Blue Ivy is going to be a big sister sometime next year. Reportedly, Beyoncé is pregnant with her second child by husband Jay-Z. E! reports that multiple source have confirmed that the “Put A Ring On It” singer is expecting. Speculation on whether or not Beyoncé had another bun in the oven started running rampant when she showed up to the Met Gala in a Givenchy gown whose design concealed his midsection. The chatter increased exponentially when she postponed a show in Antwerp, part of her Mrs. Carter World Tour, due to exhaustion and dehydration. She did apologize to fans for having to postpone the show, then during the next night’s performance revealed that she was doing so against her doctor’s orders. Neither Beyoncé nor Jay-Z’s representatives have confirmed if they are really expecting. Having a new baby will certainly make promotion of her forthcoming new album very interesting. Nevertheless, congrats to Beyoncé and Jay-Z!
Jay-Z and Beyoncé made a highly publicized trip to Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary, and now two Republicans are demanding that the Obama administration investigate the couple, reports ThinkProgress.
Former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and her colleague Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Friday, calling for an investigation into whether any laws were broken during the celebrities’ trip:
We write to express concern and to request information regarding the highly publicized trip by U.S. musicians Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Beyoncé) and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) to Cuba.We would like to respectfully request, within all applicable rules and guidelines, information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel …
Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people. Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda. Beyonce and Jay-Z did recently travel to Cuba for their fifth anniversary, a move that hasupset many in the Cuban-American community.
Well rumors are swirling that Beyoncé long awaited new album may be pushed back to the fall. According to music industry insiders there is concern surrounding the two singles she has released. According to Virgin Radio reports:
While Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter album was initially given an April 16th release date, the project is now being pushed back because her promotional songs have flopped. A source from Sony has said of “Bow Down” and “I Been On”, “No one thought that both records would fall flat. They were supposed to be her biggest two songs off the album.” The source adds that Beyonce is starting fresh and will not release a single or an album before she goes on tour next month. The insider said, “It’s back to the drawing board. More promo songs will be released, until she gets a hit song that everyone will embrace.”
Michelle Obama doesn’t turn 50 until next year but she’s locking down the guest list early. The first lady has tapped Beyoncé as one of the performers at the bash. According to an unnamed source, Bey will take the stage in honor of Mrs. Obama, as will Adele. However, the information has yet to be confirmed.
From the Huffington Post:
An unnamed (and potentially questionable) source told the UK’s Daily Mail that the first lady has asked Beyonce and Adele to perform at her party. “America’s first lady will be holding a huge celebrity-packed party for her birthday at the White House next year and, as she adores Adele and Beyoncé, she has asked them both to sing,” an unnamed source told The Daily Mail. “Adele has graciously accepted and waived her usual fee for the high-profile private performance. She will sing a selection of her most-loved hits for the first lady and her friends.” Beyoncé has a long-standing relationship with the Obamas. The singer famously performed at President Obama’s inauguration earlier this year, and, along with her husband Jay-Z, was a major supporter of Obama during his run for presidency and reelection. Beyoncé also wrote the first lady a birthday card earlier this year for her 49th. “Michelle, thank you so much for every single thing that [you] do for us,” Beyoncé wrote. “I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to.”
Even without official confirmation, there’s a good chance that it just might happen. Mrs.Obama has gushed about Mrs. Carter on more than one occasion. “If I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé,” she said in an interview last year. “I’d be some great singer. The power of music, being able to play an instrument … It looks like musicians just have the most fun.” Mrs. Obama turns 50 on January 17, 2014.