding father Alexander Hamilton.
Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington and the first family have all stopped by to see the show as well.
Jay-Z, Beyonce, others perform at Tidal concert in NYCJay-Z and Beyonce were joined by a slew of artists including Nicki Minaj and Usher at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Tuesday night for a charity concert put on by the streaming service Tidal that covered rap, R&B, reggae and even a little country.
The concert, "TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC," was a little like streaming a musical hit parade, as most of the artists only sang one song, and even major stars like Jay-Z and Beyonce kept to short sets. The goal of the event was to raise funds that would be given to the New World Foundation, an organization that funds social movements.
Concert organizers said all money from ticket prices was going to the charity, estimated to be about $1 million.
Jay-Z and other artists announced in March that they were the co-owners of Tidal, which was presented as the first artist-owned music and video platform. It's a membership-based service that offers subscribers two levels — $10 for standard sound quality and $20 for high fidelity sound quality. Jay-Z said last month that the service had gotten to one million subscribers. But the service has struggled against competitors like Spotify and Pandora, which offer free subscriptions.
At Tuesday's concert, there were just a few passing references to Tidal. There also were some videos with people talking about making the world a better place, but nothing about the organization that is getting the money from the show.
Jay-Z told the crowd the event wasn't a one-off. "This is our first annual event," he told the cheering crowd.
Most of the artists performed well-known hits that received rousing responses from the packed arena. Usher was an exception to the slew of old favorites, performing his new single, "Chains," which focuses on racial injustice. He put the song out last week through Tidal.
Other artists who performed at the concert included rappers T.I., Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Meek Mill, reggae performer Damian Marley, country singer Thomas Rhett, French band Indochine, and singers Nick Jonas, Alessia Cara and Justine Skye. At the concert, it was announced that Marley had become one of Tidal's artist-owners.
Tidal's list of co-owners also includes Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West and Alicia Keys.
Beyoncé Heats Up the Cover of Beat Magazine, Makes First Print Interview Since 2013: 6 Things We Learned!(Cover) It may be fall, but Beyoncé is bringing some summer heat with her new cover spread for Beat magazine!
The songstress looks amazing wearing a couple sexy, skin-baring bathing suits. She even manages to make a chicken look good just by holding it while gazing intensely at the camera for one shot.
The Queen B is also photographed in some natural settings: riding a bike upon a grassy knoll and sitting in a field of purple flowers, showcasing her go-to Bey smise and her perfectly unruly, honey blonde tresses.
But the beautiful spread isn't the only treat Bey gifts us today…The cover shoot also includes her first print interview since 2013!
Albeit short, Beyoncé answers a variety of fun, playful questions, revealing things we've never known about her before. Here are six things we learned:
1. She couldn't have success without fear: "What does fear taste like? Success," she tells the publication. "I have accomplished nothing without a little taste of fear in my mouth.
2. She totally knows which Beyoncé she'd dress up as for Halloween: "Destiny's Child 'Survivor' era with the army fatigues. Or maybe 'Bootylicious' with the gold tooth and pink tips in my hair." Yasss, Queen!
3. She sings in the shower: "'Holy Ghost' by Kim Burrell."
4. She and Jay Z are just like us: They "Netflix and chill." (Wink wink!)
5, She's a Fetty Wap fan: When asked the last song stuck in her head she said, "'Jugg' by Fetty Wap."
6. Her taste for pizza is just as spicy as she is: "Extra tomato sauce and jalapeños."
For more from her Beat interview, make sure to pick up a copy here on Oct. 21.
Mathew Knowles is ‘the brains’ behind Beyoncé’s successMathew Knowles is setting the record straight about his upcoming day-long boot camp, “The Entertainment Industry: How Do I Get In?”
“Let me tell you what it’s not — that I’m trying to cash out on Beyoncé,” Knowles, 63, told Page Six. “Nothing to do with that.”
Despite his reassurance that he’s not profiting off his daughter, many interpreted the controversial seven-hour seminar — which promises to give key advice to aspiring singers, dancers, composers, writers, producers and even managers and attorneys — as a sign of desperation after Knowles severed business ties with Queen Bey in 2011.
“[It’s the] same course, same price, that I gave in Barbados,” said the Music World Entertainment creator. “I’ve given similarities of the seminar in Paris. So it’s not something that’s new.”
He’s already got concrete plans to take his seminar to Macon, Ga., next month and Rochester, NY, at the top of 2016. He’s also booking events in New York City, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Norfolk, Va., in the near future.
“As an educator, most people don’t know, I taught for 10 years at the collegiate level. For eight years I’ve taught here in Houston at Texas Southern University,” he explained. “As an educator, this is what I do for a living. This seminar is just an extension of that.”
The seminar features a short video of Beyoncé talking about failure. Despite no longer managing the “7/11” singer, Knowles added that his relationship with his superstar daughter remains positive.
“I spent the day with Blue Ivy and Beyoncé a couple of months ago,” he said. “And actually hope to see them next week or the week after and spend another day doing Play-Doh with Blue Ivy.”
So far, he’s sold 300 of the available 500 tickets. Prices range from $99 for students to $299 for the VIP experience, which includes lunch with Knowles and a photo. All participants will get a certificate of completion and a reference book with a glossary of industry definitions and helpful contacts.
“I’m not just Beyoncé’s father,” said the record-label executive, who has managed a number of high-profile artists including Nas. “People want to brand me as that. I’m the brains behind the success.”
Beyonce & Jay Z -- Check Out Our New $45 Million Palace(Photos) Jay Z and Beyonce got the last laugh after getting notice to leave the house they were renting ... because we've learned they got an even better house.
Our sources say Bey and Jay are now renting the $45 million Holmby Hills palace that was owned by ex-L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
McCourt sold the house to a British billionaire last year for $45 million, but we're told the new owner was hardly in L.A. and it just sat vacant. So he recently decided to put it on the market for lease ... we're told for around $150k a month.
Our sources -- all of whom are people who were on hand this past weekend facilitating the move -- say Beyonce and Jay signed a 1-year lease.
As for the house ... it's 20,000 square feet, complete with an indoor Olympic-sized pool complex and an outdoor pool with a waterfall and formal gardens.
As we previously reported, Bey Z got the boot from their old rental in the same neighborhood after the owner decided to sell it.
We broke the story ... Jay Z and Beyonce are putting down stakes in L.A., largely because they think it's a good place to raise Blue Ivy.
Beyoncé Performs a Secret Show in Las Vegas—and You Won't Believe How Much She Was PaidIt pays to be Beyoncé. Literally.
The 34-year-old superstar reportedly performed a secret show in Sin City at the Palms Casino Resort last night. Of course, in today's day and age, what happens in Vegas doesn't stay there—instead, it winds up on Twitter.
Social media was abuzz this morning with mentions of the "Single Ladies" singer's performance. We're told it was a private event and Jay Z's better half was paid a few million dollars.
All in a day's work for the world-famous pop star...
Video circulating on Twitter shows Blue Ivy's mama shutting it down on stage, booty-poppin' up a storm as she rocks what appears to be a red sequin unitard and belts out her hit "Crazy in Love."
Queen Bey has been performing up a storm as of late, most recently taking the stage at the Global Citizens Festival in New York City's Central Park, where she sang her hit "Drunk In Love" as a duet with none other than Ed Sheeran.
Yesterday, it was also announced that the musician will be performing at "TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC" on Oct. 20 at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Additional notable artists who will be seen at the concert include Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Prince, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I. and more.
Additionally, the singer showcased a number of super-sexy looks while taking the stage at the 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival, an annual event that is sponsored by her husband.
Bey was the headliner of the two-day event, which also featured The Weeknd, J. Cole, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Future and more.
The performance in early September marked her first gig in months—and it seems she's not stopping any time soon.
Beyoncé, Jay Z to headline starry Tidal concertStreaming service Tidal is putting together an all-star concert starring Beyoncé, Prince and Jay Z on Oct. 20.
The music and video streaming platform announced “TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC,” which will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The concert will also include Nicki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, Damian Marley, Thomas Rhett, Indochine and T.I.
Tickets for Tidal subscribers go on sale Wednesday and will be widely available Friday. Tickets range from $74 through $244 and all of the ticket sales will support charities through the New World Foundation.
Tidal, which is owned by Jay Z, Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna and other artists, has struggled to compete with Spotify and others since it was launched this year.
Obama, Beyonce part of Global Citizen fest all-star lineup(Video: Beyoncé Duets With Ed Sheeran) First lady Michelle Obama introduced a new campaign focusing on education for girls, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai earned loud applause for her striking speech and Beyonce was energetic during her live performance at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival.
The multihour event held on the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park also featured Vice President Joe Biden, Hugh Jackman, Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio and Pearl Jam, who closed the event with a rocking performance.
Obama first appeared in a video promoting the 62 Million Girls campaign, but she later walked onstage after Beyonce introduced her following her performance.
"Let's give it up for the amazing Beyoncé," Obama said. "I am thrilled to be here tonight ... and honored to follow a woman who I admire and adore."
Obama said she has traveled the world and met with young women who have not had a chance to receive an education. She asked the audience to tweet photos of themselves with the hashtag #62MillionGirls and say what you learned in school. Obama said she learned how to "speak up" in school.
"Right now 62 million girls are not in school ... they deserve the same chances to get an education as my daughters and your daughters," she told the feverish audience, who cheered her on.
President Barack Obama also appeared in a video at the event, in its fourth year and aimed at ending poverty around the world. The festival is timed to coincide with the U.N. General Assembly meeting, and fans earned free tickets by taking actions to end poverty on globalcitizen.org.
Yousafzai, the 18-year-old Pakistani activist, was passionate as she spoke about fighting for the right for all children to receive an education.
"I want education to be the top priority because how can we end poverty ... when we deny the right to education," she said. "It's not that there is lack of money in this world ... we have billions and trillions of dollars, but where the money goes is military, it's things that are useless and that are not useful to society."
"It is a book and a pen that can change the life of a child — it's not a gun," Yousafzai added. "It was a gun that hit me on the left side of my forehead, it was a gun that hit my two friends, but it wasn't a pen. But it was a pen (that) really helped us go forward in our lives."
The event, which aired on MSNBC, was hosted by Stephen Colbert, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek Pinault, Olivia Wilde and other top celebrities. Usher, Jason Sudeikis, Laverne Cox, Katie Holmes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Bill and Melinda Gates also attended the event, along with multiple world leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Backstage was just as star-studded: Everyone from Daniel Craig to Jay Z — holding daughter Blue Ivy — was there.
The event featured a number of unique musical collaborations: Beyonce joined Eddie Vedder onstage; Sting performed with rapper Common; and Ariana Grande sang with Coldplay.
Sheeran even joined Beyonce for a guitar-based version of her thumping R&B hit "Drunk In Love," which earned roaring applause.
Beyonce, who changed three times during her set, performed hits from "Crazy In Love" to "Halo" to "Single Ladies."
"I want y'all to feel the connection right now ... I want y'all to get lost and dance like children," she told the crowd.
A New Destiny's Child Project In The Works? Beyoncé's Dad Mathew Knowles Says Yes!There was a mini Destiny's Child reunion – minus Beyoncé – just recently, but there may be an official reunion coming soon.
The girl group's manager Mathew Knowles [who no longer manages daughter Beyoncé] has teased fans with hints about possible projects in the works, including an album.
"I am extremely hopeful that the ladies will come back with an album and a tour," he told The Huffington Post on Monday. "I'm working on a few Destiny's Child projects right now."
While the ladies haven't released any music as a trio since Bey and Kelly were featured on Williams' 2014 single "Say Yes," the forthcoming DC project will be spearheaded by Knowles himself.
"My second book will be the autobiography of Destiny's Child. I'm talking to the film and TV community right now, regarding a Destiny's Child movie or TV series of some sort."
And adding more anticipation, Knowles predicts "within the next two or three years we'll see something major come from it."
In March, Destiny's Child reunited at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards to perform "Say Yes". Two years before that, the 2013 Super Bowl marked the last time the three had performed together on stage during Bey's "beautiful" halftime show.
Beyoncé Is Back! Listen to the Singer's Hot New Single "Runnin' (Lose It All)" With Naughty BoyListen: https://youtu.be/MEf87D6uWp4.
Bey and Jay show their love in Sardinia(Pic, Pic2) Talk about “Drunk in Love.”
After seven years of marriage, Beyoncé and Jay Z still know how to enjoy themselves.
Music’s power couple was photographed engaging in some serious PDA while on vacation in Sardinia over the weekend.
In one of the photos, Bey and Jay can be seen passionately locking lips by the seaside on the Italian island. In another, they can be seen cuddling up together aboard a sleek boat.
While the fashionable couple wasn’t dressed to the nines, their casual beach gear was still mighty stylish. The pop star wore a white bralet and patterned blue sarong (an outfit which won’t quell the rumors that she’s shielding her stomach from the public), while her husband wore a blue tee and shorts.
The couple, who started dating after recording “03 Bonnie & Clyde” together in 2002, were married in April 2008. They have one child together, 3-year-old Blue Ivy.
Beyoncé Wears Jaguar-Printed Swimsuit, Bares Butt Cheeks in Short Shorts on the Beach in ItalyBeyoncé Wears Jaguar-Printed Swimsuit, Bares Butt Cheeks in Short Shorts on the Beach in Italy: Pic.
Beyoncé Gets in Touch with Her Wild Side on Vacation with Hubby Jay Z in Italy(Pic) Wild thing!
Beyoncé took to the water with her family on Thursday as they enjoyed a vacation in Italy. The singer wore a zebra-print romper topped with a white blazer as they cruised the Mediterranean on a luxury yacht.
She accessorized her look with oversize sunglasses, a neutral lip and wore her long blonde tresses in loose braids.
Bey and hubby Jay Z relaxed in style as they sipped wine and laughed together.
In August, the 34-year-old shared photos of herself and her only child, Blue Ivy, during a family boating day in New York.
The mother-daughter duo wore matching, printed swimsuits and Bey topped her look with a captain's hat.
Beyonce and Jay Z -- We're Getting Booted from Our Home!!!Beyonce and Jay Z are about to become homeless in LA.
TMZ has learned the place they've rented since February has been sold and they have to be out lock, stock, and barrel in 60 days.
Beyonce and Jay dropped $150k a month on the 16,000 square foot Holmby Hills estate ... this after looking in vain for a place to buy in the L.A. area.
It appears they weren't interested in outbidding the buyer, who agreed to pay $35.5 million for the pad.
So the task at hand is now finding new digs, and we're told the couple is already on the hunt in Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Holmby Hills.
Nothing but the best for Blue Ivy.
Beyoncé Debuts Bangs One Day Ahead of Her 34th Birthday—Take a Look!(Pic) Beyoncé's ringing in her birthday with a (literal) bang.
Taking to her blog space, the Grammy-winning artist showed off new wispy bangs to complement her already layered locks. Pinned back in an elegant, undone bun, the singer's warm blond hue appears unchanged. And paired with her dramatic pose, plus that perfectly formed cat eye, Bey's look is—we'll say it—flawless.
