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Before Beyoncé began slaying it on the stage, there was the iconic voice and moves of Aretha Franklin.

The whole world has been holding their breath since the legendary singer fell “gravely ill.”

The 76-year-old was recently put in hospice care at her home, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Beyoncé, as one of the singer’s biggest fans, has been especially affected by the news.

While on tour with her husband Jay-Z, they performed in the Queen of Soul’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Surrounded by so much love for the iconic singer, Beyoncé had to take a moment to recognise the tragic situation.

She dedicated her performance on Monday to Aretha Franklin, and the crowd responded with a roar of applause in tribute.

“We love you,” the young artist spoke for Aretha fans everywhere.

Beyoncé also thanked the soulful singer for her “beautiful music”, reported Detroit Free Press.

There were over 40,000 people present at the concert in Ford Field, and they all cheered along as DJ Khaled played “Respect” at the beginning of the performance.

The Press also pointed out that Ford Field is just down the street from Aretha Franklin Way, which was dedicated to the legendary singer just last summer.

The heartwarming tribute acted as a “passing of the torch” from one generation of singers to the next.

However, no one will ever compare to the “Natural Woman” that has carved the way for African-American, female singers everywhere.

Other celebrities continue to pour out their love and prayers for the ailing artist.

Mariah Carey recently tweeted: “Praying for the Queen of Soul” with a classic photo of the singer.

Missy Elliot also urged fans: “We MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it.”

We continue to wait for news of Aretha’s condition, but we are happy that she has her family beside her and overwhelming support from her fans during this difficult time.

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It has been a year since Beyoncé  last showed us photos of her adorable twins, Rumi and Sir.

And she has recently revealed more rare photos of her children on her website. They are just too adorable! 

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The family has been living it up while vacationing around Europe, sailing and spending some quality time together in between the singer’s world tour gigs.

In the picture, the pop star is holding both twins on her lap, rocking a retro, chic hippie look.

Her daughter Rumi is giggling and smiling while her son Rumi seems to be in a more serious mindset with his gaze fixed on the floor.

The family is shown in a few other pictures posted on the site, and they seem to be having some much-needed family fun time.

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Another image shows Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, holding Rumi’s hand and enjoying the gorgeous view of the ocean coast before them.

The parents were careful not to leave out their oldest daughter, Blue Ivy.

She is pictured sitting next to her mother in matching, pink dresses with radiant smiles.

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The pair look strikingly similar in the photo! Maybe there will be a Blue Fierce? 

Blue Ivy was also seen in a black and white bathing suit in the pool with a pair of sunglasses and a tropical juice. #winningatlife

We have no doubt she is every bit as fabulous and legendary as her mother.

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Beyoncé  and Jay-Z have always been sparse with social media posts of their children; no doubt in a loving attempt to protect them from public scrutiny.

We were thrilled to see her little ones are happy and healthy and spending some time with their fabulous mama.

The singing duo is continuing the rest of the world tour in the U.S. and Beyoncé's last performance will be October 4th in Seattle, Washington.

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The power couple of the century is back on tour.

To kick off the special occasion, fans in Cardiff were spoilt with family footage of Beyoncé and Jay-Z renewing their vows.

The envy is real, as those who attended the On The Run II tour on Wednesday saw the couple surrounded by their three children, on the big day.

Adorably, Blue Ivy and Rumi appeared to be the bridesmaids, with Sir Carter owning the role of page boy for their famous parents. 

Haute couture designer, Galia Lahav, confirmed in a press release, that the singer was draped in one of her dresses for the event.

The flawless piece is called the 'Thelma' gown, from the Victorian Affinity collection. 

The Lahav gown is inspired by Queen Victoria's wedding attire from 1840.

True to its time, the dress includes features such as billowing sleeves, sheer panels and heavily-embellished train and corset. 

The music producer and singer originally wed in a ceremony ten years ago.

The superstar debuted a gown her own mother, Tina Lawson had made.

However, Beyoncé openly said she regretted the decision.

In light of the (slightly awkward) situation, Tina told Today:

"She was so sweet to let me do that. She came back later one day and she said, 'You know, when my daughter gets married, I'm going to let her pick out her own dress.' Maybe she wasn't so excited about it at the time, but she's a sweetheart. "

The vow renewals gave the queen of pop another chance to walk down the aisle, but this time in a dress of her choice.

As always, Beyonce looked like she slayed in the gown.

 

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Okay, real talk!

Earlier this week, one of the music industry's most influential couples, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, announced a global stadium tour.

The super duo are due to perform at 36 venues across the US and Europe, including stops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London.

