Beyonce’s firing of her dad as her manager is now believed to be the result of him stealing money from her.
According to legal papers obtained by TMZ, Mathew Knowles is claiming that Live Nation Entertainment made false claims about him to his daughter in the hopes of coming aboard her 2011 world tour.
“I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level. He is my father for life, and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me,” Beyonce said in a statement on the termination in March.
“I grew up watching both he and my mother [Tina Knowles] manage and own their own businesses. They were hard-working entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps,” she added.
While Mr. Knowles denies claims that he stole any money, Beyonce’s law firm conducted an audit that concluded that Knowles had in fact stolen money.
Mr. Knowles has asked a judge to take depositions from Live Nation employees to determine how they arrived at their conclusions.
Beyonce’s most recent album, “4”, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
The ‘If I Were A Boy’ singer stunned revellers by playing a number of covers during her energetic set at the world-famous music event in Somerset, South West England, as well as a collection of songs by her girl group Destiny’s Child.
As she began her performance on the Pyramid stage, Beyonce told the 170,000-strong crowd: “I want you to know right now you are witnessing my dream.
“I always wanted to be a rock star and tonight we are all rock stars.”
Beyonce – the first female solo headliner at the event in 25 years – sang Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’, Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’ and a rendition of the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’, as well as a Destiny’s Child medley, but her former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams did not appear alongside her as had been rumoured.
The singer wore a low-cut gold sequinned jacket and black hotpants throughout her 90-minute set, which saw rapper husband Jay-Z and friend Gwyneth Paltrow looking on from the VIP area.
She opened with ‘Crazy in Love’ and wowed the crowds with ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), as well as latest single ‘Run The World (Girls)’ before closing the festival with ‘Halo’.
Beyonce spent most of the weekend at the festival with her husband, and revealed before her performance she had sought advice from her fellow headliners Coldplay and U2.
She told the BBC: “I’m the biggest fan of U2 and I’m the biggest fan of Coldplay, they are genius, so I’ve spoken to both of them about my setlist. I’m so excited to share the stage with them.
“For Glastonbury to recognise that women have the power to headline, that’s amazing, and I’m proud that I am the chosen woman. I am going to rock!”
Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is set to release the single ‘No One Gonna Love You’ on August 8th taken from her album ‘I Remember Me’ out now.
The track, produced by Rich Harrison (Mary J Blige, Usher, Beyonce), shows off Jennifer’s strong vocal talents and personality as she tells the man in her life why she’s the woman for him.
The album title, ‘I Remember Me’, is based on a poem written by Jennifer and composed into a beautiful song co-written by Ryan Tedder (Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ and Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’) featured on the album. Additional writers and producers on the album include multi-award winners Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Rich Harrison, Ne-Yo and Stargate.
”m excited about this album because it’s almost like a renewal for me, reflected through the chapters of my life,’ comments Jennifer. ”ve called it ‘I Remember Me’ because of the journey I’ve been on. I’ve learned that life constantly surprises you, no matter your plans. My fans have been so loyal, I feel like they have been on this journey with me and I can’t wait for them to hear the new album.’
Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment states: “Jennifer is the voice of the new generation and she literally soars on her second album ‘I Remember Me.’ Jennifer fulfills all of her promise and all of the prophesies that she will be on that short list of great vocalists of our time.”
The ‘Single Ladies’ singer ‘ who will perform on the show’s Pyramid Stage as the closing act of the UK festival in Somerset, South West England, on Sunday 26 June – has been feeling anxious about the show, so has secretly rented a studio in London to put in extra rehearsals.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Beyonce is so nervous about the gig she has booked the space for two weeks so she can perfect the set, which will include dizzying pyrotechnics. She’s literally playing with fire.
‘Her performance at Glastonbury is already looking epic. She’s been given a helping hand by Jay-Z and Kanye West who both look set to perform songs with her.’
The 29-year-old singer will also spend the fortnight with her back-up singers, dancers, sound engineers and lighting technicians as she pulls out all the stops for her performance.
Beyonce admitted earlier this year she “cannot wait” to take to the stage at the spectacle.
She said: “This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there. Everyone who attends is really appreciative of music and is in such a good mood that entire weekend.
“I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy.”
Beyonce was last at Glastonbury in 2008 with Jay, her husband, who was headlining that year.
Beyonce has revealed the title and heaps of other details about her forthcoming fourth album.
The superstar spoke to Billboard about her fourth album, aptly titled 4.
But the chronology isn’t the only reason it got that name. She says, ‘We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.’
She says that she had more than 60 songs recorded, inspired by everything from Fela Kuti and Earth, Wind And Fire to Adele and Prince.
She said, ‘ also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back: I used a lot of the brassiness and grittiness in my voice that people hear in my live performances, but not necessarily on my records.’
Beyonce also spoke about visiting Disneyland, dropping her father as a manager, her upcoming turn in the A Star Is Born remake, and her ‘risky’ new sound on the ‘Run The World (Girls)’ single.
4 is set to be released later in the year.
Beyonce was so moved with the demise of Osama bin Laden this week that she has rush-released the celebratory single ‘God Bless The USA’. Beyonce and songwriter Lee Greenwood are donating proceeds from the song to the New York Police & Fire Widows & Children’s Benefit Fund, the very people whose lives were turned upside down by the terrorist.
“I cannot think about anything more appropriate to do to help these families,” she said in a statement. “Almost ten years later, it is still so painful for all Americans, especially those who lost loved ones.”
Beyonce was one of the artists who performed at the Answer The Call concert at Madison Square Garden on September 11, 2009.
