Back in February, Beyoncé released the video for her new single "Formation" and performed at the Super Bowl with a getup reminiscent of the Black Panther movement, causing quite a bit of debate and some outrage among listeners. Her routine particularly ruffled Tampa and Miami police, who apparently threatened to boycott the star and not patrol her arena shows scheduled in the cities later this year. In a recent interview with Elle Magazine (and perhaps in an attempt to twirl all her haters), Beyonce responded to the accusations of being "anti-police":

I mean, I'm an artist, and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let's be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I'm proud of what we created and I'm proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.

With all of the strife and accusations surrounding Bey's newest single, the singer says her mother's prayers are a source of comfort for her:

One of the best things about my mother is her ability to sense when I am going through a tough time. She texts me the most powerful prayers, and they always come right when I need them. I know I'm tapped into her emotional Wi-Fi.

Jillian Mercado, a model with muscular dystrophy, has been commissioned as one of the models for Beyonce's 'Formation' merchandise line. Mercado, who was diagnosed with spastic muscular dystrophy when she was young, was signed to IMG models after landing the 2014 Diesel campaign. Now, she's one of the faces for the merchandise of perhaps the biggest pop star in the world. The 28-year-old blogger announced the news on Instagram last week. “OK LADIES now let’s get in FORMATION!,” she wrote. “So BEYond excited to finally announce that I’m on the official @beyonce website!!! A special shout out to Queen Bee herself and the amazing team behind it.” Discuss

Here’s another reason to tune into this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. According to Entertainment Tonight, Beyonce will join headliners Coldplay onstage during their performance at Super Bowl 50, most likely to help sing a version of "Hymn for the Weekend"—the song she collaborated with the band on for their latest album. Chris Martin told ET that the opportunity to play the Super Bowl is “the greatest moment of our band's life. We're going to give it everything we have.” Let’s just hope there’s no non-rhythmic Left Shark to distract us from the music this year. Discuss

Can Jay-Z and Beyonce save Tidal? Following a high-profile roll-out last month, the streaming music service “owned by artists” including the hip-hop power couple, has had its share of issues: They recently booted their CEO. Numbers have been disappointingly low. Even Kanye West appears to be distancing himself from the service, deleting his Tweets promoting the launch. But, according to new rumors, Beyonce and Jay-Z may have plans to try and get more listeners to sign up for the service.

Media personality and music industry insider DJ Skee said this week that his sources told him that the duo are preparing to release a collaborative album exclusively on Tidal. As Vulture points out, both Jay-Z and Beyonce have released exclusive Tidal tracks, so rumors seem plausible, but obviously, at this point, no official release dates have been announced ... Discuss

Bradley Cooper is set to make his directorial debut, and, according to Deadline, he is hoping that Beyonce can lend some star power to A Star Is Born. The movie is a remake of a 1954 musical starring Judy Garland (which was an adaptation of a 1937 movie, and was once again remade in 1976 with Barbra Streisand), about a young star and her mentor. Deadline says that though Beyonce hasn’t been officially asked to star in the film, she was first connected to the project back in 2012, when Clint Eastwood had signed on to direct. Cooper is also set to star in the latest adaptation ... Discuss

Reinventing the Album Release

How Thom Yorke, Beyoncé and U2 have changed music

Back in September, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released a surprise solo album via file-sharing software BitTorrent Bundle. It was an unconventional way to release an album, but unconventional is becoming the new style in the music industry.

It all started with Beyoncé’s self-titled album, released overnight in late 2013. There were no singles, no press releases, just a new album popping up on iTunes. It was a significant power play, but it flipped the music industry in ways even Bey probably didn’t predict. Read More