Oprah: What every guest asks me after their interviews – even Beyoncé

Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé at the NYC opening of the singer’s HBO documentary, “Life Is but a Dream.”

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Since 1989, Oprah Winfrey says she has interviewed more than 37,000 people.
  • INSIDER attended a panel for OWN’s upcoming reality series, “Released,” at the Tribeca TV Festival in New York City, where Winfrey said there’s one question every person asks after an interview.
  • That question is: How did I do?
  • Even though Winfrey described that need for validation as the “common denominator” between all the people she has interviewed, she had a funny response when Beyoncé asked it.

Oprah Winfrey says that every person she has interviewed – including President Barack Obama and Beyoncé – have asked her the same question after interviews.

“Everybody that I ever interviewed after every interview at some point somebody would say, ‘How was that? Was that OK? How’d I do?’ And that is whether it was Barack Obama or Beyonce or the guy who murdered his kids or the guy who molested kids or somebody who had gone on and lost their family,” Winfrey said during a panel for OWN’s new reality series, “Released,” Friday at the Tribeca TV Festival in New York City.

It’s incredible that every interviewee – over “4,589 shows and over 37,000 people [who I interviewed] one-on-one in person,” as Winfrey put it – have asked her if they did OK. Winfrey said that this question is the “common denominator” for all her guests no matter who they are.

Given that fact, Winfrey has had time to think about why all her guests seek approval for their performance during the interview and explained what she came up with.

“Everybody just wants to know that you heard me, you saw me, and that what I said mattered,” Winfrey said.

Yet no matter how many times she heard the question and from all the notable people who asked it, Winfrey was still surprised when chart-topping, internet-breaking Beyoncé sought the same validation from Winfrey after an interview.

“When I got to Beyoncé, I said, ‘Girrrrrrl, you’re Beyoncé,” Winfrey joked.

She told the story during the panel for “Released,” which documents the lives of former inmates during the critical first few months after being released from prison, because she feels that like her interview guests these former inmates want their stories to be heard.

“Released” premieres Saturday, September 30 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

Watch the full Tribeca TV panel for “Released” below:

Beyonce and Jay-Z splash £19million on seven bedroom luxury mansion in the Hamptons

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The superstar couple have purchased a luxury home in the playground of the rich and famous that would put Jay Gatsby to shame in its opulence

BEYONCE and husband Jay Z have reportedly bought a stunning mansion in The Hamptons.

The superstar couple – who are parents to daughter Blue and twins Sir and Rumi – have purchased a sprawling mansion in the New Yorker playground of the rich and famous for a cool $26m.

Queen bey has bought herself a mansion fit for a Queen

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Queen bey has bought herself a mansion fit for a Queen

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The loved-up couple have a spectacular new home

The seven bed property features a stunning hall with dual fireplaces

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The seven bed property features a stunning hall with dual fireplaces

The open plan kitchen diner is perfect for Beyonce and her family

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The open plan kitchen diner is perfect for Beyonce and her family

There’s a table perfect for Blue to do her homework

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There’s a table perfect for Blue to do her homework

The lux seating area is perfect for entertaining

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The lux seating area is perfect for entertaining

It is in East Hampton

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It is in East Hampton

The master bedroom is set in the eaves of the palatial property

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The master bedroom is set in the eaves of the palatial property

It was originally on the market for a whopping $39m but was eventually sold over the summer for the bargain price.

The 12,000 foot property has 203-feet of water frontage on Georgia Pond and boasts seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a huge open plan kitchen perfect for entertaining friends and family.

A huge double fireplaced hall sits at the back of the porperty while there is an infinity pool overlooking the pond and the two acre estate that comes with the mansion.

They can surely count on their new neighbour, Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garte for a cup of sugar should they need it.

It comes after the pair reportedly spent $130m on a Bel Air mansion.

It’s been a lux-filled few days for the Lemonade singer after she took to her official website to post the candid snaps of her cuddling up to and kissing her spouse of almost 10 years.

The infinity pool looks out onto the pond

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The infinity pool looks out onto the pond

You could have drinks fit for royalty on the veranda

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You could have drinks fit for royalty on the veranda

The Gatsby-eque home is perfect for its new superstar owners

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The Gatsby-eque home is perfect for its new superstar owners

The stunning house is in the billionaire’s paradise

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The stunning house is in the billionaire’s paradise

The house is set in two acres of prime land in East Hampton

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The house is set in two acres of prime land in East Hampton

Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill have recently purchased a home in The Hamptons

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Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill have recently purchased a home in The Hamptons

It is a stunning example of a Hamptons home

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It is a stunning example of a Hamptons home

Set behind a 17 acre nature reserve, the house has the perfect amount of privacy for Queen Bey

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Set behind a 17 acre nature reserve, the house has the perfect amount of privacy for Queen Bey

It is modest by superstar standards

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It is modest by superstar standards

In one snap, the couple sat on a white sofa with Jay wrapping his arm around his wife’s neck as she flashed plenty of leg in a pair of denim shorts and a striped blouse.

The love birds leaned in for a kiss, before Beyonce shared another shot of them laughing together on another part of the boat.


Bey also shared snaps of her husband enjoying a cigar as the sunsets behind him as he wears a grey hooded top up around his head.

While the 47-year-old kept things casual, his wife brought her usual level of glam, even in her downtime.

