Beyoncé: Tour Announcement, Management Shakeup & Flint Water Crisis Aide
Immediately after performing alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars at Super Bowl 50, Beyoncé announced she’s going on a world tour in a surprise ad immediately following halftime.
The Formation World Tour is named after a brand new single “Formation” and music video that the 34-year-old unveiled on Saturday, the day before her anticipated return for this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Beyoncé performed part of the song during her medley with Coldplay and Mars during the NFL broadcast.
The tour will kick off April 27 in Miami and play 22 U.S. dates before wrapping on June 12 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The European leg kicks off June 28 in Sunderland, UK and will conclude on July 31 in Sunderland, UK. The tour jaunt will include 40 dates in total.
As part of The Formation World Tour, Beyoncé will play Detroit’s Ford Field on May 29. In an effort to help the Flint Water Crisis, the Houston-bred superstar has teamed with the United Way.
VIDEO: Watch Beyoncé’s promotion for her upcoming tour.
A statement from her team said she’s “partnering with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to create a fund that will address long-term developmental, education, nutrition and health needs of the children affected by the Flint water crisis.”
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Tickets go on sale for the tour on Feb. 16, with pre-sale tickets available beginning on Feb. 9.
The Formation Tour announcement also comes on the heals of reports that Beyoncé has overhauled her in-house management and executive team at her company Parkwood Entertainment.
The New York Post broke news that Beyoncé has parted ways with her business manager of five years, Lee Anne Callahan-Longo; as well as many of the other employees of her Parkwood Entertainment company.
“Last year, Parkwood Entertainment created new departments and recruited new executives from the tech, business and entertainment sectors who joined the team to help grow Parkwood and its interests,” her rep said in a statement. “Lee Anne Callahan-Longo has worked with Beyoncé for the last 10 years. Their friendship supersedes business, and while she is no longer an employee of Parkwood, she will remain an imperative part of Beyoncé’s life.”
Beyoncé has hired former JPMorgan Chase executive Steve Pamon as her new business manager.
VIDEO: Watch the music video for Beyoncé’s new single “Formation.”
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