Beyoncé Announces 'Formation World Tour'

After an amazing Super Bowl performance with Bruno Mars and Coldplay, Beyoncé announced the "Formation World Tour." This is following the surprise release of her new song and video, "Formation." Presale tickets go on sale this Tuesday (2/9) while tickets are on sale for the general public on 2/16. I hope this means more new music is coming from Beyoncé, but either way, I'll be getting my tickets. Check out the dates below and get tickets here.

04-27 Miami, FL - Marlins Park
04-29 Tampa Bay, FL - Raymond James Stadium
05-01 Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
05-03 Raleigh, NC - Carter-Finley Stadium
05-05 Nashville, TN - Nissan Stadium
05-07 Houston, TX - NRG Stadium
05-09 Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium
05-12 San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Stadium
05-14 Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl
05-16 Santa Clara, CA - Levi's Stadium
05-18 Seattle, WA - CenturyLink Field
05-20 Edmonton, Alberta - Commonwealth Stadium
05-23 Minneapolis, MN - TCF Bank Stadium
05-25 Toronto, Ontario - Rogers Centre
05-27 Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
05-29 Detroit, MI - Ford Field
05-31 Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field
06-03 Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium
06-05 Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
06-07 New York, NY - Citi Field
06-10 Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium
06-12 Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
06-28 Sunderland, England - Stadium of Light
06-30 Cardiff, England - Millennium Stadium
07-02 London, England - Wembley Stadium
07-05 Manchester, England - Emirates Old Trafford
07-07 Glasgow, Scotland - Hampden Park
07-09 Dublin, Ireland - Croke Park
07-12 Dusseldorf, Germany - Esprit Arena
07-14 Zurich, Switzerland - Letzigrund
07-16 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Arena
07-18 Milan, Italy - Stadio San Siro
07-21 Paris, France - Stade de France
07-24 Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken
07-26 Stockholm, Sweden - Friends Arena
07-29 Frankfurt, Germany - Gommerzbank Arena
07-31 Brussels, Belgium - Roi Boudoin

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Music Video: Beyoncé- "Formation"

Beyoncé decided she wanted to own the internet today and debuted a new song and music video called "Formation." The video takes place in New Orleans and the Louisiana/Creole culture is all over it. The video features a Blue Ivy cameo, some amazing choreography, and Queen B slaying in general. There's a big chance she performs this at the Super Bowl tomorrow so this is a big deal. With some amazing quotables like a Red Lobster shout out and the fact that she keeps hot sauce in her bag, Beyoncé had Twitter buzzing (no pun intended). Check out the video above and download it for free here.

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Jay Z Announces TIDAL Festival

TIDAL is still kicking and they just turned it up a notch with this announcement. The TIDAL X: 10/20 concert has been announced and will feature Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince, Usher, Nicki Minaj, and many more. You do not want to miss this show; the lineup is incredible. Hurry and get tickets before they sell out.

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Naughty Boy- "Runnin' (Lose It All) (feat. Beyoncé & Arrow Benjamin)" (Music Video)

I just discovered that Naughty Boy was an English DJ and songwriter who's worked with Emeli Sandé heavily on her music, but he's released a new song and he's got one hell of a feature: Beyoncé. She delivers an amazing feature for his track and really takes it to the next level. Check out the collaboration above.

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Kanye West Has Made Quite A Comeback

It was almost six years ago when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, a move that affected his career in a major way. He interrupted Swift after she won the Video of the Year Award, an award 'Ye thought Beyoncé deserved and he made sure Swift and the entire world knew it. Kanye was shunned by Swift supporters and praised by many others; the backlash from his actions seemingly forced him to take a break from the spotlight for almost a year and it is definitely one of the defining moments of his career, for better or worse.

Fast forward six years later and West has released two critically acclaimed albums, a monster collaborative album with Jay Z, a G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, and has another album on the way. And now at this year's MTV VMAs, he will receive the highest honors the event has to offer: the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award." This award is a lifetime achievement award honoring an artist's body of work and their effect on the MTV culture. This award is a huge deal and it's an even bigger deal that Kanye has been able to come back from this blemish on his career to shine brighter than he ever has. He hasn't become any less opinionated or any quieter, but he's begun to use his platform to inform and 'keep it real' on more pressing issues that affect him rather than bring down any one individual.

Call it a comeback; Kanye West is this year's recipient of the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award" and I hope he does some dope 10 minute performance like many of the recipients have in the past. I'll be watching.

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Made In America Festival (Lineup)

This year's Budweiser Made In America Festival will take place in Philly on September 5th and 6th. The headliners this year are Beyoncé and The Weeknd with other sets by J. Cole, Modest Mouse, Big Sean, and more. Get your tickets here and check out the full lineup below. Enjoy.