The house features a spectacular double height grand living room

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The house features a spectacular double height grand living room

It boasts dual fireplaces and leads to the other areas of the home

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It boasts dual fireplaces and leads to the other areas of the home

The double height ceilings are a luxurious touch

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The double height ceilings are a luxurious touch

The grand entrance hall certainly makes an impression

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The grand entrance hall certainly makes an impression

The huge mansion has a warm reception area

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The huge mansion has a warm reception area

The fireplaces are a luxurious addition to the mansion

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The fireplaces are a luxurious addition to the mansion

Carved stone features on the other

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Carved stone features on the other

Upstairs there are further fireplaces

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Upstairs there are further fireplaces

They are in nearly every room

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They are in nearly every room

The views over the grounds are spectacular

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The views over the grounds are spectacular

Upstairs has a spacious deck

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Upstairs has a spacious deck

In one shot, the mother-of-three lay on her side to show off her sensational post-baby figure after welcoming twins in June, wearing a pair of stylish white rimmed retro-style sunglasses.

As night fell, the 36-year-old kept her shades on and struck another sultry pose.

The house also comes with a guest house

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The house also comes with a guest house

The couple’s holiday comes after Bey showed fans another sign that she has forgiven her husband for cheating on her by revealing a new tattoo tribute of the number four to him.

The singer and her husband famously got Roman numerals IV – the number four – tattooed on their ring fingers in red ink after they tied the knot on April 4, 2008.

Beyonce and Jay Z look loved up on holiday in the latest snap on her website

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Beyonce and Jay Z look loved up on holiday in the latest snap on her website

The couple looked happier than ever on their yacht

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The couple looked happier than ever on their yacht

Beyonce shared snaps of her husband enjoying the sunset

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Beyonce shared snaps of her husband enjoying the sunset

 

Jay Z looked chilled up on deck

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Jay Z looked chilled up on deck

Beyonce showed off her sensational post baby body in another snap

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Beyonce showed off her sensational post baby body in another snap

The star looked as stylish as ever in her striped blouse and sunglasses

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The star looked as stylish as ever in her striped blouse and sunglasses

 

However, fans spotted the tattoo was fading when the pair stepped out to a basketball game together in May 2014, days after a video leaked of Solange attacking Jay Z.

Now though the tatt is back and appears to be a combination of the numerals IV and also looks like the letter J from the side.

The singer showed off her legs in another snap

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The singer showed off her legs in another snap

But why is the number four some important to the couple?

The obsession starts from birth with both of them being born on the fourth day, Bey on September 4 1981 and Jay Z on December 4 1969.

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The singer revealed a tattoo tribute that looks like the number four – a number that is very important to the couple

Making it a family thing, Beyoncé’s mum Tina Lawson’s birthday also falls on the fourth of a month, being born in January 1954.

Then in 2008 they married on the fourth day of the fourth month.

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The tattoo appears to be a combination of the numerals IV and also looks like the letter J from the side

While touring her fourth album which she aptly named 4, she explained the importance of it during a show called Elements of 4.

She told the audience: “On April 4, 2008 — eight divided by two is four — [Jay Z] put a ring on it.”


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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Buy East Hampton Estate

BUYERS: Jay-Z and Beyonce
LOCATION: East Hampton, NY
PRICE: $25,925,000
SIZE: (approx.) 12,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 half bathrooms plus guesthouse with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Word on the real estate street in the Hamptons, via Behind the Hedges, is that money minting music industry cynosures Jay-Z and Beyoncé dropped $25.925 million on Pond House, a cedar-shingled “cottage” style mansion secreted down a long driveway on 2.1 elevated acres in East Hampton with a postcard-ready tree-framed view of Georgica Pond. The Gatsby-esque main residence measures in at around 12,000-square-feet with five bedrooms and seven full and two half bathrooms and an approximately 1,800-square-foot guesthouse, somewhat unusually positioned in what amounts to the front yard, provides another two bedrooms and one bathroom plus a lounge with vaulted ceiling and fireplace and a marble kitchen with designer stainless steel appliances.

Pretty, private and sumptuously appointed as Pond House may be, it was not, by any means, an easy sell. With more than 200-feet of pond frontage and a long border with a 17.5-acre nature preserve, the idyllic spread first popped up over the summer of 2009 with a preposterously pie-in-the-sky price of $39.5 million. The price was slashed to $34.995 million the following year and then chopped again in early 2012 to $29.995 million. With no takers, the price tag was lowered again over the summer of 2013 to $28.995 million and by the spring of 2016 a new listing broker was brought in and the price dropped its final $28.95 million.

The structure that originally stood on the serenely picturesque property was built over 100 years ago and was designed as an artist’s studio by high-society architect Stanford White. After the property sold in 2005 for $9.5 million it underwent a meticulous and carefully considered not to mention hugely costly transformation and expansion by luxury builder Jeffery Collé who went so far as to pick up and rotate the house 90 degrees so the wall of windows in the living room would face in a more westerly direction with a sunset view over the pond rather than to the north as it was originally sited.

Classic Hamptons architecture and artisanal craftsmanship meets modern-day creature comforts and state of the art technologies like radiant heated floors, geothermal air conditioning and a comprehensive home automation system. Interiors spaces are finished to a painstaking standard with quarter sawn white oak paneling with a hand-applied French chalk finish, hand-pegged Parquet de Versailles floorboards installed by French artisans, museum quality 18th-century Louis XV carved stone fireplaces and patina-matched bathrooms with hand-carved heated limestone and marble bathtubs carved by Italian craftsmen from single blocks of stone.

A relatively unassuming front door, accented with hand-crafted diamond pane leaded glass windows, opens to a grandly proportioned and fully paneled double-height foyer that leads to an even more grand living room with a 30-foot-high coffered ceiling, a two-story wall of windows and French doors, a second floor gallery with custom cast iron railing and not just one but two fireplaces with matching but not quite identical antique mantelpieces. The formal dining room features diamond-pane sash windows and shoulder-height wainscoting, the library is clad in antique black walnut paneling, and a vast great room — culinary kitchen, breakfast area and family room — is lined along two walls with floor-to-ceiling French doors and dominated by a massive carved stone fireplace. Behind the kitchen there’s a catering kitchen and a walk-in pantry; tucked up in to a finished section of the attic on the third floor there’s a bathroom and gigantic room suitable as a home theater, children’s play room or a fitness/yoga studio; and the 4,000-square-foot basement has 10-foot ceilings, a large laundry room and a three car garage.

