Beyoncé‘s halftime performance, which either further enraged existing haters or recommitted stans to a lifetime of worshiping her every move, was just the beginning of Sunday night’s bevy of Bey-formation. In addition to allowing Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams a few (micromanaged and most definitely timed) moments in the spotlight in the form of a faux DC3 reunion and potentially flashing signs of the Illuminati, Beyoncé made way for a Queen of Versailles-inspired royal announcement that should tickle those who enjoy group therapy sessions to the tune of “Halo.” Call it stealing some of the thunder from the Harbaugh brothers’ sibling rivalry or Ray Lewis in his final game, but Queen B was merely giving her audience what they wanted. Because whether or not she was responsible for the Superdome’s 34-minute loss of power, she had enough of a hold over the crowd to reveal a little bit about her 2013 travel plans. And they’re big.
Perfect your “Single Ladies” finger-wagging and find a leotard that’s weather-appropriate: Beyoncé is going on tour. For her first lengthy live swing since 2010, Beyoncé will visit two continents and 18 countries, including 22 dates in the U.S. The Mrs. Carter Show world tour begins April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia and lands on U.S. soil June 28 in Los Angeles before wrapping August 3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (She knows a guy.) With more public appearances schedule Stateside before spring (hello, Grammy Awards) there’s an increasing likelihood that we’ll get some new music before Bey hits the road.
Start clearing your calendar now and begin to think about whether or not the the Ms. Knowles Show, or the Ms. Knowles-Carter Show, would have been a better name for this outing in 2013.
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