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Beyonce, Destiny's Child get big post-Super Bowl bumps on iTunes

Ray Lewis and Oreo weren’t the only winners to come out of Super Bowl XLVII.

After delivering a nearly universally beloved performance at the halftime show last night, Beyoncé and her fellow X-Men Destiny’s Child colleagues scored big boosts on the charts today.

At the time of this post, a bevy of Bey albums and singles, as well as a handful of Destiny’s Child releases, have rocketed up to the list of iTunes’ top downloads.

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Beyonce announces Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, dates -- VIDEO

beyonce-world-tour_510x660And you thought “Queen B” was just a nickname.

Shortly after her triumphant, Destiny’s Child-reuniting, Superdome power-destroying halftime show, Her Majesty Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter I revealed that she will soon embark on a royal tour of her fabulous domain — a.k.a. the whole wide world, or at least Europe and North America. Interestingly enough, Bey chose to announce her tour in the same way as last year’s halftime show performer while also using imagery heavily associated with a certain rival queen.

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Beyonce sings the national anthem live at Super Bowl press conference -- VIDEO

Are you a Beyliever now?

Over a week after the world learned that Beyoncé had lip-synched “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s second inauguration, the diva finally admitted publicly this afternoon that she did, in fact, use a backing track during her performance. “I am a perfectionist,” she said, “and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show, and a very very important emotional show for me…And due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make my country proud.”

The confession, however, came only after Beyoncé delivered a live, a cappella rendition of the national anthem to a convention center filled with reporters — proving that she can perform the song without any help from a pre-recorded track or even other musicians. Here’s video of her unaccompanied performance:

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Beyonce releases backstage pics from Super Bowl rehearsal

How hard is Beyoncé working for her imminent Super Bowl halftime show? She can barely stand up, that’s how hard!

Bey has taken to her personal blog to release a collection of new black-and-white images of her an her crew immersed in Super Bowl rehearsals. The images show her in workout gear and sneakers, dancing, squinting, and — yes- holding a microphone.

A cynic might view these new pictures as a preemptive strike against any potential claims of taking shortcuts, an allegation many critics have lobbed her way after her inauguration controversy. Most people, though, will probably just enjoy the images as a rare sneak peak at one of the most-watched events on earth.

Take a look at some of the images below (and the rest at Beyoncé’s Instagram) and decide for yourself:

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Marine Band releases statement about Beyonce's inaugural 'Star-Spangled Banner'

Did Beyoncé lip-sync the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration yesterday? While Queen Bey herself has remained mum about the matter, several news outlets say “yes” — and though this statement from the United States Marine Band doesn’t reveal whether Beyoncé’s vocals were sung live, it does confirm that the band itself played along to a pre-recorded track.

The reason? Since Beyoncé didn’t have an opportunity to rehearse with the group before Inauguration Day, “it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event.” Here’s the full statement, which emphasizes that presidential inauguration music is always pre-recorded, just in case:

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyonce Knowles-Carter in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony. However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event. Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances. Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.

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Alicia Keys to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

The Girl on Fire is Super Bowl-bound.

Alicia Keys will sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl this year, according to a press release. This will be the Grammy winner’s first time performing the Super Bowl honor, although she has twice before performed during the pre-show.

In addition to Keys’ National Anthem, Beyoncé will be performing the Super Bowl halftime show, and reports abound that Destiny’s Child will be joining her, presumably to help her perform the trio’s first new release in a decade, “Nuclear.” Beyoncé herself tackled the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 2004; Kelly Clarkson had the honor last year.

While unlikely to perform it at the big game, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys have recorded a collaboration together, the song “Put It In A Love Song,” from Keys’ album The Element of Freedom. The two will also be performing separately at a number of Inauguration events this weekend.

Super Bowl XLVII takes place Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

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President Obama's inauguration playlist released -- LISTEN

President Obama’s public swearing-in will take place on Jan. 21, and the Obama team has just released an Official Inauguration Playlist by Barack Obama. The list features songs by Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, all of whom who will be performing at various inauguration events this weekend. Other guests set to perform include fun., Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, Brad Paisley and Smokey Robinson.

Surprisingly, the playlist also features “Edge of Glory,” a Lady Gaga tune that thematically is a perfect fit for the event. But instead of the Lady Gaga version, the President went with the Glee cast version. A secret Gleek? Perhaps it’s a nod to his daughters — the Glee cast will be performing at the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19.

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Destiny's Child's 'Nuclear': Hear the group's first single in ten years here!

In the music business, as in Hollywood, January is generally not known for blockbuster entertainment moments.

So far in 2013, though we’re expecting the arrival of new music by Justin Timberlake, diving into a brand new David Bowie song, and cranking up the beyond-excellent album by A$AP Rocky. So far, 2013’s musical cup runneth over.

But the biggest news so far belongs (as it so often does) to Beyoncé, who not only has a new solo album on tap and a Super Bowl halftime headlining gig to prep, but also promised the first new Destiny’s Child single in eons.

That song, produced by Pharrell, was co-written by Michelle Williams, is called “Nuclear,” though that explosive adjective may not be quite what you have in mind when you listen to this low-key R&B jam; listen below: READ FULL STORY

Destiny's Child to perform at the Super Bowl -- REPORT

Well, that was fast: Just one day after the indigestibly powerful Beyoncé announced that new music from Destiny’s Child was on its way, it’s been reported that the group will be performing at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show as well.

According to Us Weekly, multiple sources have confirmed that the trio — Bey, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams — will be reuniting onstage for the first time since 2006. (EW has reached out to the group’s reps for confirmation but have yet to hear back.)

The Feb. 3 game will come just days after Destiny’s Child releases Love Songs, a compilation that’ll contain a new song called “Nuclear.” Likewise, the R&B group will reportedly perform a medley of hits when they take the stage, saving their latest single for the end.

Of course, Beyoncé will still be the star of the night. Sources tell Us Weekly that Beyoncé will begin the show on her own, bring in Rowland and Williams at halftime’s halftime, and then return for another solo run that’ll include a brand new cut from her upcoming album.

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Beyonce covers GQ, announces new Destiny's Child release

beyonce-GQ

How powerful is Beyoncé?

Enough so to cover GQ, release new Destiny’s Child material, and perform at a Presidential Inauguration all in the same month.

Or, if she may so so herself: “I now know that, yes, I am powerful,” she tells GQ. “I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”

The R&B superstar made a sneak announcement today, confirming that she and her old band are set to drop their first release since 2004’s Destiny Fulfilled. Titled Love Songs, the new Destiny’s Child effort will hit streets January 29th and is already available for preorder on Amazon. It’ll contain a new single from group, called “Nuclear.”

This comes after rampant speculation as to when Bey will be releasing a solo album of her own, given that her itinerary this year includes the Super Bowl halftime show and a high-profile HBO documentary.

Does this new announcement mean that her fellow Children of Destiny Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will be join her onstage at the Super Bowl? That remains to be seen.

In the meantime, gaze upon Bey’s “Blue Ivy came from this” body on the cover GQ and read her interview with the magazine.

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