There’s no end in sight to Beyoncé’s reign as the Queen of Pop, as we’re still only halfway through a year where she has already performed at the presidential inauguration, dominated the Super Bowl halftime show, released an autobiographical documentary, and won yet another GRAMMY. As she continues to work on her new album while embarking on the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Beyoncé has already added an additional 15 North American concert dates for the end of the year.
After a three-week trek to South America in September, the 17-time GRAMMY Award winner will bring her much anticipated set back to the U.S. and Canada, with a kick-off date of Nov. 30 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. The new dates will include many repeat stops to cities included on the first North American leg, like Los Angeles (Dec. 3), her native Houston (Dec. 10), and an impressive fourth night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (Dec. 19). Still, three lucky U.S. cities are on tap to host their first Beyoncé concert of the year, as the diva plans to stop in Phoenix (Dec. 7), Louisville, Ky. (Dec. 12), and St. Louis (Dec. 14).
The first North American show on the Beyoncé tour will take place this Friday (June 28) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and the leg will ultimately travel to over 20 cities before concluding in early August with three nights (Aug. 3-5) at the Barclays Center.
In spite of the welcome announcement of an extended tour, Beyoncé’s fans are eagerly awaiting news of her new album, which as of June 24 still has no official title, track listing, or release date. The beloved singer has leaked a couple of tracks—like “Bow Down” and “Grown Woman”—in recent months, but has not officially stated what will make the album’s final cut.
While Beyoncé gears up for the upcoming tour dates, the rest of the Carter household has also been busy. Husband Jay-Z announced during Game 5 of the NBA Finals that he would be dropping a new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” on July 4. Jay-Z hasn’t announced any solo tour dates in support of the album, but his Legends of the Summer Tour with Justin Timberlake is slated to take the duo to 12 stadiums across North America in July and August.
In milestones, this weekend also marked the 10th anniversary of Beyoncé’s first solo effort. Her album “Dangerously in Love,” which was released on June 22, 2003, has proven her most successful full-length release to date. The album won five GRAMMY Awards after its release and has sold more than 11 million copies around the world.