This isn't the first time Bey's gone with a bang-up hairdo, as she sported similar forehead fringe during her Destiny's Child days and again in several music video cameos (our favorite being "Video Phone," obviously). Her last stint with bangs, however, looks to be in 2012, when she donned a full-forehead style. But she has rocked faux-bangs more recently, if you recall those wigged-out baby bangs she wore in Paris last year.
This being the eve of her 34th birthday, there's really no better time for her to experiment with her hair—new age, new 'do!
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Obama releases music playlists on SpotifyBy day, President Barack Obama enjoys the music of such artists as Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and the Bobs — Dylan and Marley.
When the sun starts to set, his tastes shift to the mellifluous sounds of Al Green, Frank Sinatra, Beyonce, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and others.
Obama on Friday tweeted links to his daytime and evening summer playlists as the White House launched an official channel on Spotify, the popular music streaming service.
Obama said he shared the lists "due to popular request."
"What's your favorite summer song?" he said on Twitter.
The presidential presence on Spotify marks the latest step by a White House already active on social media to boost its presence in the online world. Obama and other White House officials regularly use Twitter, Facebook, Medium and other social media platforms to make announcements.
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Beyoncé Covers Vogue's September Issue, Proves She's Fashion Royalty (and a Sexy Superhuman)(Cover, Pic1, Pic2, Video) Queen Bey reigns supreme once again! The singer nabbed Vogue‘s coveted September issue cover and — wait for it — she looks utterly flawless.
Vogue celebrates Bey’s world domination in a gorgeous photo shoot by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino. The singer poses in a number of body-loving gowns that show off her famous curves. She wears her hair in a wet center-parted style — her perfect complexion as radiant as ever.
To tease the yet-to-be released interview, Vogue features a number of fashion designers talking about the icon’s style influence and power.
“The word diva is used for so many female performers, and it often means they have reputations for being difficult, but she exudes charm and a lovable quality,” Marc Jacobs shares.
Adds Stella McCartney, “She’s the whole package: primal, rare, delicate, beautiful, and powerful,” and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy’s creative director who dressed Bey for this year’s Met Gala in that famous naked dress) states, “There is a magnetic presence to her.”
Catch a behind-the-scenes look at her sexy cover shoot above. Vogue‘s September issue hits stands on Aug. 25.
Beyoncé covers Vogue’s September issue(Cover) All hail Queen Bey.
Beyoncé covers the September issue of Vogue magazine. Shot by legendary photographer Mario Testino, the spread features the 33-year-old superstar sporting several luxurious looks, including a $12,000 floral design dress from Marc Jacobs.
“The word diva is used for so many female performers, and it often means they have reputations for being difficult, but she exudes charm and a lovable quality,” Jacobs told Vogue.
Jacobs isn’t the only creative mind who knows the power of the Grammy winner.
“She’s the whole package: primal, rare, delicate, beautiful and powerful,” gushed Stella McCartney. “Her appeal crosses art forms, genders, and generations.”
This marks the first time Beyonce has ever covered Vogue’s prestigious September issue. She previously appeared on the magazine’s April 2009 and March 2013 covers.
Beyonce makes history on the coveted Vogue September issue cover(Cover) Beyonce can now add another thing to her list of achievements and accolades as the singer is making history as the first black female artist to grace the cover of the coveted Vogue September issue.
The singer strikes a fierce pose in the cover photo sporting wet hair and a gorgeous purple Marc Jacobs ensemble with the accompanied text reading, “Just B: Beyoncé and the Art of Global Domination.”
The cover is Beyonce’s third for the high fashion publication. She previously appeared on both the March 2013 and April 2009 covers. She is the third black female to appear on the front of the Vogue September issue, following in the footsteps of supermodel Naomi Campbell and actress Halle Berry.
Vogue’s September issue is major in the magazine world. The issue is traditionally the biggest and most important of the year and features the the best of fall fashion, plus loads of advertisements. The largest September issue on record is the 2012 edition, coming in at 916 pages. The influential issue was also the subject of a 2009 documentary showing the behind-the-scenes drama following Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her staff during the production of the September 2007 edition.
Beyoncé spent $312K on one pair of shoes() Beyoncé shelled out a stunning $312,000 for a pair of diamond-encrusted stilettos to strut around in during an upcoming music video.
The fancy footwear, designed by Birmingham, England-based company House of Borgezie, sparkles with a dizzying 1,310 diamonds.
“It’s the ultimate; Beyoncé’s one of those fantasy customers,” House of Borgezie owner Chris Shellis said. “If you want someone to model your creations, you can’t get any better than Beyoncé.”
The high heels, called the Princess Constellation stilettos, are described on the jeweler’s Web site as being “possibly the eighth wonder of the world.”
Shellis said that Queen Bee’s people contacted him months ago after reading about the shockingly expensive shoes in an article.
“It’s a sale,” Shellis said. “I’ve been told the stilettos are for her next video.”
Bey’s beautiful curves will be wrapped in an $85,000 gold Basque Belt sold by the same company.
Anita Katzen, a partner at accounting firm Schulman Lobel, told The Post that Beyoncé could receive a tax break on the extravagant slippers because they’re part of a costume and not fit for the street. However, the IRS could argue that expenses need to be “ordinary and necessary,” she said.
And they could also be considered a resalable asset, Katzen added.
“The diamonds may not lose their value after the performance,” she explained. “If you bought a Picasso and used it in a video or stage performance, you may have a resalable asset that I would not deduct just because it was used in a performance.”
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Beyoncé's Personal Assistant Spills All Her Fashion Secrets—Get the Scoop!Forget about the fact that this lady has one of the coolest jobs in the world, Beyoncé's personal assistant, Sam Greenberg, knows a thing or two about the world of fashion.
Queen Bey's right-hand lady opened up to Vogue.com about how she says effortlessly chic on the clock, and why sometimes function does take precedence over fashion.
"It is always fun to play dress-up, because on shoots especially there are always great things," she dished, before adding, "I think that in this job it is about looking clean and looking cool, and not trying to be much in the spotlight because that isn't why you're there. It is also about representing whom you work for."
Greenberg dished that "it is a cool experience to learn from [Beyoncé] and curate my taste along with hers because she is quite the style icon." You can say that again!
And traipsing around the globe alongside one of the world's most famous singers means that Greenberg has to keep up with the hectic, non-stop pace.
"I definitely don't wear heels most of the time, because I'm always on my feet and running around. I try to stick to really cool flats and sneakers…Especially being in New York City, it's nice to have something comfortable," she explained.
Greenberg had a big learning curve, however, when it came to knowing exactly what to bring with her while traveling around the globe with Bey.
"I showed up my first day of the job ready to go on tour with two huge suitcases, a small wheel carry-on, a carry-on for my shoulder, and my purse. I soon learned that was not going to be an effective way to travel, and ended up cutting it down."
Chris Martin gives a Global Citizen Festival teaseChris Martin teased fans at Milk Studios Thursday when he said he couldn’t reveal the lineup for the Global Citizen Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 26, on Central Park’s Great Lawn.
“They want to announce it tomorrow,” said the Coldplay frontman, who curated the show. “So I’ll just say who’s not playing: The Grateful Dead .?.?. the Rolling Stones .?.?. the Allman Brothers .?.?.”
You can’t keep a secret from New Yorkers: Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and, of course, Coldplay will perform at the concert, which seeks to help end extreme poverty by 2030.
Lovebirds Tom Freston and Carey Lowell — Richard Gere’s ex — applauded as Martin announced that fans can go to the Global Citizen Web site to earn free tickets by doing good deeds.
Yes, There's a Beyoncé-Inspired Skyscraper Being Built in Australia(Pic) If Beyoncé needed any more validation that she's made it as a bona fide icon, here it is. In the form of a skyscraper.
According to architecture studio Elenberg Fraser, a 68-story skyscraper confirmed to be built in Australia was inspired by Queen Bey herself.
More specifically, the firm's website cites the music video for Beyoncé's 2013 hit "Ghost" as an influential factor in the structure's "spiraling curves [that] recall the twists and turns of a woman dancing in black cloth."
In the artistic video, the singer flaunts her rock-hard bod with a number of intricate dance sequences set to the moody tune.
"The complex form—a vertical cantilever—is actually the most effective way to redistribute the building's mass, giving the best results in terms of structural dispersion, frequency oscillation and wind requirements," the description continues.
"Art and science? You betcha. For those more on the art than science side, we will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetic—we're going to trust you've seen the music video for Beyoncé's 'Ghost.'"
Thanks to the visionaries over at Elenberg Fraser, we finally understand architecture. Why can't everything just be put in terms of Bey?
Although there's no confirmed completion date, the Melbourne skyscraper will house 660 apartments, a 160-room hotel and retail stores. Fingers crossed that Bey and Jay might even have a permanent residency on the penthouse level!
Because that would be flawless.
Beyoncé Hangs with Jay Z, Solange, Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott at 'Insane' Essence Fest July 4th Bash(Pic) Holy #SquadGoals.
Taylor Swift wasn't the only chart-topper celebrating Independence day with an A-list crew – Beyoncé did, too.
The "Drunk In Love" singer hit up St. Heron's 17 Wards Weekend Wine & Grind for the Essence Festival at Etoile Polaire No 1 in New Orleans, where she was snapped with sister Solange, Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott.
"It was insane," a source tells PEOPLE of the fête, which Bey attended late Saturday night with husband Jay Z.
Solange, of course, lives in NOLA, while Elliott was one of Essence Fest's Saturday headliners, and Rowland was in town for a Samsung Galaxy Experience talk. (PEOPLE caught up with the new mom about her upcoming BET show.)
Jay and Bey were planning on attending Elliott's show at the Super Dome but were held up in traffic – they still go to see her perform though.
"Missy actually performed a few song, and [soul singer] Tweet showed up and did a surprise performance," the source adds.
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2015 BET Awards WinnersBest Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Video of the Year: Beyoncé, "7/11"
Video Director of the Year: Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET AwardsThough she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night.
But the show was less about the awards — video of the year didn't even make the live broadcast — as performances stole the night.
As Janet Jackson entered the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Brown screamed loudly, Minaj whipped out her phone to record the moment and Laverne Cox was teary-eyed. The pop star was honored with the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award as she made one of her first public performances in sometime as she readies a new album and tour this fall.
"It's been a very long moment to this journey ... my heart is so full," Jackson said to the audience, which included her mother and father. "To my beautiful mother, to my beautiful father, and to my entire family, your love is unbreakable."
An impressive Ciara, Jason Derulo and Tinashe paid tribute to the 49-year-old veteran by mimicking her signature dance moves.
"Twenty five years ago we created 'Rhythm Nation,' hoping the world would be a better place, but today there's even more to be done," Jackson said.
Jackson wasn't the only show stopper Sunday: Diddy dropped it like it's hot at the awards show — figuratively and literally.
The entertainer fell during an exciting performance that celebrated Bad Boy Records' 20th year anniversary, one of the night's highlights. Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, 112 and The Lox joined Diddy as they performed a medley of past hits. A video montage of rap king Notorious B.I.G. appeared in the background as his verse from "Mo Money Mo Problems" played.
Brown performed multiple times, and won best male R&B/pop artist and the fandemonium award.
"A lot has changed in my life, a lot of mistakes, a lot of lessons learned. The best thing I'm most thankful for is my daughter," he said onstage. "I'm so thankful and happy to have the loyal fans ... and everybody here that knows me, to know me is to love me."
The show Sunday brought a mix of funny and serious moments. Rapping on top of a police car with a large American flag waving behind him, hip-hop prince Kendrick Lamar kicked off the BET Awards with a dose of seriousness, but also brought a fiery energy thanks to his charisma and his song's beat.
Members in the audience rapped along to "Alright," while background dancers danced in the aisles and others onstage wore black and waved the American flag behind Lamar. He later won best male hip-hop artist.
"This is for Compton, this is for Watts," the Los Angeles-born rapper said.
Janelle Monae and Jidenna also brought a serious vibe to the stage when they performed "Classic Man": The singers and their background dancers wore large "I'm a Classic Man" signs around their necks, a reference to the historic "I Am a Man" civil rights era protest signs.
And as Anthony Hamilton and Gary Clark Jr. performed while photos of celebrities who died appeared on screen, a montage of the nine people who were gunned down at a church in Charleston earlier this month closed the performance.
"Black-ish" actors Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross won over the crowd with back-to-back jokes, including one about Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.
"Is white really the new black," Anderson sang as two photos of Dolezal — one old, the other recent — appeared on screen.
Anderson also dressed as British singer Sam Smith, who won best new artist but didn't attend the awards show.
"Sam Smith isn't here tonight because he's white and he didn't think he would win at the BET Awards," Anderson said as the audience burst into laughter. "He didn't think he could win. But we showed him that we love him, too."
"This award is going to stay with me for you not showing up to BET," Anderson sang, referencing Smith's ubiquitous hit, "Stay With Me."
Rihanna, who debuted a 1-minute clip of her new music video for "B---- Better Have My Money," was among the A-listers who sat in the audience, and she sang along during Omarion and Brown's performance of the pop hit, "Post to Be." Alicia Keys surprised the crowd when she joined The Weeknd to sing his hit, "Earned It."
Smokey Robinson received the Lifetime Achievement Award, performed a medley of his hits and earned a standing ovation from the audience when he spoke about Hollywood and humility. Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke and rising singer Tori Kelly paid tribute to the icon.
And Patti LaBelle was a fan favorite too, hitting high notes alongside Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle.
Minaj, who won the fan-voted viewer's choice award, brought her mom onstage when she collected her sixth consecutive best female hip-hop artist award.
"Momma, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you've done for me. I love you so much," said Minaj, who performed her with rapper-boyfriend Meek Mill later in the show.
Beyonce's wins included best female R&B/hip-hop artist and video director of the year.
Beyonce, The Weeknd to headline Jay Z's Made In America festBeyonce is heading back to Jay Z's Made in America festival this September.
Organizers also announced Wednesday the pop diva and R&B singer The Weeknd will headline the Budweiser Made in America festival over Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia.
The festival debuted in 2012, and Beyonce headlined in 2013.
Last year included Kanye West in Philadelphia, when the festival also stretched to Los Angeles, where it will not return this year.
Jay Z's two-day festival Sept. 5 and 6 across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will also include Axwell & Ingrosso, J. Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Big Sean, Death Cab for Cutie and Meek Mill.
Tickets go on sale Monday.
Beyoncé Wishes Solange a Happy Birthday By Posting Precious Throwback Pics(Pic) Happy birthday, Solange!
Today marks Beyoncé's little sister's birthday and the Grammy winner wasted no time in hopping on social media to send well wishes to her sibling.
"Happy birthday my sis! I love you deep," Bey wrote next to a throwback photo of them playing around as kids.
The Polaroid shot shows Yoncé at 8-years-old sitting next to her little sis who was just 3 at the time. Both Knowles girls are adorably dressed in colorful head-to-toe printed ensembles—clearly their fashion senses started at a young age!
