Beyonce and Jay-Z release joint album

Beyonce and Jay-Z release joint album

It has been rumoured for a while but now it’s here – Beyonce and Jay-Z have dropped a joint album.

It’s called Everything is Love and is only available to download on Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal.

Bey made the announcement on stage in London as they thanked their fans for coming to watch their global tour.

She said: “Because we love you all so much we have something special for you.”

A video was then played on the screens which ended with a black slate with the message ‘ALBUM OUT NOW’.

A six minute video was released alongside the album.

It’s very elaborate in true Bey and Jay style and was filmed inside the Louvre museum in Paris.

It starts with the couple standing regally in front of the Mona Lisa – Jay-Z in a light green double-breasted suit, Beyonce in a lavender suit.

Warning: This article contains language some may find offensive.

This is their first album together and it has been described as celebrating their marriage and black identity.

On Beyonce’s last solo album Lemonade in 2016 she talked about infidelity.

A year later Jay-Z asked for forgiveness on his own album 4:44.

Fans are loving the announcement and the video.

Lots of people are so impressed they managed to film their video in one of the most famous museums in the world.

But some fans aren’t happy you can only get the album on Tidal.

In this nine track album the couple don’t just talk about their relationship, they also mention, President Trump.

Jay-Z raps: “Your president tweeting about Hov like he knows us, my road to the top was to take what you owe us.”

He also says he turned down an offer to perform at the Super Bowl.

“I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me, I don’t need you.”

The rapper has shown his support for Colin Kaepernick, the now-unemployed NFL quarterback.

He started kneeling at games during the national anthem in a protest about racial injustice in the US.

Some believe that Beyonce dropped a hint that the album was coming at her Coachella performance.

During a countdown she made a 6 and 3 with her fingers.

The joint album was then released 63 days later.

In November 2017, Jay-Z told the New York Times that he and Beyoncé had started working on something as they produced their own separate albums 4:44 and Lemonade.

“We were using our art almost like a therapy session,” he said.

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Need to catch up? Here's five things we learned this week

Need to catch up? Here's five things we learned this week

Here’s a round-up of five things we learned in the world of entertainment this week.

1. Aidan Turner says he’s “never felt objectified” when playing Poldark.

When pictures from the fourth series of Poldark were released, the biggest talking point was Aidan Turner, who plays Ross Poldark, emerging from the sea topless.

Speaking to the BBC, Turner said: “I’ve never felt objectified. I think sometimes other people want to feel that for you, which can be quite a strange thing.

When the images for the new series were released to the media this month, practically every national newspaper splashed a picture of Turner topless on their front pages.

“These photographs were stills from the show, so in context it makes sense,” he says.

“When you pull them out and stick a photograph on the front page of a national newspaper it becomes something very different.”

2. You should check what’s in your shoeboxes.

That’s because an 18th Century Chinese vase, left for decades in a shoebox in France, was sold for 16.2m euros (£14.2m).

The vase was auctioned at Sotheby’s in Paris on Tuesday and sold for more than 20 times its estimated guide price of 500,000 to 700,000 euros.

It’s the highest price ever reached for a single item sold by Sotheby’s in France.

The vase formed part of a family inheritance and was recently discovered in an attic.

Sotheby’s Asian arts expert, Olivier Valmier, said the seller “took the train, then the metro and walked on foot through the doors of Sotheby’s and into my office with the vase in a shoebox protected by newspaper.

“When she put the box on my desk and we opened it, we were all stunned by the beauty of the piece.

3. It’s not always bad being an understudy

An understudy who made headlines by filling in for an injured actress in Mamma Mia! has been given the lead role in 42nd Street in London’s West End.

Steph Parry stepped in to star in the Abba-inspired musical on 7 June.

At the time, she was an understudy on 42nd Street at a different theatre – and has now been promoted to play Dorothy Brock in the show’s main cast.

The role has previously been played by Sheena Easton and Lulu. “It has been quite a couple of days,” Parry said.

The 35-year-old’s sudden ascent to fame mirrors the plot of 42nd Street, which tells of an understudy’s rise from showgirl to star.

4. Selena Gomez’s celeb friends have her back

The renowned Italian fashion designer Stefano Gabbana, of Dolce and Gabbana fame, was hit with a backlash this week after leaving a nasty comment on an Instagram picture gallery of the US singer.

Gabbana wrote “è proprio bruta!!!”, which translates as “she’s really ugly” on the image posted by The Catwalk Italia.