One en suite guest bedroom is sequestered on the main floor and there are two more en suite family bedrooms on the upper floor along with a junior master suite with private sitting room and walk-in closet. Located in a separate wing of the upper floor, the master suite incorporates a sitting room or office and a roomy bedroom with antique fireplace and white-oak clad vaulted ceiling as well as a sleeping porch, two walk-in closets and a paneled bathroom with his and hers areas and a dry sauna.

A screened porch with reclaimed brick fireplace is a cozy spot to keep from being eaten alive by summertime mosquitoes and the back of the mansion opens through long banks of French doors to a broad, Turkish limestone-paved terrace with an outdoor grilling area and a 45-foot-long infinity edge swimming pool and spa. Beyond and below the elevated terrace and swimming pool, a great sweep of lawn slopes gently towards the pond’s edge.

Though the yacht chartering and private jet flying megastars getaway in the Hamptons is unquestionably grandiose and, by any financial standard, tremendously expensive, it’s real estate child’s play in comparison to the ultra-modern compound they just scooped up last month in Los Angeles for a mind-numbing $88 million. Located on about two hillside acres in a prime pocket of Bel Air, the multi-structure compound comprises six boxy, glass-walled pavilions that together span around 30,000 square feet with a total of 8 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Another 10,000-square-feet or so of outdoor living areas includes an outdoor lounge under a cantilevered roof, four outdoor swimming pools, a full-sized basketball court. There’s also a spa and wellness center, garaging for 15-cars and separate staff quarters.

The couple, who preside over a combined net worth the bean counters at Forbes estimate to be in the vicinity of $1.2 billion, also maintains an 8,309-square-foot penthouse in a lower Manhattan’s Tribeca ‘hood purchased in 2004 for $6,850,000.

Listing photos: Compass (via Street Easy)

Beyonce College Classes Are Now All The Rage: Exclusive

University of Copenhagen is just the latest institution of higher education to get in formation.

Erik Steinskog, an associate professor of musicology at the Denmark school, is the newest professor to join the Beyhive; he’s currently teaching a class called “Beyoncé, Gender and Race.”

California Polytechnic State University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Arizona State University and Rutgers University have all drank the lemonade, creating classes around Beyoncé’s cannon of work. From her 2016 visual album to the choreography, costumes and imagery she invokes on tour, Queen Bey is “a powerful and popular way to get students engaged,” says Dr. Rachel Fedock, an honors faculty fellow at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

For her class, “Lemonade: Beyoncé and Black Feminism,” Fedock leans on Beyoncé as entrée into black feminist studies, teaching the work of social activist Bell Hooks alongside that of the 22-time Grammy winner.

“It’s a very southern black woman tale using folklore in horror and conjuring,” Kinitra Brooks, an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio tells Billboard. “With Lemonade, Beyoncé walked into a conversation that’s been going on for 150 years within black women’s networks.”

Brooks taught her seminar in Fall 2016, but recently won a grant from the University of Michigan to create a Lemonade reader/syllabus which she plans on publishing through the Ohio State University Press. “Lemonade can be read in so many different ways and it’s so relevant, in cultural studies, novelist theory and in discussing real world issues like feminism and race,” she adds.

Prior to launching his own class, Steinskog Skyped into Brooks’s as a guest lecturer. Seeing her student’s response and engagement was early inspiration for his class, which delves into black feminist thought, a nascent subject in Scandinavia.

Billed as simply a Spring 2017 elective class that didn’t meet any requirement for any student, Jenell Navarro’s “Beyoncé: Feminism, Race & Politics” examined gender, sexuality and class issues. “This class gave a particular student right now a voice in a redesigned way. Discrimination has not gone away and it’s been difficult for students of color and low-income. We are a predominately white institution and this class was empowering and uplifting” says Navarro, an assistant professor in the department of ethnic studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She noted that hundreds of students were on the waitlist, a determining factor for teaching two sections of the class in Spring 2018.

Although Beyoncé did not respond to requests for comment, the Houston-born singer enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year as well. In celebration of the one year anniversary of Lemonade, Beyoncé created The Formation Scholars Award, a scholarship program to provide assistance to four female students at Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College, respectively.

“The Formation Scholars Award encourages and supports young women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside the box,” says the singer, according to her website.  

Beyoncé Alters Her Matching ‘IV’ Wedding Tattoo

The nature of celebrity is to fabricate a certain cult of personality around pop culture figures, giving the impression that they’re not only perennially flawless, but also living lives cloaked in obscurity and beyond our simple, plebeian understanding. But international fame or no, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are undoubtedly the makers of their own mystery. After all, when you get two beyond legendary billionaires together the results are bound to be mind-bogglingly luxurious, over-the-top, and totally unique, down to the way they show their love for one another. Like getting a set of matching tattoos on your wedding day instead of traditional gold bands and diamonds (although the pop star has that as well). And now it seems that Beyoncé has made a few new additions of her own to her iconic body art.

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The pair each got Roman numeral IVs tattooed on their ring fingers after they got married, representing not only their lucky number, but also their birth dates and wedding day. Beyoncé was born on September 4, Jay-Z on December 4 and they tied the knot on April 4, the fourth day of the fourth month of the year. The number has also been featured on both of their albums, first on Beyoncé’s fourth studio album, fittingly titled 4, and most recently on Jay-Z’s latest album 4:44. And the numerical obsession goes even farther than that, they even named their daughter after the number, Blue Ivy, or should we say, Blue IV.