As a follow-up to Bey's throwback post on Instagram, she shared an older pic of Solange getting her eye makeup applied by Blue Ivy during Solange's wedding day just a few short months ago.
And then on the "Drunk In Love" singer's Tumblr page, she shared another throwback shot of the two as kids playing in an inflatable pool in their backyard with several other friends.
Bey is seen waving at the camera in the back while Solange strikes a leggy pose—the more things change, the more they stay the same, you know?
But back to the subject at hand, happy birthday to the one and only Solange—and newly minted Mrs. Ferguson—hope you're enjoying your special day!
Blue Ivy Grabs Ice Cream With Jay Z, While Beyoncé Is Busy Flaunting Her Cleavage in Sexy Selfie(Pic) The Carters are clearly living it up this summer with plenty of sun-soaked quality family time.
Over this past Father's Day weekend, Beyoncé posted a few shots of her loved ones including one adorable pic of Jay Z and Blue Ivy grabbing treats from an ice cream truck.
The toddler, who donned a pretty fitting blue ribbon in her hair, is shown picking out a SpongeBob SquarePants-themed ice cream cone while her famous father scopes out the menu.
Meanwhile, Queen Bey was busy posing in a sexy, cut-out pink swimsuit in front of a stunning ocean view.
The cleavage-filled shot also showed off the Grammy winner's matching gold faux arm tattoos and high ponytail braid.
She also Instagrammed a shot of the stunning scenery, without any family members included, just in case anyone wasn't having a full-blown case of FOMO already.
The singer also posted a throwback photo of herself and her dad Matthew Knowles in honor of the annual holiday and wrote, "Happy Father's Day to all the fathers around the world."
Earlier this month, Bey opened up about how tackling a 22-day vegan challenge (alongside her trainer Marco Borges) got her into the best shape of her life.
"I am not naturally the thinnest. I have curves," Beyoncé shared on GMA. "I'm proud of my curves and I have struggled since a young age with diets and finding something that actually works."
And based on these recent pics, whatever she's doing definitely werks.
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Beyoncé Flashes Boobs in Sexy Braless Pic: See the Hot Photo!(Pic) Our first thought? We're loving Beyoncé's manicure in this pic, but we doubt that's what you're focusing on...
The 33-year-old superstar took to her personal website to share a sexy braless shot of herself posing in a pair of tiny hot pants and a flannel shirt which is strategically unbuttoned to highlight her hot bod.
Wearing her long hair down and a hat which appropriately reads "Bow Down," Blue Ivy's mama strikes a seductive pose for the camera, showing off both her front and backside.
Safe to say that vegan diet is paying off...
Queen Bey most recently made headlines thanks to her appearance in Madonna's star-studded music video for "Bitch I'm Madonna," which also includes celeb cameos from Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus,Chris Rockand Diplo.
She also shared the secrets to her enviable figure earlier this month on Good Morning America, although she received backlash for the announcement after the heavily-hyped reveal was based on a diet she previously promoted.
"I am not naturally the thinnest. I have curves. I'm proud of my curves and I have struggled since a young age with diets and finding something that actually works, actually keeps the weight off, has been difficult for me," the "Feelin' Myself" singersaid.
As a result, she teamed up with exercise physiologist Marco Borges of The 22-Day Revolution to create a vegan meal plan service, 22 Days Nutrition (their partnership was announced in February).
"If I can do it, anyone can," Jay Z's wife said.
Madonna brings star power, children to new video(Video) Madonna has brought out some of the biggest fellow names in pop -- and two of her children -- in a new video she debuted Wednesday on the fledgling streaming service Tidal.
Beyonce, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West all make cameo appearances in the video for "Bitch, I'm Madonna," off her latest album "Rebel Heart."
Madonna released the video initially on Tidal, where it will appear exclusively for one day before wider distribution.
But a number of users reported technical problems, saying that the video froze up when they first tried to watch.
"We apologize to all the fans excited to watch the #BitchImMadonna video, we're working on a fix," said a Tidal message on Twitter before later reporting smoother streaming.
Tidal -- led by rap mogul Jay-Z with participation of Madonna and other stars -- has promoted exclusives in a bid to win subscribers.
But despite a splashy launch on March 30, Tidal trails more established players in the growing field of streaming, led by Spotify.
The video -- which also features hip-hop star Nicki Minaj, who collaborated on the song originally -- depicts a party atmosphere and was shot at the Standard High Line, a hotel in New York's Meatpacking District known for its nightclub with a jacuzzi overlooking the city.
"Bitch, I'm Madonna" also includes rare appearances by two of the Material Girl's four children, 14-year-old Rocco and nine-year-old David.
"Rebel Heart," Madonna's 13th studio album, shows a growing hip-hop direction for the pop icon whose dance numbers and risque persona have made her one of music's most successful artists since the 1980s.
Madonna, 56, will launch a global tour on September 9 in Montreal. Her 88-date "MDNA" tour in 2012 grossed more than $300 million and generated controversy as she raised her voice on stage on issues ranging from gay rights to the rise of Europe's far right.
Madonna teases video collaboration with Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and more(Pic) Madonna saw Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video -- which featured a cavalcade of A-list female stars -- and said, "I can do that."
Cue her "B****, I'm Madonna!" music video, which was supposed to drop Tuesday (June 16). But since it's not ready -- Madonna promises she's "just tryin' to make it perfect for all of you" -- the legendary pop star is teasing some of her collaborators.
The poster she put on Instagram advertises that Katy Perry, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora will be joining herself and duet partner Nicki Minaj in the music video for the second single off her 2015 album "Rebel Heart."
There's no word as to when the video will actually be released, but you can bet Madonna and her "hard-werking b****es" will put out something fantastic.
Beyoncé Shows Off Fierce Body in Cleavage-Baring Swimsuit After Discussing Her Vegan Diet(Pic) Vegan and flawless!
Beyoncé fans may be giving the "Drunk in Love" singer a hard time after her highly anticipated Good Morning America segment ended up being mostly about her vegan diet. Yes, the routine she's been following ever since February.
But despite a few sassy comments from Beyhive members, Mrs. Jay Z proved her eating habits are providing impressive results just in time for summer.
Without further ado, we present Queen Bey in a bathing suit.
In a variety of photos posted on her personal website, Beyoncé poses seductively for the camera while working a black one-piece.
And while we can't technically call the outfit a bikini, there's still plenty of skin next to the belly-button as well as around the cleavage.
"I am not naturally the thinnest. I have curves," the Grammy winner shared on GMA Monday morning. "I'm proud of my curves and I have struggled since a young age with diets and finding something that actually works."
But ever since she began The 22-Day Revolution in February—the same time she announced her partnership with nutritionist and exercise physiologist Marco Borges—Beyoncé has been flaunting her figure in more ways than one.
Whether shutting down the 2015 MET Gala or attending fabulous weddings across the globe, the singer has been picking outfits that make her look pretty darn good.
"All you have to do is try," Beyoncé recently shared with fans. "If I can do it, anyone can."
Beyoncé: 'I Have Struggled From a Young Age With Diets'(Video) Beyoncé opened up about her better-than-ever body (which, let’s face it, stole the show at the Met Gala) and her diet struggles to Good Morning America on Monday.
“I’m not naturally the thinnest, I have curves, I’m proud of my curves, and I have struggled from a young age with diets and finding something that actually works, that keeps the weight off, has been difficult for me,” she said in a pre-recorded clip for the morning show.
That all changed when the singer famously adopted a vegan diet — after embarking on a 22-day plant-based food challenge with husband Jay-Z in 2013 — thanks to her trainer Marco Borges, who introduced the couple to the plan. She has since launched a vegan home delivery service with Borges, and is helping him promote his new book The 22-Day Revolution.
The diet plan is based on the notion that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so “with 22 days you [find] the way” to health success.
The 22-Day Revolution, which features a foreward by Beyoncé promotes 30 minutes of exercise a day and lots of water, in addition to three vegan-based meals a day.
“I felt like my skin was really firm. A lot tighter than when I deprived myself of food and got the weight off fast. And the weight stayed off,” the star, 33, said.
GMA initially touted the star’s appearance on Twitter, writing “@Beyonce has something amazing she wants you to know: ‘This is something I have to share with everyone,'” on Sunday night.
The pop queen and Borges’s delivery service will include organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and non-GMO meals that range from $9.76 to $16.50 each. The meals are delivered once a week with three different plan options.
“He came up with a great program to get people motivated to make better nutritional choices. All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can,” Beyoncé said in February.
“We’re all tired of quick fixes,” Borges previously told PEOPLE. “We all want a solution that’s sustainable. This is a way of life.”
Beyoncé Cuddles With Daughter Blue Ivy, Jay Z Smiles and Plays With Child-See the Sweet New Family Photos!(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Beyoncé and Jay Z's little girl is getting so big!
Bey posted on her Instagram page on Sunday new photos of their 3-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. One shows the 33-year-old R&B and pop star sitting on a wicker chair and cuddling with her child, dressed in a cute white floral outfit and sporting two big white bows in her hair, against her knees.
Another pic shows Jay Z, 45, playing with Blue Ivy in a grassy field. The little girl, who is seen walking towards her dad, is wearing a black top and matching leggings and a pink skirt, while her hair is styled in a top bun.
A third pic shows Blue Ivy and her mama stopping to smell some pink roses in a garden.
"Happy Sunday," Beyoncé wrote.
Bey and Jay party with Ed SheeranBeyoncé and Jay Z had a low-key night out with UK rocker Ed Sheeran on Sunday.
The couple and Sheeran hit his favorite pub, Houndstooth, in Midtown after his Barclays Center concert.
The trio partied until 3:30 a.m. with a small group of Sheeran’s friends and his manager. The Brit crooner even broke into an impromptu acoustic performance, which included a cover of Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”
We’re told Bey and Jay were smiling ear to ear during the jam session.
Beyoncé and Jay Z Make It a Date at Ed Sheeran Concert(Pic) While the rest of us are enjoying a date night with our significant other at the local Olive Garden, Beyoncé and Jay Z are front row at Ed Sheeran's concert.
The musical power couple attended Sheeran's May 31 first concert in Jay's hometown of Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. Beyoncé looked casually chic with beachy blond waves and a denim button up while her hubby rocked a camouflage jacket accessorized with a stylish black hat. An apparent fellow concertgoer snapped the pic before it was shared by a Beyoncé fan page on Instagram.
The two appeared more crazy in love than ever, dancing and singing to Sheeran's soulful tunes, according to a Twitter user who said they were also at the concert.
While Bey and Jay stuck close by each other's sides during the show, many Sheeran fans quickly turned their attention to take pics and share their eye-witness celebrity sightings on social media.
"Tonight I breathed the same air as Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, and Jay Z....I feel as if I've died and this is heaven," one Twitter user posted.
Another member of the Beygency shared a similar sentiment: "beyoncé and jay z jamming out to ed sheeran was something i thought i never needed to see in my life until right now."
The jealousy has never been more real.
Beyoncé Feasts on Pizza and Gelato in Italy(Pic1, Pic2) It’s safe to say that we have never, ever wanted anything more than to go on a food tour of Italy with Beyoncé.
Alas, we will have to settle for drooling over the pictures the star posted on her Facebook on Thursday of all her dining adventures in Italy while on a family vacation with Jay Z and Blue Ivy.
Bey clearly was given excellent recommendations. She poses with a half of a beautifully charred marinara pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil leaves at Il Pizzaiuolo Osteria in Florence. While we’re confused how she could only eat half a pizza, she made sure to leave room for her next course — gelato. She gives an enthusiastic thumbs up next to a luscious cup of organic, handmade Edoardo gelato, one of Florence’s most acclaimed gelaterias.
On her website, Beyoncé posted pictures of Jay Z and Blue goofing around in the Tuscan countryside — and the cuteness overload is intense.
We’re pretty sure our invite got lost in the mail?
Jay Z & Beyonce -- Black Rage Over Whiteout at Tidal Offices(Pic) Jay Z's office photo at Tidal is kinda like playing Where's Black Waldo? -- and Jay Z is Waldo.
The pic popped up on Beyonce's website this week, and shows Jay and Bey mugging with a few dozen staffers at the HQ for the streaming service -- and the ONLY black people in the pic are the owners.
On the surface, this seems like something to celebrate. Progress and stuff, right? Problem is, Jay played the race card a few weeks ago, when he called out the black community for not backing his company... the way it supports Apple, Nike and Google.
As a result ... the Internet has its knives out, making comments like:
- "Jay tried to guilt trip us ... but his staff are all white"
- "Jay does a 'Pro-Black' freestyle but then releases a picture of #Tidal's all White staff."
- "Those who complain of no blacks in white owned institutions. Well here u go Jay Z OWNS TIDAL. U going to protest?"
-"Jay ain't hiring u n***as"
Keep in mind, the Tidal office is in Norway -- where the black population is around 2%. Sooo ... what's a black mogul to do?
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Angelina Jolie Among Forbes' Most Powerful Women for 2015Who run the world? These girls!
Forbes has released it's list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" and you will definitely will recognize many famous names on the impressive countdown.
Coming in at the top spot is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. While the top two sports went to politicians for obvious reasons, there are also lots of hot Hollywood celebs on the list. Michelle Obama scored No. 10 on the list followed by Beyoncé at No. 21 and Vogue head honcho Anna Wintour at 28.
The 41st position went to Engalnd's Queen Elizabeth II, Ellen DeGeneres landed at 50 and Angelina Jolie came in at 54.
The list is rounded out by stars like Sofía Vergara at 57, Taylor Swift at 64, Diane Von Furstenberg at 75 and Shakira at No. 81.
Many famous female execs and global game-changers complete this year's list.
Notable celebs who dropped off the list since last year included power players like Lady Gaga and—believe it or not—the world's most famous supermodel Gisele Bundchen!
Beyoncé and Jay Z steal the show in FlorenceBeyoncé and Jay Z have been enjoying a break in Florence — and acting like any other tourists in the picturesque Italian town.
The famous couple toured the San Miniato al Monte church on Sunday, dressing up for the occasion in summery outfits, and posed together in the doorway for photos, laughing as the other sight-seers snapped away.
They then joined other vacationers on a guided group tour of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, where some onlookers seemed more interested in taking pictures of Beyoncé than taking in the priceless art.
Beyoncé Reminds Us Who Calls the Shots with New 'Queen Bee' Sweatshirt(Pic) Who run the world?
That was rhetorical – Beyoncé, obviously.
But, just in case anyone forgot, the megastar posted some flawless shots on her website Friday evening as a quick reminder.
The photos find the singer, 33, decked in a cozy-looking, white crew neck sweatshirt with the words "queen bee" emblazoned on her chest, complete with phonetic spelling ("kwi:n bi:"), part of speech (noun) and definition ("i call the shots").
No word yet whether the attitude-filled top will be available for purchase, but we can confirm it pairs perfectly with a set of sexy Daisy Dukes – if your gam game is as strong as Bey's, anyway.
