Beyoncé, JAY-Z & DJ Khaled Dedicate Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin Amid Reports She’s “Gravely Ill”

On Monday night (Aug. 13), after reports emerged saying that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” and living her last days, Beyoncé and JAY-Z dedicated their “On The Run II Tour” concert in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit to the Queen of Soul.

After performing their first song, “Holy Grail,” at Ford Field, Beyoncé told the cheering crowd “This show tonight is dedicated to Aretha Franklin.” Queen Bey added, “We love you and thank you for changing all of our lives with beautiful music.”

DJ Khaled, who served as the opening act of Monday’s show, got the crowd excited when he played one of Franklin’s biggest hits, “Respect.” After playing the song, Khaled shouted: “Make some noise for Aretha Franklin” as the audience cheered.

The touching dedications came just hours after news broke that the iconic singer was dying of cancer.

CNN reported late Monday that Franklin is in hospice care, and Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy, who has been in touch with the R&B/Soul legend’s loved ones said she was being “surrounded by friends and family” and “asking for your prayers at this time.”

Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among the singer’s friends who have visited Franklin at her home in Detroit over the last few days, according to her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. Mariah Carey tweeted that she was “praying for the Queen of Soul,” as did Ciara and Missy Elliott.

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Blue Ivy Carter Is a Whole Entire #Mood in Family’s European Yacht Vacation Photos

Beyoncé and JAY-Z are pretty guarded when it comes to showing off their kids, so whenever they do, it’s kinda like a big deal.

Earlier this week, Beyoncé uploaded a slew of photos showing the Carters living their best lives on a luxury yacht they chartered for a vacation in Europe following the conclusion of the European leg of her “On The Run II Tour” with husband JAY-Z.

RELATED: Beyoncé Shows Off Twins Rumi and Sir Carter in Rare Photos Taken During European Yacht Vacation

Most of the photos were of Bey and Jay, but we were also treated to rare photos of the couple’s year-old twins Sir and Rumi Carter, as well as new pics of 6-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, who was pretty much #VacationGoals throughout the whole trip.

One photo shows her standing in a mini-pool and looking completely unbothered while wearing a black and white ruffled swimsuit (which probably costs more than your rent) and a pair of chic sunglasses with a refreshing orange-colored beverage in her hand, looking like a mini-Yoncé.

Another photo shows her wearing an adorable zigzag-patterned two-piece bikini she matched with a statement necklace, straw hat and pink shirt, again with a pair of sunglasses.

She can also be seen meditating with Beyoncé in other photos, and spending time with mom and grandma Tina Lawson in other photos. One pic shows Bey and Blue wearing matching pink outfits.

Twitter immediately took notice of Blue Ivy’s worry-free European yacht vacation.

Check out more pics of Blue Ivy Carter and her family below:

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Beyoncé Shows Off Twins Rumi and Sir Carter in Rare Photos Taken During European Yacht Vacation

Beyoncé shared a bunch of photos on her official website showing her family’s recent vacation in Europe following the European leg of her “On the Run II Tour” with husband JAY-Z, and much to our delight, a few of the photos included the couple’s 1-year-old twins Sir and Rumi Carter, who we’ve seen very little of over the past year.

In one photo, which quickly went viral on social media, Beyoncé can be seen holding the cuties, with Sir mean mugging on one side (like his dad) and Rumi smiling, showing off two little baby teeth on the other.

Another photo shows JAY-Z holding Rumi’s hand as they look at the scenery from the balcony of their chartered $180 million luxury yacht, and a third pic shows Beyoncé holding Rumi by herself. You can’t see her face in the photo, but you can tell it’s her.

JAY-Z gushed about his youngest children back in January during an interview with CNN’s Van Jones. “We are in a beautiful time now because they are seven months and they can’t move,” he said jokingly. “They can just coo … they just coo and you don’t have to, ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait.’”

He added: “You know, they’re not running anywhere yet. We are going to enjoy these couple of months until they start running, and then it’s over.”

With the twins being 1-year-olds now, they’re definitely at that dreaded “running” around stage and probably getting into a lot of mischief in the process.

Grandma Tina Lawson shared an adorable photo of the twins last month around their first birthday. “My babies,” she wrote in the caption.

Rumi and Sir have grown so much since the first time we saw them one year ago on their 1-month birthday:

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Beyonce, JAY-Z & More to Perform at Global Citizen Festival Honoring Nelson Mandela in South Africa

A special Global Citizen Festival will be held in South Africa later this year in honor of Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013.

The concert, which will be held on December 2nd at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, organizers announced early Monday (Jul. 9). Beyoncé and JAY-Z are set to headline the show, which will also feature performances from Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Usher and African artists including Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, and Femi Kuti.

Oprah Winfrey will deliver a keynote address on Mandela’s legacy, organizers said. Other hosts will include Naomi Campbell and actors Forest Whitaker and Tyler Perry. The Global Citizen movement has a goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, and with its Mandela campaign, it hopes to rake in at least $1 billion to help make that goal a reality.

