April 30, 2016

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

April 30, 2016

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.

April 28, 2016

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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April 28, 2016

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)

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

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

16. Flawless Remix
17 – Feeling Myself
18 – Yoncé

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

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)

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

April 28, 2016

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

April 27, 2016

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!

April 25, 2016

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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