Thatâ€™s the first time Iâ€™ve heard the term Punjabi gothic generally and specifically in this song signifying Seraiki lyrics with urban longing. Please elaborate.
Ali: One meaning of gothic is â€œportentously gloomyâ€ or brooding. In that sense, the lyrics are totally gothic: they describe an intense longing steeped in suspicion and mistrust of the beloved. Also, in the video weâ€™ve portrayed the heroineâ€™s black abaya as a kind of ball gown, which trails afterÂ her in this half-gloomy, half-glamorous way. All rather gothic!
Did you compose the music as well as write the lyrics? Take us through the process.
Yes, I composed the music with my longtime collaborator and producerÂ Saad Sultan. The lyrics are taken from older folk renditions of the song. The video was directed by Mooroo.
What does the â€œChanâ€ symbolise in the song apart obviously from the moon and a beloved?
Itâ€™s a term of endearment. But obviously the strongest symbolism is that of an elusive moon that rarely appears. The whole mood of the refrain â€œWhere were you all night, my Moon?â€ is affectionate, but also kind of threatening.
How long does it take you to work on a song?
Sometimes it takes a week. But it can also take up to a year.
What inspired you?
An old recording of this song from the 1950s
Who plays the music on the track?
We had various talented musicians play on this track: Saad Sultan on guitar,Â Fazal AbbasÂ on dholak, andÂ Akmal Qadri on been.
The silhouette of the womenswear in the video is loose and flowing. Is that in keeping with the Punjabi village belle look?
Seher: In our SS17 collectionÂ Abstraction,Â we used strictly South PunjabiÂ craft and embroidery techniques. I wanted to contrast that with an urban contemporary style collection. The loose silhouettes are in fact indicative of the worldwide trend towards â€œeasy fashion.â€
Which particular Modernist art work or artist are you referring to or have used as a reference point?
We have incorporated the work of five abstract expressionists from the 20th century:Â Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Lyubov Popova, Robert MotherwellÂ andÂ Franz Kline.
What type of traditional South Punjabi embroideries are used on the dresses?
We have employed a variety of South Punjab embroideries, such as mirror work,Â tarkashiÂ and crochet.
Did you design the menswear as well? How does that correspond with the theme?
Studio S doesnâ€™t do menswear. However,Â Yousaf Shahbazâ€™sÂ Pollock Pants were custom made for him and he pulled them off like no one else!
â€œI think the days of East-West fusion are over. The world is an open playground of inspirationâ€
How did you develop the concept of the attire for the video? Did anyone else have any input as well?
Ali and I had been wanting to do a music/fashion collaboration for a while. TheÂ AbstractionÂ collection was already underway when I heardÂ Chan KithanÂ for the first time. It was completely meant to be, with the folk influence connecting the music with the fashion. I felt it was the perfect collaboration.
What are you expressing through the costumes apart from basic East-West fusion?
I think the days of East-West fusion are over. The world is an open playground of inspiration. My goal with the employing the South Punjab craft in the collection was preserving and updating the heritage of the region. The folk vibe fits seemlessly into the abstract art inspiration of the collection, Abstraction.
Did you contribute towards the makeup, hair and styling in keeping with the outfits. If so, how?It was actually a very organic process. The characters that were featured in the video all came by the studio and looked through the pieces. They had their pick of the collection. It was really important that they make the outfits their own and I think that translates in the video.
â€œIt was a great experience; the music video is haunting and beautiful. And the character I play is a first for me. Without giving too much away, it’s a story about anguished love. Ali’s rendition is lyrical but also quietly dark. I can’t wait for everyone to watch it and pick up on the unusual ways in which we’ve woven this Cinderella storyâ€
Photography: Omer Khalid Butt
Wardrobe: studio S
Styling: Fahad Hussayn
Hair & makeup: Maram & Aabroo
Kent Leung and Syra Shehroz meet with Sana Zehra for an interview, but as it turns out Kent takes over and grills his co-star. Syra is in the hot spot with Kent flashing the spotlight on her
Kent: If you brought Shehroz to a dinner party in what way would he embarrass you?
Syra: In every way!
Kent: If you had to choose of the things you ate in Hunza while filming Chalay Thay Saath what would you choose?
Syra: I liked their dumplings. Mantu balls!
Kent: If youâ€™re stranded on an island and you have to choose one of the castmates. Who would you choose?
Kent: If you had to choose one of your sisters to be an island who would you choose?
Syra: I would take them both!
Syra: I will!
Kent: What is the weirdest piece of advice Behroze Uncle has ever given you?
Syra: Nothing weird as of yet
How was it like working with Shehroz in your debut?
Syra: I have mostly worked without Shehroze so it was just like any other project.
Would you like to work with Shehroz?
Syra: Yes, absolutely I would.
Have you ever been offered though to work with Shehroz?
Syra: My first film was actually supposed to be with Shehroz but it didnâ€™t happen.
If Pakistani film industry accepted kissing on screen who would take it better?
Syra: Who would take it better??
meaning would you accept Shehroz kissing another woman?
Syra: No, I would not accept it and I donâ€™t care if he accepts it or not but I will never ever accept it!
What if itâ€™s a Hollywood film?
What if itâ€™s opposite Michael Fassbender?
Syra: Hmmm, I donâ€™t think I can do it!
But do you think Shehroz will support you in that? Imagine a lead role with â€œTheâ€ Michael Fassbender? I mean like OMG Iâ€™d kiss him for that!
Syra: (Laughs) Iâ€™d definitely like to see you doing that!
Syra: Yes, I could say hey guys this is my double letâ€™s do it!
Yes, we look identical (laughs)
Syra: But yeah, no kissing!
Are you feeling a lot of pressure since itâ€™s your debut?
Syra: Yeah, definitely!
Why should anyone watch Chalay Thay Saath?
Because itâ€™s different
Kent: What does GT mean to you?
Syra: Get together! I know it means good times but for me it means get together.
Who? Aden RehanÂ Â
Why? The PR executive looks pretty in her feminine, floral outfit
Who? Hasnain Lehri
Why? Here the model shows how you canâ€™t go wrong with a classic kameez shalwar, and waistcoat with Peshawari chappals
Who? Amna Babar
Why? You can do boho chic desi. What a standout look!
Who? Abeer Rizvi
Why? Now only if we could look as cool and collected as she does
WhY? Love the tropical print, and the fall of the fabric. The sliver of midriff showing adds an extra oomph!