“On behalf of New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund’s Board of Directors and the families of our fallen heroes, we are truly grateful for Beyonce’s choice to support our charity and ‘answer the call’,” said Stephen J. Dannhauser, Chairman of the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.
Beyonce ‘God Bless The USA’ is available now through iTunes.
Beyonce made foes, not fans at the red carpet of this year’s Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. With hubby Jay-Z in tow, the diva and the rapper/mogul found themselves getting booed by photographers.
Beyonce and Jay-Z made their entrance on the red carpet at the event, which also included appearances from Madonna, Fergie, and Jennifer Lopez. But they failed to pose long enough for the photogs to get decent some decent shots.
So the photographers started booing. New York Fashion Magazine’s fashion blog The Cut reported it first, tweeting, “OMG Beyonce and Jay-Z are being BOOED at the #MetGala for not posing for pictures! Yes, boo!”
A video of the incident has already made its way online, showing photographers angrily booing, and another even asking, “What are you doing?”
Beyonce was wearing a Pucci gown with gold detailing, and, to add insult to ego injury, couldn’t seem to walk much in the form-fitting dress. “Beyonce’s Pucci dress was so tight she could barely walk up the stairs as she failed to stop for the photographers. #MetGala”,” The Cut tweeted.
Her sister, Solange Knowles, followed, and photographers decided to protest Beyonce’s snub by not snapping pictures of her less-famous sister. “Don’t shoot her. She can tell her sister,” photogs reportedly shouted.
Beyonce might need to step out in front of the cameras more often. Her new single, “Run the World (Girls),” is all the way down to #51 on iTunes.
That ‘Girls (Rules The World)’ Beyonce single is legit. A video teaser says it will be released tomorrow.
Apparently the early leak of the Major Lazer-sampling Beyonce single was merely a demo version, and the real deal will hit radio and iTunes tomorrow.
A press release hit the wires, explaining that the song was written by The Dream and Beyonce and was produced by Switch with additional production by Beyonce and Shea Taylor.
She has put a brief teaser clip up on her site, featuring a windswept post-apocalyptic landscape at dusk with Beyonce all in white on a rearing black horse.
The proper title for the single, according to the teaser, is ‘Run The World (Girls)’.
The ‘Baby’ singer ‘ who had a guest role on US crime show ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ earlier this year ‘has caught the acting bug and “definitely” wants another role in front of the camera.
He said: “I definitely want to do more acting, and further my career in that area, that’s something I would love to do.”
However, despite having a talent for following a script, the 17-year-old heartthrob insists his recent documentary film ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’ – which chronicled his ascent to pop stardom ‘ didn’t involve any acting at all and says a scene where his grandmother tells him to tidy his room was genuine.
Speaking on ‘The Kyle & Jackie O Show’ on Sydney’s 2Day FM: “It wasn’t scripted… whenever I’m at my grandmother’s she always tells me to clean up after myself, especially when I’m at home, but I’m not at home that often, I really don’t have a room at this point, it’s just kind of travelling all the time.”
And although he wants to branch out in his career, Justin is still concentrating on his music and hopes to secure some new collaborations.
He said: “I would love to perform with Stevie Wonder or Beyonce.”
Beyonce plans her fourth solo studio album for June and plays six tracks to execs. Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph reports that Sony Australia boss Denis Handlin had an audience with Sasha Fierce herself in New York, and heard six tracks from Beyonce’s forthcoming album.
Handlin told the newspaper, ‘She wants to do a big tour off the back of this record, which will include Australia. These songs, the best description I can give is groundbreaking; she’s gone to another level.’
Beyonce herself told MTV late last year that she is trying to mix every genre she loves ‘ R&B, pop, rock ‘ into ‘my own little gumbo of music.’
The album has been in the works since 2009, and producers and songwriters on it are said to include Ne-Yo, The Dream, Symbolyc One, Diplo, Switch, and Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins.
Handlin specified that Beyonce’s fourth solo album will be released in late-June this year.
Canadian singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado said Monday in a Twitter post that she will donate to charity $1 million she received in 2007 for performing for the Qaddafi family. The 45-minute performance was made in an Italian hotel. Furtado, born in Victoria, did not disclose which charity group would receive the money paid to her by the Libyan dictator’s clan.
Furtado is one of the growing list of celebrities being criticized for receiving large amounts of money after performing for Qaddafi’s family, based on reports of a New York daily and WikiLeaks documents. Other performers who have been paid lavish amounts by the Qaddafis are Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Usher.
Beyonce and Usher performed in parties hosted by the dictator’s son Muatassim on St. Barts, a Caribbean island, while Mariah Caey sang at a New Year’s eve celebration.
Guitarist The Edge revealed the Irish group will top the main stage on the Friday night of the iconic event in June, a year after they were forced to pull out due to a back injury to lead singer Bono.
In a video speech played at the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony in London shortly after Glastonbury was named Best Festival last night (23.02.11) he said: “Congratulations to [organisers] Michael and Emily Eavis and the rest of the team for the continued success of Glastonbury. It’s more a way of life than a festival.
“U2 will be playing on June 24. And we’re so excited to get to play in front of the world’s greatest festival audience. We’ll see you there!”
The guitarist also talked about his special guest appearance with rockers Muse at the festival last year, where he joined the band on the main Pyramid stage, saying: “I have to say there is something really special and iconic about that stage. So, we’re all looking forward to coming back to pick up where I left off.”
2011 will be U2′s first ever time performing at the festival, and the group are expected to play the track ‘Glastonbury’, which they had written especially for their performance last year.
Coldplay and Beyonce have already been confirmed as the other headliners of the event.
Tickets for the festival, which runs from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 June, have sold out.