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Back in 2014, fans speculated that the couple’s marriage might be going through a rough patch (shortly after the unexplained elevator moment, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the pop star’s body art was starting to fade).

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And while we now know thanks to Lemonade that the Bey Hive probably weren’t totally off-base, it seems things are now back on track and better than ever, although her alteration to this ink just adds a whole new layer of inscrutability. It appears that Beyoncé has added a few more lines to the piece, slightly obscuring the original IV but making it look a little more like a numeral 4. Fans have pointed out that, from the side, the new tattoo also looks like a capital J. Sounds to us like these two are just as crazy in love as ever.

What do you think of Beyoncé’s tattoo alterations? What do you think it means? Sound off below!

Beyoncé has got a new tattoo of the number 4

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As fans believe Bey’s latest tattoo is a sign that she’s forgiven her husband for his infidelities, we look into just why the couple love the number four so much.

BEYONCE has shown fans another sign that she has forgiven Jay Z for cheating on her by revealing a new tattoo tribute of the number four to him.

The singer and her husband famously got Roman numerals IV – the number four – tattooed on their ring fingers in red ink after they tied the knot on April 4, 2008.

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Beyonce has given fans another clue that she has completely forgiven Jay Z

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The singer revealed a tattoo tribute that looks like the number four – a number that is very important to the couple

However, fans spotted the tattoo was fading when the pair stepped out to a basketball game together in May 2014, days after a video leaked of Solange attacking Jay Z.

Now though the tatt is back and appears to be a combination of the numerals IV and also looks like the letter J from the side.

But why is the number four some important to the couple?

The obsession starts from birth with both of them being born on the fourth day, Bey on September 4 1981 and Jay Z on December 4 1969.

Making it a family thing, Beyoncé’s mum Tina Lawson’s birthday also falls on the fourth of a month, being born in January 1954.

Then in 2008 they married on the fourth day of the fourth month.

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The tattoo appears to be a combination of the numerals IV and also looks like the letter J from the side

The couple were both born on the fourth of the month

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The couple were both born on the fourth of the month

Beyonce’s mum Tina was born on January 4

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Beyonce’s mum Tina was born on January 4

While touring her fourth album which she aptly named 4, she explained the importance of it during a show called Elements of 4.

She told the audience: “On April 4, 2008 — eight divided by two is four — [Jay Z] put a ring on it.”


And while their eldest daughter Blue Ivy Carter missed out on being born on the fourth of the month, the couple hid the number in her name, with IV being the roman numerals for the digit, when she was born in January 2012.

Almost two years later Bey dropped her fifth album, Beyoncé on December 13, and while the number four isn’t obvious at first, the date does pay tribute to it with 1+3=4.

Blue Ivy

Their daughter Blue Ivy, has the roman numerals for four, IV, in her name

It’s not just Bey that’s throwing fours into her music, Jay Z’s latest album is called 4:44 and is his most personal and candid yet.

He appeared to confess to cheating Beyonce during their nine-year marriage when he released his album in July, even hinting that he enjoyed threesomes behind her back.

Bey's fourth album was called '4'

Bey’s fourth album was called ‘4’

While Jay Z released the confessional 4:44 in July

While Jay Z released the confessional 4:44 in July

In the intimate title track from album 4:44, he also alludes to his fear that the couple’s three children – including twins Rumi and Sir Carter – will find out about his mistakes.

Speaking of the song, he told iHeart Radio: “‘4:44′ is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album.

“And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 a.m., to write this song.

“So, it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

Bey sang for Obama - the 44th president

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Bey sang for Obama – the 44th president

Even Barack Obama has been brought into the mix.

In 2009 Beyoncé sang at his Inauguration, and later serenaded him and Michelle with the Etta James song At Last. And of course, Obama was the 44th US president…


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Tickets To Beyonce & JAY-Z’s Hurricane Benefit Concert In NYC Are Coming, So Get Ready

In the name of all that is holy, Bey and JAY are scheduled to perform together and the details are just so, so wonderful. Just four months after delivering us the greatest gifts on earth (her new babies), Queen B is headed back to the stage with her hubby in support of those affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. Tickets to Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s Hurricane Benefit concert are yet to go on sale, but we recommend just living next to your computer and not falling asleep until details on where you can buy them are announced. In the meantime, mark your calendar, as the epic event goes down on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The hurricanes have had a personal effect on Beyoncé, as mega-storm Harvey beat down on her hometown of Houston, Texas, late this summer. Beyoncé quickly jumped to visit those suffering, bringing along with her mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, daughter Blue, and former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Michelle Williams.

While there, she spoke to locals in her childhood church, St. Johns, saying,

Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that you’re safe, your children are safe. I think that what really matters is your health and your children and your family. And I just wanna say I love you. I’ve been blessed so that I can bless other people, and I ask of God to continue to do that for other people.

As part of her continued support, she also joined the celebrity-packed Hand In Hand fundraiser earlier this month, which raised more than $44 million, according to ABC. As part of her participation, Beyoncé delivered the following message in a passionate video:

It’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country.

Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes, and countless families are now homeless.

In my hometown city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleanig supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies, and of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids need books and toys so they can continue to dream.

Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.

Seeing everyone of different racial, social, and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive restored my faith in humanity.

True healing is in helping.

She concluded by saying, “Tonight, we come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits, and heal.”

This concert will also be the first time JAY-Z and Beyoncé take the stage together after the release of his tell-all album, 4:44. You guys remember that little diddy? The one where he admitted to cheating on her, addressed his unborn (at the time) twins, and talked about Becky with the good hair?