Who? Fouzia Aman
Why? The belted tunic makes all the difference. Shapeless looks sloppy. Here the silhouette is flowy but tailored
Quratulain Balouch gained fame after Humsafarâ€™s soundtrack and there was no looking back! QB, as she is popularly known, has come up with various hits one after another and has even gained a substantial fan following across the border. QB sits down with Sana Zehra for a quickie
Favourite dance move?
Can you dance?
Yeah, I can dance!
Cats or dogs?
Dogs! I love German Shepherds
You are a new addition to a crayon colour box what would you be?
Favourite singer other than yourself?
Favourite ice-cream flavour?
Last gift you gave someone?
I gave my mom a perfume. Thatâ€™s the last gift I gave anyone
Faris Khalid is not a new name in the showbiz industry. He started out as a comedian, did some TV gigs and then made the brave choice of playing a transvestite in the film Rahm.Â So it comes as a surprise when you realise that the recently released Chalay Thay Saath is only his second movie. Though it failed to impress at the box office perhaps due to its lack of song and dance routines, Farisâ€™ performance was appreciated by critics as one film reporter wrote, â€œFaris Khalid is hilarious and definitely one to watch.â€ Sana Zehra sits down with the actor for a quick, fun chat
What sports do you fancy?
When driving what are you mostly listening to?
What do you think people made of Chalay Thay Saath?
Whoâ€™s the funniest person from the cast of CTS?
Zhalay for sure!
What would draw you to someone new?
Someone has to be very curious and must have good observational skills
Have you ever cheated on a school exam?
Iphone or Android?
Iphone because Iâ€™m an Iphone user
Stay in touch or out of sight out of mind?
Out of sight, out of mind (laughs)
What is more logical to follow? Heart or head?
Head but then againâ€¦.
Are you in love?
Define success in less than five wordsâ€¦
Doing something new always
What is your fighting style?
Iâ€™m an angry monkey for sure
What are the colours in the rainbow?
One talent you wish you were born with?
Ability to sing
Worst thing that happened to you while shooting?
I tried fasting and man that did not go well
If you had to choose three wishes what would you choose?
For another question for sure (laughs)
Name two things you consider yourself to be really good at?
Iâ€™m a good observer! I observe and I listen
What animal best represents you?
If there was ever a cross between a cat and a dog, then that would be me
Who do you look up to as an actor?
Sir Daniel Day Lewis
Who do you look up to as a director?
I really donâ€™t look up to a director per sayâ€¦.
Who do you look up to as an actress?
Favourite Bollywood actress?
None because I donâ€™t watch Bollywood movies
Favourite Lollywood actress?
Saba Qamar has caught my attention lately
Faris you played a transvestite in Rahm how did that change you?
It didnâ€™t change meâ€¦
How has your life been in the last 48 hours?
A complete misery
Strangest thing youâ€™ve done to prep for any role?
Fortunately, I never had to do that but for certain parts I listen to a lot of music and I go deathly silent, I donâ€™t speak to anyone, I donâ€™t make eye contact with anyone, I just go into my own zone. For some people as you can imagine it gets very uncomfortable.
Which song instantly puts you in a good mood?
You get what you give by New Radicals
Career accomplishments you are most proud of?
Iâ€™m teaching and Iâ€™m really proud of it
Beyonce or Rihanna?
Mathira or Nargis?
What is best done slowly?
What does GT mean to you?
Mona J dispelâ€™s the myth that makeup doesn’t suit fair skinned girls.
By fatima Sheikh
Remember when Taylor Swift wore this colour combo that sends out a red alert for attention. Fuschia pink and London-bus red as a combination is right on-trend at the moment.Â Two strong and powerful shades worn together is a look not for the faint hearted or shrinking violets. Both these bold and beautiful colours symbolize and enhance romance and passion. The colour pink makes everything look rosy and pretty, while the colour red makes the flame burn even brighter. So ladies take full advantage of this trend. Bring out the bright red and hot pink on your lips and in your wardrobe. Confidently flaunt this combination and enjoy it while it lasts
Sana Bucha is a force to be reckoned with. A blazing mind with beauty in great measure, she is an unmissable star. Her latest project, Yaalghar, which promises to be Pakistan’s biggest film, sees her tackling a serious role. Sana Bucha speaks to Afshan Shafi in a moving interview about her passions, dreams and more!
What elements of the script drew you toÂ Yalghaarâ€™?
I was introduced toÂ YalghaarÂ two days afterÂ WaarÂ premiered. I believed, notwithstanding the flaws and weak storyline ofÂ Waar, that it was going to be one of those films that left you feeling somewhat stronger and more aware of the â€œenemyâ€ within us. It was also greatly inspired by the Swat operation which took place in 2007. There was a role of a journalist, which seemed tailor made for me. I believed I was going to be playing just the same old journo that is me, except that this was going to be for the big screen. Also the scriptâ€™s only counter narrative seemed to be my character.
The director/producer/writer ofÂ Yalghaar,Â Dr Hassan Waqas Rana, seemed to be very driven by the whole narrative and I sensed this passion in him that was very infectious. Lastly, we all know that seeing is believing. We only react to what we see or are remotely aware of. Whether it be the Sialkot lynching, the brutal murder ofÂ Mashal Khan, the APS massacreâ€”people only sympathize with what they witness. The sacrifice of our soldiers who actually have boots on the ground gets lost in the general civil-military imbalance.Â YalghaarÂ is a tribute to our martyrs and an eye opener to emotions that may have been amiss in most of us. And lastly there wasÂ Shaan, the superstar. Need I say more?
YalghaarÂ is a tribute to our martyrs and an eye opener to emotions that may have been amiss in most of us.
And lastly there wasÂ Shaan, the superstar. Need I say more?
Any memorable anecdotes from the shooting of the film?
YalghaarÂ was a long rideâ€”three years. We were like one big family. We didnâ€™t have perfect relationships but we made them work. There were some great moments. However, one that I hold most dear is the nightÂ Umair Jaswal,Â Bilal Ashraf, Uzma KhanÂ and I told each other horror stories. We got so scared we ended up on the same sofa, which could seat only two and no one went to the bathroom alone that night. The other one I vividly remember was when we were on a shooting spell inÂ Kharian and the APS attack happened. It was a sad day indeed as we spent all day mourning for the children whose future had been abruptly cut short and for parents who would never stop feeling this big a loss. That same night I had to do scenes that involved crying and the makeup artist got glycerin. But the director just told me to think of those children and their parents and feel the anger towards the perpetrators of this heinous crime. I bawled, minus the glycerin and couldnâ€™t stop even after the director called â€œcut.â€ That day DocÂ (Hassan Waqas Rana)Â decided to dedicateÂ YalghaarÂ to the youngÂ shaheedsÂ of Pakistan. That moment when you feel a pain so intensely changes you in a way that nothing else can. I believe we all changed that day, not just on set, but everywhere.
