Beyoncé

One of the most recognizable figures in contemporary music, Beyoncé rose to fame in the 1990s as the central member of Destiny's Child, and the following decade embarked on a multi-platinum, record-breaking solo career with Dangerously in Love (2003), her first in an unbroken string of number one albums. Chart-topping singles such as "Crazy in Love" (2003), "Irreplaceable" (2006), and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (2008), combined with sold-out world tours and Grammy awards, all heightened her profile in the 2000s. Once she released her self-titled fifth solo album in 2013, it became evident Beyoncé wasn't merely an entertainer but a progressive artist as well. The notion was affirmed with Lemonade (2016) and Everything Is Love (2018), the latter of which was a collaboration with husband Jay-Z.
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  • A Destiny's Child Musical Is Coming From Beyoncé's Dad Mathew Knowles
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    A Destiny's Child Musical Is Coming From Beyoncé's Dad Mathew Knowles

    Destiny's Child is the subject of a new musical, being shaped by their former manager, and Beyoncé's dad, Mathew Knowles.

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    A music scholar's take on Beyoncé's latest

    Naomi André is an opera expert, academic and published author. Her most recent book is "Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely her own. On April 9, 1939 the African-American opera singer Marian Anderson made history when she performed outdoors on the National Mall in Washington. The 42-year-old contralto sang to a crowd of 75,000 people. She performed outside because she had been barred from singing inside one of the more appropriate, and large-enough, venues in the city: Constitution Hall, a segregated building at the time. Her powerful performance was written into civil rights history. She broke another barrier 16 years later when she

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    Beyonce Launches 'Before I Let Go' Challenge

    Beyoncé isn't taking her foot off the music industry's neck this month. After releasing a Netflix special to commemorate her groundbreaking 2018 Coachella headlining set and later turning it into a live album, Bey officially announced the "Before I Let Go" Challenge late Monday. The Houston native reposted her favorite clips of the best choreography set to her cover of "Before I Let Go," for her first-ever Instagram story posts. The viral hasthag has seen members of the Beyhive unite and engage one another to find talented creatives and dancers exuding black girl magic across the globe. "Before I Let Go" is a cover of Frankie Beverly and Maze's 1995 smash and appears on Homecoming as a bonus

  • Beyoncé's 'Homecoming:' Why the opera world should take notes
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    Beyoncé's 'Homecoming:' Why the opera world should take notes

    Naomi André is an opera expert, academic and published author. Her most recent book is "Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely her own. On April 9, 1939 the African-American opera singer Marian Anderson made history when she performed outdoors on the National Mall in Washington. The 42-year-old contralto sang to a crowd of 75,000 people. She performed outside because she had been barred from singing inside one of the more appropriate, and large-enough, venues in the city: Constitution Hall, a segregated building at the time. Her powerful performance was written into civil rights history. She broke another barrier 16 years later when she

  • Here Are the First Week Numbers for Beyoncé, Anderson .Paak, and BTS
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    Here Are the First Week Numbers for Beyoncé, Anderson .Paak, and BTS

    Beyoncé's surprise project 'Homecoming: The Live Album' put up respectable numbers on the Billboard 200 chart despite just two days of tracking activity.

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    Beyonce opens up about emergency caesarean after one of her twins' hearts 'paused a few times'

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    REVIEW: Beyoncé's 'Homecoming' an inspiring celebration of black culture, strength

    Forget Coachella 2019. Beyoncé's headliner performance from last year blew everyone away with bombastic dances, incredible vocals and a story that celebrated black culture. The 2018 festival should only be referred to as “Beychella,” which is covered in the first inspiring documentary that features Beyoncé at the center. “Homecoming” hit Netflix just last week on April 17. Fans and non-fans alike get an inside view of the dedication and personality behind the icon's legendary performance. “It's hard to believe that after all these years, I was the first African American woman to headline Coachella,” Beyoncé said. She did an amazing job in bringing black culture into the spotlight. It wasn't about

  • ‘Homecoming’ Film Review: Beyoncé’s Powerful Documentary Captures Her Once-in-a-Lifetime Coachella Triumph
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    ‘Homecoming’ Film Review: Beyoncé’s Powerful Documentary Captures Her Once-in-a-Lifetime Coachella Triumph

