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Jay Z And Beyoncé “On The Run” Summer Tour

Not only are Jay Z and Beyoncé on the run from scandalous headlines (Solange elevator brawl, anyone?) but they are “On The Run” with their first mega mash-up tour launching June 25th in Miami.  The 16-city national tour will hit the majors; Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, Houston and San Francisco.

The Internet basically exploded when tickets went on sale.  Pre-order sales were so high in California that the multi-million dollar husband and wife team had to add two more dates to Los Angeles and San Francisco.  When the two biggest artists in the world also happen to share nuptials, this is the kind of magic that happens.

In promos for the tour, the couple (and parents of baby Blue Ivy) are covered with black beanies like a couple of bandits ready steal concert tour history—a fugitive theme first sparked in their hit song, “Bonnie & Clyde”.

Both artists are known not only for their unparalleled musicianship and mass pop appeal, but for their entrepreneurship and slick business moves. Last year proved that.

Beyoncé had a magical year in 2013, surprise-dropping her eponymous album in December on iTunes.  Many thought Christmas came early.  The album sold like hotcakes, becoming the fastest selling album in iTunes history.  Released by her own company, Parkwood Entertainment, the “visual album” was a breakthrough in combining music and technology for the digital age, a tour-de-force in feminist, sexual, motherhood and many other themes.  Hits “XO,” “Partition” and “Drunk In Love” helped boost the album to sell 3 million units worldwide.

As for Jay Z, the Magna Carta Holy Grail star made his 13th studio album available through a Samsung app, which caused it to go Platinum before it even hit shelves!  It went on to win a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Grammy for “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake.  The other collabo with Bey, “Part II (On the Run)” became a successful single and is the continuation of their Bonnie & Clyde love story.  Jay Z also wrapped up a successful MCHG World Tour with fellow star Timberlake.

Will you be seeing the dynamic duo’s “On The Run” concert this summer? Find tour dates below the video.



6/25 – Miami, FL (Sun Life Stadium)
6/28 – Cincinnati, OH (Great American Ballpark)
7/1 – Foxborough, MA (Gillette Stadium)
7/5 – Philadelphia, PA (Citizen’s Bank Park)
7/7 – Baltimore, MD (M&T Bank Stadium)
7/9 – Toronto, ON (Rogers Centre)
7/11 – E. Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium)
7/15 – Atlanta, GA (Georgia Dome)
7/18 – Houston, TX (Minute Maid Park)
7/20 – New Orleans, LA (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
7/22 – Dallas, TX (AT&T Stadium)
07/24 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
7/27 – Winnipeg, MB (Investor Group Field)
7/30 – Seattle, WA (Safeco Field)
8/2-8/3 – Los Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl)
8/5-8/6 – San Francisco, CA (AT&T Park)

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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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