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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




Are you ready for the Queen to sting?

Will Queen Bey extend her reign to TV?

Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, premiered on HBO Saturday. Though it was only available on the premium cable network for 27 hours, it is still eligible for an Emmy. HBO confirmed Monday that it plans to submit the project for consideration in the Variety Special category. Lemonade became available to stream exclusively on Tidal after the visual album debuted on TV. A day later, the entire collection was made available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

The visual album’s credits list Beyoncé, Kahlil Joseph, Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Todd Tourso as directors. At this point, it’s unclear who will be submitted for Emmy consideration. Nomination voting begins June 13 and ends June 27 at 10 p.m. PT. Nominations for the 67th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced live during a press conference July 14.

The 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held over two nights, on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, 2016, while Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2016 Emmys at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Sept. 18, 2016. – E!




This all sounds great! But please keep in mind, Hits Daily Double hasn’t been the most reliable source recently. But overall, this looks like an amazing win for Beyonce! This will mark her 6 consecutive #1 release, and the only female to debut every album at #1 on the Billboard charts.

HDD – Beyoncé’s new set, Lemonade (Columbia), became available for download on iTunes and Amazon Sunday night; it hit at #1 on the iTunes album chart early Monday morning after sitting one slot below The Very Best of Prince. “Formation,” previously unavailable for download, is #1 on the singles chart, while “Sorry” is #3, “Hold Up” is #4, “6 Inch” featuring The Weeknd is #5 and the Jack White-assisted “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is #9. Most of the recent of Lemonade dots the remainder of the Top 25.

A source at Sony says the company expects first-day sales to hit 200k. Early reads say the album could do between 500k-600k first week. Could it go higher?
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It looks like the Beyhive isn’t the only people living for Lemonade. Read some of our favorite reviews below.

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. – Yahoo! Music

Whether or not Lemonade is based on real-life events has been the subject of fevered discussion by forensic Beyoncéologists, who are poring over lyrical references, old gossip-blog items, and Instagram posts in order to suss out the album’s real-life news pegs. But figuring out whatever blind items Beyoncé is laying down (on her husband’s platform, no less) is hardly essential to enjoying this album. Its songs feel fresh yet instantly familiar, over-the-top but intimate, with Beyoncé’s clarion voice serving as the fulcrum for her explorations of sound and the self. – Time

“Lemonade” is the kind of album that a star like Beyoncé (as well as, lately, Rihanna) can release in the streaming era because she’s already guaranteed attention for her every utterance. The album is not beholden to radio formats or presold by a single; fans are likely to explore the whole album, streaming every track and hearing how far afield — a brass band, stomping blues-rock, ultraslow avant-R&B — Beyoncé is willing to go. As she did with her 2013 album, “Beyoncé,” she has also paired the music with full-length video that expands and deepens its impact.

On their own, the songs can be taken as one star’s personal, domestic dramas, waiting to be mined by the tabloids. But with the video, they testify to situations and emotions countless women endure. It’s not a divorce announcement; the singer, songwriter and director is credited as Beyoncé Knowles Carter. – New York Times

On Freedom, and indeed for much of Lemonade, Beyonce sounds genuinely imperious. She’s obviously not the only major pop star willing to experiment and push at the boundaries of her sound: that’s clearly what Rihanna and Kanye West were attempting to do on Anti and The Life of Pablo respectively. The difference is that those albums were at best a bold and intriguing mess: the sense that the artists behind them were having trouble marshalling their ideas was hard to escape. Lemonade, however, feels like a success, made by someone very much in control. “This is your final warning,” she scowls on Don’t Hurt Yourself, “if you try this shit again, you lose your wife.” You rather get the feeling Jay Z should heed those words: on Lemonade, Beyonce sounds very much like a woman not to be messed with. – The Guardian

With this album, Beyoncé is telling us that she’s made it this far in spite of the system in place; you know — the overtly sexist, subtly racist one. She was served lemons. And she made the most fire, refreshing, delectable, thirst-quenching lemonade ever known to man. Actually, scratch that — ever known to woman. – NPR




As if you even needed a reminder. But don’t forget to tune in tonight, Beyonce will be premiering “Lemonade” on HBO. HBO is free for everyone this weekend, so you have no worries!

EDIT: So the time has finally come! Beyonce’s new album #Lemonade is now available exclusively on Tidal.