Watching the two reunite on stage for such a wonderful cause, especially after the wildly personal journey they’ve been on these past few years, is sure to be incredible. The Hurricane Benefit Concert will also go down just 10 days before JAY-Z launches his world-tour on Oct. 27 in California.

Thank you, Beyoncé and JAY-Z, for your support efforts. And for everyone else, stay tuned for more ticket details!

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Beyonce and Jay-Z to Headline Hurricane Benefit Concert in NYC

Four months after giving birth to twins, Beyoncé will make her long-awaited return to the stage for a concert with her husband, Tidal owner Jay-Z, to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Us Weekly exclusively confirms.

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The show will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday, October 17. Several Roc Nation artists are expected to perform.

Beyoncé, 36, has been actively involved in relief efforts in the aftermath of the unprecedented, catastrophic hurricanes, which made landfall in late August and early September. She delivered an impassioned plea to donors in a video message that aired during the Hand in Hand telethon on September 12.

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“During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes,” she said in a pre-recorded message before urging fans to “come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits and heal.”

The “Formation” singer also headed down to her hometown of Houston earlier this month to distribute food to those affected in the area. “This, today, is a celebration of survival,” she told evacuees at St. John’s Church. “Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that y’all are safe, that your children are safe. The things that really matter are your health and your children, and your family and your life.”

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Meanwhile, Jay-Z, 47, has been busy promoting his latest album, 4:44. He recently performed at V Festival in England and The Meadows Music & Arts Festival in NYC, and will kick off his world tour in Anaheim, California, on October 27.

Queen Bey and Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir in June. They are also the parents of 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.

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Here are 7 acts we want to see at future

F1 has seen some of the biggest names in music over the past few years – from the likes of Beyoncé, BIGBANG, Rihanna, Maroon 5 and more recently, Ariana Grande and Calvin Harris — and now that F1 has been extended for another four years, we can only think of all the acts we’ll get to see in the future.

Here’s a list we’ve rounded up featuring some of them who we’d like to see headlining the yearly event.


Arcade Fire

With their latest release Everything Now, Arcade Fire are at their biggest and most ambitious. While they would be an amazing addition to a Laneway line-up, their baroque-pop theatrics (now glistened with a propulsive 80s edge) would go remarkably well at the Padang stage.

Just imagine singing ‘Wake Up’ with 10,000 other people after the end of a race, and tell us that isn’t what you want.


Beyoncé

Beyoncé last graced the F1 stage in 2009, but frankly speaking, it’s been far too long since then, and Queen Bey has since added so much more to her canon of empowered pop hits.

Sure, there’s ‘Run The World (Girls)’, ‘7/11’,‘Sorry’, and ‘Formation’ – but the real killer act will be watching her recreate some of her more iconic scenes from the Lemonade film.


BTS

Arguably one of the biggest names in K-Pop at the moment, BTS is a force to be reckoned with. With legions of fans, both domestic and international, they’ve only been getting bigger, and rightfully so – their unique sound and lyrics subverting the genre norms are what got them this far, after all.

With legendary group BIGBANG (the first and only K-Pop act to have performed at F1 thus far) slated for military enlistment soon, we think F1 could use another K-pop ensemble to fill their shoes.


Daft Punk

This might as well be wishful thinking — their last world tour was 10 years ago — but Daft Punk remains one of modern music’s greatest artists.

It’s 2017 and ‘Get Lucky’ is still ringing fresh in everyone’s minds, and their work on The Weeknd’s Starboy shows that they’ve yet to lose touch with the pop zeitgeist.


Lorde

At just 20 years old and with two Grammy awards to her name, Lorde is one of the leading ladies in pop music today. The singer-songwriter/producer is known for her distinctive, raspy vocals and forward-thinking pop production.

We reckon fans will be excited to experience her live show on a big stage, with electro-pop numbers like ‘Royals’, ‘Green Light’ and ‘Liability’ bursting with colour and vigour — as seen at her recent Coachella performance. Furthermore, the starlet has never performed in Singapore, so F1 could consider bringing her for a proper local debut, as they’ve done so with Ariana Grande and The Chainsmokers this year.


JJ Lin

The Taiwan-based singer-songwriter hails from Singapore, so it seems fitting that he performs at the country’s biggest annual entertainment event (aside from National Day, of course).

Moreover, with songs like ‘那些你很冒險的夢 (Those Were The Days)’, ‘可惜没如果 (If Only)’ and the award-winning ‘不为谁而作的歌 (Twilight)’, he’s sure to be a hit with the local audience. It would be nice for Lin to perform on home ground and reconnect with local fans after being overseas for so long.


Bruno Mars

One of the most versatile and creative pop artists today, it’s unbelievable that Bruno Mars has only performed in Singapore once.

His latest album 24K Magic continues a streak of exploration into vintage music genres — the latest being 90s R&B. Songs like ‘That’s What I Like’ and the title track will sparkle on the big stage, but there’s no doubt people will turn up in droves to hear ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ or ‘Grenade.’

Regardless, the Grammy-award winner is regarded as one of the top artists of our generation, and that’s more than enough to justify his performance as a bonafide weekend closer — although, with confirmed dates in Manila and Kuala Lumpur in May 2018, his return to Singapore may be sooner than the next F1.

Beyoncé shows off post-baby body three months after twins

She has described her on-stage persona as an alter-ego named Sasha Fierce.

And after giving birth to twins in June of this year, it appears Beyoncé is itching to get back to her old self, channeling Sasha in a series of fierce photos posted to Instagram on Wednesday.

The Formation singer, 36, slicked back her blonde-highlighted locks into a ponytail and wore sunglasses for the photo set where she struck a series of dramatic poses.  

