New Music Friday
Here are our highlights from today's release schedule.
JAY-Z and Beyoncé have kicked off their tour in Cardiff last week, their first together in four years.
The couple prove that they are still crazy in love by showing crowds a public display of affection, walking out onto the stage, holding hands. Throughout the huge setlist, which consists of over 35 songs, the pair consistently held hands and flirted with another.
The show doesn’t avoid the topic of JAY-Z’s infidelity, as they perform songs from their respective albums Lemonade and 4:44 which touch on this. However, the main message of the show seems to be about healing, love and family, with private moments of the couple being shown on the big screens, including them renewing their wedding vows, her pregnancy journey, as well as their children, Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir.
Opening with Magna Carta Holy Grail, the duo smash through their set list, giving the crowd a mixture of recent and classics such as Drunk in Love, Clique, 99 Problems, Run the World (Girls), Crazy in Love and many more hits.
The show is both a visual and musical phenomenon with an epic screen, lights and fire, as well as a 26 person orchestra.
Also of course, we have to mention how incredible Jay and Bey look in their stunning stage outfits.
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Lemonade, the sixth studio album from Beyoncé, was released on 23 April 2016, and topped the charts in several countries including the UK and the US Billboard 200. The album was accompanied by a 65 minute visual work of the same name.
She released singles Formation, Sorry, Hold Up and Freedom from the album, all of which make an appearance at the show.
4:44 was the follow-up to the hugely successful 2013’s Magna Carter Holy Grail. The album topped the charts in the US and peaked at No.3 in the UK, and also scored a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
The album was released just over a year of his wife’s Lemonade, with many critics claiming that this was JAY-Z’s response to it, referencing lines from her album after allegations that he was unfaithful. Songs like Family Feud also hint at some infidelity, and features on their OTRII set list.
The couple are touring the UK until 16 June, with tickets still available for Manchester and London.
13 June 2018 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
15 June 2018 – London Stadium
16 June 2019 – London Stadium
Remaining JAY-Z and Beyoncé tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.