Update (9/22): Representatives from Beyoncé and Jay Z did not confirm their participation; A Tidal spokesperson told Vanity Fair, “Tidal will be hosting our annual benefit concert with details to soon follow. We have not announced or confirmed any line up or partner organizations, but stay tuned. . .”
Original article below:
Hip-hop’s favorite couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z will headline a concert on October 17 at the Barclays Center to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, according to Us Weekly. This will be Beyoncé’s first time on stage since the birth of their twins, Sir and Rumi Carter, just four months ago. It will also be the first time the pair perform together since the release of Jay’s controversial album, 4:44, which responds to the rumors of infidelity addressed by Bey in her latest work, Lemonade.
Harvey hit hardest in Beyoncé’s hometown of Houston, Texas, and she has been actively involved in relief efforts ever since. She helped serve food to evacuees and gave an impassioned speech at St. John’s Church earlier this month. “This, today, is a celebration of survival,” she told those displaced by the storm. “Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that y’all are safe, that your children are safe. The things that really matter are your health and your children, and your family and your life.”
She was also one of several celebrities to deliver a video message during the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief telethon, which aired across most major news networks last week. “Natural disasters don’t discriminate”, Beyoncé assures watchers. “They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.” Watch that video below:
Meanwhile, music streaming service Tidal owner and all-around hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has been promoting his new album, 4:44, which he released exclusively on Tidal in June. Most recently, he headlined his own music festival, Made in America, in Philly on September 3 and The Meadows Music & Arts Festival in Queens this past weekend. His world tour kicks off in Anaheim, California on October 27, just 10 days after the benefit show.
Several other Roc Nation artists are expected to perform alongside the legendary duo in Brooklyn next month. Ticket information for the benefit show has not yet been released, but the seats are sure to fill up fast, and for a good cause. Stay tuned for updates.