Of corset fits: Beyoncé showed off her sensational post-baby body in a black blouse and tightly-corseted skirt as she headed to the Broadway production of Aladdin on Tuesday

Of corset fits: Beyoncé showed off her sensational post-baby body in a black blouse and tightly-corseted skirt as she headed to the Broadway production of Aladdin on Tuesday

Of corset fits: Beyoncé showed off her sensational post-baby body in a black blouse and tightly-corseted skirt as she headed to the Broadway production of Aladdin on Tuesday

Dressed in all black, Beyoncé wore a blouse with open sleeves and a skintight corseted skirt, showing off the hard work she’s put in at high-intensity SoulCycle classes that she was spotted attending during and after her pregnancy.

The star’s toned legs were on display and appeared never-ending thanks to a pair of sky high black heels.

The world-renowned entertainer captioned the photos: ‘Aladdin on Broadway,’ as the photos were taken on the same day she checked out the NYC production of Aladdin. 

It appears that the XO hitmaker is beginning to yearn for her days of performing, checking out a series of musicals and concerts including Dear Evan Hansen last week.

Hard work pays off: The singer, 36, displayed the results of the hard work she's put in at high-intensity SoulCycle classes that she was spotted attending during and after her pregnancy

Hard work pays off: The singer, 36, displayed the results of the hard work she's put in at high-intensity SoulCycle classes that she was spotted attending during and after her pregnancy

Hard work pays off: The singer, 36, displayed the results of the hard work she's put in at high-intensity SoulCycle classes that she was spotted attending during and after her pregnancy

Hard work pays off: The singer, 36, displayed the results of the hard work she's put in at high-intensity SoulCycle classes that she was spotted attending during and after her pregnancy

Hard work pays off: The singer, 36, displayed the results of the hard work she’s put in at high-intensity SoulCycle classes that she was spotted attending during and after her pregnancy 

Beyoncé trailed her husband Jay-Z as he performed a series of festival gigs including Made In America and London’s V Festival earlier this summer.

Now it appears she’s readying her own return to the stage; she will headline the 2018 Coachella Valley Arts And Music Festival in April.  

Beyonce was slated to take the high-profile gig earlier this year but doctors orders due to her pregnancy with twins Rumi and Sir found her pushing the gig back a year.

Hips don't lie: The Single Ladies singer struck a high-fashion pose and appeared to be channeling her Sasha Fierca alter-ego 

Hips don't lie: The Single Ladies singer struck a high-fashion pose and appeared to be channeling her Sasha Fierca alter-ego 

Hips don’t lie: The Single Ladies singer struck a high-fashion pose and appeared to be channeling her Sasha Fierca alter-ego 

A classic: The pose has been a favorite of Bey's since 2008 during her I Am...Sasha Fierce album era, years before she gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy, five, and twins Rumi and Sir

A classic: The pose has been a favorite of Bey's since 2008 during her I Am...Sasha Fierce album era, years before she gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy, five, and twins Rumi and Sir

A classic: The pose has been a favorite of Bey’s since 2008 during her I Am…Sasha Fierce album era, years before she gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy, five, and twins Rumi and Sir

Prior to giving birth in June, her last performance came at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, where she sang Sandcastles and Love Drought from her critically-acclaimed visual album Lemonade.

However, fans will only be getting Beyoncé when she takes the stage next year, as she revealed she ‘killed’ her alter ego. 

She told Allure in 2010: ‘Sasha Fierce is done. I killed her.’ 

Beyonce raises daughter Blue Ivy, five, and twins Rumi and Sir, three months, with rapper husband Jay-Z.  

Diva now: The star's blonde-highlighted hair was pulled back into a ponytail, putting extra emphasis on her funky sunglasses

Diva now: The star's blonde-highlighted hair was pulled back into a ponytail, putting extra emphasis on her funky sunglasses

Diva now: The star’s blonde-highlighted hair was pulled back into a ponytail, putting extra emphasis on her funky sunglasses

Diva then and Diva now: Beyonce sported a far more dramatic pair of shades on the set of her 2008 video Diva

Diva then and Diva now: Beyonce sported a far more dramatic pair of shades on the set of her 2008 video Diva

Diva then and Diva now: Beyonce sported a far more dramatic pair of shades on the set of her 2008 video Diva

 

Beyonce-Zex ‘Lemonade’ Vinyl Mis-Pressings Posted on Auction Sites

Beyonce Vinyl Zex

Beyonce: Andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock; Zex: Courtesy of Earsplit PR

UPDATED: It was only a matter of time.

As news spread Monday about the snafu at a German pressing plant that resulted in an undisclosed number of vinyl copies of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” accidentally containing music by Canadian punk band Zex, people began checking their copies (or quickly ordering new ones). And sure enough, just hours after the stories hit, copies of the album began hitting the auction market.

The most ambitious seller posted their copy on Discogs.com late Tuesday for £1000, although it had been removed at press time.

On eBay, two less-optimistic sellers posted copies for sale: one British seller listed a copy for $674.77 (0 bids, despite the promise “Mine is the actual copy that has gone viral all over the world”), while one in Belgium can be yours for just $227.60 (33 bids!).

In a complicated twist on the story, Zex was dropped from its label, Magic Bullet Records, amid sexual-assault allegations not long after news of the mispressings broke, according to Pitchfork; the band has denied the accusations.

The albums in question are yellow-vinyl pressings of Beyonce’s latest with the first five songs from the female-fronted Canadian punk band Zex’s latest album, “Uphill Battle,” on side A, instead of side A of “Lemonade.”

