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Beyonce Shouts Out To OutKast At Atlanta ‘On The Run’ Concert: Watch

Damn, Damn
Beyonce shouted out to OutKast when her and Jay Z‘s On the Run tour hit Atlanta on July 15. To longtime residents, this small gesture proved that she knew of the hip-hop duo’s lasting influence.

Currently, Atlanta attracts aspiring rappers and producers from across the South, who work in hopes of churning out the next hit to be broadcast in the city’s three hip-hop stations. During “***Flawless,” Beyonce also played a snippet of Ace Hood‘s “Bugatti,” featuring Atlanta natives Future at the hook and Mike WiLL Made It on the beat. That platinum hit is just one example of how the hip-hop industry has thrived in the city.

In comparison, though, the pop diva’s brief nod to OutKast – a snippet of “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” off the duo’s 1998 classic Aquemini – felt more significant. Her shout-out, like her “No Angel” video, was harder evidence that she knows her hip-hop history — including that, without OutKast, no one would have known that the South got somethin’ to say. Watch Beyonce shout out OutKast during “***Flawless” in Atlanta below. More »

Beyonce And Jay Z’s ‘On The Run’ HBO Special Gets A Trailer: Watch

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You Ready, B?
We repeat: The hysteria will be televised.

Beyonce and Jay Z drive the crowd wild in the debut trailer for its HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z. Since the special will tape Sept. 12 and 13 in Paris, the trailer uses past footage to tease what’s to come. Quick shots of the hip-hop royal couple, interlocking hands as they navigate backstage, segue into slo-mo scenes of the crowd, raising their hands and fanning themselves. While the trailer doesn’t reveal a premiere date, its mere existence should assure fans that yes, On the Run is happening and will be worth watching. More »

Beyonce And Jay Z Bring ‘On The Run’ To HBO

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Beyonce and Jay Z‘s first-ever joint tour is coming to HBO in September – meaning, the hysteria will be televised. HBO’s On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z special will tape Sept. 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris, the only international leg of the tour, the network announced July 10.

With On the Run, the hip-hop royal couple has fully established its landmark relationship with HBO. Early last year, the network aired Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream, which marked the TV debut of Blue Ivy Carter. Later, it debuted Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film – Jay Z’s extended “Picasso Baby” video filmed inside Chelsea’s Pace Gallery, as further proof of his still-growing crossover appeal. More »

Fox News Host’s “Beyonce Voters” Quip Inspires Must-See Tumblr

Earlier this week, Fox News host Jesse Watters was slammed for a term he coined: “Beyonce voters.” A new, must-see Tumblr, simply titled “Beyonce Voters,” adds to the criticism.

The Tumblr pair photos of Barack Obama (“SURFBORT”), Hillary Clinton and female Supreme Court justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg (above) with Beyonce lyrics. It’s a a move inspired by both the singer’s self-titled album and her “Bow Down” single art, in light of the recent Hobby Lobby decision. And now, some quick politics: On June 30, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that businesses like the craft store Hobby Lobby can be exempt from helping to pay for employees’ birth control, while protected by religious freedom. More »

Jimmy Kimmel Attempts Sia’s “Chandelier” Dance: Morning Mix

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He's Gonna Swing (Uh Oh)
Did You Hear?

:: Late night host Jimmy Kimmel attempted to dance as Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler, age 11, does in Sia‘s “Chandelier” video. “I don’t dance a lot, but when I do dance, I dance well,” Kimmel says. Ziegler isn’t impressed. Watch up top. [Rolling Stone]

::Pink Floyd may be releasing their first new music in 20 years. The celebrated rock band will drop a new album of unreleased material, The Endless River, in October, according to guitarist David Gilmour‘s wife Polly Samson. [Billboard]

:: The official trailer for Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, starring Andre 3000, has been revealed. After debuting to positive reviews at film festivals, the film will debut nationwide in September. [Stereogum]

:: Jessica Simpson married retired NFL player Eric Johnson on July 5 in Montecito, Calif. The couple has been dating since 2010 and have two children, Maxwell and Ace. [PEOPLE]

:: Did Jay Z cheat on Beyonce? During the On the Run tour, Bey revised the lyrics of 2006′s “Resentment” to say she’s been “riding with you for 12 years,” or how long they’ve been together, but felt she couldn’t do it for him – not like his mistress, but “that wack bitch” could. [Myspace]

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The 20 Best Albums, EPs & Singles Of 2014 (So Far): January – June Releases

What's Good?
Let’s face it, pop fanatics — decent albums have been few and far between this year. And now that we’re halfway through 2014, we at Idolator found ourselves hard-pressed to scrounge up 10 LPs released between January and June, as we’ve done in years past, to shine the spotlight on.