Did Jay Z and Beyoncé buy an old church in New Orleans?(Pic) New Orleans is no stranger to celebrity couples, but the Big Easy might have two new A-listers ambling through the French Quarter.
Gossip about music supercouple Beyoncé and Jay Z purchasing a property in the Garden District of New Orleans ran rampant last week. The building the couple (maybe, possibly?) bought was once a church and the ballet school of Harvey Hysell.
But are they really ready to brush the dirt off this old church?
Curbed NOLA nosed around and found the property is owned by Sugarcane Park LLC. A further search found the mailing address of Sugarcane Park went to Parkwood Entertainment LLC, Beyoncé’s management company.
And we know the couple have spent some time in the Crescent City. Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles co-owns Exodus Goods, a clothing store in the French Quarter. Beyoncé also attended Solange and producer Alan Ferguson’s over-the-top wedding in New Orleans last fall. Oh, and Queen Bey also performed at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
But no one has said for sure if the power couple made the transition from tourists to locals, so we asked a few New Orleans real estate experts to weigh in. Here’s what they had to say:
Alexander “Sandy” Cohen, of Mark Herman Real Estate, said: “Based on what I’ve read and heard, the mailing address for city taxes is a California financial and business affairs management firm associated with Jay Z in the past, so it certainly seems plausible that the couple would buy here.”
Elizabeth McNulty, of Gardner Realty, said: “We can all just put together those puzzle pieces and deduce the information that we want it to say, you know? It is definitely somebody from Los Angeles who purchased it. But if it is Beyoncé, someone from her team, her mom, who’s to know? But regardless, it will be a fun neighbor and a great piece of property.”
Meanwhile, Karen Sepko, of Red Bean Realty, said, “Yes, Beyoncé definitely bought this property in the Garden District. It is an old church on a side street near St. Charles Avenue. I believe it will be a complete renovation.”
“I think she did buy it,”said Shannon Sharpe, of Sharpe Realty. “It is an amazing piece of property, one of the most unique properties in the city. Before it sold, it was owned by a couple who got married there and lived at the property for 20 years, but never completed any of the big renovations that were needed to get another 100 years out of the building. I can totally see Beyoncé and Jay Z investing in it and pimping the place out.”
And since everyone seems to agree (or at least they aren’t disagreeing), we deduce Beyoncé might have liked New Orleans enough to put a ring on it.
Jay Z and Beyoncé hit the town after his Terminal 5 showJay Z celebrated after his second “B-sides” concert for Tidal subscribers at Terminal 5 Sunday with his wife, Beyoncé, at Catch Roof in the Meatpacking District.
Jay and Bey, in a sequined Chicago Bulls jersey, were spotted with Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony? and wife La La and Roc Nation Sports exec Shawn “Pecas” Costner.
They held court on the outdoor terrace before making their way to a table inside, where they capped off the evening with a dance party, staying past 2 a.m.
Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj 'Feeling Myself' Video Looks Like the Best Coachella Getaway, EverBeyoncé and Nicki Minaj 'Feeling Myself' Video Looks Like the Best Coachella Getaway, Ever: Teaser Video.
BET Awards 2015 nominationsBest Female R&B/Pop Artist
Video of the Year
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award
Beyonce visits Haiti to see progress made since 2010 quakeMusic superstar Beyonce has visited Haiti with the United Nations' humanitarian affairs chief.
Haiti U.N. mission spokeswoman Sophie Boutaud de la Combe said Saturday that Beyonce visited the Caribbean country to look at progress made since a devastating earthquake in January 2010 and to "meet some of the people who were affected by it."
De la Combe says the American singer visited Haiti with Valerie Amos, undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.
Photos taken during her Haiti visit show Beyonce wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of her charity organization.
It wasn't immediately clear how long Beyonce's stop in Haiti was or exactly where she visited.
Official estimates say the 2010 quake that shattered Haiti's capital and surrounding areas claimed as many as 300,000 lives.
Time to Distress! Beyoncé's $40 H&M Jeans Are Already Sold Out(Pic) Leave it to Beyoncé to make budget denim look like a million bucks.
Just as some British designers have felt the glow of the "Kate effect," the "Bey effect" is in full swing in NYC.
While out in the Big Apple with hubby Jay Z, the star was spotted rocking distressed H&M jeans that retail for...wait for it...
Of course, a little high-low style never hurts: Beyoncé paired her pants with a graphic-print Charlotte Olympia clutch, neon Proenza Schouler sandals, and a tank top that read, "Never Forget To Say Thank You." So, not exactly the girl next door, but definitely style that the adoring masses could try on for size!
But back to the denim: The high-waisted skinny jeans, ripped from top to bottom, show off Beyoncé's carefully cultivated figure, hugging her curves in all the right places.
We tried getting our hands on a pair of these very jeans, but with no luck! These babies are sold out everywhere!
Perhaps in the meantime, we can just work out Beyoncé-style. On May 4th, she stole the spotlight at the Met Gala in a sheer and beaded Givenchy number that showed off (literally) just how hard she works.
What sort of style statement do you think Beyoncé will make next? Because whatever she's buying (from H&M), we'll take two!
Beyoncé Attends Hillary Clinton FundraiserAs Beyoncé has asked before: "Who runs the world?"
Come 2016, Hillary Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president, is hoping she'll get the chance to run America at the very least. And by the looks of it, she might have snagged at least one vote in Beyoncé.
On Wednesday, the singer attended a Clinton fundraiser hosted by LA Reid, Chairman of Epic Records, and his wife, Erica Reid.
"Beyoncé was lovely," an attendee tells PEOPLE.
Also on the guest list: Meghan Trainor, Sharon Osbourne, and Tamar Braxton.
"It was very cool and intimate," another attendee says. "Hillary was funny, relaxed, and after she spoke, she took a photo with every single person in attendance."
Reid – who hosted one of the first fundraisers for President Obama's original campaign – tweeted a photo of himself and Clinton with what seems to be a quote from the candidate: "No need to be idealistic when you already know what works."
As for Beyoncé, a photo of her at the event was posted on @TheBeyHiveTeam, a fan Twitter account.
Beyoncé, Jay Z and Solange Are All Smiles, Hit the Town in NYC(Pic) What do Beyoncé, Solange Knowles and Jay Z all have in common? Well, besides the obvious?
They all looked downright awesome last night during a dinner out on the town at New York City's swanky ABC Kitchen.
The triple threats were all smiles as they were seen leaving the eatery wearing an array of killer ensembles that perfectly represented their signature style.
First up on the docket is Queen Bey, obvs, who rocked the heck out of a black tuxedo Lovers + Friends dress—hello, legs!—paired with patterned platform heels.
The Grammy winner opted for a minimal makeup look with a low ponytail for her evening outing in the Big Apple.
Next is none other than Solange aka the newly minted Mrs. Ferguson, who shut it down wearing a cream-colored suit, matching heels and bold gold accessories.
Then last but certainly not least is Mr. Carter, Hova, the "Big Pimpin'" Jigga Man himself!
Jay was grinning from ear-to-ear as cameras caught him leaving the family dinner dressed down in a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, baseball cap and sneakers.
The three have been spending ample time together since Elevatorgate, which took place a little more than one year ago at an after party for the 2014 Met Gala in Manhattan.
After releasing a statement explaining that both parties had apologized and moved on from the unfortunate family drama, the two have been seen traipsing the globe, attending red carpet events, weddings, and much more together.
It's nice to see they've moved on and are keeping it in the family!
Jay Z promotes Beyonce to Khaleesi with 'Game of Thrones' giftStep aside, Daenerys Targaryen. There's a new Mother of Dragons making her way through the crowd, and her name is Beyonce. That's right, Queen B seems to have found herself in possession of a dragon egg prop from "Game of Thrones" and chances are she's never letting it go.
That little bit of information comes from Daenerys herself, Emilia Clarke, who tells Harper's Bazaar even she couldn't get her hands on one of her character's beloved dragon eggs. "Apparently Jay Z bought one for Beyonce, or something," she says. "I don't know."
As for how much Jay Z had to shell out -- pun intended -- to give his Khaleesi an egg, chances are it wasn't cheap. "They are really, really, really expensive and they are really f***ing heavy and serious works of art," Clarke says.
Now Jay Z just needs to acquire the Iron Throne once the series wraps production for good. In the meantime, if Clarke really wants to get her hands on a dragon egg, there's more than a few replicas for sale.
Calling All the Single Ladies! Beyonce Has Some Pretty Legit Dating AdviceCalling all the single ladies!
Pitch Perfect 2 star Ester Dean shared the dating advice Beyonce gave her in a new interview with VH1.
Before her role in the a cappella sequel, Dean wrote and produced songs for the likes of Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Dean has worked with Queen Bey a few times and says she is supportive in "everything I do." including dating.
"She had me figure out what I wanted in a boyfriend," Dean said. "She told me to go on Match.com. If you've been single for too long, get into the habit of speaking to the opposite sex. ... When speaking to people who might be interested in you, you tend to clam up if you haven't practiced."
Beyonce is already a music and fashion icon -- could "life coach" be her next accomplishment?
"She would be a great relationship counselor," Dean admitted. "She's so cute, I love her."
Sign us up for Beyonce's love advice hotline!
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Beyoncé Steals the Show at Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight(Pic) Dubbed the "fight of the century," Saturday night's bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao was studded with stars, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Denzel Washington, Michael J. Fox and many more.
Beyoncé and Jay Z were also in the audience, the former in a figure-baring red ensemble – and they were all anyone could talk about.
Beyoncé signs teen wannabesBeyoncé has found a group of three aspiring singers and signed the teen crooners to contracts totaling $1.5 million.
The superstar is asking a Manhattan judge to approve the five-year deals, a requirement because the girls are minors, The Post’s Julia Marsh reports.
The first contract covers LA-based sisters Chloe Bailey, 17, and Halle Bailey, 15. Beyoncé’s manager came across a YouTube video of the duo belting out “Pretty Hurts,” a song from Beyoncé’s last album. The video has over 10 million views.
Their father, Douglas, gushes in court papers, “We cannot think of a better person to help guide the girls,” adding his daughters “worship” Bey. Their $1 million contract provides for up to six albums over five years. It awards Beyoncé 15 percent of the sisters’ gross earnings.
Beyoncé also signed a third singer, 14-year-old Sophie Beem of New York, to her Parkwood Entertainment company.
Beem inked a $560,000 deal after she wowed Parkwood executives. Beem finished in the top 40 contestants on “The X Factor” in 2012.
Beyoncé Works Flower Crown During Surprise Coachella Appearance, Meets Real Housewives' Kyle Richards(Pic) Out with the halos and in with the flower crowns!
Beyoncé may have attended the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with an impressive wardrobe worth close to $4,800. But while visiting the desert for a second time this past Sunday, the "Crazy in Love" singer decided to dress with the crowd.
Oh yes, she went for the floral accessory.
Wearing ripped denim shorts, a black tank-top and a special flower crown, Beyoncé was all smiles as she supported David Guetta during his performance.
"OMG !!!! Thank you so much to @Beyonce and @NickiMinaj for coming to see me on stage @Coachella !!" the DJ and record producer wrote. "Love you both!"
When not watching her friends performing live, Queen Bey also managed to meet up with a few famous fans. During her stay in Indio, Calif., the Grammy winner just so happened to run into a member of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!
"#Coachella with this beauty @Beyonce," Kyle Richards captioned on Instagram after getting a photo with the music superstar.
Perhaps Mrs. Jay Z is a secret fan of all things Bravo too!
Beyoncé's weekend visit comes days after the 33-year-old enjoyed a beautiful vacation to Hawaii with her husband. Whether tanning by the pool or showing off that impressive bikini body, the Destiny's Child member certainly wasn't afraid to rest and relax in the sexiest way possible.
The lesson is clear: Whether in paradise or in the desert, Beyoncé's fashion style is on point!
Beyoncé Wants to Remind You That She Looks Flawless in a Bathing Suit(Pic) Show 'em what you got, pretty lady!
Beyoncé just shared a ton of sexy new pics from her romantic getaway with hubby Jay Z in honor of their seventh wedding anniversary.
The intimate look inside their vacation featured a slew of bathing suit shots of the Grammy-winning songstress, including one very close-up shot of her wearing a crochet monokini, as well as several pics of her posing and smiling at the camera.
And between the body chain, the lavish poolside get-ups and the sexy shots, it's clear to see that the Carters were enjoying themselves and getting in some well-deserved R&R.
Bey and Jay escaped over Easter weekend to a lavish resort in Hualalai and mostly kept to themselves during the multi-day vacay.
Blue Ivy stayed back in Los Angeles with her auntie Solange Knowles, who happily babysat and took her on a museum tour with her son Julez.
Just days after enjoying some quiet time with her husband, Yoncé was spotted shaking her famous booty with her cousin Angie at the Coachella Music Festival.
The crooner posted tons of pics from her day out in the desert—where she was wearing quite an expensive ensemble, we might add—and looked like she was having the time of her life.
And as if that wasn't a busy enough week, Bey spent the following day with her family to celebrate her mama Tina Knowles' wedding to Richard Lawson in Newport Beach.
This marks the second wedding for the 61-year-old, who was previously married to Matthew Knowles before they divorced in 2011.
You'll Never Guess How Much Beyoncé's Coachella Outfit Cost-Get the Details!(Pic) The fashions at Coachella have been getting out of control.
But leave it to the one and only Beyoncé to kick things up a level with her boho-themed ensemble on Saturday.
The Grammy winner opted to don a printed maxi Saint Laurent dress, which you can add to your wardrobe for a cool $4,790.
Because there's nothing like dropping five grand on a dress that's sure to get dirty within minutes, right? Ah, it must be nice to be the queen.
The crooner paired the thigh-grazing gown with some more Saint Laurent, a brown fringe waistcoat that costs $3,190.
Bey added a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses to the mix, as well as a black fedora hat, and rocked a pair of flat ankle boots to ensure she was her most comfortable when exiting her private plane, hanging out backstage at the annual music festival and capturing her dance moves on social media.
So all in all, Yoncé dropped almost $8,000 on her outfit for her one-day appearance at Coachella.
If that's not how you make a lasting first impression, we don't know what is.
And while we wish we could've seen what Bey had up her sleeve for the remaining days of the desert festival, she had a very important event to attend on Sunday: her mama's wedding!
That's right, Tina Knowles got married to Richard Lawson in front of close friends and family aboard a superyacht named Eternity.
This is the second marriage for Tina, who was previously married to Matthew Knowles.
Beyoncé Heads to 2015 Coachella Festival, Shows Leg in Flowy Dress(Video) Stop everything: Queen Bey is headed to the desert. And fans are freaking out.
Beyoncé will attend the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, as seen in a cute, edited video she posted on Instagram, which shows a time-lapse of herself wearing a long, printed, flowy dress and appearing to do a little dance that may as well just scream, "Get ready, bitches."
Finally! Jay Z Posts Video from His 2008 Wedding to Beyoncé(Video) Better late than never!
