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Beyonce blasts onto the chart at No. 10 with “Formation.” The song, from her album Lemonade, which roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1, is her 16th solo Hot 100 top 10 and first since “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, which reached No. 2 in February 2014. (Beyonce has also notched 10 top 10s as part of Destiny’s Child.)

“Formation” bows with roughly two-thirds of its Hot 100 points from sales, as it starts at No. 3 on Digital Songs with 174,000 sold, having gone on sale April 25. It also enters Streaming Songs at No. 43 (6.5 million) with almost all its streaming points from Tidal, which holds exclusive streaming rights to Lemonade. (A nominal portion of streaming points is from user-generated clips featuring the song’s official audio.)

“Formation,” which also re-enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at a new high of No. 6, had bubbled under the Hot 100 and rose to No. 33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in March, driven by airplay, when it was not available for purchase (and Tidal did not report the song’s streaming totals to Nielsen; none of its streams prior to April 23 were reported by Tidal to Nielsen). The track first made waves in early February, as Beyonce performed it live during the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show (Feb. 7).

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Almost 500k in 4 days, not to bad at all.

Beyonce’s Lemonade album charges in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the superstar her sixth chart-topper. The set earned 653,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 28, according to Nielsen Music. Pure album sales comprised 485,000 of that sum. – Source




What more appropriate way to welcome the storm known as Beyonce than with rumbles of thunder so severe it rattled rib cages and caused skin vibrations?

On the third date of her three-month long “Formation World Tour,” the Queen Bey made an Atlanta entrance befitting her status as R&B royalty, marching onto the stage with her black-hat-clad posse in “Formation” and immediately hitting the gyration button.

“I know I’m gonna have a good ol’ time tonight,” she told the sold-out Georgia Dome crowd that included nearly every significant Atlanta hip-hop star – T.I., Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross (some of whom performed during DJ Khaled’s opening set) – as well as heavyweights Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Diddy.

While the two-hour show wasn’t flawless from an audio standpoint – “Bow Down” and “Run the World (Girls)” were flooded with so much bass, it didn’t matter how many times Beyonce galloped in place, teasingly edged toward the front of the stage or blinked prettily under glitter-shadowed eyes, they were painful to endure – she has designed a production that manages to be simultaneously sleek and gargantuan.
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Beyoncé ‘Lemonade’ – With her surprise sixth studio album, Beyoncé picks up her second #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Released on Monday (25 Apr), Lemonade is the follow-up to Beyoncé (#1 Jan. ‘14) and features appearances by Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and more. Like its predecessor, there’s a visual album version of Lemonade. It was first broadcast on HBO in the US on 23 Apr. The album’s lead single, ‘Formation’, has debuted at #24 on this week’s Singles Chart. – ARIA




US numbers are looking real strong! Digitally Beyonce sold 500k copies, but if you add the streaming of her tracks, it brings the total to 700k. That is a very solid number for the first week!

Beyonce’s Lemonade will loom large on the next Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry forecasters now suggest the set could debut at No. 1 on the May 14-dated list with more than 500,000 copies sold and more than 700,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 28. (On April 27, sources said Lemonade was on track to sell possibly 450,000, with its equivalent unit total at 550,000 or more.) – Billboard




Congrats are in order, Beyonce is the No. 1 album in the UK

But Lemonade overtook The Very Best Of Prince (Warner Bros.) with opening sales of 73,000, including 10,000 equivalent sales via streaming — 14 percent of its total. That’s the biggest percentage since streaming data became part of chart methodology last year. It’s Beyoncé’s third U.K. No. 1 album.

No fewer than six tracks from Lemonade became top 40 hits, with “Hold Up” leading the way at No. 17, then “Formation” (No. 31), “Sorry” (No. 33), “6 Inch” (35), “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (36) and “Freedom” (40). – Billboard




The tour touched down in Tampa, FL. From what we are hearing, she added 1+1 to the setlist. I love when artists do this, it keeps the show interesting, showing up to a concert, you never know what you are going to get. Check out the photos in the gallery by clicking below.




Awe has always seemed like the only appropriate response to Beyoncé, a star who makes even the best of the rest look a bit amateur. She tells us over and over again that she’s number one (she woke up like this, she’s flawless, fresher than you, she slays every day) – and we sing along because they’re all unassailably true. She sounds, moves and looks like a goddess and most of us “bow down” accordingly.