Beyoncé
The Weeknd
J. Cole
Axwell & Ingrosso
Bassnectar
Modest Mouse
Death Cab For Cutie
Banks
Meek Mill
Big Sean
Future
Duke Dumont
A-Trak
Santigold
Nick Jonas
Metric
De La Soul
G-Eazy
DJ Mustard
GTA
Cedric Gervais
Claude Vonstroke
Fabolous
Halsey
Action Bronson
Earl Sweatshirt
Ryan Hemsworth
Vic Mensa
Burns
Botnek
Aeroplane
Jacob Plant
Saint Motel
Young Rising Sons
Grits & Biscuits
The Struts
Flatbush Zombies
Lola Wolf
Creepoid
SuperHeaven
Hop Along
Waxahatchee
Strand of Oaks
Remy Banks
Mick Jenkins
Marian Hill
Post Malone
Mayeni
Bas
Cozz
Omen

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TIDAL Exclusives

TIDAL has been staying strong with their model of offering exclusive content to their subscribers. While I can't post the TIDAL exclusives, I can certainly link you to some of them if you're a TIDAL subscriber. Check out the list below and sign up for TIDAL here if you like what you see. Enjoy.

Nicki Minaj- "Feeling Myself (feat. Beyoncé)" (Music Video): Link

Jay Z 'B-Sides' Concert: Link

Jay Z- "Glory" (Music Video): Link

Vic Mensa Signs To Roc Nation: Link

$50 2-Day General Admission Tickets to This Year's Made in America Festival in Philly (Discount Available Until 10PM on 5/21, Offer Code Given W/ Subscription): Link

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Beyoncé and Rihanna Release New Music on TIDAL

Well, it seems like the change TIDAL promised is starting early. It was clear to see that the exclusive content promised to TIDAL members would be the greatest advantage the app held. Beyoncé released a video of her singing to Jay Z in honor of their wedding anniversary. The song is a ballad called "Die With You." Rihanna also released a new song entitled "American Oxygen." Both of these are exclusive to TIDAL and it seems it won't be long before artists are releasing their albums exclusively on TIDAL. This will be interesting. Check out the songs via a 30 day trial or pay for a subscription below. Enjoy.

Beyoncé- "Die With You:" Link                 Rihanna- "American Oxygen:" Link

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In Case You Missed It: Here Are The Big Winners From the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards were last night and, unlike previous years, many fans and viewers watched the credits roll with a feeling of satisfaction. There were many great performances: Kanye performing "Only One," Katy Perry performing "By The Grace Of God," Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney performing "FourFiveSeconds," and many more. Also, many of the GRAMMY-winning artists from the night actually deserved to win. Go figure. Sam Smith walked away with 4 GRAMMYs! However, the night was not without..."controversy." Beyoncé was chosen to perform her rendition of Mahalia Jackson's "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," a song Ledisi sang as Mahalia Jackson in the movie Selma. Many people believed Ledisi deserved to perform the song at the GRAMMYs and that she would have done a much better job. It's definitely hard to argue with that. In other news, Beyoncé was nominated for Album Of The Year and lost to Beck. As Beck accepted his award, Kanye jokingly got on stage as if he was going to interrupt Beck's speech, similar to how he interrupted Taylor Swift years ago, but then sat back down with a huge smile on his face while the crowd erupted in laughter. Even though Kanye did not interrupt Beck, the sentiment behind the gesture was pretty clear as echoed by his statements afterwards:

"If they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. Flawless Beyoncé video, and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé. And at this point, we tired of it! Because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music. It's disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work everyday, and listen to Beyoncé and they feel like it takes them to another place. Then they do this whole promotional event, and they'll run the music over somebody's speech, an artist, because they want a commercial advertising. No, we not playing with them no more. And by the way, I got my wife, I got my daughter, and my clothing line, so I'm not gonna do nothing to put my daughter at risk. But I am here to fight for creativity, that's the reason I didn't say anything tonight."

It wouldn't be the GRAMMYs if SOMETHING didn't go down. Check out the winners below. Enjoy.

