Beyoncé has announced dates for her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” less than 24 hours after her incendiary Super Bowl XLVII halftime show stunned a worldwide audience of millions.
This was the surprise announcement the singer told fans to “stay tuned for” at a press conference last Thursday when she sang the national anthem a capella after a nonsensical lip-sync row.
Now that ghost has been well and truly exorcised; the not so well kept “secret” turned out to be a new world tour.
Beyonce — who reunited with Destiny’s Child alums Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams last night at New Orlean’s superdome — will kick off her 2013 tour in Belgrade, Serbia on April 15.
According to Beyonce.com, the “Single Ladies” star will play six dates in the UK in April and May including four shows at London’s O2 Arena from April 29 through to May 3.
The Houston native will hit Manchester Arena on May 7 and then take in Dublin on May 11 and 12. The tour will then cross the pond to begin the North American leg of the tour.
US dates launch from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 28. The 31-year-old will work her way across the country to a last date on August 3 at the Barclays Center in Jay-Z’s [a.k.a. Shawn Carter] home town of Brooklyn, New York.
Live Nation Entertainment and Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment announced the news today, although a leak of the tour poster on Friday already revealed the name of the tour. O2 Priority TV spots featuring a “Queen Bey” surrounded by courtiers are now online.
The new tour will be the singer’s first since 2009′s “I Am… World Tour.”
Meanwhile, TIME reports that the Super Bowl touched off 24.1 million tweets on Sunday, and around 5.5 million of these were about Beyoncé and her now seminal halftime show.
Among them was First Lady Michelle Obama, who enthused on her Twitter feed:
“Watching the Super Bowl with family and friends. Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her!”
Kim Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with Hip-Hop star Kayne West, sometime musical partner and longtime friend of Jay-Z, tweeted:
“OMG Beyonce killed it!!! And when Destiny’s Child came out…that made my life! #Bootylicious”
Justin Timberlake approved with:
“Yes, B. Yes. Roasted that… #KINGBEY.”
Steve Martin, who starred with Beyoncé in the 2006 remake of The Pink Panther, joked:
“Congrats to Beyonce, famous for her appearance with me in Pink Panther I.”
Oprah Winfrey, who has interviewed Beyoncé several times over the years, tweeted in response to a social media user:
“@Bionca haven’t seen a lot of them.. But absolutely that was best I’ve ever seen. She met the moment. #BEYONCEatSuperBowl”
Dan Kanter, musical director and guitarist for Justin Bieber, trilled:
“WOW that was amazing! Blown away by Beyonce and her incredible production. #BeyonceAtSuperbowl”
Talk show veteran Larry King was unequivocal:
“@Beyonce’s half time performance was probably one of the best I’ve seen & I’ve seen them all #lightsout”
Forbes simply wrote:
“Beyoncé wins the SuperBowl with her halftime performance.”
Chloe Grace Moretz, star of the forthcoming Carrie remake and Dark Shadows, praised, writing:
“Best halftime performance ever. #SuperBowl2013 baddiebey #Beyonce”
Brit talk show provocateur Piers Morgan snarked:
“That was sensational. Madonna, you are officially retired, luv. #Beyonce”
As previously reported by the The Inquisitr, last night’s halftime show was an earth-scorching reminder of why Beyoncé continues to defy her critics. In just under 13 minutes, the superstar thrilled with chart-topping singles, hardcore choreography, pulsing energy, and a show that presented with modern yet old fashioned “Ziegfield” production values.
In short, she owned the night.
Ticket information about the “Mrs. Carter World Tour” can be found here.
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