So instead we decided to open the field up a bit and include singles and EP releases, as well as albums, and throw them all together in one ranked list of the best of the best in pop from this year, to-date — all compiled by Idolator’s editors and a couple of the site’s contributors.

It’s now a three-day holiday weekend, so head below and take some time to absorb and perhaps discover some of new music. And, who knows — you might even work out a decent playlist to whip together from our picks. More »

Katy Perry Is Being Sued By A Christian Rapper For Singing About Witchcraft: Morning Mix

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Did You Hear?

:: Katy Perry is being sued by Christian rapper Flame over copyright infringement and… black magic. He believes “Dark Horse” rips off his song “Joyful Noise”, which has now been tarnished by its association with witchcraft and paganism. Because apparently that’s what the Prism diva’s single promotes. [Gossip Cop]

:: This is sad news. Jewel announced that she’s splitting with Ty Murray, her husband of six years. “[I] trust that you will all honor and have reverence for how difficult this journey is, and allow us our process as we not only grieve the loss of our marriage, but also as we recreate ourselves in the ashes,” she wrote on her website. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Miley CyrusBangerz tour is about to get a whole lot wilder. She will be joined by British wild woman Lily Allen for a bunch of North American dates in August. It promises to be quite the double bill. [MTV]

:: Only one album has sold more than one million copies in 2014. That’s the grim news from Billboard’s mid-year sales round-up. For the record, the biggest seller is the Frozen soundtrack followed by Beyonce‘s self-titled visual album. [Billboard]

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Beyonce’s Backing Vocalist Defends The Diva’s Eye-Popping ‘On The Run’ Tour Costumes

Beyonce came under fire from some commentators for wearing a revealing “ass-less” leotard in her blockbuster On The Run tour. As usual, the game-changing diva kept her silence but one of her backing vocalists did the talking for her. Tiffany Monique, better known as one third of The Mamas, shut down the controversy with one extremely well-worded Facebook post.

“Why is it that every time a female entertainer wears something revealing, it’s assumed she felt like she ‘had’ to?” she wrote. “Why aren’t men held by the same strict standards as women?” Two excellent questions but Tiffany saves the best one for later in the post. “Why is what she chooses to wear at her grown-ass-woman show any business of anyone else’s?” Read the articulate singer’s full commentary after the jump. More »

2014 BET Awards: Beyoncé, Jay Z & Iggy Azalea Perform, Nicki Shades + Full List Of Winners

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Awards! Live performances! Shade! Last night’s 2014 BET Awards brought the action once again this year.

It was an especially big night for Beyoncé fans last night — but then again, when isn’t it a time for celebration as a Beyhive member? Queen Bey led the pack by winning not one, but three awards of the night including the “Fandemonium” Award, followed by a sexy surprise (pre-taped) performance of “Partition” with Jay Z live from Miami’s On The Run Tour (which we attended!) to close out the show.

Other major performances of the night included Nicki Minaj‘s trippy-as-hell performance of “Chi-Raq” into “Pills N Potions” (there was a giant mushroom in the middle of the stage!), Usher‘s career-spanning hit medley — from “Nice And Slow” to “Good Kisser,” Chris Brown‘s return to the stage for the first time since jail with a choreography-filled performance of “Loyal” alongside Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker (?!), Iggy Azalea and T.I.‘s “No Mediocre” and Pharrell‘s cheerleader-filled #BaeUniversity opening of “Come Get It Bae” (hey, where’s Gwen?), which led into a killer mash-up with none other than Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott‘s classic, “Pass That Dutch.” “The Empress!” Pharrell dubbed Missy before welcoming her to the stage. Watch some of the night’s biggest performances, then check out the full list of winners below. More »

Beyonce & Jay Z Face Criticism For Showing Justin Bieber’s Mugshot On Stage

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Cops Wanna Knock Them
Did Beyonce and Jay Z slight Justin Bieber on stage? Fans and critics are saying yes, thanks (or no thanks) to fan footage from opening night of their joint On the Run tour.

One clip (above) shows that Jay Z was performing his 2001 hit “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” to celebrity mugshots being projected behind him. Only Beyonce’s were fake; the others of David Bowie, Puff Daddy, Tupac and more were real. The clip does show that Bieber’s mugshot was timed to Jay’s best line in “Izzo” (“So poof! / Vamoose, son of a b—-”). What it doesn’t show, though, is that Beyonce was also apparently addressing the crowd. “Even the greatest can fall,” she said, according to The Mirror. More »