A select group of Beyoncé fans will be able to see her up close and in person when she next visits the UK.
I can report that the Halo singer is planning to wow people with secret pop-up shows.
The superstar is preparing to return with his seventh solo album, his first in six years.
Her team has been scouting venues in the UK to give her special gigs to promote new music.
A source said, “Beyoncé’s new album is ready, but this era will be like no other.
“Most of the songs she wrote during the pandemic, when she desperately wanted to be with her fans and perform.
“This new record and campaign will be the most interactive for her because she wants to reach out to her fans.
“It will focus on live experiences off the road, including intimate shows and pop-up performances.
“She plans to spend a lot of time performing and promoting it in the UK, so there are some unique surprises in store for UK fans.
“People in her camp have found places for her to perform when the music comes out and there’s another big tour coming up later.”
During Beyoncé’s last solo performance, The Formation World Tour in 2016, she played seven stadium shows in the UK and Ireland.
She then returned in 2018, accompanied by her husband Jay-Z, for their joint On The Run II tour, which included five more stadium dates in England, Scotland and Wales.
Earlier this week, fans were shocked when Beyoncé removed her profile picture from all her social media accounts, suggesting they would soon be replaced with new images to represent her new music.
But there is no other news yet, so she keeps everyone on their toes.
In December, the CEO of her label Sony confirmed that the album would be released in 2022.
With only six months left until the end of the year, it can’t be too far.
MEANWHILE… IS IT BLUE?
ALL daughters are embarrassed by their fathers at one point or another, even if your father is Jay-Z.
Blue Ivy joined the rapper at a basketball game in San Francisco.
She had sparkly earrings and bouffant hair – just like Beyoncé’s mom in the early 2000s.
Ten-year-old Blue cringed as she looked at Jay as he hugged his daughter and kissed her on the cheek.
The in-game cameras caught the moment and Blue can be seen trying to pull away, saying, “Dad, my hair.”
GERY RECEIVES UNI HONOR
JERY HORNER is about to become Brainy Spice, receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield Hallam.
Spice Girl is given the award in recognition of her work to advance and protect the rights of children, youth and women over the past 25 years.
Ginger will be awarded his degree at a ceremony in November when more than 12,000 students will graduate from the university.
The Bag It Up vocalist said: “I am honored to receive this honorary award from the University of Sheffield Hallam.
“I truly believe that education is a superpower that supports young people with confidence, perspective and experience to achieve their life goals and dreams.”
BTS TELLS FANS: IT’S OVER
BTS followed suit with Little Mix by announcing that they would be taking an indefinite hiatus.
The seven-part K-pop sensation broke the shocking news yesterday during a fan event where they said that each member will focus on solo projects.
Suga, who is in a group with RM, Jin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Jimin, and V, said, “We’re on a break right now.”
They said that recent singles made them question their direction as a group and led to the decision to part ways.
RM added, “We have to admit that we have changed.
“To me, it was like BTS was within my reach before On and Dynamite, but after Butter and Permission To Dance, I didn’t know who we were anymore.”
They debuted in 2013 and became the fastest group to have five #1 singles in the US since Michael Jackson.
The band also performed to sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium and released two No. 1 albums in the UK.
SMOOTH LOOK DAKOTA
DAKOTA JOHNSON had to do her best to keep that white blazer dress from getting dirty as she walked the red carpet in New York.
The actress posed in a sophisticated outfit with a bejeweled spine at the premiere of her new Apple TV+ series Cha Cha Real Smooth at the Tribeca Film Festival.
It was a rare night away from the Coldblay tour, as she supported boyfriend Chris Martin for most of their US leg, which ended last night in Florida.
In August the band will go to London and Glasgow with concerts.
Guitarist Jonny Buckland said, “Our show is like 4th of July, combined with a kid’s birthday, at Disneyland, in space.”
During the tour, the band stepped out to one of Disney’s most famous musical themes, although they had to get permission from the composer and director.
Chris said on US radio, “We actually wrote to John Williams and Steven Spielberg to use the ET Flying Theme.
“It has been an agonizing week of waiting.
“Once you find the right opening music for this tour, nothing else will. So we are very grateful to them.”
Lady Gaga is in talks to play Harley Quinn opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker sequel.
But, oddly enough, the next film will be a musical.
This would be perfect for Gaga, but may not excite fans of the previous film.
Director Todd Phillips was working on a project called Joker: Folie à Deux, which refers to a medical term for a similar mental disorder that affects two or more people, usually from the same family.
Most recently, Harley Quinn played Margot Robbie, including in last year’s Suicide Squad.
The 2019 Joker was nominated for 11 Oscars and grossed £890 million at the box office.
But it’s claimed that neither Joaquin, who plays the lead role of the Joker, nor Gaga have officially signed on to star in the film yet.
RITA BAN THAIKI
RITA ORA fiancee Taika Waititi has banned anyone from asking him about the singer while he is in the UK to promote his new animated adventure film Lightyear.
The New Zealand-born actor and filmmaker gave stern orders at the London premiere on Monday night – after TV presenter Philip Schofield asked him this morning about the upcoming wedding.
Taika, who voices the character Mo Morrison, dismissed the question by pretending his earpiece was not working.
A source said: “He joked this morning, but the incident made him feel far from happy.
“So he went to great lengths to make sure it didn’t happen again.
“Many publicists insisted that he would leave if her name was mentioned on the red carpet.
“Rita flew to London a few days before the premiere, so she was in town to support him, but decided not to come. They don’t want to talk about their wedding yet.
While the Let You Love Me singer was strictly banned, Taika was happy to praise the Disney bosses for restoring the lesbian kiss in the Buzz Lightyear movie after it was originally removed.
In an exclusive chat, he said: “I am so happy. It’s great.
“I didn’t even know about it until he left and came back. It is fantastic.
“We can just normalize this stuff by showing it, we can get to a place where we don’t have to talk about it — when people go to the movies and say, ‘So what? Everything is fine”.
“If we can normalize this behavior with these small steps with every film, it will mean that we are making progress.”