How would you view Pakistanâ€™s film industry from a journalistâ€™s perspective? What are its greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Pakistanâ€™s cinema is like the country itself, resilient. That is its greatest strength. Sometimes it has nothing going for it except the passion that is brought in by the amateur filmmakers. It seems like the only plausible thing to do would be to give up, but not everyone has. The greatest challenge that the Pakistani cinema faces is its heavy reliance on foreign contentâ€”Hollywood movies as well as Indian. Our movies have budget constraints whereas they have budgets running in billions. Itâ€™s an unfair competition. Moreover, those who do invest heavily in Pakistani movies have to wait years before they can recover some of their investment. Our political landscape and intolerance towards certain subjects make it difficult to produce thoughtful message oriented content. Lastly, we should stop being expected to beat India or Hollywood because their market/industry size is many folds larger than ours. We need to create a new niche for Pakistani cinema, independent of competition and need to focus on stories which will help shape the society for the better, not only mindless entertainment.
What kind of roles would you be interested in working on in the future? Would you like to play a character that is totally out of your comfort zone?
Iâ€™m not sure whether I will do another film. Iâ€™m not even sure whether this is my calling yet. However, Iâ€™m open to experimentation and if the offer comes, I would certainly like to try my hand at something different. I want to be able to do whatever it is that I do, as well as I possibly can. Failure is not an option.
Which International/local actors and actresses do you admire the most and why?
I believe it would beÂ Meryl StreepÂ from Hollywood andÂ Amir KhanÂ from across the border. Meryl Streep is an intelligent, compassionate, independent woman with a strong influence on the public and she uses it to impact the society at large, not just remain restricted to her roles in films. Same goes for Amir Khan who uses his star power to highlight sensitive issues plaguing the Indian society and moving them towards possible solutions. What good is star-power if not used for the right purpose?
Which international/local directors would you love to work with and why?
Locally, my choice would beÂ Shoaib Mansoor. His scripts are moving, his direction flawless and his motives, noble. Internationally, thereâ€™sÂ Quentin TarantinoÂ , a man who has studied film in great detail and has derived a style of his own. Tarantino also has the added advantage of being a brilliant story writer as seen in Pulp Fiction. His movies make for multiple viewings and heâ€™s got a great fan following. I also wish to work in a Bond or a Marvel movieâ€”Supergirl and/or Jane Bond. Oh yeah!
Whatâ€™s next for you professionally? As both a journalist and actor?
I donâ€™t plan the future. If I spent time thinking and planning my next move, I wouldnâ€™t budge an inch. Iâ€™m indecisive and unsure generally so prefer to go with the flow. I have a pretty good idea of what I do not want to do. Iâ€™m also sure that my motive has to be noble and impactful for the country at large. I want to be able to make a difference. Iâ€™m planning a show post Ramzan, which is a lifelong passion project. It is a perfect blend of my journalistic skills and my celebrity status.
Interview: Afshan Shafi
Styling & Coordination: Sana Zehra
Photography: Arsalan Bilgrami of a.bilgrami studio
Outfits: Shehla Chatoor
Jewelry: House of BB by Bissma Bader
Hair & makeup: N-Pro
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Nowadays night owl
Celebrity crush local/international:
Fawad Khan/George Clooney
Puppies or Kittens?
Biggest pet peeve?
My obsession with weight loss
Craziest fan story?
My Facebook stalker who begged me for a picture of my foot soles. He said he knew how to read them. Crazy!
Whoâ€™s your favourite Disney Princess?
Snow White. Probably because she had those cute little dwarves around her
What was the last dream you remember?
Me sitting on a blue sky and holding stars in my handsâ€”unreal!
What quote do you (try to) live by?
I take respite in the fact that all of us are hurting, broken, suffering or missing someone or something in life. Makes me feel less alone. Also the fact that being broken is a privilege because thatâ€™s how the light enters. I love this particular quote byÂ Ernest Hemingway: â€œWe are all broken. Thatâ€™s how the light gets inâ€
Last song that was stuck in your head?
Thereâ€™s never just one
Whatâ€™s your favorite emoji?
Something so so cute about this one
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Murder On The Orient Express
The fatal stabbing of an American tycoon (Johnny Depp) on board a train travelling from Istanbul to Paris means everyone on the train is a suspect. The train stalls on a snowdrift and the passengers are stuck on board while the murder is investigated by Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), a celebrated detective.
With so many red herrings to sift through Poirot has his work cut out for him and the rest of the passengers donâ€™t make it easy as he interrogates the lot of them to come to his inevitable reveal of the murderer or murderers.
Agatha Christieâ€™s most popular novel comes to the big screen on 10th of November, 2017 featuring a star studded ensemble cast with the likes ofÂ William Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Daisy Ridley and Judi Dench.
Loosely based on the bestselling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, the series tells her real life rags-to-riches story of starting out flipping vintage store finds on eBay to heading a multi-million dollar fashion ecommerce brand Nasty Gal.
Britt Robertson(Tomorrowland, A Secret Circle) as the heroine Sophie Marlowe, is a feisty force of nature, a walking disaster, who is unable to hold a job, on the verge of eviction and generally directionless. We see her turn her life around when she stumbles onto a vintage jacket at a thrift store that she manages to buy at 1/10th of its value and resells for great profit. An idea is born and the story snowballs from there.
Joining her on her adventures is her best friend Annie, her sometimes love interest Shane, and watching from afar her father, who just wants Sophie to grow up and settle down, something our heroine is just not cut out for. This series is an ode to millennial entrepreneurship, while at the same time giving a nod to the narcissism and selfishness prevalent in this particular generation.
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Love In Chakiwara & Other Misadventures by Muhammad Khalid Akhtar (Translated by Bilal Tanweer)
This novel, originally published in Urdu 1964, is given new life in this English translation by author Bilal Tanweer. â€œA bakery owner and collector of writers and geniusesâ€, Iqbal Hussain Changezi chronicles the daily life of a small Karachi neighbourhood.
He relates the stories and mishaps that occur to his friends along with his role in small stories such as The Smiling Buddha about a friend with a toothache who visits a Chinese dentist and The Love Meter about a doctor whose invention can tell if a woman nearby likes you or will marry you by swinging its dials around like on a watch.
