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Beyonce cancels concert due to exhaustion

Beyonce is canceling her Tuesday concert in Belgium because of dehydration and exhaustion.

In an email to The Associated Press, the singer’s publicist says Beyonce has been advised by her doctors to rest. She was scheduled to perform at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. The show will be rescheduled and tickets can be used at that show.

Her next tour date is Wednesday at the same arena. The statement says “she is awaiting word from her doctors before making a decision.”

Beyonce, 31, launched her “Mrs. Carter World Tour” last month in Belgrade, Serbia. It wraps Aug. 5 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Bikini-clad Beyonce busts out new song ‘Standing on the Sun’ in H&M ad: Watch it here
Beyonce and Jay-Z are a billion-dollar couple, probably
Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails to headline Made In America Festival

NPR is streaming the 'Gatsby' soundtrack: What's worth talking about

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Stop whatever you are doing and listen to The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which is streaming in full over at NPR days before its May 7 release. The album arrives pre-buzzed, thanks to behind-the-scenes work from Jay-Z and a series of tracks from a series of high-wattage artists such as Florence + The Machine, Beyoncé, Fergie, and Jack White.

What results is very good (Lana) and very bad (Florence) and very, very interesting, as is the nature of projects that overflow with talented people all working at once. Also: very period. If you didn’t know the movie is set almost 100 years ago, the soundtrack shouts it out at you, all honking brass and a preference for tempos that slide up the scale like liquor, getting hot just as they hit the chorus. It’s Baz Luhrmann’s costume party-version of the ’20s. But it’s fun! Also sad! (People have a way of dying in Gatsby.) Talking points from the 14-track soundtrack:

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Hear Emeli Sande and Bryan Ferry's Gatsby-fied redo of 'Crazy in Love'

She’s no Beyoncé, but she does have her own accent aigu in her arsenal.

As previous tracklists and snippets have suggested, Emeli Sandé teams up with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra to cover Queen B’s “Crazy in Love” for the getting-more-bonkers-by-the-day Great Gatsby soundtrack. And now that the full song has hit the web, you no longer have to guess at how old-timey it sounds.

Speaking of which, how are we to reconcile the lyric “Got me hoping you’ll page me right now” with the Great Gatsby‘s 1920s setting? Maybe by telegram? Or are we overthinking this?

Yes, yes we are. Allow us to shut up while you listen to Sandé and Ferry take on “Crazy in Love”:

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Bikini-clad Beyonce busts out new song 'Standing on the Sun' in H&M ad: Watch it here

Happy Beyoncdé!

First, the R&B gods blessed the webernet with a new, beach-set commercial featuring new music and ready-to-wear bathing suits from “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M.” And as if that weren’t enough (and it never is!), we’re also being treated to a good-quality live clip of Bey performing another new song, “Grown Woman,” at an awesome-looking show in Paris.

The music in the H&M ad is in fact a large chunk of the previously unreleased song “Standing on the Sun,” so that’s probably the one that’ll excite you more. The other video, however, features Mrs. Carter’s “Grown Woman,” which we heard snippets of in an earlier Pepsi spot.

So, yes, if you want to keep up with Beyoncé’s career, you’re going to have to stop fast-forwarding the commercials on your DVR’d episodes of The Good Wife.

But for now, you can watch the videos that we’ve conveniently embedded for you below:

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Beyonce and Jay-Z are a billion-dollar couple, probably

How much money are Beyoncé and Jay-Z worth, really?

The answer: $1 billion dollars, according to the International Business Times, with a caveat or three. These are rough figures, and that worth is cumulative, not that they make that much all at once — but it’s grounded in a lot of evidence that the couple makes a lot of money.

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Listen to Jay-Z's 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack sampler, featuring Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and more

No matter how The Great Gatsby does at the box office when it finally arrives in theaters next month, it’s eclectic, star-studded soundtrack is already a newsmaker.