Asked about the rarity of the item, Discogs’ Jeffrey Smith told Variety, “Pressing/Printing issues aren’t entirely uncommon – for example Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ 2LP release that has an entire side as ‘Music From The Motion Picture “Pulp Fiction”‘ with a copy for sale at $78. What’s interesting is the price hikes seem to lean toward the more obscure artists, which plays into the true collector’s soft spot – for example Gorilla Biscuits’ ‘history of somewhere’: between 50-90 copies have the Warzone B-Side label because they ran out of labels at the factory, the median price here is $618.71 but one sold for as much as $1081.29. All this to say, it depends on the scarcity of the ‘Lemonade’ mispressing. If it turns out to be a mass issue, then it could tank in value quickly. If it turns out there are 40-50 of these, it could skyrocket quickly, but then level out over time.” It was unclear at press time how many mispressed copies of “Lemonade” were manufactured.

On Tuesday, Columbia, Beyonce’s label, issued a statement addressing the matter: “Due to human error at the Celebrate Records plant in Germany, which Sony uses to manufacture vinyl, a small amount of the European run of the Beyoncé “Lemonade” vinyl included music from Canadian punk band, ZEX, on Side A. Beyoncé and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress. Fans who purchased the vinyl will be refunded and given a replacement copy. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”

Beyonce Was Spotted Wearing Spanx, & The Internet Is Stunned

For whatever reason, anything Beyoncé does is obsessed over by pretty much everyone and their grandma. OK, so, it probably has something to do with the fact that Beyoncé is as close to perfect as any human being has ever been. But sometimes, people’s obsession with Queen Bey goes a little too far. Take, for instance, the public’s obsession with wanting to see pictures of Bey and her family. Despite the fact that Beyoncé has been more than generous with her photo updates on Instagram, people always want more. And now, after Beyoncé got “caught” wearing Spanx, the internet is going crazy about it and they show no signs of forgetting about it.

And, honestly, that is kind of ridiculous. Aside from the fact that Bey literally just pushed two little humans out of her body, she’s also an adult woman and can wear whatever the heck she wants. Seriously, while most people’s responses to Bey’s fashion choices have been unwaveringly positive, it’s still a little unfortunate that her having on shapewear is such a big deal. Luckily enough, plenty of Beyhive members were quick to jump to Beyoncé’s defense, and remind the (albeit small amount of) trolls that Bey looks hot — and it really doesn’t matter at all that she wore Spanx.

After pictures began circulating of Bey wearing Spanx to Rihanna’s third annual Diamond Ball, the internet lost all of its chill for some reason. Apparently, people forget that Beyoncé is, in fact, just a human being like the rest of us and sometimes wants to wear something that will make her feel a bit more confident or comfortable.

To be quite frank, it’s kind of refreshing to see a celebrity wear something that so many women wear. And Beyoncé isn’t alone. Speaking to In Style, Sarah Hyland and other celebrities openly admitted to wearing some form of shapewear, with Hyland declaring:

I always wear shapewear! Spanx. Everyone wears Spanx. It’s just like the regular, the short Spanx. I’m one of the only people that’ll be like, “I’m wearing them.” But I guarantee you 90 percent of these women are wearing them and they’re lying about it if they tell you otherwise.

And truly, if wearing Spanx or another form of shapewear helps anyone feel more comfortable in what they’re wearing, then it shouldn’t matter. And that’s what most of the internet seems to think. In fact, Bey’s Spanx cameo has actually had many people praise the singer for getting real. Because while it might look like Bey has it all together, everyone needs a little help holding everything in place.

But perhaps one of the most typical reactions people had to Bey’s Spanx outfit was that she thought of a creative way to make them work for her specific dress. Considering the fact that her dress had a high slit on one leg, Bey (or her stylist — the internet is unsure), cut off the length of the shapewear on the side of the dress that showed off her gorgeous, strong leg.

Honestly, being a mom of three and arguably one of the biggest pop stars in the world is probably pretty exhausting. And while many have claimed Bey has “gotten her body back” in record time, does it really matter?

No. Just like it doesn’t matter that she’s wearing shapewear under her tight-fitting dress. Beyoncé is a human, just like the rest of us. And while she may live a highly public life, that doesn’t mean she isn’t entitled to her privacy. She also doesn’t owe anyone any explanations, especially for wearing Spanx.

So, in conclusion, Beyoncé looks great with or without Spanx — end of story.

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When Beyoncé and Jay-Z Buy Art, They Bring Along Popsicles and and Shut Down the Whole Gallery

Congratulations are in order for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, as the pair seems to have found an excellent babysitter for their three children, which include, of course, two newborns. In the space of less than a week, Beyoncé went backstage at Dear Evan Hansen, then crashed Rihanna’s Diamond Ball along with her husband and Leonardo DiCaprio, which included taking in a performance by Kendrick Lamar (and presumably the glorious sight of Rihanna working her angles to get a good selfie with him in the background).

It doesn’t seem like the couple partied too hard, though, given that the next day, they were in the Hamptons, at the Bridgehampton Golf Club for The Bridge, a mini art fair on a golf course that brought out respected galleries like Canada, Karma, David Kordansky, Marlborough Contemporary, and David Zwirner at the same time as an annual local car show. Once there, Beyoncé, in a boldly hued dress she topped off with an Off-White belt and sneakers, and Jay-Z, in track pants and a Raf Simons hoodie, were not shy: They hopped aboard a golf cart, and Beyoncé even stopped to admire the cars on show, saying her hellos with a popsicle in hand.

Avid art collectors, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are known to buy blue-chip names like Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, David Hammons, and Jean-Michel Basquiet—whom Jay-Z has both rapped about and dressed as for Halloween, alongside Beyoncé’s Frida Kahlo. Not that their taste always lines up: Jay-Z once bought a black-and-white photo by the artist Laurie Simmons, of a pistol with a pair of legs. Beyoncé sent it back, replacing it with a similar Simmons piece featuring a perfume bottle rather than a gun. (Maybe these differences in taste explains why they recently bought a home so big, they can each have a private wing.)