Bilal Tanweer manages to do the impossible by translating not only the words of Akhtarâ€™s novel but carrying the humour over as well. The original was called â€œthe greatest novel in the Urdu languageâ€ by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. It losesÂ loses none of its greatness in this retelling of the story in English, and in fact has created an opportunity for the book to reach a new generation of readers for whom reading and thinking in Urdu has fallen by the wayside.
By Mahlia Lone
This mega successful power couple of the music industry has collaborated on numerous hit albums, three kids and has had their share of public drama. Despite Beyonceâ€™s determination to keep her personal life away from scrutiny and micromanaging the coupleâ€™s public image, the faÃ§ade of their perfect marriage shattered when her sister Solange was caught on camera kicking Jay Zâ€™s ass in an elevator of The Standard hotel following the 2014 Met Galaâ€™s after party in New York City. Cheating rumors have dogged Jay Z for years and now there was proof that where there was smoke there was fire. Though the family hushed up the story at the time, Beyonce hit back with her bestselling album Lemonade two years later in which she powerfully addresses her marital issues. This is how you deal with your problems in a controlled, systematic, well thought out and intelligent manner
Shawn Carter was born inÂ Brooklyn in 1969 where he was raised inÂ a housing project alongside his three siblings. His parentsâ€™ taste in music had a profound influence on the little boy who grew up listening to their record collection ofÂ soulÂ artists such asÂ Marvin GayeÂ andÂ Donny Hathaway. He said, â€œI grew up around music, listening to all types of people… Iâ€™m into music that has soul in it, whether it be rap, R&B, pop music, whatever, as long as I can feel their soul through the wax.â€ Their father abandoned the family early on, and their mother, Gloria Carter raised her kids single handedly. Just prior to his death in 2003 Jay Zâ€™s father finally reconciled with his superstar son.
Shawn had a tough street childhood. According to his lyrics in 1982, at the age of 12, he shot his older brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewellery. At the same time as AZ, another future rapper, he attended the troubled Eli Whitney High School, a vocational school in Brooklyn, until it was shut down due to too much student violence in the halls. He then attended the George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High SchoolÂ with future rappersÂ The Notorious B.I.G.Â andÂ Busta Rhymes, followed by a brief period atÂ Trenton Central High School inÂ New Jersey, but he did not manage to graduate high school.Â By his own admission, during this period he soldÂ crack cocaineÂ and was shot at three times.
According to his mother,Â Shawn used to wake up his siblings at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table, so she saved up and bought him aÂ boom boxÂ for his birthday, further fueling his interest in music. This was the time that hip hop was growing as a music movement. Young Shawn too started free stylingÂ and writing lyrics and became known as Jazzy around the neighborhood, which he changed to Jay-Z in homage to his mentorÂ rapper/producer Jaz-O.
Jay Zâ€™s mother raised her kids single handely living in a housing project in a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood
In the early 1990s, Jay-Z got caught up in several battles with the popular rapperÂ LL Cool J, already a success having released four albums, the fourth becoming a double platinum, and even having won a Grammy. The rap culture was rife with open gun violence and demanded that rappers have authentic â€œstreet cred.â€Â Finally, Jay-Z started to gain some recognition touring with established rapper and MC Big Daddy Kane. Kane said Jay-Z â€œwasnâ€™t a hypeman, he basically made cameo appearances on stage. When I would leave the stage to go change outfits, I would bring out Jay-Z and Positive K and let them freestyle until I came back to the stage.â€
Jay-Zâ€™s first official rap single was called In My Lifetime, which he produced himself and paid for theÂ music video. Not offered a single record deal, determined Jay-Z sold CDs out of his car and with business partners,Â Damon DashÂ and Kareem Biggs, createdÂ Roc-A-Fella RecordsÂ as an independent record label in 1995 that released Jayâ€™s 1996 debut albumÂ Reasonable Doubt. It hadÂ beatsÂ from acclaimed producers such asÂ DJ PremierÂ andÂ Super DJ Clark KentÂ and an appearance byÂ The Notorious B.I.G.. The album that no big label had been willing to produce reached number 23, reached platinum status and was No. 248 on theÂ BillboardÂ 200 inÂ Rolling Stoneâ€™s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The trio never looked back and they were on their way to becoming mega successful entrepreneurs.
This time with a distribution deal withÂ Def JamÂ in 1997, Jay Z released his follow-upÂ In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. produced byÂ Sean â€œPuff Daddyâ€ Combs. Jay-Z later said that this album was made during one of the worst periods of his life, after the drive-by shooting death of his close friend The Notorious B.I.G. who is considered to be not only one of the most influential rappers of all time known for his dark autobiographical lyrics, but was also the central figure of the East Coast hip hop scene as opposed to the West Coast that became popular first. Jay-Z too recounted true stories of his difficult upbringing and the albumÂ earned platinum status.
In 1998, Jay-Z releasedÂ Vol. 2… Hard Knock LifeÂ with the hit track Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) that had moreÂ flow and wordplay, and mined beats from popular producers like Â Swizz Beatz, an in-house producer forÂ Timbaland. In 2000, Jay Z released the more soulful albumÂ The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which helped introduce newcomers includingÂ Kanye West.Â The Blueprint with Eminem as a guest rapper, which Jay had written in just two daysÂ and quickly released after the 9/11 attack, debuted at number one on theÂ BillboardÂ 200Â and reached 2x platinum status.
In 1999, both Jay-Z and Damond Dash romantically pursued the talented and popular R&B singer/actress Aaliyah who Dash won over before her tragic and untimely death in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming a music video. This love dynamic the two business partners were to repeat years later. Though Dash was said to be engaged to Aaliyah, it was Jay Z who wrote the song Miss You after her death.
The business partners also launched Rocawear, a company that would go on to have an annual $700 million turnover. A budding fashion designer of a Bengali Indian father and Dutch mother, Californian Rachel Roy joined the startup as an intern. She would work her way up the ladder and would play a big part in both menâ€™s lives.
In October 2001, Jay Z pleaded guilty to stabbing record producerÂ Lance RiveraÂ at the Kit Kat Klub in New York City in 1999 and was sentenced to three years probation for the second degree felony. This was the time when he met an eighteen year old singing sensation Beyonce, a part of the best selling girl group off all time, Destinyâ€™s Child, who would curb his wild ways.
BeyoncÃ© Giselle KnowlesÂ was born and raised inÂ Houston, Texas, toÂ Celestine â€œTinaâ€ KnowlesÂ (nÃ©e BeyincÃ©), a hairdresser and salon owner ofÂ Louisiana CreoleÂ descent (African, Native American, and French), andÂ Mathew Knowles, an African AmericanÂ Xerox sales manager. BeyoncÃ©â€™s younger sisterÂ Solange also became a hit singer andÂ briefly a member ofÂ Destinyâ€™s Child.