Jay Z and Beyoncé famously never released images of their intimate wedding ceremony at his New York City penthouse on April 4, 2008. But this week, on the occasion of their seven-year anniversary, the groom finally posted some brief video footage.
The Instagram video shows the couple exchanging vows – he in a dashing black tuxedo, she in a voluminous white gown. Then Jay puts the stunning wedding ring on Beyoncé's finger, and the couple gleefully walk away as husband and wife.
The video has actually been shown in public once before. The couple showed it on the big screen at Miami's Sun Life Stadium the opening night of their "On the Run" tour last June.
Jay Z (a.k.a. Shawn Carter), 45, and Beyoncé, 33 – parents to daughter Blue Ivy, who turned 3 in January – renewed their vows last year following some breakup rumors.
They've been celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary at a resort on Hawaii's Big Island this week.
Beyonce & Jay Z -- Ride or Die in Bed Of a Pickup Truck!(Pic) Surfboards, pineapples, giant bags of weed ... and Jay Z and Beyonce -- all things you typically find in the back of a pickup truck tooling around Hawaii.
The Carters are on one of the islands for what's supposed to be a secret getaway, but there's NOTHING inconspicuous about two of the world's most popular entertainers riding in the bed of a pickup, right? By the way, it's totally legal in Hawaii.
Jay spotted the photog riding behind the truck ... and threw up a "Hang Loose."
Maybachs look way different in the islands.
Beyoncé and Jay Z Enjoy Romantic Hawaiian Vacation for Wedding Anniversary(Pic) Beyoncé and Jay Z are livin' it up in Hawaii!
The power couple was spotted celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary at a lavish resort in Hualalai, holding hands and mingling with fellow hotel guests.
Suja Juice's co-founder James Brennan happened to be staying near Mr. and Mrs. Carter with his family and his daughters even got a chance to meet the Grammy winners!
"They were so, so nice," Brennan tells E! News. "Very warm, super happy, super in love…They both looked very happy in love."
The couple reportedly arrived at the beachside grounds on Easter Sunday, just one day after their anniversary.
And we know what you may be thinking, where's Blue Ivy? Well, the adorable toddler was seen in Los Angeles with her aunt, Solange Knowles and her cousin Julez.
Solange even snapped a series of photographs with her niece checking out a local museum exhibit and taking in the rest of the city's attractions.
Bey and Jay married on April 4, 2008 at their home in Manhattan in front of only a select (and lucky!) group of friends and family.
The two kept their special wedding day fairly under wraps, and only recently revealed a glimpse inside during their On the Run Tour over the summer.
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Song of the Week: Beyoncé's 'Die With You'Beyoncé's Die With You is a gorgeous piece of work, but whether it merits the $10 or $20 a month necessary to access it on Tidal is open to debate.
Posted as a video to husband Jay Z's streaming service Sunday, on the occasion of the couple's seventh anniversary, the intimate R&B ballad has Beyoncé looking wide-eyed and smiling at Jay Z as he uses a handheld camera to shoot her at the piano.
What's especially lovely about the song is the way it quickly moves between expressions of adoring and collaborative love. Beyoncé doesn't need her eyes to see Jay Z, she needs them to see with him. Also, she sings, "I don't need these legs if I ain't walking by your side." The relationship she's singing about isn't based on physical sensations alone — it's a full-fledged, long-term partnership.
Die With You probably will get a fully produced version for the world at large at some point — if Beyoncé's got better single material in her back pocket, it must be stunning. But the song's definitely worth a listen in this sincere, straightforward state. Even if you only sign up for the trial version of Tidal.
Beyoncé Drops a New Surprise Song - but There's a CatchAre you ready for a new Beyoncé song?
The singer, 33, pulled a, well, Beyoncé and surprised her fans by dropping a new track (and music video) on Saturday, which also happens to be her wedding anniversary.
The "Drunk in Love" chanteuse teased the song, titled "Die with You" on Facebook, directing fans to catch the full track on Tidal, the new music-streaming service from her husband and frequent collaborator, Jay Z. (You may have heard about the star-studded press conference Jay hosted earlier this week which included guest appearances by Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Chris Martin from Coldplay and pretty much every music star out there at the moment.)
Beyoncé isn't the only star releasing exclusive content through the subscription-based streaming service. The White Stripes, Daft Punk and Alicia Keys also released exclusive videos through the service this week.
If you want to listen to the track, get out your credit card and head on over to Tidal.
Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Get Flossy in Their Latest Adorable Selfie—Check It Out!(Pic) Beyoncé can make anything look cool, even flossing.
The Grammy-winning songstress posted a selfie on Instagram with her adorable daughter Blue Ivy that showed the two cleaning their pearly whites with little floss swords.
Both mother and daughter looked fierce in matching Sunday Somewhere sunglasses, and little BIC even donned her famous mama's chain necklace for the pic!
We get it, remembering all the proper steps for oral hygiene is kind of a drag sometimes, but if Bey can find the time, so can you.
The "Drunk In Love" singer was out and about last night without her little one, first with a trip to the latest Chanel collection preview followed by a romantic date night with hubby Jay Z.
Yoncé sported a leather maroon skirt that highlighted her killer gams, a matching Chanel bag, white ankle boots and an oversized jacket to stay warm during their sushi stop, while Jay opted for an all-black outfit.
And it's been nothing short of a whirlwind week for the Carter family.
Just a few days ago, the rapper announced his new music streaming service, Tidal, with the support of several famous faces.
Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Madonna and many more were on hand for the New York City announcement that's promised to change the music industry forever.
Sounds like a fun-filled few days!
Beyoncé Shows Off Legs for Days in Sexy Purple Skirt While Making Surprise Appearance at Chanel Fashion Show(Pic) Well hello there, Beyoncé!
All eyes were on the "Crazy in Love" singer who stepped out in New York City to attend Chanel's latest fashion show Tuesday night.
While the Destiny's Child member passed on posing near the red carpet, photographers were still able to capture Queen Bey's impeccable style on the streets of the Big Apple.
Wearing a neutral sweater with a printed jacket and a purple leather skirt, Mrs. Jay Z had no problems showing off her fit figure and those fabulous legs. She completed her look with a Chanel handbag, heels and some serious bling on both of her fingers.
Hey Ladies! Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Alicia Keys Get Fun and Flirty With Each Other During Tidal Launch(Pic) So…Destiny's Child may have reunited over the weekend, but this trio of ladies coming together may just take the cake.
Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Alicia Keys were all in attendance at the launch of Jay Z's new streaming service, Tidal, and the singers couldn't help but have a cute candid moment behind the scenes.
The three leading ladies of the music industry all posed and made goofy faces for one of Minaj's Instagram pics—and we're getting all kinds of FOMO just looking at it!
But Bey, Nicki and Alicia weren't the only famous faces having the time of their lives at Hova's big announcement today.
Rihanna also took to social media to share a meme of her standing next to Nicki during the panel's group photo.
RiRi is seen giving some serious side eye to the "Anaconda" rapper's cleavage, and the photo is aptly captioned, "Mmm bitch betta gimmie those titties." Well done, Navy.
Nicki quickly responded via Instagram to her gal pal by saying, "They're right here waiting for u Island gal."
Other big names like Madonna, Chris Martin, Jack White and Kanye West were also in attendance at today's main event.
Jason Aldean Wants to Make Music With...Beyoncé!Jason Aldean isn't just a country boy.
The "Burnin' It Down" singer's list of dream collaborations is long and not limited to Grand Ole Opry headliners.
"I love Beyoncé," Aldean told me yesterday at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards when I asked who he'd like to work with. "Justin Timberlake and Rihanna, too."
His new wife, Brittany Kerr, added, "Adele would be cool."
Looking down the red carpet, Aldean said, "I think you can pick anyone here. I think you respect people for what they do, what they bring to the table. I think that's what makes shows like this one really cool.
"We are all different," he said.
And speaking of different, we so didn't expect to hear that Aldean and Kerr's first wedding dance was to Lionel Richie's 1984 classic ballad, "Stuck On You."
"It's old school," Aldean said. "That's one of the songs that when we met I was playing around on my guitar, and it was one of the first songs I ever played on my guitar for her. It's one of my favorite Lionel Richie songs ever."
Aldean and Kerr tied the knot last weekend in Mexico. The iHeartRadio Awards marked their first red carpet as a married couple.
"We had the wedding outside by the beach, and we were really worried about the weather," Aldean said. "But the weather was great. It was just a perfect day. We didn't see each other all day, so, for me, the best part of the day was seeing her for the first time that day. We couldn't have drawn it up any better."
Destiny's Child Reunites at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards for Their First Performance Since the Super Bowl(Video1, Video2) Try not to lose your breath with this bit of exciting news!
After going roughly two years without performing together on the same stage, the members of Destiny's Child came together Saturday night for the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
That's right, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé reunited in Las Vegas to sing "Say Yes" together as a group. And if that wasn't exciting enough, the girl group matched in white attire. It's just like the good ole days, guys!
Die-hard fans speculated that a reunion may be coming sooner rather than later when Williams posted a cryptic tweet Friday evening.
"I thank all of you guys who voted! Man this is incredible!!!!" she wrote before including some interesting hashtags. "#StellarAwards30 #VideoOfTheYear #SayYes #Beyonce #KellyRowland" Perhaps the signs were there all along!
Regardless, the exciting reunion comes more than two years after the ladies rocked the house at the Super Bowl halftime show. Who can forget when they sang "Bootylicious," "Independent Women Part 1" and "Single Ladies" in a matter of minutes?!
While viewers were left captivated, Williams later told E! News that it just felt good to perform again with her BFFs. "When three good girlfriends are together, you're free and you don't care who's around," she told E! News. "You're just trying to catch up and be goofy. I had a blast."
Thanks ladies for this weekend treat! And make sure to watch the Stellar Gospel Music Awards April 5 on TV One.
Destiny's Child to reunite at Stellar Gospel Music AwardsDestiny’s Child is reuniting for a surprise performance at an awards show.
We’re told Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland will make an appearance at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena on Saturday, where Michelle Williams is up for several awards.
The girl-power trio is set to open the awards ceremony with a performance, said a source, and that has sparked whispers from insiders about a reunion tour.
But a rep for Beyoncé said there “is no truth to the rumor of a Destiny’s Child reunion tour”.
The girl group last performed together for Beyoncé’s 2013 Super Bowl halftime show.
The show, co-hosted by Rickey Smiley, airs Easter Sunday on TV One.
Bradley Cooper To Make Directing Debut, Hopes To Star With Beyonce In 'A Star Is Born' For Warner BrosWarner Bros is negotiating with its American Sniper star Bradley Cooper to make his feature directorial debut on the remake of A Star Is Born. The hope is for Cooper also to star in the film. Once his deal is done, their first stop will be to Beyonce, who once was positioned to play the role of the young woman whose dreams of stardom are helped by a self-destructive icon whose best days are behind him. She was circling when Clint Eastwood was going to helm the remake, and the director discussed that male lead role with Cooper. She hasn’t yet been re-approached formally. Cooper will take a pass at the script with Will Fetters, who wrote the most recent draft, and the hope is that he can get into this wholeheartedly when he finishes performing The Elephant Man in its London transfer from Broadway.
He also will become a producer on this through Warners-based 22 Green, the banner he shares with Todd Phillips. Jon Peters, Billy Gerber and Basil Iwanyk also are producers. Cooper is coming off a double Oscar nomination for American Sniper, which has surpassed $528 million worldwide and growing, remarkable for an R-rated war film that cost $58 million to produce. There is some symmetry to these two films. When Steven Spielberg dropped out of American Sniper, Warner Bros worldwide production president Greg Silverman told Cooper that Eastwood was reading the book for recreation. Cooper was able to call Eastwood directly because of the relationship they developed when Eastwood offered Cooper that male lead in A Star Is Born.
First directed by William Wellman in a 1937 film that starred Fredrick March and Janet Gaynor, A Star Is Born was first made at Warner Bros in 1954 with a George Cukor-directed film that starred Judy Garland and James Mason and then was done in 1976 with Frank Pierson directing Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand. This long has been a priority at Warner Bros, with leading men such as Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale all circling at some point. Beyonce has been most often mentioned for that female lead, and really, how can you beat that? She’s displayed her acting chops in films that included Austin Powers In Goldmember, and her singing creates an opportunity not really seen since Warner Bros’ The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Kelly Rowland Talks Play Dates with Beyoncé and Blue Ivy!(Video) Kelly Rowland‘s newborn already has some famous friends.
The singer, 34, spilled the beans about new-mom lunch dates with her former Destiny’s Child band members — and they now involve their active little tots.
“Just the other day we were all able to sit down and have lunch together, and that always feels good,” Rowland said during an interview on the Meredith Vieira Show on Tuesday, also mentioning that her pal Beyoncé, 33, brought along 3-year-old Blue Ivy to play with her son Titan Jewell.
But she admitted that the catch-up sessions have quickly turned into toddler time. “Titan’s screaming and Blue is probably climbing something,” she joked to talk show host Meredith Vieira, 61.
The old friends still manage to squeeze in some baby-free nights out on the town.
“I don’t want to describe those,” the R&B artist said with a laugh, referring to the group’s girl time. “But it’s a lot of fun. It’s way too much fun!”
The star also talked about how her friendships with Beyoncé and Michelle Williams, 34, have helped her get through a difficult time after the unexpected death of her mother Doris Rowland Garrison in December, just after her son’s birth.
“I’m so happy that I have the girls as just a great support system,” she said.
She also is grateful to have a new “angel” in her life during the roller coaster she calls the past few months: “I’m so blessed to have my son,” she said of Titan, whom she welcomed with husband Tim Weatherspoon in November. “I don’t think I’ve actually had the time to really, really grieve,” she said.
“Something that happened the other day was, Titan was laughing,” she recalled, describing her new son’s “belly-filled giggle.”
“I was like, ‘What is that?’ He’s looking up, and he’s smiling and laughing, and I was like, ‘That’s mom.’ I just know she’s always here,” she explained.
Despite the difficult time, Rowland is embracing motherhood and soaking in all the ups along with the downs.
“The most surprising thing for me is how fast he is growing and how much joy he has given me,” she previously told PEOPLE.
Beyoncé Teaming Up With Giuseppe Zanotti For a Brand New Shoe(Pic) Warning: You're probably about to be drunk in shoe-love.
Beyoncé is partnering with Italian shoe designer (and celeb haute heel go-to) Giuseppe Zanotti on a new pair of shoes—and we're pretty positive they'll be fit for a Queen Bey. In a recent interview with Forbes, the designer revealed that the duo will collaborate on an exclusive design.
"I'm doing a shoe with Beyoncé right now," he told the magazine. "Beyoncé has very clear ideas—she knows exactly what she wants. The thing which she then also has over other celebrities, is that she has an amazing voice. She's incredibly talented and she's an amazing dancer—she's complete. Few are like Beyoncé."
Alas, we still have to wait to see what Bey and Zanotti come up with (yep, time just went still for us too).