But when she surprise-released Lemonade, an hour-long film presentation of her sixth studio album, there was suddenly a radical new dimension to this rhetoric of self-affirmation. Threaded with the bold and bodily poetry of British-Somali poet Warsan Shire, steeped in antebellum imagery and peopled with phalanxes of young black women, the film takes its title from footage of Hattie White, Beyoncé’s grandmother-in-law, giving a speech at her 90th birthday party. “I was served lemons,” she says slowly, melodiously. “But I made lemonade.”

Beyoncé’s subject emerges as nothing less than the black female body, the police state and black lives past and present. The lemonade that she’s making in her 34th year isn’t just from the bitter juice of her famous husband’s infidelities, it’s the pain of black mothers and grandmothers and their mothers. Suddenly, she is doing something so much bigger than telling us she’s the flyest. She’s telling us you can make something sweet out of something bitter, something as defiant, victorious and straight up glorious as Formation – a black power anthem that’s also the rump-shaking banger that closes Lemonade. It’s this she opens with tonight, to a sold out Marlins stadium, on the first night of a sold-out tour, confirming, within seconds, that she did not come here to play, she came here to slay.

Even the merch confirmed the ruthlessness: you could buy T-shirts printed with “Boycott Beyoncé”, a reference to the ruckus over whether or not the Miami police would indeed boycott the show. (Their feelings were hurt, it seems, by her Super Bowl performance, which paid homage to the Black Panthers.)

Tonight the stage is set with a colossal white prism upon which she’s frequently rendered 50ft high, thus making her real self look tiny. But whether watching her small self on stage, or as a screen giantess, it’s stupefying to see her snap from mane-tossing snarl to still, seraphic smile in a disarming instant. In Don’t Hurt Yourself, for example, with its explicit, enraged threat (“This is your final warning / You know I give you life / If you try this shit again / You gon’ lose your wife”) her fury is so incandescent that when actual pyrotechnics flame red from the stage the illusion is perfect: she’s caused this spontaneous combustion herself.
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The tour has started, are you in Formation? Miami was the first stop to Beyonce’s latest world tour, and from reports, after tonight’s show….you WILL NOT be disappointed! Beyonce not only filled the setlist with music from her latest album, Lemonade, but there is also alot of fan favorites, such as Standing On The Sun, and Creole. Get into the full setlist below.

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1 – Formation
2 – Sorry
3 – Bow Down/Tom Ford
4 – Run The World (Girls)

SUPERPOWER INTERLUDE
5 – Mine
6 – Baby Boy/Standing on The Sun
7 – Hold Up
8 – Countdown
9 – Me Myself and I
10 – Runnin
11 – All Night

INTERLUDE
12 – 6 Inch
13 – Don’t Hurt Yourself
14 – Ring The Alarm/Five To One/I Been On/LostYoMind/Independent Woman/Naughty Girl
15 – Diva

BREAK: Cut It
16. Flawless Remix
17 – Feeling Myself
18 – Yoncé

7/11 INTERLUDE
19 – 7/11
20 – Drunk In Love
21 – Rocket

HIP HOP STAR/FREAKUM DRESS INTERLUDE
22 – Daddy Lessons
23 – Single Ladies (with fans on stage)
24 – Purple Rain (Prince Tribute)
25 – Crazy In Love (50 shades of grey)
26 – Crazy In Love/Bootylicious
27 – Naughty Girl
28 – Party
29 – Blow/Cherry
30 – Sweet Dreams / Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

DIE WITH YOU INTERLUDE
31 – Freedom (in water)
32 – Survivor
33 – End of Time/Grown Woman
34 – Halo
35 – Schoolin’ Life (Outro)




Who needs a single when the radio will be playing your whole album? Lets just hope “Daddy Lessons” lands on country radio.

Beyoncé, it’s generally accepted, operates on a different plane to the rest of us. She announces albums with no notice! She accompanies said albums with hour long music videos! She makes said hour long music videos so good that they’re nominated for Emmys (probably — HBO is submitting LEMONADE for consideration in the variety special category)! Which is why one single from her internet-breaking, Becky-terrifying 6th album LEMONADE could never have been enough.

No, it appears Columbia Records have taken the unprecedented move of releasing the entire record to radio, leaving us with the tantalizing question of just which Beyoncé track will triumph to define the LEMONADE era. Will it be the one with Jack White? The one with the Weeknd? It’s like the airplay equivalent of Blur v Oasis, if every member of Blur was Beyoncé. And every member of Oasis was Beyonce. And…oh, just roll with it. – i-D