“Global Citizen’s campaign, which aims to rally $1 billion in new commitments, with $500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide, will focus on the first six Global Goals: ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and life below water,” the festival’s announcement reads.

In lieu of putting tickets on sale, the festival is asking fans to earn tickets through advocacy and social justice work starting August 21st. To sign up and find more info about the concert, head on over to the Global Citizen website.

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JAY-Z Wonders Why XXXTentacion Was Killed & George Zimmerman Wasn’t in New Drake Collab “Talk Up”

According to JAY-Z, when a group of masked men shot and killed rapper XXXTentacion last week in Florida, they got the wrong guy. It should have been George Zimmerman, JAY-Z raps in a new song with Drake on the latter’s newly released album Scorpion.

Drake released his new album Scorpion last night, and social media LOVED it. Drizzy is definitely spitting bars throughout the project, but one standout line actually comes from his friendly rival JAY-Z on the song “Talk Up.”

On the DJ Paul-produced track, Jay namedrops rapper XXXTentacion and Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman, wondering why the former isn’t alive and the latter still is. He also mentions how he’ll never sit down with that orange motherf***er who’s currently the POTUS.

“I got your president tweeting / I won’t even met with him / Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live, Streets is done,” JAY-Z raps, referencing how XXXTentacion was killed in broad daylight by his own people, while Zimmerman, who unjustly killed a young black boy, is able to while around here free as a bird and bragging about how he basically got away with murder in between run-ins with the law.

The line was such a big hit with social media that the name “Zimmerman” was a trending topic for a few hours:

This wouldn’t be the first time Hov has mentioned George Zimmerman either. After Zimmerman threatened to “beat” the Brooklyn rapper back in 2017, Jay responded on “Top Off,” featuring his wife Beyoncé, Future and DJ Khaled.

He rapped on the single, released back in March, “Meanwhile Georgie Porgie sinnin’ and sendin’ me threats Save your breath, you couldn’t beat a flight of steps / Try that sh** with a grown man / I’ll kill that f***boy with my own hand.”

Listen to Drake’s entire Scorpion album below:

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Beyoncé & JAY-Z Diss the Grammys, Spotify & the Super Bowl on “Everything Is Love”




Beyoncé and JAY-Z decided to disrupt everyone’s Saturday by surprising the world with the release their long-awaited joint album, titled Everything Is Love.

The album features nine tracks featuring both Bey and Jay, and they’re both firing major shots at a number of big establishments.

Throughout the project, Bey and Jay flex their individual lyrical muscles to target the Grammys, the Super Bowl Halftime Show and even Spotify, basically letting them all know that the Carters don’t need them and they’re doing just fine without their support.

1JAY-Z: “I said no to the Super Bowl. You need me, I don’t need you.”

The first jab comes in track #2, “Apes**t,” which is also The Carters’ debut single from the album. JAY-Z confirmed rumors that he was asked to do this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show, but he declined the offer. He raps:

“I said no to the Super Bowl / You need me, I don’t need you / Every night we in the endzone / Tell the NFL we in stadiums too”

The last line is a nod to him and his wife selling out stadiums in 2014 for their “On The Run” tour and in 2018 for their “On The Run II” tour. Jay also sold out stadiums in 2013 with Justin Timberlake (who did accept his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance offer).

2JAY-Z: “Tell the Grammy’s f**k that 0 for 8 sh*t.”

Not only did the Grammys snub Beyoncé in 2017 for the coveted “Album of the Year” award, which she clearly deserved (hell, even the award’s recipient, Adele, said she deserved it!), but the following year, in 2018, they refused to put some respeck on JAY-Z’s name by nominating him for eight trophies and giving him ZERO for 4:44. Jay raps about that in “Apes**t” as well, basically giving the Grammys a big ole EFF YOU!

“Tell the Grammy’s f**k that 0 for 8 sh*t / Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apes**t? (Rah!)”

3Beyoncé: “If I gave two f**ks about streaming numbers, [I] would have put Lemonade up on Spotify.”


Of course, JAY-Z isn’t the only one of The Carters firing shots on Everything Is Love. His wifey Beyoncé, or Trapyoncé, as fans are calling her for this project, calls out Spotify They didn’t do anything to her (that we know of) other than being competition for the family business TIDAL, but she did let them know that she doesn’t need them to help boost her streaming numbers.

On track #4, “Nice,” Yoncé raps:

“If I gave two f**ks – two f**ks about streaming numbers / Would have put Lemonade up on Spotify / F**k you, f**k you / You’re cool, f**k you”

When Beyoncé released her last album Lemonade exclusively on TIDAL, which she co-owns alongside her husband, she reportedly lost out on millions of potential streams (and possibly higher chart positions for her singles) by limiting the album to just one streaming platform. But, as her lyrics suggest on “Nice,” she’s not bothered by the lost revenue and not having a higher position on the charts.