"I'm working on finalizing the shoe with her stylist right now," Zanotti said. "And Beyoncé will then say what she likes and what she doesn't like. It will be one shoe only." So you know this is going to be good.
This isn't Zanotti's first high-powered partnership with heavy-hitters in the music business: You might remember his collaboration with Kanye West on the winged "Cruel Summer" sandal (worth a cool, ahem, $6000). Zanotti has also designed heels inspired by celebrities, including a cage heel designed with Michael Jackson in mind (left) and a booty bootie brought on by Kim Kardashian (right). Regarding the latter, Giuseppe opened up about being one of the first in fashion to accept the Kardashian family as a force in the industry.
"It's interesting to see that the many people who criticize them, still want to keep up with what they're doing. They've caused some sort of a revolution through a fictional media spectacle and their social media," he said. "Obviously it's a game—they're actors. The Kardashians are very simple people in the end. How they choose to expose themselves to the world, is another thing of course. Off-camera Kim is just an amazing mother." ICYMI: Zanotti was one of many designers to gift North West a pair of custom shoes when she was born.
Songs are also in the air when Zanotti dreams up a shoe design: "Summertime of Janis Joplin has inspired me a lot, then also November Rain, and various Led Zeppelin songs," he said. (Really, it's no wonder that rock mavens go for Zanotti on the red carpet.)
His design with Bey will obviously be epic—we'll be counting down to shoe-time.
Beyoncé Flashes Major Cleavage and Tiny Waist in Latest Sexy Instagram Pic(Pic1, Pic2) OK, we see you, Beyoncé.
The soulful singer has been posting a number of sexy Instagram photos that both accentuate her tiny frame and flash a generous amount of cleavage.
The artsy and captionless shots show Bey wearing a black pencil skirt with a multi-colored peplum blazer that is cinched at the waist with a belt. Queen B also made it very clear that she chose to ditch a top or bra underneath her plunging jacket (almost as racy as this lunch outfit), and we're totally OK with that. She completed the look with wild curls and a dark lip.
Yoncé has always had a bangin' bod, but she recently gave fans an inside look at her workout regimen in honor of Let's Move!'s fifth anniversary.
"Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Let's Move! #GimmieFive @MichelleObama," Bey wrote as a caption to the cute clip, and between the sit-ups, leg lifts and boxing punches, Jay Z's better half was certainly wasting no time getting into tip-top shape!
Back in February 2010, Michelle Obama launched the Let's Move! Initiative—which aims to fight the childhood obesity epidemic by educating kids on a healthy lifestyle.
When she's not showing off her fitness routine, Bey is toying with fans' emotions by teasing a possible collaboration with—wait for it—Cara Delevingne?!
The 33-year-old singer and the 22-year-old model both took to Instagram not too long ago to share nearly identical pics from a recording studio. In the matching snapshots, the stars place their hands on a soundboard covered with audio buttons. The soundboards in both Beyoncé's and Cara's pics have matching buttons, proving they were taken in the same spot.
Even though both beauties left the pics without captions, fans were freaking out at the possibility of the duo making music together, and we totally understand.
Beyoncé Sends Heartfelt Message to Her Backup Singer Tiffany Monique as She Battles CancerWe see your halo and big heart, Beyoncé.
The "Crazy in Love" singer is showing support for her backup singer Tiffany Monique in a special post on her personal website.
"We love you Tiffany," Mrs. Jay Z wrote with a beautiful photo of the talented performer who is battling cancer. "Wishing you a speedy recovery. Love, Beyoncé."
The heartfelt post comes just a few short days after Monique updated followers on her condition.
While lying down on her hospital bed, the singer thanked her main man for all his support during such a difficult time.
"Fevers, a-fib, no food or water since last Tuesday, quite a bit of pain and a lot of fatigue today," she wrote. "I'm finally ‘comfortable' so I'm gonna get some sleep while the going is good."
She added, "Anyone who knows me already knows how much I love this man. Didn't know if loving him any more than I already did was even possible. It is… #fckcancer #Godsgotthis #bravethestorm."
Since 2007, Monique has been one of the voices behind pop diva Queen Bey! She has also worked with Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson and Anita Baker.
"You get to wear the stage makeup, the stage hair," she recently shared with her hometown newspaper when asked about her dream career. "When I'm at home, I'm in a ponytail and sweatpants and Uggs."
We're joining Beyoncé and wishing Tiffany a speedy recovery!
Dang, Beyoncé! Braless Singer Flashes Boobs in Racy Lunch Outfit(Pic) Who knew lunch time could be so sexy?!
Beyoncé turns heads everywhere she goes no matter what she's wearing, but chances are there are a number of people dealing with some serious neck problems from the double-takes given for this extra racy look.
Queen B decided to go all the way with her lunch outfit today when she stopped to grab a bite from Gracias Madre with hubby Jay Z. The gorgeous singer wore a completely unbuttoned blouse that was tied at her midriff, revealing not only more cleavage than you could imagine, but also making it very clear that Bey left that annoying over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder (a bra, you guys) at home.
While the initial focus is the obvious (boobs!), we then start to wonder about the more practical things—What happens if there's a gust of wind? What happens when Bey leans forward to eat? What happens if she spills some food on her chest? What happens if she has to quickly jerk her upper body to the side to get the server's attention?
You know what happens? A dangerously close encounter with a possible nip slip (or in this case, a surprise appearance from her entire bare breast!). We just don't understand how she was able to eat in peace.
But she managed to make it work, and she looked damn good doing it, so there's really only one logical thing to do now—bow down.
Beyoncé and Jay Z renting $150K-a-month LA home(Pic) Beyoncé and Jay Z are one step closer to becoming full-time California residents.
The couple, 33 and 45, respectively, who’ve been house hunting in Beverly Hills, signed a year-long lease for a Holmby Hills home, reports TMZ.
Last summer, they rented the same pad for $200,000 a month, but this time managed to get the price reduced to $150,000 a month after negotiating directly with the owner.
The 16,000-square-foot home, which features seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and sits on a 1.32-acre lot on an exclusive street, is also on the market for $35 million, according to Realtor.com.
Other amenities in the home include a 75-foot gallery, a large screening room, massage room, infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and a tennis court.
As previously reported, the Carters have enrolled Blue Ivy, 3, in an elite private school in the Los Angeles area which costs $15,080 a year.
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Beyoncé Pays Tribute to Stevie Wonder With Ed Sheeran and Takes Fans Behind the Scenes During Rehearsal(Video) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) Beyoncé brought down the house for Stevie Wonder!
Queen Bey put on an epic performance during the Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute, but it wasn't a solo show! She brought Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. on stage with her while she crooned "Fingertips," "Master Blaster" and "Higher Ground."
Dressed in a sparkly, short little black dress, Beyoncé had the entire audience on their feet throughout her 10-minute-long tribute. They also screamed, cheered and crooned the entire time, proving that Jay Z's wife was just as awesome as she normally is.
Although all three of them pretty much slayed the performance, we have to give a special shout out to Clark for his legendary guitar solo. The 40-second solo took place during "Higher Ground" and got the crowd to rock out even harder than they already were...including Wonder himself!
By the end of it, Beyoncé was (flawlessly) sweating. She closed out by saying, "We love you, Stevie."
Fortunately for her fans, Bey also Instagrammed some behind-the-scenes photos from rehearsals for the tribute, giving them an inside look at how it all came together.
Although you could definitely tell the three of them were having a blast on stage, the rehearsals looked like even more fun, as Bey was grinning from ear-to-ear in all of them. The black-and-white pics show the performers doing their thing with the band. In three of the four photos, Beyoncé looks gorgeous in a long black dress but then goes for a casual jeans-and-tee look while hanging out with Clark.
No matter what fun these three had together, one thing is for sure: They look pretty good doing it.
Jay Z & Beyonce -- We Run This Town ... Insane Crowd Proves It(VIDEO) Either Beyonce and Jay Z need to stop going out in public, or NYC needs way more cops for NBA All-Star Weekend -- 'cause they damn near started a riot Thursday night just by stepping out of their SUV.
The scene in this video is ridiculous ... the massive crowd rushes the barricades in unison when Jay and Bey's ride pulls up outside Jay's 40/40 Club. Then, maybe to avoid even more chaos -- they walk in separately.
So, who was the opening act, and who headlined? Watch the vid to find out, but there's no doubt ... they're the reigning king and queen of NY.
Makes ya wonder why the hell they're moving to LA, right?
Beyoncé and Jay Z Get Down at Secret Prince Concert(Pic) There is a right way to do Valentine's Day and a wrong way.
As one would expect, Beyoncé and Jay Z did it the former.
In the wee hours of Saturday, the couple attended a surprise show by Prince celebrating the 30th anniversary of Jordan, basketball star Michael Jordan's brand.
After midnight, Prince and his band 3RDEYEGIRL took the stage at 23 Wall Street in New York City and performed an epic set that included hits like "1999," "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry" among others.
But the show-stopper was at the end, when the group of A-listers in the crowd joined Prince on stage for an impromptu dance party.
Helping Prince end his set, Beyoncé and Jay Z – along with Queen Latifah, Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Questlove and Michael Jordan himself – shimmied for all to see.
"Funkiest Night Ever!" Questlove wrote on Instagram.
The day before, Beyoncé and Jay Z attended Kanye West's fashion show for Adidas during New York Fashion Week. While there, she cozied up to a special someone in the front row: West and Kim Kardashian's daughter, North West.
"Beautiful Princess North," the singer wrote on Instagram.
Girls' night! Beyoncé hits the town with her ladiesBeyoncé had girls’ night out on Fashion Week’s opening night with her cousin Angie Beyince and Carmelo Anthony’s wife La La. Spies said that after seeing Kanye West’s Flatiron concert, the trio headed to Jay Z’s 40/40 Club, then to the Griffin.
“They were dancing a ton and just having fun, drinking Ace of Spades Champagne,” a Griffin spy said. “Carmelo showed up late, and it looked like he was intruding on their night, so he stayed out of their way. They left late, around 2:30 a.m.”
Beyoncé, Jay Z and Ed Sheeran Grab Dinner After Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert(Pic1, Pic2) Oh, to be a fly on the wall!
Beyoncé and Jay Z grabbed dinner earlier this week with none other than Ed Sheeran! The super famous trio were seen leaving dinner late in the evening in downtown Los Angeles shortly after attending the Stevie Wonder tribute concert.
Bey and Ed even shared the stage for the soon-to-be aired special, which took place Tuesday night at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Bey began her performance with "Fingertips Pt. 2" and was joined on stage by Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. midway through the track.
After the star-studded show, the redheaded Grammy winner Instagrammed a smiling photo of the threesome and wrote, "Had a brilliant time performing with these two tonight at the Stevie tribute."
Bey, Sheeran and Clark Jr. weren't the only major performances of the night, either!
Lady Gaga sang a song in honor of the one and only Mr. Wonder with Tony Bennett, and Andrea Bocelli.
Annie Lennox, Pharrell, Ryan Tedder, John Legend, Ne-Yo Ariana Grande,Jennifer Hudson, The Band Perry, India Arie and Janelle Monáe also took to the stage in his honor as well.
Sounds like it was quite the night!
Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star Grammy Salute airs Monday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Beyoncé on Her Grammys Performance: I Wanted to Show the 'Strength' of Black Men(Video) It was a performance that triggered goose bumps at the Grammys – and for Beyoncé, her rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" had a deep, personal resonance.
On Sunday night, the singer, 33, donned a flowing white frock as she stood still and sang the Gospel standard with a choir of black male singers, also clad in white, behind her.
In a new video released by the singer, Beyoncé explains she seized the moment to showcase black men after a year of racial turmoil marked by deaths of unarmed black men including Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
"I wanted to find real men that have lived, have struggled, cried, have a life and a spirit about them," she explained to the camera. "I felt like this was an opportunity to show the strength and the vulnerability in black men."
Before the performance, her good friend Gwyneth Paltrow took the stage and explained the hymn was a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who is the subject of the Oscar-nominated film Selma. Just after delivering the showstopping performance, Bey then introduced Common and John Legend, who performed their song "Glory" from the film.
In the new video, Beyoncé revealed "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" had deep meaning for her family.
"The first time I heard 'Precious Lord,' I was a kid and my mother sang it to me," she explained. "She sang the song with her eyes closed and she was a vessel. It was like God speaking, using her body to speak and to heal."
"My grandparents marched with Dr. King and my father was among the first generation that attended an all-white school," she said later. "My father has grown up with a lot of trauma from those experiences."
Some of the men included in the video also talked on-camera about the challenges of navigating life as a black man.
"As a black male you're viewed as a threat," said one. "I'm not a threat, I'm one of the happiest people there is. I'm not angry, nothing brings me down. I'm very positive. But you can see blind fear still to date, like if you're a black male walking down the street."
But the message of the song is one of hope – a point that was not lost on the participants.
"The message of 'Precious Lord' is pretty much one of trust," says one man. "It's pretty much trust. Trusting in God to help you and take care of you when you can't take care of yourself."
Producer Hints at Beyoncé and Jay Z Album ReleaseIs music's royal couple releasing a joint album?
On the Grammys red carpet Sunday, producer Detail (née Noel Fisher) hinted that Beyoncé and husband (and frequent collaborator) Jay Z may have a record coming this year.
"I'm working with a couple of new projects that I don't want to unveil, and then me and Beyoncé and Jay Z are actually doing something together this year," Detail told Billboard. "When you think of Jay and Bey together, you think 'album.' You should already know."
Will the rumored LP drop this year?
"In my imaginary mind, I will work to say it's true," the producer responded coyly.
The trio picked up the best R&B song Grammy for last year's smash "Drunk In Love."
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Beyoncé's Grammy Performance Will Be ''Spectacular'' and ''So Dramatically Different'': Get the Scoop!You're not alone if you can't wait to watch Beyoncé take the stage at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday.
Following the exciting announcement earlier this week, we've been dying for any details on the 33-year-old singer's upcoming performance—and wondering how in the heck she's going to top last year's Grammy opener when she kicked off the show with husband Jay Z with a super-sexy rendition of her hit "Drunk In Love" (not to mention her jaw-dropping performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards).
So, of course, when we caught up with President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow at the Billboard Power 100 Celebration in Beverly, Hills last night, we had to get him to spill the beans on all things Queen Bey.
"Well this will be so dramatically different than anything you've seen her do in a long time," Portnow teased of the "Flawless" beauty's forthcoming performance. "It's really going to be a spectacular moment for us and for her for sure."
Beyoncé, who's tied for the top of the pack with six nominations (including Album of the Year and Best Music Film), is expected to sing "Take My Hand Precious Lord" before segueing into John Legend and Common's Oscar-nominated song "Glory" with the musical duo.
The hitmaker joins an impressive list of previously announced Grammy performers, including Madonna, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Rihanna and Paul McCartney, so anything could happen come Sunday!
"I think every one of them—back to back to back," Portnow said when asked who, in addition to Bey, will wow us this weekend. "There's not one that I've seen in any rehearsals or heard that doesn't look inspiring."
As for why this year's Grammys will be one to remember?