But Beyoncé in particular has also made a point to support younger emerging artists. She tapped Awol Erizku, a 28-year-old artist, to take her internet-breaking pregnancy announcement photos, and Mason Poole, an L.A.- and Paris-based photographer with only 4,000 Instagram followers, to take her first photos with her twins Rumi and Sir. (Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, is, after all, a notably knowledgable art connoisseur, as is often evidenced on Instagram, where she once expertly publicly guilt-tripped her daughter Solange and simultaneously name-checked the artist Kara Walker.)

It’s no surprise, then, that in the last few days, Beyoncé and Jay-Z also made a point to stop by an exhibition by Sadie Barnette, who is in her early thirites, at Fort Gansevoort in New York—though being Beyoncé and Jay-Z, “stopping by” means shutting down the Meatpacking District gallery and getting a private tour of the exhibition, “Compland,” before it even opened.

The title is a reference to both Compton and Oakland, and the show is a continuation of Barnette’s ongoing examination of the 500-page surveillance file the FBI kept on her father, Rodney Barnette, who founded the Compton chapter of the Blank Panthers in 1968. Beyoncé and Jay-Z took a particular interest in the enlarged reproductions of the files, and also reveled in Barnette’s glittery purple homage to Prince, whom both had a connection to. (Beyoncé even wrote the foreword to an upcoming book about Prince, out next month.)

Still, despite the exhibition’s dark overtones, the pair kept the spirit of their recent art-buying forays light: both took time to enjoy Barnette’s recreations of ’70s California living rooms stocked with Hello Kitty accessories, including Hello Kitty-adorned cotton candy. Whether for Blue Ivy, Rumi, Sir, or herself, in the end, Beyoncé decided to take a bag home with her—and make her bodyguard hold it.

Related: Jay-Z Finally Reveals the Meanings Behind the Twins Sir and Rumi’s Names

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Beyonce’s Post-Baby Body 3 Months After Twins’ Birth

It’s been three months since Beyoncé welcomed twins Sir and Rumi, and the “Crazy in Love” singer continues to show off her “***Flawless” body after baby!

On Monday night, Queen Bey flaunted her post-pregnancy curves in a series of Instagram photos, posing in skin-tight hot-pink Balenciaga pants and a floral pussy-bow top from the same brand.

The 36-year-old star’s accessories were high-fashion all the way, as well. She completed her look with Illesteva sunglasses and a Naga dragon Gucci bag. (A similar tote retails for $3,500, with a smaller option for $2,700.)

With most photos set in front of a glittery pink background, Beyoncé’s colorful look completely popped. One video even gave the 22-time Grammy winner some background music — this time in the form of SZA and Travis Scott‘s collaboration “Love Galore.”

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Elsewhere in the clip, Beyoncé’s 5½-year-old daughter Blue Ivy literally followed in her famous mother’s shoes, standing in Christian Louboutin heels.

JAY-Z‘s little girl appeared to be getting ready for bed as she wore her pink printed pajamas in addition to Beyoncé’s $745 Pigalle Follies glittered pink pumps.

While Blue Ivy was attempting to walk around in her mom’s 4-inch baby-pink glittered canvas shoes, the mother of three used the Louboutins as the perfect cherry on top of her blue and pink outfit.

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RELATED: Blue Ivy Adorably Tries on Beyoncé’s $745 Glittered Christian Louboutin Heels — See the Singer’s Balenciaga Outfit!

Beyoncé’s latest look comes days after she and JAY-Z, 47, officially made their red carpet return to the spotlight in their first appearance since welcoming their twins.

The couple had a glamorous date night at Rihanna‘s Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball Thursday evening, where Bey wore a draped dark teal gown with plunging neckline and thigh-high slit that looked way more expensive than it is. The House of CB maxi dress clocks in at just $165, and is still available to buy now (just in time for fall wedding season!).

Bey and Blue, along with mother Tina Knowles Lawson, were recently spotted in Houston, serving meals to 400 Hurricane Harvey survivors.

How a Canadian Punk Band Wound Up on the Vinyl of Beyoncé’s Lemonade

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Remember Beyoncé’s 2016? Lemonade drop. The music, the film, the message—all of it is a triumph. It wins a Peabody a year later. It all confirms that Beyoncé is an angel plucked from the heavens to live among us. Then a box set is announced in May of this year. It’ll cost $300. That’s fine, many say, and it sells out. But without the coffee table book it’s only $29.98, which is comparatively a steal. Finally it’s September, the vinyl arrives, and it’s like the original Lemonade drop all over again, but even more yellow . . . and, actually, this time it’s a Canadian punk band singing instead of Beyoncé.

Hours after Miss Carter fans around the world posted social media evidence that their bright yellow Lemonade vinyls had somehow been pressed with the tunes of the punk bad Zex’s album Uphill Battle, Columbia Records sent out a statement apologizing for the “human error” on Monday:

Gretchen Steel, Zex’s vocalist, posted a video of the mishap (it appears to be borrowed from a Twitter user from Edinburgh, Scotland). “Yes. This is Beyonce’s new L.P. . . . and yes. This is ZEX playing on the a-side of her record. Either this was a huge mistake at the pressing plant OR Beyoncé is a huge fan of my band. Personally I like to believe she’s just a big supporter,” she wrote. Steel added that a friend working at the Rough Trade East record store in London first alerted her to the switcheroo. Vanity Fair has reached out to Steel for further comment.

Punk and vinyl fans have already left messages on the band’s Facebook comments looking for copies of their own. Seems like a nice collector’s item for both Bey’s disciples and punk adherents alike. The holidays are coming sooner than you think.