Beyoncé has decided to fire her whole management team prior to her rumored Super Bowl performance. The singer, who is rumored to join Coldplay on stage during halftime on Sunday, decided to axe everyone, even her cousin, starting a new in 2016 and probably a different chapter in her music career.
According to Page Six, Beyoncé has parted ways with her general manager Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, who has been managing Beyoncé for five years. Prior to that her father Mathew Knowles was managing her, but was allegedly fired for selling memorabilia on his front yard for a price that didn’t measure to what the items were worth. Although Knowles is very private about her personal life, the two are rumored to be on the outs.
As for the most recent firing, a source told Page Six the following.
“Beyoncé basically cleaned house, got rid of her whole team, which included her cousin, and hired a new team. She wants to surround herself with business people who could take her career to an even higher level.”
The source continued, “She has one album left to deliver before her deal is up with Columbia, plus she wants to make smarter decisions where it comes to touring, sponsorships and acting roles.”
Knowles rep said in a statement: “Lee Anne Callahan-Longo has worked with Beyoncé for the last 10 years. Their friendship supersedes business, and while she is no longer an employee of Parkwood, she will remain an imperative part of Beyoncé’s life.”
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) February 4, 2016
Even though Beyoncé fired her management team, it looks like she’s not letting this career snafu stop her in her tracks. The “Single Ladies” entertainer is rumored to have a new single that might be performed at the Super Bowl. This news comes from the reliable fan site Beyonce Legion. In a Facebook post, the Beyoncé fan site wrote the following.
“We’ve got some exclusive news! Beyoncé is set to perform a new song called ‘Formation’ at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. Her bit with Bruno Mars will also be really fun. Get ready!!! [sic].”
Of course, even if the site is right about the upcoming Super Bowl performance, Beyoncé may change her mind and decide to perform something old, or have a mash up performance with Coldplay. Even though rehearsal has been going on for weeks, it’s typical for artists to make minor changes days before the show.
“Formation” CONFIRMED! In August, this story board, throwing together ideas for the festivals, left out of Parkwood! pic.twitter.com/7vbV8dewdW
— THE BEYHIVÉ (@TheBeyHiveTeam) February 1, 2016
Although we don’t know for sure if Beyoncé will perform the song, or if she’ll even be at the Super Bowl, we do know that she was seen filming a new music video in Los Angeles on January 23. This aligns with the rumors that Beyoncé is going to be dropping new material.
The fact that this is all in secret isn’t a new trick for Beyoncé. The artist made history by dropping her full length album, Beyoncé, without any press leading up to the album. The record wound up being a massive success, and many artists have followed in suit in dropping an album by surprise.
It’s suspected that Beyoncé is choosing to drop material now since Adele has dominated the charts for weeks. Some believe Beyoncé didn’t drop at the same time out of respect for the singer.
What do you think of Beyoncé’s latest move in her career? Do you think dropping her general manager was a strategic move ahead of new music?
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