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04/19/2007


Beyonce Headlines, Madonna Presents At Live Global Charity Concert

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On Saturday, June 1st, some of the world's most successful musicians will team up with leaders in human rights activism for the Sound of Change Live concert, a global charity event for female empowerment broadcast globally from London, England. Beyoncé is the headliner, along with Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Lopez, and Ellie Goulding; many other global celebrities will be there to join in the fundraising efforts as well.  

Reuters reports:

The four-hour concert could fund at least 120 projects supporting women and girls in more than 70 nations, if all the tickets are sold, [organizers] said.

Organized by the Chime for Change campaign, started by Italian fashion house Gucci, every ticket buyer will be able to choose which project their ticket will fund in what the campaign said was a world first for such a venture.

In addition to performances and collaborations from artists, the concert, which starts at 1:00 p.m. EDT, will serve as a platform to broadcast inspirational and provocative films and stories highlighting women's issues around the world.

Legendary feminist activist Gloria Steinem and Bishop Desmond Tutu are also getting involved, as is Madonna, the pop diva who began empowering women decades ago and still has much to say.

"Sixty percent of the children in the world not in school are girls," Madonna said. "Two-thirds of the world's illiterate are women. I do not accept this. We need to change this and we will change this."

Madonna's involvement with Sound of Change comes with news of a reported new feminist single, preliminarily titled "Back of the Bus."  

The Examiner reports:

Madonna shot the video for her secret project last December and recorded a new song that deals with feminist power earlier this year. The name of the song was tentatively titled "Back of the Bus," but that could change in the final version. It is said to be one of the most powerful ballads Madonna has ever come up with. It compares the struggle women face around the world with the Civil Rights Movement that started in the 1950s.

The Sound of Change Live concert, along with this new song and video, are expected to reach at least a billion viewers and listeners worldwide this Saturday. With that kind of audience, change is possible.  


Beyoncé Scolds Fan After He Smacks Her Rear on Stage: VIDEO

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A male fan was let off with just a threat after smacking Beyoncé's ass during a concert last night in Copenhagen.

"I will have you escorted out of here. Alright?"

Dlisted writes: "What you don't see in this video is that five seconds after this happened, a trap door opened underneath that ass swatter and he fell into the basement."

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Beyonce's New Single 'Grown Woman' — LISTEN

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Beyoncé's new single has hit the web.

Slate writes:

The first thing you’ll notice is the piped-in crowd noise—which is probably unnecessary for someone whose hair appears to blow on its own—but soon the beat drops in, reportedly courtesy of Timbaland. It certainly sounds like his work, complete with the kind of a-cappella-style vocal percussion that’s all over his collaborations with Justin Timberlake, which it mashes up with an island rhythm that falls somewhere between sped-up reggaeton and a vogue beat. The song was reportedly written by The-Dream, and—though it features none of his signature repetitions of “ay ay” or “radio killa”—it’s certainly up to his usual high standard.

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Beyoncé Posts Handwritten Note Supporting Marriage Equality: PHOTO

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Beyoncé expressed her support for marriage equaiity with a handwritten note on Instagram: "If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it. #we will unite4marriageequality!"

Morrissey Goes After Beyoncé for Aiding Rhino Extinction: VIDEO

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Morrissey talked animal rights as he usually does at a concert at the L.A. Staples Center on Friday night, lamenting the extinction of the rhino. Though rhinos are under severe threat, and mostly from poachers who want their horns, Morrissey took aim at Beyoncé and her handbags. Beyoncé has been in the news this week for a pair of customized sneakers she created in collaboration with PMK and designer Isabel Marant which are made of calf hair, ostrich, crocodile, anaconda, and stingray skins, and also for wearing a leather outfit at the Super Bowl.

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Beyoncé Announces World Tour on Heels of Super Bowl Show: VIDEO

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On the heels of her Super Bowl halftime LED extravaganza, Beyoncé announced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour beginning in Europe on April 15 and in North America on June 28.

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