BeyoncÃ© attended St. Maryâ€™s Montessori School, where she enrolled in dance classes. One day, the dance instructor started humming a song and Beyonce finished it, hitting all the high-pitched notes. Aged seven, she won a school talent show, singingÂ John Lennonâ€™s Imagine beating out15-16-year-olds. Her parents realized that their daughter had a natural talent and they wanted to develop it into a lucrative career for her, which the whole family could benefit from. So in 1990, BeyoncÃ© was enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a musicÂ magnet school, where she joined the schoolâ€™s choir. When BeyoncÃ© was eight, she, childhood friendÂ Kelly Rowland and Latavia Roberson auditioned for places in the girlâ€™s groupÂ Girlâ€™s Tyme that sang, rapped and danced on the talent show circuit. They made it to California and were selected forÂ Star Search, a TV talent show, but failed to take home the prize.
Continuing to hone her skill, Beyonce attended theÂ High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and laterÂ Alief Elsik High School. During this time, BeyoncÃ© became a soloist at St. Johnâ€™s United Methodist Church choirÂ for two years.
In 1995, Mathew Knowles resigned from his job to manage the girlsâ€™ group full time.Â The family income was reduced by half, and they had to downsize. The girlsâ€™ group continued performing as an opening act for other R&B girlsâ€™ groups and kept auditioning before record labels hoping to get a break. During this tough financial time, Tina separated from Mathew but he still didnâ€™t give up on his golden songstress daughter.
Michelle Williams, Beyonce & Kelly Rowland made up the hit girlsâ€™ group Destinyâ€™s Child
Finally, in 1996 the group got a contract with Columbia Records under the new name Destinyâ€™s Child based upon a biblical passage and the following year released their debut song Killing Time on the soundtrack to the 1997 Will Smith sci-fi blockbuster,Â Men in Black; they had finally hit the big time. The groupâ€™s self-titled debut album had the its first major hit No, No, No; its multi-platinum second albumÂ The Writingâ€™s on the WallÂ (1999) had the groupâ€™s first number-one single, Jumpinâ€™ Jumpinâ€™ as well as Say My Name, which won two R&B awardsÂ at theÂ 43rd Annual Grammys. The Writingâ€™s on the WallÂ sold more than eight million copies worldwide, making the teenage girls household names.
BeyoncÃ©â€™s long standing boyfriend, not being able to handle her huge success, broke up with her. She sunk into depression that lasted for a couple of years. It was so severe that she would lock herself in her room for and refused to eat anything. The family hid Beyonceâ€™s depression from the world to preserve her perfect sultry. starry image and Tina helped her daughter slowly recover behind closed doors. In this way, Beyonce was schooled to hide her pain from the world.
In 2000, the song Independent Women Part I was featured on the soundtrack of the hit movie Charlieâ€™s Angels and topped the U.S.Â BillboardÂ Hot 100Â chart for eleven consecutive weeks. The groupâ€™s third albumÂ SurvivorÂ was released just a year later,Â debuting at number one on the U.S.Â BillboardÂ 200. Beyonceâ€™s curves became synonymous with the track Bootylicious and the title track Survivor won a Grammy Award in the R&B category.Â After releasing their holiday albumÂ 8 Days of ChristmasÂ in fall 2001, the hard working group announced a hiatus to pursue their solo careers.
Beyonce had met Jay-Z by this time. Though they werenâ€™t dating but only friends, they would speak on the phone and meet up. She was desirous of pursuing a solo career and he owned a record label and was an award winning producer with a talent for spotting and developing new talent, so it was a great match in more ways than one. BeyoncÃ© started dating the 12 years olderÂ Jay ZÂ after their collaboration on the song Bonnie & ClydeÂ which appeared on his seventh albumÂ The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The CurseÂ (2002). In the music video, she plays his girlfriend, fuelling speculation about their relationship status, but the duo remained tight-lipped about the romance. The couple generally avoids discussing their relationship. BeyoncÃ© has stated that she believes that not publicly discussing their relationship has helped them, while Jay Z agreed in aÂ People magazine interview, â€œWe donâ€™t play with our relationship.â€
Kareem Biggs, Damond Dash & Jay-Z were business partners as well as friends before they fell out
That year Beyonce branched out into movies, playing Foxxy CleopatraÂ alongsideÂ Mike MyersÂ in the comedy movie Austin Powers in Goldmember,Â which grossed $73Â million. Â Work It Out was the lead single from its soundtrack album. The next year BeyoncÃ© starred oppositeÂ Cuba Gooding, Jr., in the musical The Fighting Temptations and also sung two tracks for the soundtrack. Meanwhile, in her personal life, she was frequently spotted in Jay-Zâ€™s company courtside at basketball matches, fashion shows and A-list events. The same year, she released her first solo albumÂ Dangerously in LoveÂ after her ex band mates, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland had already come out with theirs. Her album debuted atop theÂ BillboardÂ 200Â and sold more than11 million copies worldwide. The albumâ€™sÂ lead single, Crazy in Love, featuringÂ Jay Z, became BeyoncÃ©â€™s first number one single as a solo artist. The single Baby Boy also reached number one.Â Â Clearly the two were making amazing music together. The album earned BeyoncÃ© a then record-tying five awards at theÂ 46th Annual Grammy Awards.
Jay-Z started the 40/40 sports bars
The ever enterprising Jay-Z after visiting the South of France opened the upscale 40/40 Club in NYC in 2003, the first in a chain of sports bars known for their live music, celebrity patrons, and sports memorabilia. Great at marketing, he cleverly mentioned the bar in his song Dirt Off Your Shoulder: â€œNow you chillinâ€™ with a boss, bitch of course SC on the sleeve/at the 40/40 club ESPN on the screen.â€
At the opening of the sports bar, he announced his eighth album, The Black Album featuring producers such as Kanye West,Â Timbaland andÂ Eminem among many others. He has such clout and such a successful track record that all the bright stars of the industry want to work with him. Jay brags about his hot girlfriend Beyonce on the track, Public Service Announcement, rapping â€œI got the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain.â€
“I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we started dating. There was no rush. No one expected me to run off and get married. We were friends first, for a year and a half, before we went on any date, (we were) on the phone for a year and a half. And that foundation is so important in a relationship. And just to have someone that you just like, is so important. And someone that is honest.” –Beyonce
Jay-Z also collaborated withÂ R. Kelly, ex-husband of the late Aaliyah, on a collaborative studio album,Â The Best of Both Worlds. At the end of the year, Jay held a charity concertâ€”billed as a â€œretirement partyâ€â€”atÂ NYCâ€™s Madison Square Garden, the footage of which was later used in his rockumentay/hip hop filmÂ Fade to Black. Missy Elliott,Â Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown,Â Pharrell Williams, R. Kelly and Beyonce were just some of the big names that headlined the show. He also invited the mothers ofÂ The Notorious B.I.G. andÂ Tupac Shakur in memory of his dead friends.