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Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s “Everything Is Love” Joint Album (STREAM)

Beyoncé just pulled a Beyoncé and dropped a surprise album, this time with her husband JAY-Z!

Mr. and Mrs. Carter officially released their long-rumored highly anticipated joint album, appropriately titled Everything Is Love. The project marks the very first joint album for the couple, who are currently on their “On The Run II” stadium tour.

The 9-track album is a TIDAL exclusive (OF COURSE!) and features both artists on each track (DUH!).

We haven’t been able to listen to the full album yet, but based off the first few tracks alone, IT’S LIT! I mean, it is Beyoncé and JAY-Z after-all, so would you expect anything less?!

TAKE A LISTEN BELOW:

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How to Listen to Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s “Everything Is Love” Album Without TIDAL

How do I stream Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s Everything Is Love joint album if I don’t have TIDAL? Long story short: YOU CAN’T! But there are a couple of ways for you to listen to the album without paying for a TIDAL subscription. Read on for the details…

Without warning, Beyoncé and JAY-Z (aka “The Carters”) dropped their long-awaited joint album Everything Is Love exclusively on TIDAL Saturday afternoon (Jun. 16)

Following the release of their solo projects—Beyoncé’s 2016 album Lemonade and JAY-Z’s 2016 album 4:44, the power couple joins forces for a 9-track album featuring songs like “Summer,” “Boss,” “Nice,” “Friends” and their new single “Apeshit” (WATCH THE VIDEO FOR APESHIT HERE!)

The Carters announced the album’s release at the London stop of their critically acclaimed “On The Run II” tour. Just as the couple’s show at London Stadium wrapped Saturday night, the words “ALBUM OUT NOW” were plastered on the huge stage-length screen.

While people are scrambling around and scouring the Internet for ways to listen to the album, the only way you can stream the album is through TIDAL, considering it’s an exclusive release on that platform. But what if you’re not a TIDAL subscriber?

Well, if you lack the TIDAL subscription required to stream Everything Is Love, there’s a legal way to listen to it if you don’t want to sign up for the service. You can purchase the album for $9.99, the same exact price for a monthly TIDAL subscription.

Or, alternatively, if you’re still looking for a way to stream the album without dropping any cash, you can always sign up for a FREE trial of TIDAL using an e-mail address that’s never been used for such a thing.

“But what if I don’t want to listen to the album on TIDAL?” you ask. Well, in the words of the grandpa on the movie “Holes,” THAT’S TOO DAMN BAD!

Beyoncé and JAY-Z own TIDAL, so do you really think they’re going to allow you to use your coins elsewhere? HELL NO!

So, either you create a burner e-mail for a free trial, spend the $9.99/mo to become a TIDAL member, buy the album outright for the same price as a monthly subscription … or just miss out on the whole thing altogether.

How to Listen to Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s “Everything Is Love” Album Without TIDAL is a post from: Gossip On This – Pop Culture, News, Videos & Humor

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Beyoncé Wishes Twins Sir & Rumi Carter Happy 1st Birthday at Concert: “We Love You!”

Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s twins, Sir and Rumi, turned 1 year old on Wednesday (Jun. 13), and their superstar mom celebrated the occasion with special shout-out during the Manchester, England stop of her and Jay’s “On the Run II” stadium tour.

At the end of the show, while singing the concert’s closing number “Forever Young,” Beyoncé said: “Happy Birthday to sir and Rumi. We love you!”

The crowd naturally cheered after the adorable mention, which comes just one week after the notoriously private parents gave fans a rare glimpse of Sir and Rumi during the tour’s opening night show in Cardiff, Wales.

WATCH HERE:

Fans were hella confused last week when Beyoncé’s rep told BuzzFeed that twin babies shown during the show’s opening montage (below) were NOT Sir and Rumi.

Thankfully, Sir and Rumi’s grandmother—Beyoncé’s mom, Ms. Tina Lawson—posted THIS photo of the actual twins from footage apparently showing Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s vow renewal ceremony, which is shown on the screen near the end of every “OTR 2” concert:

She captioned the image, “My sweet babies.”

This is our first “official” look at the twins since Beyoncé’s Instagram post last July celebrating the day the twins turned one month old. We also saw a quick glimpse of the babies last November when paparazzi snapped pictures of them in Miami, where the Carters were staying for JAY-Z’s “4:44 Tour” concert.

While Beyoncé and JAY-Z never speak publicly about their kids (outside of their music, of course), Ms. Tina isn’t shy about doting on her grandchildren. Last year, she gave us a small glimpse into Sir and Rumi’s personalities, telling Us Weekly, “[Sir] has a stare, like a mean mug, like JAY, sometimes, which is so cute [and Rumi], she’s just so happy all the time and so sweet. They are just adorable!”

She added, “It’s amazing. It’s one of the best blessings. Being a grandmother, it’s not like being a mom because you don’t have to have all the responsibility all the time, but they are amazing. This is my first experience around twins, and they’re so different, and their personalities, and they are wonderful.”

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