    Coachella turned 20 this year, but prior to 2018, no African-American woman had headlined the arts and music festival’s main stage. It feels appropriate that Beyoncé, quite possibly the biggest artist in the world today, was the one to make history, and in doing so, she metaphorically took the festival’s 250,000 ticket holders to school: Featuring a song list peppered with empowering quotations from black intellectuals and a set designed to look like the most elaborate NCAA halftime show of all time, Ms. Knowles-Carter celebrated historically black colleges and universities — and black identity and excellence — in a space, and to an audience, that no one had before.Not content to dominate just one festival cycle, Beyoncé released the self-directed “Homecoming” documentary (and its accompanying live album) in between weekends one and two of Coachella 2019, reminding fans of her show-stopping sets from the previous year, and drawing back the curtain on what can fairly be described as one of the defining live performances, and cultural moments, of the modern era.While taking fans through an onstage, nonstop parade of her many, many hits — all re-orchestrated and reimagined to suit the musical backdrop of the world’s most on-point marching band — Beyoncé’s film documents the tremendous effort she and a crew of hundreds mounted to get the concert ready, while filtering in wisdom and inspiration from African American luminaries that underlines her indefatigable talent and ambition.Watch Video: Beyonce Channels Maya Angelou in Stunning Trailer for Netflix Film 'Homecoming'The most gifted entertainers are always capable of making the cultural conversation about them, but Beyoncé frequently returns the favor, making her work about a cultural conversation that is either already happening or should be. Then again, only an artist of her stature could turn a Super Bowl halftime show into a tribute to the Black Panthers and then ride the wave of a conservative backlash like a surfboard to an award-winning, $256 million-grossing worldwide tour. “Homecoming” reportedly netted Beyoncé $60 million for the Netflix broadcasting rights on top of $8 million for performing at Coachella; as with the two albums that preceded the performance (“Beyoncé” and “Lemonade”), she virtually redefined the way that artists monetize their work. But the emphasis and impact of both show and documentary serve the cause of HBCUs and black intellectualism every bit as much as it does Beyoncé herself.What’s remarkable is how her contemporary persona — benevolent, take-no-s–t pop star and empowerment avatar for women across the globe — colors her every song. From early Destiny’s Child hits like “Say My Name” to “Top Off,” her collaboration with Jay-Z and Future for DJ Khaled, Beyoncé creates an onstage narrative that evokes not just the marital issues explored on “Lemonade” but also her vulnerabilities and her self-worth, and her demand that her partner recognize them too. Though the backstage footage renders Jay-Z mostly silent (except for one moment of punctuation to her production crew that acknowledges her authority and control), the documentary exudes a convincingly earnest attempt to move on from their drama, transforming her outrage into self-actualization and rendering their reconciliation both a cathartic payoff to their relationship and the career narrative of that album’s release. (That it sold some 2.5 million copies worldwide cemented both.)Also Read: Queen Beyonce Aims for History in Her Netflix Film 'Homecoming'Musically, the concert is intricate and precise while somehow being simultaneously explosive. From her opening number, “Crazy in Love,” which slows to a syrupy crawl and interpolates C-Murder’s “Down For My N—az,” the songs feel fresh, truly reinvented, in a way that few live performances actually accomplish. Coming back from giving birth to twins — a detail she addresses honestly — her voice and body, particularly in terms of the demanding choreography, are nothing short of miraculous. It all serves to underscore the versatility and specialness of her voice, which has matured and evolved over the course of 22 years to include many depths, dimensions and personalities, be they the unapologetic diva singing “I woke up like this” in “Flawless,” the scorned and unforgiving wife of “Hurt Yourself,” or the satisfied and grateful star, celebrating her success in love, life and art with “Love on Top.”As carefully choreographed and rehearsed as every moment of her concert is, there’s an undeniable spontaneity and humanity to the show born from the collective enthusiasm of her collaborators — the infectious energy of people working in the service of music and a message they truly believe in. It’s a message that exists simultaneously with the visceral thrill of spectacular showmanship, thanks to extraordinary thought, discipline and preparation taken to mount a show with complexity and precision.Also Read: Beyoncé Drops Surprise Live Album and Obviously the Internet Can't Handle ItAnd it’s also one that Beyoncé reciprocates both in the structure — each quote or excerpt, paired with behind-the-scenes footage, more encouraging and empathetic than the last — and the sheer, astonishing effort that she puts into creating the absolute best concert humanly possible. Even her cutaways to the crowd are generous; while there’s a generous helping of tearful adulation, shots almost always cut to fans who know the song lyrics as well as she does.Ultimately, “Homecoming” uniquely communicates the feeling of being in the audience watching such a singular experience. It expresses the energy and enthusiasm of every musician and dancer working in the service of making it so incredible. And it honors Beyoncé as the conductor of this absolutely incredible and unique moment, not just at Coachella but in pop-culture history itself. In other words, the hundreds of Instagram stories your friends shared from Coachella understandably failed to do Beyoncé’s once-in-a-lifetime performance justice, but this revelatory, incredible, inspiring documentary gives you both a front-row pass to watch every hit song and backstage access to see how its musical, logistical and philosophical foundations all came together in perfect harmony.Read original story ‘Homecoming’ Film Review: Beyoncé’s Powerful Documentary Captures Her Once-in-a-Lifetime Coachella Triumph At TheWrap