"We keep trying to top ourselves and sort of go away from something we did last year but really it all starts with the music…" he said, "It's real performances, it's live, it's in the moment it's spontaneous…We've got another slate this year that is just off the hook, killer, great combinations of some unexpected things so I think everybody will be very pleased."
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards air this Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.
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Beyonce and Jay Z -- We're Movin' to L.A.!Beyonce and Jay Z are moving to L.A. and they've already enrolled Blue Ivy in school ... TMZ has learned.
We've learned ... Beyonce and Jay Z are currently living in a hotel in Beverly Hills and actively looking for an estate to buy on the westside of L.A., which includes Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air. We're told they have already discreetly looked at a number of homes, but so far none fit the bill.
We've also learned the famous couple enrolled their 3-year-old into a toddler program at an elite private school -- we know which one but we're not naming it. But we will tell you, the tuition is $15,080 a year.
We're told Blue Ivy was admitted halfway through the school year, which is unusual. The school generally only accepts students at the beginning of the school year.
As for why they're moving, sources connected with the couple tell us they want "a change in lifestyle." You'll recall, Bey and Jay spent the summer in a $200K a month rental near Bev Hills.
We do not know but assume they will keep their New York digs.
Move over, Gwyneth: Beyoncé launches vegan meal serviceBeyoncé is taking on Gwyneth Paltrow in the world of vegan preaching.
Bey’s launched 22 Days Nutrition, a “plant-based home delivery meal service” with “exercise physiologist” Marco Borges.
This comes after the singer tried veganism with Jay Z in 2013.
On a Web site, Beyoncé inspires fans to get a thigh gap just like her by wearing a shirt that says, “Kale.”
Goop goddess Paltrow — who once said, “When I pass a flowering zucchini plant .?.?. my heart skips a beat” — must be feeling like someone stole her quinoa.
Sam Smith Says He'll Give Beyoncé His Grammy If He Wins Album of the YearSam Smith looks like a million bucks on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and the Grammy nominee opens up to the music mag about his idols, love life and much, much more.
When asked about being constantly compared to Adele, Smith admits that he's nothing short of flattered.
"[She's] my Michael Jackson…[but] we're very different, and I feel like the constant comparisons might piss her off…it just annoys me that people can't digest two pop stars singing really personal songs who don't look like normal pop stars."
Smith was also quizzed about some of the pop world's leading ladies, like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.
"Blackout, that's my favorite Britney album. There's still some of her there. She was fighting for something. Whatever it was, she was fighting for something. I also love Circus; I love Femme Fatale. I always say to myself, 'If Britney can make it through 2007, you can make it through this."
He added that he's certain Queen Bey will beat him at this year's Grammys, saying, "I am 100 percent [sure I'll lose Album of the Year to her]. She deserves it way more than I do. I'd be embarrassed if I got it over her. If I got it, I'd give it to her."
Smith also credited Mother Monster for inspiring him to become an artist. He gushed, "Without Gaga, I wouldn't be here right now."
The "Stay With Me" crooner got even more candid about his personal life and admitted that he's not a fan of dating apps.
"I'm romantic. I feel like with Grindr and Tinder, you just lose a bit of romance. You're swiping someone's face to the left."
Beyoncé Rocks Tight Crop Top Amid Pregnancy Speculation at Lunch With Blue Ivy, Jay Z & Kelly Rowland!(Pic) Bump watch, be gone?!
Beyoncé turned heads in Los Angeles over the weekend when she stepped out in a tight crop top and pencil skirt during lunch with her family.
The Grammy winner reportedly rented out the eatery My Two Cents, where she dined alongside Blue Ivy Carter, Jay Z, Tina Knowles and Kelly Rowland, her newborn son Titan Jewell Weatherspoon and hubby Tim Weatherspoon.
But let's get back to the real task at hand: the "Drunk in Love" singer's killer figure!
All eyes were on the Grammy winner as she strut her stuff in the matching ensemble, which she paired with a black backpack, tousled waves and minimal makeup.
The curve-hugging outfit is certainly an about face following her much-talked about Instagram—you know, the one where she appeared to have a baby bump while buried in sand—which sparked pregnancy speculation.
Shortly after the pic was shared, Bey's BFF Michelle Williams appeared on The View claiming that her pal wasn't pregnant.
"You know, when she was pregnant people said that she wasn't pregnant and you know, it's just no truth to it, sorry!" she told the audience.
She added, after the panel of co-hosts began to further analyze Bey's Instagram snapshot, "First of all, first of all, if you look at the picture, the baby bump is like where her knees probably really are so that's it, really. All these allusions, just stop it, stop it, too many things."
Her Outfit Cost What?! Beyoncé's $3,250 Courtside Style(Pic) Six-inch platform heels to an Los Angeles Clippers game? No problem…that is, if you're the Queen B! Beyoncé sat courtside at the January 16 B-ball game with hubby Jay Z, rocking the sky high pumps with ease.
The 33-year-old made heads turn when she arrived fashionably late in her Opening Ceremony black and gold coat. Now this may seem like your standard high school varsity jacket, but we assure you it's far from ordinary. Not only did the "Single Ladies" singer have her nickname, "Yonce," embroidered on the left side, but it also came equipped with its own removable phone charger hidden inside an inner pocket. The price for this jacket? A cool $465. But good luck getting your hands on one—it's currently sold out everywhere!
The diva balanced out this pricey topper with a great pair of faux leather moto jeggings from Zara, which ring in at only $80. As a side note, Kylie Jenner has been seen sporting these Zara stunners, too.
But hold up, because the price tag on this outfit is about to go through the roof! The price of Bey's six-inch Azzedine Alaia booties— a hefty $1,995. We can't think of many celebs that could pull off these crazy high platform heels (to a basketball game nonetheless), but of course in true Beyoncé style, she totally makes it work.
Last, accessories –Queen Bey donned her $275 Kurt Geiger black backpack as well, which made for a great addition to her sporty courtside ensemble.
And of course, her hat was pure perfection, courtesy of Maison Michel. We love a great hat and this one certainly does not disappoint, but it'll set you back $435!
So, how much is this 'casual' look? A whopping $3,250.
Breaking it down piece-by piece:
Opening Ceremony varsity jacket - $465
Zara moto jeggings - $80
Azzedine Alaia booties - $1,995
Kurt Geiger backpack - $275
Maison Michel hat - $435
Beyonce and Jay Z ... We're Done with L.A. ... For NowJay Z and Beyonce have scratched plans to get a wildly expensive pad in L.A. ... after losing out to an incredibly rich nerd in a ferocious bidding war.
TMZ broke the story ... Jay and Bey put an offer in on a sick Beverly Hills mansion ... we're told just shy of $70 mil. At the time we were told they were only several million off from sealing the deal. But former Minecraft mastermind Markus Persson swooped in and sealed the deal for $70M.
Mr. and Mrs. Z have told close friends in L.A. they really wanted that house and it's soured them on looking further. They looked before eyeing the property and found nothing they really liked.
So for now ... they're putting L.A. on ice.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Date Night With Beyoncé and Jay Z Just Put Your Weekend Plans to ShameOh, to be a fly on the wall during this date night!
Our Friday evening can't even compete with Beyoncé and Jay Z's who just so happened to enjoy a fantastic dinner with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in West Hollywood, Calif.
Wearing black leather pants with high-heel shoes and a matching fedora, the "Crazy in Love" singer showed no signs of a possible baby bump while she entered and exited the restaurant.
Meanwhile, Kardashian stunned in a tight black dress with strap heels as her hubby trailed close behind in his signature all-black ensemble. Eyewitnesses told E! News that the couples left one minute apart in separate cars around 2:30 a.m. after spending nearly two hours together.
"It didn't seem like they were celebrating anything specific, just getting together while Bey and Jay are in town," an eyewitness shared. "Bey was laughing a lot and she looked good, really happy."
The double date comes just a few hours after Jay Z and Queen Bey enjoyed part of the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game together at the Staples Center.
According to an eyewitness, Beyoncé took her seat during halftime, but not before hugging her hubby in front of fans. She would later enjoy some cotton candy before the game concluded.
Anthony Anderson and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were also in attendance but not sitting by the Hollywood couple.
So what about those rumors that Beyoncé is expecting baby No.2?
For now, it's just continued rumors. Our eyewitness thought the singer "looked tiny" and showed no obvious sign of a bump.
Plus, pictures showed the "Drunk in Love" darling enjoying a clear beverage with a splash of lemon. It's safe to say the speculation will continue.
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Beyoncé geeks out over meeting Meghan TrainorBeyoncé is simply in love with Meghan Trainor.
Trainor, who sings the hit “All About That Bass,” recalled Beyoncé’s freak-out moment from the Billboard Women in Music Awards.
“She came up to me and held my hands and said, ‘I love your music. My daughter and I listen to your songs every day and dance to them,’” the 21-year-old told “Access Hollywood” on Monday.
“I freaked out,” she said about the fan moment. “I was pretty much complete with life. I was like, ‘Oh! That’s it, Beyoncé likes my songs. I’m done.’”
“I didn’t believe it,” Trainor added. “It was like a movie in my face. I worship her. I think she’s the most talented artist we have … ever.”
“All About That Bass” is nominated for two Grammys: Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Beyoncé Steps Out Amid Latest Pregnancy Speculation(Pic) If Beyoncé is indeed pregnant, she's not showing yet!
The "7/11" singer sparked rumors that she might be expecting her second child on Sunday after posting a picture of herself buried in the sand with what appeared to be an exaggerated baby bump. Per usual, Beyoncé didn't offer any context via a photo caption, leading many to wonder if she'd used Instagram to make a pregnancy announcement. The speculation intensified, and on Monday, Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams tried to put rumors to rest. "You know, when she was pregnant people said that she wasn't pregnant and you know, it's just no truth to it," the "Say Yes" singer shared on The View. "Sorry!"
The co-hosts analyzed Beyoncé's Instagram picture further, but Williams wasn't having it. "First of all, first of all, if you look at the picture, the baby bump is like where her knees probably really are so that's it, really," the 34-year-old gospel singer said. "All these allusions, just stop it. Stop it! Too many things."
Several hours after Williams' morning TV appearance, Beyoncé, 33, cheered on the Brooklyn Nets when the team played the Houston Rockets at the Barclays Center. Joined by her husband, Jay Z, the Grammy winner's shirt was tucked into high-waisted jeans. While sitting courtside, she removed her winter coat.
The power couple's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, 3, was M.I.A.
Asked in July 2013 if he wants more kids with Beyoncé, Jay Z told Hot 97 radio host Angie Martinez "absolutely." In fact, the rapper said he would like enough children to form "a little basketball team."
Did Beyonce Announce She Is Pregnant?(Pic) Leave it to Beyoncé to make a tidal wave-sized splash with a time-honored beach pose.
The Grammy-winning superstar, 33, shared an Instagram Sunday morning in which she is buried up to her neck in sand while daughter Blue Ivy, 3, appears to be playing beside her. But the sweet snap has a surprise: a sandy mound atop Beyoncé’s belly.
The photo comes just after Blue Ivy celebrated her third birthday on Jan. 7 with a party that included ice sculptures and a rainbow cake.
A rep for the singer has not yet responded to a request for comment, but if the eyebrow-raising Instagram is a baby announcement, it means that Beyoncé and Jay Z will soon be shopping for a new pair of Timberlands.
Damn! Dr. Dre Made $20 Per Second Last Year: Find Out How Much Beyoncé & Taylor Swift EarnedDr. Dre is seriously rich. No, like you're-about-to-feel-really-poor rich.
We did the math and based off of Forbes' latest World's Highest Paid Musicians of 2014 list, the 49-year-old rapper and business mogul made—wait for it—$20 per second last year! You read that correctly: $20 freaking dollars per second in 2014. That's means every hour that Dre was asleep in the last 12 months he raked in $72,000 (PER HOUR!).
In total (and thanks to Apple buying Beats by Dre for a cool $3.2 billion last year), Dre made a whopping $620 million last year.
And if that doesn't leave you feeling penniless and worthless, let's look at Beyoncé. The "Drunk in Love" singer made $115 last year according to Forbes. That breaks down to $3.65 every second, $219 every minute and $13, 140 every hour.
As for Justin Bieber, the pop star raked in $9,132 every hour, $152 every minute and $2.53 every second. One Direction made $2.38 per second (that's $142 per minute and $8,561 per hour), Taylor Swift made $2 every second ($122 per minute and $7,305 per hour) and Jay Z made $1.90 per second ($114 per minute and $6,849 per hour).
Here's to a profitable 2015, everyone!
Former - And Maybe Future - Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Says Jay-Z is 'Pimping' BeyonceIt's probably a safe bet that, if Mike Huckabee runs once more for president, neither Jay Z nor Beyoncé will be on the campaign rally playlist.
The former Arkansas governor and Fox News talk-show host – a conservative Republican and musician himself who knows how to get attention – is coming out with a new book, new book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy in which he levels a scalding review of Jay Z and Beyoncé and their explicitly steamy "Drunk in Love" duet at the Grammys.
"Beyoncé is incredibly talented – gifted, in fact," Huckabee writes in the book, which hits stores until Jan. 20. "She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a terrific dancer – without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?"
The former Baptist minister, whose 2008 campaign had to stop using Boston's "More Than a Feeling" as its anthem after the band objected, also went after the man who ultimately prevailed in that year's race.
And his wife.
Both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have talked about being fans – and friends – of Beyoncé, with the president telling PEOPLE just last month that his wife and daughters, Sasha and Malia, "are in their Beyoncé world."
Huckabee chides Mrs. Obama for this, with a knock at her healthy-eating work in the nation's schools: "With the first lady so concerned about making sure her daughters' bellies don't ingest unhealthy food, how can she let their brains ingest obnoxious and toxic mental poison in the form of song lyrics? If lived out, those lyrics would be far more devastating to someone's health than a cupcake."
Huckabee hasn't announced a decision on trying again for the White House in 2016. But he ended his Fox News show on Jan. 3 just in case.
"I cannot bring myself to rule out another presidential run," Huckabee said in his last broadcast. "So as we say in television, stay tuned."
What was 2014's most popular album?1. Various Artists, Frozen
2. Taylor Swift, 1989
3. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
4. Ariana Grande, My Everything
5. Katy Perry, Prism
6. Lorde, Pure Heroine
7. Beyoncé, Beyoncé
8. Ed Sheeran, X
9. Pharrell Williams, G I R L
10. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Happy Birthday, Blue Ivy: Beyoncé and Jay Z's Little Girl Turns 3(Pic) Does time fly or what?!
It seems like just yesterday when the world was gushing over the arrival of Beyoncé and Jay Z's baby girl, and now, we're celebrating Blue Ivy's third birthday!
And, of course, the celebuspawn's special day is being celebrated in the trendiest way possible. Blue's famous mama shared a black-and-white snapshot of her daughter's B-day party which shows a big silver "3" balloon and ice sculpture that says "Happy Birthday Blue."
Yep, an ice sculpture. Oh, you didn't have that at your third birthday?
