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Beyoncé Uploads ‘Sorry’ Music Video To Vevo

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If you missed the HBO film Lemonade and don’t have a Tidal account, you’ve probably haven’t seen the full music video for “Sorry” yet. You know the song with the infamous “Becky with the good hair” lyrics?

Well, it’s your lucky day. The 34-year-old superstar just uploaded the visual on her official Vevo account. It’s the first clip from Beyoncé’s latest album to officially appear elsewhere than Tidal.

Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, the black-and-white clip features a much-buzzed about cameo from Serena Williams. While filming, Beyoncé told Williams “just be really free and just dance like nobody’s looking and go all out”. And boy does she. Who knew the Grand Slam tennis winner had such impressive twerking skills. Check out the video below.

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It’s not exactly shocking it’s Beyonce. After all, James Corden has already snagged Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Adele for “Carpool Karaoke.” Well, I suppose there’s also Taylor Swift. I’m sure Miss “Blank Space” will hop in for a ride when her next album drops. Mrs. Carter, on the other hand, might be a harder get.

The 37-year-old Late Late Show host is the latest celeb to appear in Vogue’s highly-entertaining “73 Questions” series. Corden, fittingly enough, begins the interview in his car before taking us for a tour around the studio where his talk show is taped. Tori Kelly even randomly pops up for a quick cameo.

Watch the clip below to learn his favorite Disney princess, what David Beckham smells like and the strangest fan request he’s received. My favorite part occurred when James revealed he’d form a boy band named Insatiable with the remaining members of O-Town. LOL.

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Beyoncé and plagiarism claims go hand in hand like two bottoms and a double-ended dildo. The 34-year-old singer is always being accused of copying someone else’s work and passing it as her own.

Filmmaker Matthew Fulks claims the “Formation” singer’s HBO Lemonade trailer borrowed heavily from his 2014 short film, Palinoia. According to TMZ, he claims he knows a Senior VP at Bey’s record label, Columbia Music, saw his short film in 2015. Like Bey’s film, his work depicts a tumultuous relationship. Does he also have a Becky with good hair 😉

In the past, the evidence is pretty damning that other works have ‘inspired’ Beyonce. This time around though, I’m not sure. While there’s some imagery, including dimly-lit garages, fields and graffiti, that are similar, I’m not sure if the lawsuit has that much merit. Check out both clips below and judge for yourself.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 Album With Lemonade

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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.

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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.

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