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Last weekend, Beyoncé released a mysterious video teaser for an HBO special set for April 23. As many expected, it was the official announcement of her sixth album, titled Lemonade. The album became instantly available on Saturday night, but only as an exclusive to Tidal.
      The HBO special consisted of films set to the new songs, split into chapters. Lemonade, like her self-titled 2013 record, is a "visual album," and appears to tell an overall story of her and Jay Z's relationship. The arc suggested that Jay was unfaithful to the singer at some point but the pair reconcile by the end of the album, with Jay and their daughter Blue Ivy making an appearance.
      Beyoncé also strongly writes about the experiences of black women in America, culminating in the previously-released track "Formation," which closes out the record. The Lemonade videos include cameos from Serena Williams, actress/singer Zendaya and the mothers of recently victims of police violence, Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin.
      Lemonade features contributions from The Weeknd, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar and James Blake. The new songs sample or borrow elements from a laundry list of well-known songs, from Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks" to "Maps" from Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
      On Sunday afternoon, Lemonade was made available to purchase on Tidal, with all 12 videos and the entire HBO special bunded together digitally. Lemonade was released on iTunes Sunday night, but Tidal still has the exclusive streaming rights to the album.

The entire world continues to pay homage to the life and music of Prince, who sadly passed away on Thursday at the age of 57.
      On Thursday afternoon, the White House released an official statement from President Obama. The President's full letter read:
      "Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
      'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.?"
      On Broadway last night, Jennifer Hudson led the cast of The Color Purple in a performance of "Purple Rain," while the cast of the smash hit Hamilton ended their show by covering "Let's Go Crazy."
      It would be impossible to compile all of the social media tributes to Prince from the past day but here are some more from throughout the entertainment world

Following Prince's death last week, his music flew to the top of the Billboard 200 this week. Prince died on Thursday, April 21, which Billboard notes was the last day of the tracking week. So even with less than a day of sales, Prince's music still dominated the week's chart.
      The Very Best of Prince took the #1 slot on the Billboard 200, giving him his fifth overall #1 record and his first in just over a decade. His iconic album Purple Rain reached #2, while the triple-album set The Hits/The B-Sides reached #6. These three releases were also the #1, #2 and #7 best-selling albums of the week. Billboard also reports that Prince’s overall catalog of albums sold 256,000 copies, which was a jump of 5,298 percent compared to the week before. A major factor in Prince's massive music sales is that his music is not available to stream online, aside from a part of his catalog that is licensed to Tidal. Prince famously battled Internet streaming for years, with his legal team issuing takedowns any time his music appeared on YouTube.
      As for the rest of the top ten this week, singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson has the highest debut, with his new album Sailor's Guide to Earth arriving at #3. Veteran act Santana debuts at #5 with Santana IV, which reunites the band's classic lineup from the early '70s.
      The rest of the top ten is made up of Rihanna (#4), Chris Stapleton (#7), Kanye West (#8), The Lumineers (#9) and Justin Bieber (#10).

Drake will hit the road this summer on his Summer Sixteen tour, visiting 30 cities across North America. Future will open all dates, with additional special guests as well. The trek begins in Austin on Wednesday, July 20.
      Drake also tweeted out details of his seventh annual OVO Fest. Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa's "High Road" tour will be a part of Drake's yearly event in his home town of Toronto., with their July 29 visit to the Molson Amphitheatre. Then Drake's own Summer Sixteen tour will take over the Air Canada Centre on July 31 and August 1.

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Nick Petropoulos
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