Although it's currently unclear how Blue and Co. will spend the rest of their day, we're sure it will be filled with lots of love and special memories.
The tiny tot has grown up in front of our eyes since her birth on Jan. 7, 2012, and is quickly becoming quite the cultured, sweet and fierce little lady (taking after her mama, of course).
"It just gives you purpose and all of the things that my self-esteem was associated it, it's all completely different," Bey said of motherhood to Andersoon Cooper in September 2012. "I realized why I was born and more than anything all of the things I want to pass onto my child and the best way of doing that is not by preaching or telling her but showing her by example."
Beyoncé and Jay Z Surprise Troops on New Year's EveBeyoncé and Jay Z Surprise Troops on New Year's Eve: video.
Jay Z and Beyonce -- We Can Be Tourists ... Just Like You!(Pic, Pic2) Jay Z and Beyonce can be just as embarrassing as your parents ... well, at least on vacation -- because Saturday in Cambodia they had no problem geeking out during a sightseeing tour.
Hova and Bey hit up an old building in Angkor Wat ... and the rapper happily posed pics while flashing the Illuminati Roc-nation symbol.
The first couple of hip hop then hit up the Fantasia attraction in Phuket, Thailand ... and this time Beyonce upped her tourist game by donning a traditional headpiece.
Made in America.
Beyoncé Wishes Fans a ''Happy New Year'' With Retrospective Video of Her 2014Beyoncé Wishes Fans a ''Happy New Year'' With Retrospective Video of Her 2014: video.
Bey and Jay swank it up at Thai villa that's $25K per nightBeyoncé and Jay Z have gone from a winter wonderland to a tropical paradise on their holiday break.
Spies said the pair — who posted pics in Icelandic snow the day after Christmas — are currently at a $25,000-a-night, $35 million villa at Amanpuri resort in Phuket, Thailand.
The pricey pad comes with a private chef, butler and ’round-the-clock maids.
The hip-hop royalty have been “making sandcastles on the beach with daughter Blue Ivy,” a spy said. Jay was also seen riding a motorcycle.
The resort’s previously played home to Prince William.
Meanwhile, Aman Resorts founder Adrian Zecha was also on the scene. We hear he’s now planning 12 new Aman and Setai locations with chairman Omar Amanat.
Beyoncé and Jay Z Celebrate Christmas in Thailand With Blue Ivy, Singer Rocks Gold Face Paint for Elephant Ride(Pic, Pic2) It seems that Beyoncé and Jay Z are on a mission to travel to every inch of the globe.
Following the pair's vacation to Iceland in honor of the rapper's 45th birthday, the powerhouse couple traveled to Thailand, where they spent Christmas with their 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
According to an eyewitness, the couple, who is still on vacation, appears "very much in love" and has been seen hanging out on the beach and relaxing, where they were also photographed frolicking together in the "huge" waves.
During their family getaway, Queen Bey enjoyed an elephant ride and was seen waving her arms with glee as she rode atop her new friend. Sporting a colorful jumpsuit and a flower lei, the 33-year-old singer beamed from ear to ear and was seen "having a blast" while rocking gold face paint and wearing her curly hair in its natural state.
Bey and Jay, along with their adorable daughter, are expected to spend New Years in Thailand, where, presumably, they will celebrate in a lavish style in typical Carter family fashion.
After facing breakup speculation earlier this year, the longtime loves appear to be stronger than ever and, according to the source, there seems to be no trouble in paradise.
Prior to their trip to Thailand, the famous trio traveled to Iceland, and Bey recently shared a number of photos from the getaway on her Tumblr page.
From pics of Bey in a bikini to images of the couple enjoying a helicopter ride, the "Bow Down" beauty kindly let fans have a sneak peek of the family's travels (while simultaneously making us jealous!).
Following their return to the States, Bey and Jay were photographed enjoying a romantic dinner date in the Big Apple before they jetted off to South East Asia to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
Sounds like a typical holiday season for the Carters—if only we could join in on the fun for just one day!
Beyoncé and Solange 'Can't Be Bothered' in Sassy Throwback Christmas PhotoBeyoncé and Solange 'Can't Be Bothered' in Sassy Throwback Christmas Photo.
Beyoncé Rocks Pink Pantsuit (Previously Worn by Solange!) for Romantic Date Night With Jay Z(Pic) Pre-Christmas date night for Beyoncé and Jay Z!
The powerhouse couple braved the rain in NYC when the two stepped out for a romantic evening together in the Big Apple, where they were spotted all smiles as paps snapped pics of the loved-up pair. According to an eyewitness, the two enjoyed dinner at Mexican Mama Centro, where they remained for over three hours.
Queen Bey flaunted her enviable curves in a bright pink pantsuit which she teamed with black pumps and a monochromatic blouse. The 33-year-old singer pulled her natural curls back in a low ponytail and, to ensure her tresses stayed put in the rainy weather, she was even seen having her bodyguard shield her face with an umbrella.
Meanwhile, her hubby was dressed casual in a camel jacket and jeans, paired with Timberland boots.
Both Bey and Jay appeared in good spirits as they were escorted inside by their security team, enjoying a quiet holiday meal before the Christmas craziness begins.
And if you can't help but notice that the pink pantsuit looks a bit familiar, then props to you mega fans of the Knowles family, as Bey's sister Solange was seen wearing a similar outfit in an Instagram post a few months back.
Just a little sisterly clothing swap!
Bey and Jay have been getting into the holiday spirit, and the couple recently attended the annual Roc Nation holiday party.
According to an eyewitness, the "Flawless" beauty stayed close to her hubby, with the two holding one another and remaining super-close the entire night.
Mathew Knowles -- Hawking Old Beyonce Stuff for Top Dollar ... Deep Discounts on Solange(Photos) Beyonce's dad is trying to make ends meet by unloading tons of her souvenirs from her career in a massive garage sale -- which also features Solange stuff ... in the bargain bin.
As we've told you ... Mathew Knowles is having baby mama troubles -- which might explain why he started selling off some Bey treasures outside his office in Houston last Friday.
As of Monday, there were plenty of items available ... including a giant Beyonce poster for $200, old tour books for $20, and various pieces of House of Dereon clothing. On a budget? You can find a Solange CD for $1.96.
In the non-Beyonce aisle -- Mathew's also selling office furniture ... so, it looks like a total fire sale.
We're told Mathew shunned an attempt to haggle the oversized Beyonce poster down to $145 ... standing firm at two hundy.
Daddy's baby needs a new pair o' shoes.
Emma Watson Named Feminist Celebrity of the Year 2014-Find Out Who Else Made the List!Emma Watson continues to make Hermione—and the rest of us—so, so proud.
This time, the 24-year-old actress has been voted the top feminist of 2014 in a Ms. Foundation for Women online poll, conducted in partnership with Cosmopolitan.com.
The win came, in part, thanks to the emotional, powerful speech Emma gave back in September at the U.N., when she helped launch the HeForShe gender equality campaign.
"For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities," she said in her speech. "It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes."
She's not advancing equality all by herself. Here are all of the Top 10 2014 feminists, based on Ms. Foundation's poll:
Ms. Foundation President and CEO Teresa Younger issued a statement, saying: "We celebrate all feminists every day, but today we're giving a hat tip to celebrities who are helping to promote women's equality...Every celebrity on the list has either embraced the term 'feminist,' spoken out for women's equal rights, or battled against sexist oppression."
Keep it up, everyone!
Did Beyoncé Pay for Solange's Honeymoon as an Apology for Jay Z Elevator Drama? Find Out!Well, here's one rumor we can safely put to rest.
A report recently surfaced claiming Beyoncé paid for her sister Solange's honeymoon in Brazil following the 28-year-old singer's nuptials last month to longtime love Alan Ferguson. The report went on to claim that Bey shelled out over $130,000 and alleged that the 33-year-old singer footed the bill for her younger sibling as a way to apologize for the drama that went down in May between Solange and Jay Z (you know, the infamous elevator fight).
However, a source tells E! News there's no truth to the rumors and insists that Solange and her hubby, who are both successful in their own right, paid for the trip to Trancoso on their own.
"Reports that Beyoncé paid for Solange's honeymoon with Alan Ferguson is false. There is no truth to this. Solange and Alan paid for their honeymoon themselves. They did not receive any compensation of any kind," a source close to Solange tells E! News.
Knowles and Ferguson wed in New Orleans on Nov. 16. The couple exchanged vows in front of about 200 family and friends, including Beyoncé, brother-in-law Jay Z and close pal Questlove. "I had the best day of my life and ended it with an abundance of peace, love over flowing through me like never before," the twice-married star gushed in on Instagram. "Words only understate the feelings I experienced, but I want to thank you for all of your beautiful sentiments. I'm now one, with the one."
About nine months prior to the lovebird's I-dos, Solange made headlines when she allegedly attacked Jay Z in an elevator after the 2014 Met Gala (the incident was caught on surveillance footage). Days after the eyebrow-raising altercation, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Solange released a joint statement letting fans know they are moving along as a "united family."
"As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident," the trio said. "But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."
It Pays to Be a Nerd -- Gamer Beats Out Beyonce, Jay Z for Epic L.A. HouseA 35-year-old Swedish video game programmer just got the prized house that Jay Z and Beyonce also wanted ... TMZ has learned.
Our real estate sources tell us ... Markus Persson plunked down $70 million cash for a 23,000 square foot palace in Bev Hills.
Markus can afford it ... he sold his company, Mojang -- which created the video game Minecraft -- to Microsoft for $2.5 BILLION.
As we reported, Beyonce and Jay Z visited the house multiple times and made an offer but Markus beat them out at 70.
The other winners ... realtors Branden Williams and Ben Bacal who get a big fat commission check.
Beyoncé, Jay Z and Rita Ora Celebrate the Holidays Together(Pic, Pic2) The party don't star 'til Beyoncé and Jay Z walk in!
The music power couple attended the annual Roc Nation holiday party earlier this week and were in some seriously good company.
Bey and Jay met up none other than Rita Ora, one of the rapper's protégées, at the swanky affair in a private location near Bryant Park in New York City.
The two ladies couldn't help but dance together throughout the night and even stopped to snap some selfies.
An eyewitness tells E! News that Blue Ivy's mama "was goofing around with Rita" and that "they were the life of the party."
Yoncé also stayed close to her hubby, with the two holding one another and being super-close the entire night.
Jay was also having a ball at the yearly extravaganza, and at one point he even put on a Santa Claus hat and worked the crowd with holiday spirit.
'Tis the season in the Carter house it seems.
Just yesterday the Grammy-winning songstress posted a slew of new pics of her and Blue around their family Christmas tree.
In one of the snaps, Bey is shown striking her best Sasha Fierce pose in front of a blue-themed decorated tree.
We can't help but notice that a few presents have already been dropped by Santa himself!
Of course, if you ask the Bey Hive, Christmas came a little early this year.
After all, Bey dropped the platinum box set version of her 2013 self-titled album just a few weeks ago and it was filled to the brim with new goodies for fans to enjoy.
Happy holidays to the three Carters!
Blue Ivy Is So Cute! Beyoncé Posts Sweet Snapshot of Her Growing Baby Girl(Pic) Blue Ivy is getting so big!
Beyoncé took to her website to post some more photos illustrating "My Life," including her usual flawless wardrobe and one special snapshot in which she's enjoying some time with her precious baby girl. In the happy pic, Bey smiles as she watches Blue run around in an adorable little dress with her hair pulled up into an edgy 'do.
There's no telling what caught the almost 3-year-old's attention, but it clearly got Jay Z's little girl excited, which in turn made Mama B happy, which ultimately makes us happy (because whatever Beyoncé feels, we feel, right?).
The sweet family photo comes right after some unfortunate legal news involving the singing superstar.
Bey and Jay, among some others, were targeted in a lawsuit for their ultra-famous 2013 track "Drunk in Love."
In the suit obtained by E! News, Mitsou (real name: Mo´nika Juha´sz Miczura) claims Jay, Bey and the track producers (including Timbaland) sampled and digitally manipulated her vocals from a 1995 traditional Roma folk song without permission. Per the suit, filed Friday in Manhattan civil court, Mitsou is seeking unspecified damages for the "irreparable harm and emotional distress" caused by the musicians' "blatant unauthorized use of [her] voice for trade purposes."
Beyoncé, Jay Z and Timbaland did not respond to E! News' request for comment.
Hungarian singer: Beyoncé 'stole' my voice for 'Drunk in Love'A Hungarian folk singer is suing Beyoncé, claiming the superstar songstress stole her voice for her hit song “Drunk in Love” featuring her husband Jay Z.
Monika Miczura Juhasz, known as Mitsou, says in the new Manhattan civil suit that Beyoncé recorded her voice in 1995 while she was singing a traditional Roma folk song she learned from her grandmother.
“Mitsou’s voice was sampled and digitally manipulated without her permission,” the suit says.
The sampling is used “to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics performed by Beyoncé and Jay Z in ‘Drunk in Love,’ ” the suit says.
The single was nominated for a Grammy and is part of the No. 1 “Billboard” album “Beyonce,” and its video won Best Collaboration at the MTV Video Music Awards.
“In the video, Mitsou’s solo vocal introduction follows 57 seconds of a cinematic, intimate scene of beach at night,” according to the filing. The video’s been viewed 236 million times on YouTube, the suit says.
Mitsou calls herself “an internationally acclaimed Hungarian Roma singer,” who was discovered at age 17 and has toured the globe appearing at festivals and other venues.
Mitsou says she first learned that Beyoncé had stolen her voice when friends started calling her after hearing the “a capella solo” for the first 13 seconds of the song.
“Following Mitsou’s stirring featured solo vocal introduction, Mitsou’s voice continues to sing as Beyoncé begins to sing,” the suit says.
The sampling continues with Jay Z rapping alongside the Hungarian for 51 seconds, according to court papers.
“All together, Mitsou’s vocals are featured for over one and half minutes of the five and one half minute song,” the suit saysThe original recording of the traditional Roma song, called Bajba, Bajba Pelem was released under the title Gypsy Life on the Road by North Pacific Records in 1997.
“Mitsou has never signed any documents that would permit anyone to use her voice for advertising or trade purposes,” the suit says.
She’s seeking unspecified damages.
Destiny's Child -- Beyonce's Dad Hawking Biopic ... Sony Hack RevealsBeyonce's dad tried to cash in on his famous daughter's name last year with a Destiny's Child biopic ... according to the latest batch of leaked Sony emails released by hackers.
Mathew Knowles reportedly reached out to Sony in December 2013 ... offering the studio first dibs on a movie about the girl group -- and execs seemed into the idea.
However it doesn't look like they ever came to a deal. Lifetime is reportedly planning a D.C. movie next year, but unclear if Mathew's behind that one.
Another leaked email referenced a possible Kanye West feature film. A Yeezy staffer sent an email sent to Sony Pictures honcho Amy Pascal ... pitching her a movie project involving "cinematic and technological innovation."
Great -- Kanye ranting in 4D.