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Despite strong winds and heavy rain, Beyonce put on a fantastic show for her fans at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh Tuesday night. The weather got so bad at one point, it halted the show around the halfway point. The delays forced Beyonce to exceed the scheduled time limit for the venue, resulting in a $60,000 fine. Mere pennies for the “Formation” diva.

Even though Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Ringo Starr have canceled their concerts in North Carolina due to the state’s HB2 law which prohibits transgender people from using public restrooms that don’t match their assigned birth sex, Bey decided to proceed. In her defense, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran and others have played their scheduled shows but given proceeds to local LGBT organizations.

The 34-year-old singer is encouraging her fans to help get this discriminatory bill overturned. She posted a statement titled, “Equality NC Works To Prove “Y’All Means Yall,” on her website showing support to the LGBTQ community and denouncing the legislation. Read it below.

read statement after the jump


Desiigner ended a record 41-week drought last week for American-born acts when he vaulted to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Prior to that, the likes of OMI, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Adele, Zayn, Rihanna and Drake dominated the chart. Though “Panda” rules for a second straight week, expect Drake to return to the summit next week with “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla.

In the wake of this tragic death, Prince appears in the Top 10 for the first time in 22 years. I can’t believe the Purple One had been absent for so long. “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry” leap to No. 4 and No. 8 respectively.

Meanwhile, Beyonce set an impressive Billboard feat. Each and every track off Lemonade charted on the Billboard Hot 100. With 12 tracks simultaneously charting, she beats the previous benchmark for a female set by Taylor Swift when 11 of her songs charted. Overall, Justin Bieber holds the record for all acts, which he set late last year when Purpose debuted and 17 of his songs appeared on the chart.

Check out this week’s Top 10 below.

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Beyonce Accused Again Of Ripping Off Another Artist

In: Donovan, Music

Plagiarism claims are once again swirling around Beyonce. This time around, she’s being accused of being “too inspired” by visual artist Pipilotti Rist’s “Ever Is Over All” 1997 piece for her “Hold Up” visual. I have to say, after checking out a scene-by-scene comparison, the clips do look quite similar.

In the past, the 34-year-old superstar has been accused of ripping off other artists including Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Lorella Cuccarini’s work for Bey’s “Countdown” video and 2011 Billboard Music Awards performance respectively. Check out her latest alleged copycat act below, along with previous accusations.

watch side by side comparison after the jump

Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 Album With Lemonade

In: Donovan, Music

Clearly, the BeyHive was thirsty. They gulped down plenty of their queen’s homemade Lemonade. Beyonce’s latest album soared to the top of the chart during its first week of release.

According to Billboard, Bey served up 653,000 equivalent album units and 485,000 in pure album sales, easily topping the Billboard 200 chart. This marks her sixth studio album to reach No. 1, making her the only artist to achieve this feat with their first six studio LPs.

Lemonade scores the biggest week of any album in 2016, both in terms of overall units and in sales. Her reign will most definitely be short. Drake, who released Views From The 6 this week, reportedly sold 630,000 albums on its first day.

With Lemonade exclusively on TIDAL for the first few days, and a physical CD not available til later this week, no doubt Bey’s numbers would’ve been higher had she made her latest effort available everywhere.

In other Billboard 200 news, Prince continues to sell in the wake of his tragic death. The Very Best of Prince, which reigned supreme last week, dropped to second but still sold 391,000 units. That wasn’t the only one from his catalog to chart. In fact, he had five albums place in the top seven.

Did you purchase Lemonade or any of Prince’s LPs? Weigh in below.


Just days after releasing her latest visual album, Lemonade, Beyonce kicked off her Formation World Tour in Miami Wednesday night at Marlins Park. The 34-year-old superstar entertained the raucous crowd to over 30 songs from her discography, including some off her new LP. “Formation” kicked off the evening with “Halo” capping the night. In between all her hits, Bey delivered a cover of the Prince classic, “Purple Rain.”

Speaking of the tour, concert goers were surprised with the official merchandise on sale. In quite a savvy business move, Bey is addressing her haters by selling “Boycott Beyoncé” goods in the form of t-shirts and iPhone cases. If you recall, some urged to boycott Bey after her Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl performance. I admit, it’s kinda brilliant and I want a tee of my own.

In other Bey-related news, Mrs. Carter made her sixth studio record available for streaming on Pandora. Apparently, Tidal having “exclusively in perpetuity” only meant a week 😉 Check out Bey’s new concert set list in full below, along with a concert promo she posted on Instagram.

check out the set list and promo after the jump


The minute I saw Beyonce’s HBO special, I just knew it would be fodder for late night television. And right I was. Practically every show on Monday night poked fun at “Lemonade.” Once again, James Corden blew his competition out of the water with another well-executed stunt.

The 37-year-old comedian spoofed some of the most memorable moments and looks from Bey’s visual opus, “Lemonade.” From smashing cars with a bat to making some homemade lemonade while dressed in a black bikini, Corden channeled Queen B to perfection. Check out the masterpiece below.

watch after the jump

Beyonce’s Lemonade Recipe

In: Donovan, Random Reads

Where was this before Beyonce’s HBO special aired on Saturday? It would’ve definitely come in handy. Not that my store-bought frozen lemonade wasn’t tasty, but a homemade one from scratch would’ve no doubt impressed my guests. Especially if it was a recipe from Bey’s own grandmother.

Oh well, at least I can try it out for one of my upcoming gatherings this summer. Nothing goes down better on a hot summer day than some ice-cold lemonade, right? Check out the video recipe below.

watch after the jump

Beyonce’s Lemonade Available On iTunes

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

After her highly-anticipated HBO special premiered, LEMONADE, immediately became available for streaming and sale exclusively on TIDAL. As much as I love Beyonce, I didn’t cave in and sign up for a free 30-day trial. Wise move on my part. Just 24 hours later, Bey’s 6th studio album appeared on iTunes and unlike her previous album initially, tracks were available to purchase individually. With regards to streaming though, it appears LEMONADE will stream “exclusively in perpetuity” over at TIDAL.

Did you watch LEMONADE on HBO this past weekend? I did and even had a few people over to catch it. While I enjoyed her ambitious feminist feature film with beautifully-shot images of Afro-American Southern imagery, voodoo visuals and futuristic moments, I was a little underwhelmed by the music. IMHO, there wasn’t a single track that screamed instant radio hit. With that being said “Hold Up, “”6 Inch” feature The Weeknd, “Daddy Lessons” and “Sorry” I instantly liked.

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