  • Ariana Grande hit with lemon during Coachella headline set 'because of Beyonce pay row'
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    Ariana Grande hit with lemon during Coachella headline set 'because of Beyonce pay row'

    A video has emerged of Ariana Grande being hit with a lemon during her headline performance at Coachella. “That’s ’cause one of ya’ll threw a lemon at me, s***,” Grande said to the audience before continuing the set. Grande was left unscathed after the fruit was thrown her way – fortunately, it missed her face– but it sparked outcry among her fan base on Twitter immediately following the performance.

  • Beyoncé's Lemonade is now available to stream on all major services
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    Beyoncé's Lemonade is now available to stream on all major services

    Exactly three years ago, on April 23, 2016, Beyoncé released her titanic achievement of a visual album, Lemonade. Lemonade rapidly became required viewing/listening — and also impossible to listen to on any of the major streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. After a brief window in which the whole thing was available on HBO, Lemonade was only available to buy via download or to stream on the members-only streaming service Tidal, in which Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z have partial ownership. Now, all that has changed. Today, for the first time, Lemonade is streamable on all the major streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music. This development marks a major change for Beyoncé,

  • Ariana Grande Was Paid Twice As Much As Beyonce For Coachella? Not So Fast
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    Ariana Grande Was Paid Twice As Much As Beyonce For Coachella? Not So Fast

    This past week, it was speculated that Ariana Grande was paid more than Beyonce Knowles for Coachella 2019 performances. Turns out, that might not be entirely accurate. As it was recently revealed, Ariana Grande was paid the same amount her fellow music celebrity to perform at the famous music festival, and the people who were saying Grande was given a penny more than Beyonce weren't telling the full truth. According to The Blast, there were rumors going around the web this past week claiming that Ariana Grande was paid $8 million to perform at 2019 Coachella Festival. As it turns out, though, Beyonce was given $4 million for each performance, which is the same as what Grande was given.

  • 'Homecoming,' From The Bleachers: Members Of Beyoncé's Marching Band Look Back
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    'Homecoming,' From The Bleachers: Members Of Beyoncé's Marching Band Look Back

    The precision. The energy. The limitless swag. Fans of Beyoncé are reliving the pinnacle performance of her career once again with Homecoming, the concert documentary released on Netflix last week. The film both documents the performance and sheds light on the eight months of work — four months of putting together the run of show and learning the choreography, followed by four months rehearsals — that led up to her headlining slot at Coachella in 2018. In the two-hour film, extended sections of the performance are intercut with behind-the-scenes clips of Beyoncé conceptualizing the show alongside the 200-plus artists — dancers, musicians, creative directors, technical staff — who helped make

  • The Weeknd 'was paid more than Beyoncé to headline Coachella'
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    The Weeknd 'was paid more than Beyoncé to headline Coachella'

    The Weeknd was reportedly paid more than Beyoncé to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2018. According to TooFab, sources claim the Starboy hitmaker, 29, raked in more than $8 million to headline the annual event, while the Drunk In Love singer, 37, is said to have earned $3-4 million for her captivating two-hour set. Earlier this week, Beyoncé fans were left furious as reports suggested Ariana Grande, 25, was paid double to deliver shows at the California festival for two consecutive weekends this year. The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye kicked off his career with a small scale performance at Coachella in 2012, before returning to the stage to headline the huge