While Beyoncé herself has been keeping quiet about her new album, rumors have been swirling that it will drop before her Formation World Tour kicks off.
Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at Super Bowl 50. Just the day before, she dropped her surprise single and video “Formation.” Beyoncé presented an award at the Grammys earlier this week. All of these sudden Beyoncé appearances is not a coincidence. There’s a marketing method to the singer’s madness. According to Fuse TV, the buildup for her new album has been starting since 2014.
“Formation” is rumored to be the lead single off her next album. Now, fans are wondering if Bey will drop her album in the coming weeks. If so, will it only be available on Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service? Or, will it be available for purchase on Google Play and iTunes?
Tidal has the latest releases from Rihanna and Kanye West, which aren’t doing as well as expected. Since Tidal gave away free downloads, Rihanna’s ANTI may never sell 250,000 copies, according to ShowBiz411.com. The album is expected to come in at No. 10 for its third consecutive week.
Meanwhile, Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo, is not available anywhere else. The rapper refuses to make his album available on other streaming services. Tidal may be the No. 4 most popular app because of it, but his predicted album sales are a mystery right now.
There have been hints about the new album, even from some of her fellow artists. Beyoncé’s stylist, Ty Hunter, told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that he’s already heard it and he loves it. “I’ve heard the new album and it’s beyond awesome.”
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In addition, several other collaborators have confirmed that they have worked on it. Those artists include Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony, Future, and Sia, as well as model-actress Cara Delevingne and producer Mike Will Made-It. They have hinted on various social media platforms that they worked in the recording studio with Beyoncé at some point over the past year.
The Formation World Tour has had huge demand and has multiple sell out shows across both North America and Europe. Beyoncé already has sold-out shows in Miami (April 27), Dallas (May 9), Los Angeles (May 14), Toronto (May 25), Chicago (May 27), Boston (June 3), Philadelphia (June 5), New York City (June 7 and 8), and Baltimore (June 10).
For the European leg, shows have already sold out in Sunderland (June 28), London (July 2), Manchester (July 5), Dublin (July 9), Amsterdam (July 16), and Stockholm (July 26).
Tickets for the London date of Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour will go on sale this weekend, according to NME.com. Tickets for the previous dates sold out quickly, causing the singer to add an extra date at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, July 3. The new tickets can be purchased on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the next day.
Two additional shows have also been added for Chicago on May 28, according to a press release.
“Due to overwhelming demand, second shows have now been confirmed for May 28 at Soldier Field in Chicago and on July 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium. Tickets for the May 28 concert in Chicago will go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 25. Beyhive members will have an opportunity to purchase advance tickets starting Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 10:00 a.m. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets Wed. Feb. 17 at 12:00 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m.”
“Tickets for London Performance, July 3 at Wembley Stadium will go on sale on Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 9:00 a.m. Beyhive members will have a second opportunity to purchase advance tickets starting Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 9:00 a.m. GMT. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets starting Wed. Feb. 17 at 12:00 pm through Sunday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m. As previously announced, tickets for the additional concert dates in North America and Europe go on sale Monday, February 22.”
With the news of Beyoncé’s world tour and new album, it seems like everyone is in love with the singer. Everyone except the police union. The Miami Police is urging other law enforcement officials to boycott Beyoncé’s April concert date and world tour because they believe her “Formation” video and Super Bowl performance had an anti-police message.
“The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice message shows how she does not support law enforcement.”
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