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

The Grammy Awards themselves may be kind of a joke at this point, but at least the ceremony’s organizers seem to understand what fans want: An all-star concert. CBS has announced that Jay-Z (who’s Magna Carta Holy Grail received several nominations, despite the fact that even he conceded it was a mediocre album) and Beyonce will join an impressive list of artists set to perform during Sunday night’s broadcast. The husband and wife duo, who will be taking the stage together, are now part of the line-up that also includes Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Willie Nelson, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and a handful of others, during what has essentially become a one night, primetime mini-music festival ... Discuss

Pop music queen Beyonce has surprised her fans (and pretty much the entire music industry) by releasing her fifth studio album, with no marketing run-up. In a press release, Mrs. Carter said that she was tired of the commercialized way her music had been debuted and promoted in the past.

I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans.

Instead of Pepsi commercials and online promos (or even the formal release of new radio singles), Beyonce announced the self-titled record via a Facebook post. In addition to a handful of collaborations (Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Drake and more), each song on the new album also contains its own music video. Explaining the record’s visual emphasis, Beyonce said in the statement, “When I'm connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they're all connected to the music" … Discuss