In February, 2004, BeyoncÃ© was honoured by being asked to perform theÂ American national anthemÂ at Super Bowl XXXVIII, at her hometown of Houston. At top of her game, and with the genius producer Jay-Z behind her, she was finally ready to take their relationship public. Jay-Z, after having split with his partners in Roc-A-Fella Records due to too many business disputes was named president of Def Jam Records. Fresh from their success and feeling confident, Jay and Bey made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in colour coordinated outfits of white and gold.
Making their first public appearance as a couple at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in colour coordinated outfits
As President of Def Jam, Jay-Z signed the phenomenally talented new artist Rihanna to an astonishing six-record recording deal in 2005. The record company executives literally wouldnâ€™t let the Barbadian teenager leave the building till she had signed on the dotted line lest she sign with a rival company. Jay and Rihanna began a close working relationship and a year into it, rumors that the two were hooking up were rife. We still donâ€™t know how much truth there is to the rumours, however, as neither addressed them.
Meanwhile, Beyonce, still concentrating on her career, came out with another solo albumÂ Bâ€™DayÂ to coincide with her twenty-fifth birthday that debuted atop theÂ BillboardÂ 200. TheÂ hit lead single DÃ©jÃ Vu, again featured her steady boyfriend Jay-Z. She also continued her foray into films by playing a sexy pop singer in The Pink PantherÂ (2006)Â starring the veteran comedianÂ Steve Martin. The movie was a smash,Â grossing $160Â million worldwide. Though Dreamgirls,Â the film version of the 1981 Broadway musical based onÂ The Supremes, was supposed to be a Beyonce vehicle to award glory, it was singer/actressÂ Jennifer Hudson who in a supporting role ended up winning the Oscar. Beyonce covered up her disappointment well.
East Coast rappers in Miami
In 2006, whenÂ Jay-Z released his comeback albumÂ Kingdom Come, featuring the song Lost One, the trackâ€™s somber lyrics fuelled speculation that the pairâ€™s relationship was on the rocks. He raps:Â â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s meant to be, B/But she loves her work more than she does me/And honestly, at 23/ I would probably love my work more than I did she.â€ These lines are about trying to have a real, serious relationship with another ambitious and super busy high profile professional. This song was in complete contrast to his earlier songs like Big Pimpinâ€™, where women exist almost completely as predators or objects. Itâ€™s about respecting the woman you are with and a real relationship of equals. The duo was listed as the most powerful couple forÂ TIMEÂ magazineâ€™s 100 most influential people of 2006.
In 2007, Jay Z released his tenth album entitledÂ American Gangster, a new â€œconceptâ€ album depicting his experiences as a street-hustler, recorded Umbrella with Rihanna, one of the most popular songs of the year, and sold Rocawear for more than $200 million. On Beyâ€™s birthday in September, Jay proposed to her but the two decided to keep the engagement a secret. BeyoncÃ© did not publicly debut her $5Â millionÂ Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring until the Fashion Rocks concert a full year later in New York City whereby the public learnt of their engagement. In anticipation of this major life change perhaps, on January 1, 2008, Jay resigned as president of Def Jam.
It was speculated that Beyonce’s song Ring That Alarm was about Jay-Z cheating on her with Rihanna
On April 4th (4/4, their favourite number and both their birthdays) 2008, Jay and Bey married at a private ceremony at the bride groomâ€™s massive Tribeca apartment in NYC. A source told the press: â€œJay wanted it to be a really private affair – close friends and family.â€ The bride wore a dress designed by her mother, Tina, and instead of wedding rings, the couple opted for matching tattoos of the Roman numeral four (IV) on their ring fingers as a permanent mark of their commitment to one another. The Carters went to a super exclusive resort in the Maldives for their honeymoon.
The Carters are great supporters/friends of the Obamas and Beyonce sang at both of the ex-President’s inaugurals
InÂ an interview forÂ EssenceÂ magazine later that year, Bey was unusually candid about her private life, explaining that it was a joint decision to keep quiet about their relationship, â€œWe decide everything. My word is my word. What Jay and I have is real. Itâ€™s not about interviews or getting the right photo op. Itâ€™s real.â€ She also said that their wedding was â€œsmall, intimate, and drama-free.â€
Beyonce publicly revealed their marriage in a video montage at the listening party for her third studio album,Â I Am… Sasha Fierce, in Manhattanâ€™s Sony Club six months later.Â Sasha Fierce is Beyonceâ€™s powerful alter ego. The album featured the number-one songs Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), a favourite of ex-President Barack Obamaâ€™s who is also a big fan of her husbandâ€™s work, as well as Halo, the longest-running Hot 100 single in her career. With these songs, she attained more top ten singles on the list than any other woman during theÂ 2000s. She also starred as aÂ bluesÂ singerÂ in the 2008 musical biopicÂ Cadillac Records. Jay Z too became the first hip hop artist to headline UKâ€™s Glastonbury Festival. In January 2009,Â ForbesÂ ranked them as Hollywoodâ€™s top earning couple, with a combined total of $162Â million.Â They also made it to the top of the list the following year, with a combined total of $122Â million between June 2008 and June 2009.
Beyonce reveals pregnancy at 2011
Friends and supporters of President Barack Obama, BeyoncÃ© performed At Last at the First Coupleâ€™s first inaugural ball in 2009.Â At theÂ 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, BeyoncÃ© received ten nominations, tying withÂ Lauryn HillÂ for most Grammy nominations in a single year by a female artist. She won six awards that night,Â breaking her own recordÂ set in 2004 for the most Grammy awards won in a single night by a female artist. Meanwhile, Jay-Z featured on two more of Rihannaâ€™s songs Talk That Talk and Run This Town, which they also performed together at high profile concerts. He released a studio albumÂ The Blueprint 3Â that year days ahead of schedule due to heightened anticipation.Â It became his 11th album to reach No.1 on the Billboard 200, surpassing Elvis Presleyâ€™s previous record. He also dropped the hyphen from his name.