Album of the Year

Morning Phase- Beck

Record of the Year

"Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"- Sam Smith

Song of the Year

"Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"- Sam Smith

Best New Artist

Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

"Happy (Live)"- Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album

In The Lonely Hour- Sam Smith

Best Rock Performance

"Lazaretto"- Jack White

Best Rock Album

Morning Phase- Beck

Best R&B Performance

"Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)"- Beyoncé

Best Traditional R&B Performance

"Jesus Children (feat. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner)"- Robert Glasper Experiment

Best R&B Song

"Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)"- Beyoncé

Best Urban Contemporary Album

G  I  R  L  - Pharrell Williams

Best R&B Album

Love, Marriage & Divorce- Toni Braxton & Babyface

Best Rap Performance

"i"- Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"Monster (feat. Rihanna)"- Eminem

Best Rap Song

"i"- Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album

The Marshall Mathers LP 2- Eminem

For a full list of nominees and winners of awards I did not list, go here.

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Nicki Minaj- "Feelin' Myself (feat. Beyoncé)" x "Only (feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown)" (Music Video) x "Truffle Butter (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)"

Today is the release date of Nicki Minaj's third studio album, The Pinkprint. Above you can hear two of the notable tracks from the album, "Feelin' Myself (feat. Beyoncé)" and "Truffle Butter (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne). To be honest, I'm not too impressed with either song. From all of the songs I've heard from this album so far, it just seems scattered. You can also check out the music video for "Only (feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown)." It's pretty weird but there's certainly something for everyone to enjoy in this video. So enjoy.

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Beyoncé- "Ring Off" x "7/11" (Music Video)

Beyoncé is releasing BEYONCÉ: The Platinum Edition tomorrow but we were treated to two of the songs before the release. "Ring Off" is a really nice track where Beyoncé seems to be singing to her mother, advising her on moving on and finding love again. The second song, "7/11," is just insane. It's 'Yonce in full form as she makes a trap song anyone can turn up to. She released the video for the song and it's just amazing. She's dancing all over hotel rooms with her dance team just TURNING UP and there's even an appearance from Hov with a hilarious somersault in the background. Check them both out above. Enjoy.

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Beyoncé Announces Platinum Edition of Self-Titled Album

There have been a lot of rumors floating around that Beyoncé was re-releasing her self-titled album after photos of a tracklist with eleven new songs appeared on the Internet. Who really knows if that was ever true, but Beyoncé is releasing something. She's announced Beyoncé (The Platinum Edition). It's a four disc box set that will come with 2 CDs and 2 DVDs. The DVDs will consist of 10 live performances while the CDs will consist of the original album and a "new" album called More. More will feature two new songs, "7/11" and "Ring Off," and four new remixes. The platinum edition will also come with Beyoncé's 2015 calendar and will be released on November 24th. You can pre-order it here and check out the More tracklist below. Enjoy.

1 7/11
2 Flawless Remix (ft. Nicki Minaj)
3 Drunk In Love Remix (ft. Jay-Z and Kanye West)
4 Ring Off
5 Blow Remix (ft. Pharrell Williams)
6 Standing on the Sun Remix (ft. Mr. Vegas)

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"Flawless (Remix) (feat. Nicki Minaj)"- Beyoncé

Beyoncé treated the world last night when she unveiled her remix to “Flawless.” The remix features a verse from Nicki Minaj, a collaboration I never thought I’d see. The song features a new verse from Bey (where she addresses the elevator incident) and a monster verse from Nicki. It was everything a remix should be. They killed it. Enjoy.

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Beyoncé is the type of artist that chooses her features carefully and Michelle Williams is one of the chosen few that can get a feature from her. The three core members of Destiny’s Child (Beyoncé, Kelly, and Michelle) reunited for Michelle’s song “Say Yes” and the music video can be viewed above. It’s a jovial affair as the three dance around with a crowd of people. The gospel track will appear on Michelle’s upcoming album, Journey To Freedom. Enjoy.

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The rumors were true. Beyoncé and Jay-Z have announced the “On The Run Tour.” Their stadium tour kicks off in Miami on June 25th and ends in San Francisco on August 5th. Although, I’ve gotta believe they’ll add more dates. I’m specifically hoping they’ll perform at the Made In America Festival in Philly on Labor Day weekend. Pre-sale started yesterday and general sale starts Friday. Check out the dates below and enjoy.

25-06 - Miami, FL - Sun Life Satdium
28-06 - Cincinnati, OH - Great American Ball Park
01-07 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
05-07 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
07-07 - Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium
09-07 - Toronto, ONT - Rogers Centre
11-07 - East Rutherford, NJ - Metlife Stadium
15-07 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
18-07 - Houston, TX - Minute Maid Park
20-07 - New Orleans, LA - Mercedes Benz Superdome
22-07 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium
24-07 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
27-07 - Winnipeg, MB - Investors Group Field
30-07 - Seattle, WA - Safeco Field
02-08 - Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl
05-08 - San Franciso, CA - AT&T Park

12-09- Paris- Stade De France

13-09- Paris- Stade De France

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