A year from now the world will be graced by the first in-depth biography of Beyoncé by famed celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. Taraborrelli has delved into the lives of pop culture’s most fascinating names, including Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the Kennedys. Now he’ll pull back the curtain on the world’s most flawless celebrity.
The as-yet-untitled biography will follow Bey from childhood to superstardom, including aspects of both her personal and professional lives. Flavorwire reports that the book will feature “exclusive interviews with the people in the superstar’s life” but there is no word yet on whether that includes Queen Bey herself.
Will we get to know Knowles as a precocious young star in the making? Will the bio detail the early struggles Destiny’s Child faced? What about her fortress-like PR machine? Her relationship with Jay? Her early days with Blue? What really happened in that elevator? We have so many questions.
No matter what the bio includes, it’s sure to sell off the shelves in minutes. Beyoncé could give a much needed boost to the book biz next fall when Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing releases the tome. Add this news to her just-announced collab with Topshop and you’ve got one bootylicious Monday.
Philly Dance Fitness Class // Photo via Facebook
If your Sunday afternoon plans usually consist of watching way too many episodes of Criminal Minds (feel no shame—I’m totally with you), we’ve got a better idea: Next Sunday, October 26th, Philly Dance Fitness is hosting a Pop Divas Dance Workshop, where you will experience, and I quote, “90 minutes of nonstop hip-shaking, body-rolling, chest-popping cardio dance routines” to the tunes of everyone’s favorite pop divas like Beyoncé, Lada Gaga, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and more. See? Way more fun than a Netflix marathon.
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This weekend, Queen Bey and Jay Z will be stopping in Philly for their “On The Run” tour. And sadly, because life just isn’t fair, we can’t all be there in person to witness the magic (and rumored relationship drama) play out on stage. So this week, in lieu of a concert ticket, we’ve decided to bring you the next best thing: a very long workout playlist jam-packed with all of our favorite Beyoncé and Jay Z hits, including a few from their respective “Survivor” and “Hard Knock Life” days. Just pop in your headphones, pretend you’re at Citizen’s Bank Park, and get your sweat on—and whatever you do, do not look at Instagram.
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Ever since Solange Knowles allegedly attacked her sister’s husband, Jay-Z, on an elevator, rumors have been swirling about the state of Beyonce’s marriage to the hip-hop mogul. Now, according to a video posted on TMZ, it appears Queen Bey may have called Jay-Z out on his cheating ways. Read more »
Summer is prime time for concert goers here in Philly. (Don’t believe us? See what our pals over at Ticket have to say about it.) Sweat Fitness is getting in the spirit with a Summer Concert Cycling Series in July and August, a slew of theme rides that are open to gym members and the public.
The classes will feature playlists chock-full of hits from the big names coming to town, including Katy Perry (Wells Fargo Center, August 4th and 5th), Miley Cyrus (Wells Fargo, August 2nd), Bruno Mars (Susquehanna Bank Center, July 17th) and Billy Joel (Citizens Bank Park, August 2nd). There are even rides dedicated to the Made in America festival, one of which—August 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Sweat on Arch Street—will feature a live DJ during the ride and post-workout wine and snacks.
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If you scored tickets to the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert on July 5th, let me first say this: Please don’t post any pictures, unless you want me to spend the night sobbing while Beyonce’s greatest hits play softly in the background.
If you are lucky enough to go to the concert and you’re looking for a pre-game (or maybe you just want to jam to some of Bey and Jay’s greatest hits), sign up for Body Cycle Studio’s On the Run Ride this Saturday. This pre-concert cycling class is sure get you pumped, and will still leave you plenty of time to primp for the show.
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You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.
As Camden County's free Sunset Jazz Series rolls on, fans will get a chance to hear one the best Jazz musicians to come from Philly. The 97 year-old bandleader and renowned tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin will lead the show and is sure to include his signature eloquent improvisations. Fellow Philadelphia-native Justin Faulkner, will be accompanying Pedicin on the drums. These two local artists are sure to please when they play their home crowd. Monday, June 30th, 8 p.m., Wiggins Park, Mickle Boulevard at the River.