Remember when Bey was spotted shooting a video? Turn’s out that it was the end of her first song “Pray You Catch Me“.

Album Information

LEMONADE
THE VISUAL ALBUM

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
BEYONCÉ KNOWLES CARTER

1. PRAY YOU CATCH ME
WRITTEN BY KEVIN GARRETT, BEYONCÉ, JAMES BLAKE / PUBLISHED BY WB MUSIC CORP. (ASCAP) OBO ITSELF, ROC NATION MUSIC AND KEVIN GARRETT MUSIC, WB MUSIC CORP. (ASCAP) AND OAKLAND 13 MUSIC (ASCAP) ALL RIGHTS ADMINISTERED BY WB MUSIC CORP. OBO ITSELF AND OAKLAND 13 MUSIC, SONY/ATV / PRODUCED BY KEVIN GARRETT AND BEYONCÉ / VOCAL PRODUCTION BY BEYONCÉ / MIXED AND RECORDED BY STUART WHITE / SECOND ENGINEERING BY RAMON RIVAS / ASSISTANT RECORDING ENGINEERING BY JOHN CRANFIELD / PIANO BY KEVIN GARRETT / JUPITER BASS BY JAMES BLAKE / STRINGS BY ERIC GORFAIN, DAPHNE CHEN, CHARLIE BISHARAT, JOSEFINA VERGARA, SONGA LEE, MARISA KUNEY, NEEL HAMMOND, SUSAN CHATMAN, KATIE SLOAN, AMY WICKMAN, LISA DONDLINGER, TERRY GLENNY, INA VELI, GINA KRONSTADT, YELENA YEGORYAN, RADU PIEPTEA, CRYSTAL ALFORQUE, SERENA MCKINNEY, LEAH KATZ, ALMA FERNANDEZ, RODNEY WIRTZ, BRIANA BANDY, ANNA BULBROOK, GRACE PARK, RICHARD DODD, JOHN KROVOZA, IRA GLANSBEEK, VANESSA FAIRBAIRN-SMITH, GINGER MURPHY, ADRIENNE WOODS, DENISE BRIESE, RYAN CROSS, GEOFF OSIKA / ORCHESTRATIONS BY ERIC GORFAIN / STRING ARRANGEMENT BY JON BRION / STRINGS AND KEYBOARDS ENGINEERED BY GREG KOLLER / PROTOOLS EDITING AND KEYBOARDS RECORDED BY ERIC CAUDIEUX AT HENSON STUDIOS, LOS ANGELES, CA AND THE APEX STUDIO IN BURBANK, CA / RECORDED AT CONWAY STUDIOS IN LOS ANGELES, CA / MIXED AT PACIFIQUE RECORDING STUDIOS, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA / PACIFIQUE STUDIO ASSISTANT: ARTHUR CHAMBAZYAN / MASTERED BY DAVE KUTCH OF THE MASTERING PALACE NYC AT PACIFIQUE RECORDING STUDIOS, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
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Big Freedia, the voice over you hear on Beyonce’s latest song, “Formation”, talks about how the collaboration came about.




While not available for purchase, Beyonce’s “Formation,” which she released on YouTube Feb. 6 and then performed on the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show Feb. 7, makes a noteworthy start at R&B/hip-hop radio.

Even though the song has yet to be officially promoted to radio stations by its label, Columbia, the song arrives as Beyonce’s highest career debut on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (dated Feb. 27), entering at No. 11 with 16.3 million in audience (from 88 stations that played the song), according to Nielsen Music. Beyonce previously started at a high of No. 14 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay as featured (with Lil Wayne) on Usher’s “Love in This Club Part II” in 2008. As a lead artist, she tops her prior best beginning of No. 20 with “Singles Ladies (Put a Ring on It”), also in 2008. “Ladies” would become her longest-leading (12 weeks) of seven No. 1s on the chart.

On the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart (which, with Adult R&B Songs, combines to form the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay panel), “Formation” launches at No. 17. Genre airplay also pushes the track to a No. 18 debut on the Hot R&B Songs tally.

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While many of us thought we were gonna get a night full of Beyonce, we were surprised, we didnt see her until the end of the night, to present Record of the Year for UPTOWN FUNK! Check out the video below.

“Art is the unapologetic celebration of culture thru self expression. It can impact people in a variety of ways for different reasons at different times. Some will react, some will respond, and some will be moved ” -Beyoncé