In late 2013, Beyonce released a visual albgy gown to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2um and a string of video features where she spoke candidly about home life for the very first time: “Nothing feels like my child singing ‘mummy.’ No, nothing feels like when I look my husband in the eyes, nothings feels like when I’m respected, when I get on the stage and I see I’m changing people’s lives.”
Beyonce & Jay Z with Blue Ivy VMAâ€™s 2014
BeyoncÃ© announced a hiatus from her hectic career in January 2010, heeding her motherâ€™s advice, â€œto live life, to be inspired by things again.â€Â She later said, â€œI did it for my sanity, my life, my relationships, my nephew, my husband, my sister and my friendships,â€ she said of her career break. â€œI can decide I want to have kids. I can be the mother I want to be.â€ During the break she and her father parted ways as business partners.Â She travelled, visited museums and took in various cultural performances during this time. The public speculated that Bey was focussing on starting a family.
Beyonce didnâ€™t share when exactly she had a miscarriage in the early stages of her pregnancy, just that she did.Â â€œI flew back to New York to get my check upâ€”and no heartbeat,â€ she recalled sadly in the HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream.Â â€˜Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.â€
Beyonce makes quite a fashionable entrance at the Met Gala 2015 after the debacle at the previous yearâ€™s party
Luckily she became pregnant again in 2011 and this time she would bear the baby full term. After cautiously keeping the pregnancy a secret, she decided not to say anything but let the image do the talking by wearing a red clingy gown to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2011, rubbing her pregnant belly during a performance of Love On Top and saying â€œTonight I want you to stand up on your feet, I want you to feel the love thatâ€™s growing inside of me,â€ the mosttweeted moment of the year. and unbuttoning her blazer at the end and proudly rubbing her stomach.
Solange kicking and punching Jay Z in The Standard hotel elevator when the 2014 Met Gala post party went viral after it was leaked to TMZ
Jay Z holding his cheek after the incident
A source revealed to a reporter, “Rachel used to be an intern at Rocawear back in the day. It was alleged that Jay and Dash would pass girls around that office. Jay’s partying shot when the music label split was, ‘and I had your wife'”
Later she said: â€œI didnâ€™t want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news, so I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump.â€
Indian-Dutch Californian fashion designer Rachel Roy
In an interview she said, â€œbeing pregnant was very much like falling in love. You are so open. You are so overjoyed.Â Thereâ€™s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you, so of course you want to scream it out and tell everyone. â€˜I felt the baby kick for the first time. Kicked five times.â€
Following the baby news the pair gradually grew more and more comfortable with PDAs (public displays of affection). They were even spotted on double dates with fellow high-profile pals Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Always the hard working, thorough professional, she dropped another number one album with the popular tracks: Run the World (Girls) and Best Thing I Never Had.
Beyonceâ€™s visual album Lemonade was a huge critical and commercial success
On January 7, 2012, BeyoncÃ© gave birth to her first child, a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, atÂ Lenox Hill HospitalÂ in New York. In an official statement released after the birth, the couple announced: â€œHer birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.â€
Two days later, an emotional Jay Z released Glory, a song dedicated to their child, on his social website LifeandTimes.com. The song detailed the coupleâ€™s pregnancy struggles, including a miscarriage BeyoncÃ© suffered before becoming pregnant with their daughter. Because Blueâ€™s cries were included at the end of the song and she was officially credited on the song as â€œB.I.Câ€, and at 2 days old becoming the youngest person ever to appear on aÂ BillboardÂ chart.
Rita Ora posted a picture of herself wearing a bra with lemons on it and a necklace with the inital J, but then denied being the other woman after getting trolled by Beyonce fans called Bey-hive
With their marriage going well, the couple celebrated their four-year wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in front of a star-studded group of friends and family, which reportedly included Oprah Winfrey, in early 2012. A few days later, Jay Z was spotted leaving jewellers Jacob. And Co. sporting a new gold ring on his ring finger.
Bey sported a t-shirt with Aaliyah
(Dashâ€™s late ex-fiancee)
on it to get back at Rachel
Beyonce went on a sell-out Mrs. Carter World Tour around the globe, and shared with her fans an intimate look at family life with candid behind-the-scenes pictures of the couple kissing and holding each other.
When Jay received the Grammy for Holy Grail, his Justin Timberlake collaboration, he pointed to Bey and said, â€œI want to thank God, I mean a little for this award, but mostly for that and all the universes for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young woman in my life. And I want to tell Blue that look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you!â€
Comparing his hard life growing up without a father to how he was planning to bring her up, he said on MTV,â€œI was going to have to go through some things, and they were preparing me. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful and be a moral person.â€
In addition to his record company, Jay Z has many other investments and sources of income. He is the co-brand director for Budweiser Select, advising on strategic marketing programs for media and high profile events as well as creative ad developmentÂ He has been a part-owner of theÂ Brooklyn NetsÂ NBAÂ team. He has launched his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, his own Life + Times website, real estate development company, J Hotels, which owns a $66Â million mid-block parcel in Chelsea, NYC, as a potential site for a 12 storey hotel and/or art gallery, has invested $200 million in Armand de BrignacÂ champagne owned Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine and spirits company, and even has his own brand of Cuban cigars. In an interview, he said, â€œmy brands are an extension of me. Theyâ€™re close to me. Itâ€™s not like runningÂ GM (General Motors) where thereâ€™s no emotional attachment.â€
Jay and Bey overtook supermodel Gisele Bundchen and pro quarterback footballer Tom Brady asÂ Forbes magazineâ€™sÂ highest-paid celebrity couple in 2012, with an estimated total income of $78 million combined.
Beyonce sat down for aÂ long interview with Oprah, in which she opened up about her marriage. â€œI would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man. It gives me such a foundation.â€ She also described her earlier miscarriage as being â€œone of the hardest things Iâ€™ve been through.â€
In December 2013, BeyoncÃ© unexpectedly released herÂ eponymous fifth studio albumÂ on theÂ iTunes StoreÂ without any prior announcement or promotion. The album debuted atop theÂ BillboardÂ 200 chart, making her the first woman in the chartâ€™s history to have first five studio albums debut at number one. BeyoncÃ©Â received critical acclaimÂ and commercial success for the album that sold one million digital copies worldwide in six days. Musically an electro-R&BÂ album, it has darker themes previously unexplored in her work, such as â€œbulimia,Â postnatal depression,Â and the fears and insecurities of marriage and motherhood,â€Â according to a critic. On the one hand, the single Drunk in Love, featuring Jay Z,Â showed the world how the couple has passionate sex in the kitchen. On the other,Â on the track Mine, Bey appears to express doubts about the relationship, singing: â€œBeen having conversations about breakups and separations/Iâ€™m not feeling like myself since the baby/Are we gonna even make it? Oooh/Cause if we are, weâ€™re taking this a little too far.â€
But soon all was to be revealed. By April 2014, the uber successful music couple had sold a combined 300 million records together, but all was not well at home. At the Met Gala 2014 after party in The Standard Hotel, Jay Z was seen bumping into Rachel Roy by Solange Knowles. Rachel had also climbed the career ladder and had been made creative director of womenâ€™s and childrenâ€™s lines at Rocawear clothing in 2001. Four years later, Rachel married Dash, amid rumours she had already enjoyed a brief fling with Jay Z, which is alleged to have cemented their closeness over the years.