When Sir Elton John calls you the greatest songwriter on the planet, you know you have made it. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will be playing his gut-wrenching top hits as part of Longwood Garden's Summer Series. Expect to enjoy a beautiful landscape set to quietly powerful and moving music. Tuesday, July 1st, 7:30 p.m., Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road.
Wednesday: Fucked Up (Free with RSVP)
Fucked Up are a rare breed of punk band. Their strict regimen of in-your-face music has not let up in their 13 years together. They remain as loyal to their sound as they do their fans. And for some reason they are playing a free show at Morgan's Pier on Wednesday. Expect to hear singles from their latest album, Glass Boys. You must be 21 or over to get through the doors. Wednesday. July 2nd, 9 p.m., Morgan's Pier, 221 N Columbus Boulevard.
Nothing like a little old fashioned rock'n'roll to get that USA spirit going. Don't miss the chance to see some iconic 70's bands play their hits all in one nostalgic night. Tickets are going quick, so act now for this great opportunity to kick-start the holiday weekend. Thursday, July 3rd, 6 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard.
What else would you expect? Wawa's week-long Welcome America festivities will conclude with a free musical take over of the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will play the backdrop to one of the nations biggest Independence Day celebrations. This years star-studded line-up includes Philly-favorites the Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc and more. Those brave enough to see it live will also be treated to an impressive firework display after the show. Friday, July 4th, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Forgetting the fact that both parts of hip-hops biggest couple are touring together (if that is possible), either of these two artists can sell out entire arenas themselves. Seeing two of the biggest names in music share a stage, going back-and-forth with number one hits, is something not to be missed. These veteran artists (and proud parents) can do just about anything the want to at this point, and we'll continue to love them. Expect this show to sell out soon. Saturday, July 5th, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
For those unfamiliar, freestyle (also called Latin freestyle) is a contagious form of dance music that utilizes electronic instruments. Stevie B. and Lisa Lisa are two of the genres biggest names, and while freestyle is not the world's most popular music, it's fans are fierce. Odds are if you are into this type of music, you already are planning to dance the night away at the Mann this Sunday. But, if you are looking for something new and exciting, check out Freestyle Explosion. Sunday, July 6th, 6 p.m., Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue.
Unless you were under a pop culture rock yesterday, you most likely saw or heard about the now viral TMZ video of Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, beating the living daylight out of Mr. Carter himself, Jay Z. Of course, the Internet couldn’t let that go, so I’ve rounded up some of the best memes that came out of the epic brawl.
This morning Jay Z and Beyoncé ended months of speculation that they would be touring together by announcing details on their “On the Run” tour. The 16-stop summer tour will reach cities throughout North America, including Philly on July 5th. According to Huffington Post, “the tour was supposed to be called the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour.’ Instead, the concerts will file under the ‘On The Run’ moniker, a reference to the pair’s collaboration on Jay Z’s most recent album, Magna Carta … Holy Grail.”
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The other day, I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across this video of a New York City socialite of sorts, getting her groove on in a Beyonce-inspired dance class. The envy that I felt was absurd. All I could think was, Why isn’t every dance studio in Philadelphia hosting hourly Beyonce-themed dance classes, every single day?! Whyyy? (Dramatic, I know) And then Philly Dance Fitness came along with their Bootylicious Beyonce Twerkshop. Yep, that’s right: A Twerkshop.
Last year, the dance studio hosted Beyonce-themed dance classes and Twerkshop classes, and after tons of requests to bring these favorites back, the studio decided to combine the two, creating the 90-minute workshop of everyone’s dreams. (Okay, maybe not everyone.) During the workshop, participants will, first, learn how to twerk. Then they will “pop, grind, shake and wind through 90 minutes of nonstop dance routines,” to the beat of Beyonce tunes, of course.
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