And while we are beyond excited that super star couple are heading back on the road, there's just one thing we can't wrap our heads around – where's the Dublin date?

With that, we're calling on the Beyhive of Ireland to come together and convince the Carters to grace us with their presence this summer!

Make your voice heard by signing the petition below, (or by clicking here) and if we achieve our goal, we'll reach out to Jay and Bey! 

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third child via surrogate earlier this week and their famous friends, Beyoncé and Jaz Z, have already extended their congratulations in the form of a very generous gift.

According to The Sun Online, the superstar couple gifted the newborn a $15,000 one-of-a-kind Lorraine Schwartz diamond incrusted bracelet.

The enormous act of generosity would suggest that their infamous feud has come to an end, with a source confirming the couples are “famila” once again.

The reconciliation comes after Kanye cancelled 21 dates of his 2016 Saint Pablo tour and launched a verbal attack and slated Beyoncé and Jay-Z while on stage in Sacramento.

“Kanye is over the moon as he has always considered Jay Z his ‘big brother,’ and Beyonce has always been one of his closest friends,” a source told The Sun.

“It’s only a matter of time before the play dates begin.”

Kim and Kanye are said to be delighted at the arrival of their healthy and beautiful baby girl.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star reveal the news on her app on Tuesday writing: “She’s here! We’re so in love.”

“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl.”

“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care.”

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If Beyoncé and Jay-Z's tumultuous marriage has been anything, it has most certainly been public.

Never has this been more apparent than through the new video for Jay-Z's song, 'Family Feud'.

Not only is the song partly about the up and downs of the couple's marriage (much like Beyoncé's Lemonade), but the video stars both the rapper's wife and their 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.

The 34 second teaser from his latest album 4:44 is rife with religious iconography. 

The father-of-three raps in a confessional, Queen Bey stands tall behind a pulpit, and adorable Blue Ivy walks through a church with her father.

The rest of the video features a star-studded cast: Brie Larson, new mum Mindy Kaling, Rosario Dawson, Constance Wu, and Rashida Jones, to name a few.

The myriad of talented women play the Founding Mothers of the United States, who revise the Constitution together. 

 

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While the video focuses heavily on Jay-Z's relationships (there is, of course, a reference to 'Becky'), the track is also an exploration of the black entertainment community.

The line 'Nobody wins when the family feuds' can most certainly apply to both his home life and the conflicts found within hip-hop culture. 

The full video is available on Tidal.

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Up until the release of Lemonade last year, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who tied the knot in 2008, were considered the golden couple of the music industry.

As well as being highly acclaimed artists in their own right with countless awards under their belts, it looked like Bey and Jay had also managed to sidestep something many A-list couples fall foul off – infidelity.

Until Becky with the good hair showed up, that is.

While it's been over a year since Beyoncé hinted that her husband had engaged in an extra-marital affair, interest among fans and critics hasn't waned, so it's no real surprise Jay-Z's latest interview with New York Times' T magazine has caused serious waves this week.

Commenting on the impact their personal life had on their approach to their work, Jay Z made it clear that Bey's lyrics had solid grounding in reality by acknowledgng that his behaviour and inner turmoil has led to discontent between the pair.

"You have to survive. So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens? You shut down all emotions," he explained. 

"So, even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can't connect. … In my case, like, it's deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity."

Jay- Z went on to admit that the pair have had to deal with issues that might cause other couples to throw in the towel.

"You know, most people walk away, and, like, divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself," he said.

While some members of the industry seemed aghast that Bey and Jay decided to address their issues in their music, Jay Z feels it was the best move for them.

 "The best place in the hurricane is in the middle of it. The best place is right in the middle of the pain. And that's where we were sitting."

"And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations. [I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another's craft. I think she's amazing.”

And as for having regrets over the route their marriage took? Jay Z is determined to find the positive in the negative.

"I grew so much from the experience," he insists. "But I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected."

"Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at such a … you’re at such an advantage."

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z stepped out in style last night, making their first public appearance since the birth of their new twins. 

Rumi and Sir arrived over two months ago, and the pair have been focusing on their family since. 

However, last night the couple joined a whole host of other stars at Rihanna‘s Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball in New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street.

 

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Beyoncé looked like a complete queen (obvs) in a plunging sea green silk gown with a thigh high split.

The superstar accessorised the look with black chunky heels and diamond drop earrings.

Meanwhile Jay-Z looked dapper AF in a black suit and bow tie.

 

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Beyoncé also posed with long-term pal Rihanna on the night. 

The couple are pretty low key in terms of keeping their private lives to themselves, and in their usual fashion, left the event a little early via the venue's private back entrance. 