Curated by Jay-Z, the Gatsby soundtrack includes tracks by Jay himself, Beyoncé, Jack White, Fergie, Sia, Lana Del Rey, the xx and more. Twelve of the 14 total core tracks are currently available in snippet form on YouTube, which you can stream below.

Highlights include Florence Welch wailing on the track “Over the Love” and the swing version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” delivered by Emeli Sandé.

There’s also the already-released “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock, which must be ironically titled given the fate of one Gatsby‘s main characters.

Listen to these, as well as Jack White’s cover of U2′s “Love Is Blindness” (as featured in the trailer to the film), a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails to headline Made In America Festival

Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails will headline the second annual Made In America Festival, organizers announced Wednesday, via an official playlist on Spotify.

The Budweiser-sponsored festival returns to Philadelphia Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1). This year’s lineup was once again curated by Jay-Z, though he is not set to return to the festival as a performer after headlining last year’s event with Kanye West.

Queens of the Stone Age, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Public Enemy will also perform.

It’s going to be a very busy summer for both Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails. In addition to Made In America, Queen Bey is set to headline July’s Essence Festival in New Orleans, while NIN will rock the main stage at Chicago’s Lollapalooza in early-August. Beyonce also kicks off her 65-date world arena tour, dubbed The Mrs. Carter Show, on April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The eclectic lineup features artists from the worlds of hip-hop, rock and EDM. Check out the full roster of performers below.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z's scrutinized Cuba trip approved by U.S. government

U.S. Treasury officials say the trip by Beyonce and Jay-Z to Cuba was licensed as an educational exchange.

Assistant Treasury Secretary Alastair Fitzpayne wrote in a letter Tuesday to congressional representatives that the famous hip-hop couple traveled to Cuba with a group authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba.

The letter was released Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen .

Ros-Lehtinen and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, both Florida Republicans, had expressed concerns to the Treasury Department about the trip and wanted to know if it was licensed.

Beyonce and Jay-Z marked their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana last week. U.S. citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba for mere tourism, though they can obtain licenses for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange trips. The so-called people-to-people licenses were reinstated under the Obama administration.

Beyonce releases new 'Grown Woman' preview -- VIDEO

Beyoncé didn’t earn the nickname Queen B for nothing. The multi-hyphenate has nailed singing, acting, and dancing. Thanks to a strategic roll-out for her upcoming album Mrs. Carter, she can add teasing to her long list of talents. After the long-awaited release of what turned out to be a Pepsi commercial, Bey has released yet another preview to her song “Grown Woman.”

In the 12-second video, we get a glimpse of a blonde Beyoncé filming what appears to be a music video (or perhaps another commercial), including a peek inside dance rehearsals. The message? Beyoncé is a grown woman who will do whatever she wants — better than you. Bow down.

Check out the new preview for “Grown Woman” below. READ FULL STORY

Kelly Rowland confirms new album will feature track with Beyonce and Michelle Williams

Kelly Rowland is teaming up with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates for a track on her upcoming album, Talk A Good Game, Universal’s Republic Records has confirmed.

“It’s not a Destiny’s Child track, it’s me featuring Beyoncé and Michelle,” Rowland told Billboard of the as-yet-unnamed song. Describing the track’s sound, Roland simply said, “Soul.”

The collaboration will be the former group’s first since January, when the Pharrell Williams-produced “Nuclear” ramped up buzz for Destiny’s Child’s Love Songs compilation and the ladies’ on-stage reunion during Beyoncé’s performance at Super Bowl XLVII.

Game is due June 4 and will also feature a duet with Williams, an appearance from Wiz Khalifa, and production from Boy Wonder, T-Minus, and The-Dream, among others. Rowland told Billboard that she recorded “70-something songs” for the album but had to cut the final tally to 12.

The set’s catchy first single, “Kisses Down Low,” has already been causing a stir at radio because of its racy sex innuendo. Check it out below.

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