Her friend and fellow Disney star Miley Cyrus responded by leaving a comment on a throwback picture of the two hugging, posted on one of her fan sites. Let’s just say she had some pretty harsh words for the Italian.

Singer Julia Michaels also got involved on Twitter, writing “just here to tell you that you are one of the most beautiful women I know, inside and out. I love you always”.

Her fans also got involved by using the hashtag #saysorrytoselena.

5. A 13-year-old British girl made an impact on America’s Got Talent

Courtney Hadwin impressed judges on America’s Got Talent so much that she earned a golden buzzer from Howie Mandel.

She will go straight to the live shows after her performance on Tuesday’s episode of the talent show.

The teen performed a high-octane version of Otis Redding’s Hard to Handle – seemingly totally at odds with her shy demeanour just moments before.

Courtney said getting the golden buzzer was more than she “could have dreamed”.

The schoolgirl from Peterlee will now be in the running for the $1m (£750,000) prize money on the NBC show.

Spencer Tunick: Melbourne Woolworths to allow nude photo shoot

Spencer Tunick: Melbourne Woolworths to allow nude photo shoot

Australian supermarket chain Woolworths says US artist Spencer Tunick can use a car park on top of one of its Melbourne stores for a mass naked photo shoot, reversing an earlier decision.

In April, Woolworths turned down Mr Tunick’s request to use the location in Prahran, saying it would be too disruptive on a Saturday.

An online petition was launched.

Now Woolworths says he can use the car park for an hour on a Monday morning. “It’s a good outcome,” said the store.

The photo shoot is part of the Chapel Street Provocare arts festival in the upmarket district of Victoria’s state capital.

“In further discussions with the festival organisers, they indicated a willingness to be flexible with dates and times to ensure the shoot could happen without inconveniencing our customers during busy weekend trading,” said a Woolworths’ spokesperson quoted by the Melbourne Age.

John Lotton, director of festival, told Reuters news agency: “We’re over the moon.”

About 11,000 people have so far registered to strip off for the camera on 9 July, more than could fit onto the rooftop car park.

“It is well and truly oversubscribed,” said Mr Lotton.

When proposing the event, Mr Tunick said about 500 people would feature in the shoot.

“We will also be asking participants to use public transport to avoid the limited parking that is available in the area being unavailable to those shopping at Woolworths or other local retailers during this time,” added Mr Lotton.

New York-based Mr Tunick is famed for his pictures of naked crowds, sometimes at global landmarks.

His previous artwork in Melbourne involved more than 4,000 volunteers covering a city river bank.

Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 87

Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 87

Prominent Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has died aged 87.

Born in Moscow into a well-known musical family, Rozhdestvensky made his debut by conducting a Tchaikovsky ballet at the Bolshoi, aged just 20.

He made his name by popularising music by composers who were all but banned by the Communist authorities in the USSR, including Poulenc and Hindemith.

The cause of death was not immediately known, but local media reports say he had heart problems.

In 1971, Rozhdestvensky brought his Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra to London to the BBC Proms.

He conducted the Soviet premiere in 1974 of the hitherto banned opera The Nose by Shostakovich.

In the late 1970s, he served three years as the principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

He did not believe in over-rehearsing, according to Gramophone magazine.

“The point of rehearsal is to put together the concert … not to give the concert,” it quoted him as saying.

German rappers anti-Semitism lyrics probe dropped

German rappers anti-Semitism lyrics probe dropped

Two German rappers will not be prosecuted after an outcry over lyrics about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Critics attacked Kollegah and Farid Bang for comparing their muscular bodies with those of Auschwitz inmates, and suggesting a new Holocaust.

But prosecutors said the artistic freedom was guaranteed by the constitution.

The gansta rap lyrics, while offensive, did not amount to Holocaust denial or inciting violence, they said.

Düsseldorf prosecutor’s office spokesman Ralf Herrenbrück told German media that while the genre might be vulgar, misogynistic and homophobic, it would not be possible to bring charges.

The controversy surrounding the duo centres on two lines in their latest album JBG3 (Young, brutal, good looking 3).

One track includes the words: My body is more defined than those of Auschwitz inmates.”

Another has the lyric: “I’m doing another Holocaust, coming with the Molotov.”

The decision by Germany’s music industry (BVMI) to hand the rappers the Echo prize in the hip-hop/urban category led to immediate condemnation from artists across the country.

The response prompted the industry to scrap the Echo awards completely as a damaged brand.

The Auschwitz memorial in southern Poland includes the site of the barracks, gas chambers and other buildings at the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, where an estimated 1.1 million people were murdered by the Nazis during the German occupation in World War Two.