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Everything We Know About Beyonce’s ‘Renaissance’ So Far

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New Beyoncé music comes just like falling asleep: slowly, then all at once. After six years without a new solo album — and only a few cryptic hints the last few days that something was happening — Queen B followed her tradition of surprise-announcing records when streaming platform Tidal, which is owned by her husband Jay-Z, tweeted in the early morning hours of June 16 that Renaissance is coming.

It marks her first proper solo album since her critically acclaimed LP Lemonade, which she surprise dropped on Tidal in 2016 after leaving a series of hints on social media. Before that, she released her self-titled fifth studio album in 2013 — also without warning. So when the music titan just recently started deleting her profile pictures from Instagram, Twitter and other accounts, fans were certain that at long last, a new record was finally on its way.

They were right. Now kicking off her brand new era, Beyoncé changed her Instagram bio to announce the July 29 release of Renaissance and graced the cover of British Vogue for a brief profile teasing what’s to come as well as posed for a set of stunning photos. These images feature the 28-time Grammy winner posing amongst gilded set pieces — featuring horses, motorcycles and oversized disco balls, for example — that feel both old-fashioned and futuristic. Are those aesthetics an indication of what her new album will sound like? That’s yet to be revealed.

The piece did share, though, a handful of details regarding what the record will sound like and when it was made. Plus, Beyoncé herself has doled out a few clues on her website and social media accounts. Keep reading to see everything Billboard knows about Beyoncé’s Renaissance album below.



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Robert Smith Says 7,000 Scalped Cure Tickets Have Been Canceled

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The Cure‘s Robert Smith continues his long-drawn-out battle against the many monetary hurdles of the ticketing world — this time, he’s taking on secondary resale websites.

Just a few weeks ago, Smith was able to secure several refunds from Ticketmaster for fans looking to catch the British band on their forthcoming “Lost World” tour. Now, Smith says they’ve managed to cancel 7,000 scalped tickets and further announced a plan to resell scalped tickets and donate the original fees to the charity Amnesty International.

When the tour — the band’s first North American trek in seven years — was first announced on March 9, the Cure clearly stated they had opted out of Ticketmaster’s “platinum” and “dynamically priced” ticket options, both of which have infamously been the cause of a massive uptick in ticket prices (the latest case of this being Drake and 21 Savage’s “It’s All a Blur” summer tour.)

As a result, thousands of scalpers swept in, with Smith tweeting on Monday morning that “Approx 7k tickets across approx 2200 orders have been cancelled. These are tickets acquired with fake accounts / listed on secondary resale sites.”

The night prior, Smith said ticket buyers should not try to find a loophole with ticket transfer rules, and warned, “offering to sell/send account login details to get around [Ticketmaster] transfer limitations… any/all tickets obtained in this way will be canceled, and original fees paid on those tickets will not be refunded.”

This is just the latest update in a long list of efforts on Smith’s part to get ahead of the “‘Ticketmaster ‘Fees’ debacle,” he previously put it. “I am as sickened as you all are,” Smith wrote in a long string of all-caps Tweets earlier this month. “To be very clear: The artist has no way to limit them. I have been asking how they are justified. If I get anything coherent by way of an answer I will let you all know.”

The band will hit the road starting May 10 in New Orleans for 30 dates with a closing show on June 1 in Miami.



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Selena Gomez & Sister Dress Up as Taylor Swift Eras for Saturday Night’s Show in Texas

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Selena Gomez and her sister Gracie were among the thousands of Swifties in attendance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday night (April 1). The two were spotted in the crowd for Swift’s second night at the venue on the Eras Tour, dressed to support Gomez’s longtime friend.

Gomez channeled Folklore with her hair pulled back and a white, flowing dress with cardigan, while her sister wore a purple gown reminiscent of Swift’s Speak Now era.

Fans at the concert captured Gomez having the time of her life singing and dancing along to Lover standout “Cruel Summer,” which Swift debuted live on this tour.

Swift’s Eras Tour has a three-night run at AT&T Stadium this weekend. On night one, she swapped in three new songs in her set list: “The 1,” “Sad Beautiful Tragic” and “Ours.” Read Billboard‘s full review of the March 31 concert here.

Get a glimpse at Selena and Gracie’s Swift-inspired outfits in the clips shared by concertgoers below, and check out a full list of celebs who’ve stopped by the Eras Tour so far.



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Illinois Theater Roof Collapse During Tornado Leaves One Concertgoer Dead, Dozens Injured

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A roof collapse at the Apollo Theater in Belvidere, Ill. left a 50-year-old man dead and dozens more injured on Friday evening.

The Apollo Theater was hosting “The United States of Terror” tour, headlined by four heavy metal bands — Crypta, Revocation, Skeletal Remains and Morbid Angel. After Crypta’s opening set, the venue made an announcement that the show would need to take a brief pause before Morbid Angel took the stage, due to the ongoing extreme weather conditions. Minutes after the initial announcement, the full roof collapsed on top of the concertgoers, per the New York Times.

The venue was hosting roughly 260 patrons at the time of the collapse, with many ticketholders having not yet arrived for what was expected to be a lengthy show. More than 40 people were hospitalized, with five people suffering severe injuries. At least one person died in the incident. Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle reported that two of those impacted are suffering with life-threatening injuries.

Band members of Crypta and Morbid Angel have shared that members of both groups sustained no serious injuries.

According to the National Weather Service, the Apollo suffered “possible tornado damage.” A storm with 75 mph winds had been sweeping through the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin region. Authorities believe concertgoers weren’t aware of the storm and tornado sirens due to the volume of music at the venue.

A series of tornadoes have ripped through the Midwest and Southern United States in recent days, killing at least nine people in Indiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. At least 30 people were injured in Little Rock, Ark. ahead of the Belvidere emergency. 16 million people from Texas to Michigan were put under tornado watches on Friday.

Soon after the incident, Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker notified residents that his administration was “closely monitoring” the situation and would soon have resources for those impacted.



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