 

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The world has been obsessed with the arrival of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's twins ever since Bey's epic Instagram pregnancy announcement. 

The twins arrival back in June was a hot bed of rumours and anticipation, as fans clamoured for news of the twin's names.

Not everyone was impressed with the chosen monikers of Rumi and Sir, but now we have an explanation as to where they got their unique names.

 

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In a new interview, with Rap Radar, Jay-Z has revealed exactly why those names were chosen for his baby son and daughter.

'Rumi is our favourite poet, so it was for our daughter,' he told the mag. 

This name was chosen in reference to 13th century Persian poet Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi.

 

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However, Sir's name came about in a pretty different manner.

'Sir was like, man, come out the gate.'

He carries himself like that. He just came out like, Sir,' Jay-Z explained.

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It was the clip the whole world had an opinion on when it was leaked three years ago, and Jay Z is now here to set the record straight.

Referring to footage which showed his sister-in-law, Solange Knowles, attack him in an elevator before security were forced to intervene, the 99 Problems singer has finally insisted the altercation was blown out of proportion.

According to reports at the time, Solange was reacting to apparently catching her brother-in-law flirting with Rachel Roy at the Met Gala in 2014 – an accusation which Jay Z did not acknowledge while recently addressing the incident with Rap Radar.

Instead, the 47-year-old rapper sought to quash rumours that his relationship with Solange has suffered in the wake of the infamous 'elevator incident' three years ago.

"We’ve always had a great relationship,” the dad-of-three said. “I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain’t nothing."

"We’ve had one disagreement ever. Before and after, we’ve been cool," he insisted.

Eager to dismiss the notion that his relationship with Beyonce's younger sister has been strained in the years that followed, Jay Z revealed that he sees Solange as a sister, as opposed to a sister-in-law.

"She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister. Not my sister-in-law. My sister," he said.

So, there you have it, they're graaaaand.

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In a rare glimpse into the personal lives of one of the world's most famous power couples, Jay-Z has admitted his marriage to Beyoncé 'wasn't built on 100 per cent truth'.

During a sit-down conversation with Chris Rock, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar and Jesse Williams that was streamed on Tidal, Jay opened up about about relationships in the public eye.

He said: "This is my real life. I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth and it starts cracking."

"Things start happening that the public can see. Then we had to get to a point of 'OK, tear this down and let’s start from the beginning.' It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done."

The rapper went on to explain how he wanted to make things work.

"We’ve been in that space where we just got to the place that in order for this to work, it can’t be fake – not once. I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable because obviously it was, but because we’ve been doing it for so long it was less uncomfortable."

The admission comes after the release of his latest album 4:44, in which he appears to confirm allegations that he had been unfaithful in his marriage.

In the title track, Jay seems to apologise for this actions, saying it took the couple's daughter, Blue Ivy, to make him him realise the severity of his actions.

He raps: "I apologise, often womanise, took my child to be born, see through a woman’s eyes. Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles. Took me too long for this song. I don’t deserve you."

Since the album's release, Jay-Z has not been in the good books with the Beyhive – and we can't imagine his latest admission is going to help him in that department. 

But regardless of what we think, the couple seem to have moved on from the drama and are instead working together to raise their family.  

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So, we all know that things between Jay Z and Kanye haven't been good for a while now, but it seems Kanye wants to take it to the next level.

It all started off last year when Kanye publically stated he was disappointed in Jay Z and Beyonce for not checking in on his wife Kim after she was robbed in Paris.

But now, the Saint Pablo rapper is suing Jay Z's company Tidal.

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In Jay's new album, he makes reference to his friendship with Kanye, and seems to have no regrets about how things turned out with his former BFF.

The lyrics include:

“You walkin’ around like you invincible
You dropped outta school, you lost your principles
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘f*ck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t a Saint, this ain’t KumbaYe
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f*ck was he thinkin’?
“F*ck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane”

After fans figured out the lyrics in Kill Jay Z, Kanye was swift to leave the company he founded with Jay and is now bringing a lawsuit upon him.

Kanye is stating that he's "owed $3 million" from Tidal, and has apparently sent a letter to the company telling them they were "in breach and the contact was terminated."

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The Saint Pablo album brought in more than one million subscribers to the music streaming service, and TMZ states that Kanye was meant to receive a bonus – which he never got.

It gets complicated though, because Tidal say that Kanye "didn't deliver the videos required by contract," and furthermore, are threatening to counter sue him if he uses another streaming service, since they have an "exclusive contract."

Can't we all just go back to 2012 and Watch The Throne?!

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