Pregnant with twins
Rachelâ€™s blossoming relationship withÂ Kim Kardashian, whose soon to be husbandÂ Kanye WestÂ was close friends with Jay Z, was another link between them. By this time, Rachel had gotten divorced from Dash and was close to Jay after two decades of association. This was a relationship that Bey didnâ€™t trust or like. Solange and Rachel even exchanged words at the party after the latter had spoken to Jay. Solange, Jay and Beyonce were leaving the party when in the elevator the camera recorded a heated exchange in which Solange actually physically attacked her brother in law who to his credit did not defend himself. In the full three-minute video, a bodyguard has toÂ physically restrainÂ Solange as she tries to repeatedly punch and kick Jay Z. The recording was leaked to TMZ and went viral.
In the morning the Knowles-Carter family tried to whitewash the story by issuing a statement: â€œAs a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family. The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day, families have problems and weâ€™re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. Weâ€™ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.â€
Jay, Barack and Bruce at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017
The sisters also posted a series of happy pictures of them together on Instagram before 7 a.m. New York time the day after the footage was leaked.
Bey and Jayâ€™s absence at Kim and Kanyeâ€™s wedding that year was conspicuous. They were on holiday at the time in Europe and could easily have made it. Perhaps it was due to Rachel Royâ€™s attendance at the wedding that kept them at bay. Beyonce has remained cold to Kim despite the fact that their husbands were friends, and Kanye had even caused embarrassment to himselfÂ whenÂ he disrupted Taylor Swiftâ€™s speech at the 2009 VMAs and insisted that Beyonce deserved have rightfully won the award. Kim has also repeatedly madeÂ overtures towards Beyonce but only to be repeatedly publically rebuffed.
Rumours continue to dogÂ Bey and Jay with claims that they were planning a trial separation but did not want to go ahead with a divorce due to their complicated financial and work entanglements. A source told The New York Postâ€™s Page Six: â€œThey are trying to figure out a way to split without divorcing. This is a huge concert tour and theyâ€™ve already gotten most of the money from the promoters up front. There are no (wedding) rings (currently on their fingers), if you havenâ€™t noticed.â€
The Carters are a family of five now after the birth of twins
But the show must go on. After much speculation, BeyoncÃ© and Jay Z spent the summer of 2014 on their On the Run Tour, the coupleâ€™s first co-headlining stadium tour together. All seemed hunky dory with the couple holding hands and kissing onstage as lots of intimate home video footage helped to reinforce the coupleâ€™s commitment to each other. There was a hiccup, however, at the Cincinnati show when BeyoncÃ© changed the lyrics to her ballad Resentment (which she performed in a wedding gown). The line â€œIâ€™ll always remember feeling like I was no good/Like I couldnâ€™t do it for you like your mistress couldâ€ was replaced with â€œIâ€™ll always remember feeling like I was no good/ Like I couldnâ€™t do it for you like that wack bitch could.â€ And â€œBeen ridinâ€™ with you for six yearsâ€¦/ I gotta look at her in her eyes and see sheâ€™s had half of meâ€ became a harsher â€œBeen ridinâ€™ with you for 12 yearsâ€¦/I gotta look at her in her eyes and see sheâ€™s had half of me./She ainâ€™t even half of me. That bitch will never be.â€
By the end of the year, ForbesÂ reported that BeyoncÃ© was the top-earning woman in music for the second year in a row, earning $115 million in the year, more than double her earnings in 2013.
â€œThey had been having problems for years,â€ revealed a source close to the couple. â€œThere was a constant commitment issue between them and in the end they were barely speaking. BeyoncÃ© didnâ€™t fully trust Jay and it was hard for her to get past that And so began an intense period of reflection for the couple. They went to a lot of counseling and have been working on their issues ever since. They had help to get them through it.â€
Apparently, the couple took some time to work on their marriage and went into marital therapy together at the end of which Beyonce decided to use her songwriting as a form of catharsis or perhaps she was ready to tell her story and make a buck out of it. Beyonce dropped her visual album LemonadeÂ that debuted at number one on the USÂ BillboardÂ 200, making BeyoncÃ© the first act in BillboardÂ history to have their first six studio albums debut atop the chart.Â With all 12 tracks ofÂ LemonadeÂ debuting on theÂ BillboardÂ Hot 100 chart, BeyoncÃ© also became the first female act to chart 12 or more songs at the same time.Â Additionally,Â LemonadeÂ was streamed 115 million times through Tidal, setting a record for the most-streamed album in a single week by a female artist in history. The previous year, Jay Z had completed the $56 million acquisition ofÂ Aspiro, a Norwegian media technology company that operates the subscription-based music streaming serviceÂ Tidal, so they were both in on using the rumours about their marriage to make money. They put a spin on the story to suit their purpose.
â€œThe album was released on Tidal, Jayâ€™s streaming service, and what better way to draw attention to BeyoncÃ©â€™s album release than to hint at all the speculation about past problems in their marriage,â€™â€™ a source revealed.
In one song, namedÂ Sorry, Beyonce sings the following lines discussing the break-down of a relationship and the presence of another woman: â€œSo what are you gonna say at my funeral now that youâ€™ve killed me?/Here lies the body of the love of my life/whose heart I broke without a gun to my head./He better call Becky with the good hair.â€
LemonadeÂ traces the story not just of infidelity, but also of reconciliation. It starts with BeyoncÃ© questioning her relationship. â€œAre you cheating on me?â€ she asks the viewer. When the evidence of unfaithfulness becomes conclusive, she protests: â€œThey donâ€™t love you like I love you,â€ followed by anger: â€œIâ€™m gonna fuck me up a bitch,â€ she sings baseball bat in hand. Later she adds, â€œWho the f___ do you think I am?/You ainâ€™t married to an average bitch, boy!/You can watch my fat ass twist, b