2 Things I Learned from Beyoncé During the Formation World Tour

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Two weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of being able to witness Beyoncé in concert for a second time. When Bey first announced this tour, I made sure I got my tickets this time because I missed On The Run in 2014. I made a vow to myself back then that I would never miss another Beyoncé tour for as long as I live. The Formation World Tour was not the first time I’ve seen Beyoncé live. The first Beyoncé concert I went to was the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour back in 2013. This was prior to the self-titled visual album being released and since I missed On The Run, there were quite a few songs that I hadn’t been able to see her perform live. So I would’ve been perfectly fine with Beyoncé touring without putting out a new album. But luckily Queen Bey decided to bless the BeyHive with another album in April, just days before her tour’s opening show. Every Beyoncé concert is an amazing experience but I walked out of the stadium two weeks ago feeling like I actually learned two major things from Mrs. Knowles-Carter.

Master your craft

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Ranking Beyoncé’s Six Studio Albums

It’s Beyoncé eve for me and my fiancé! Tomorrow night we will be in a stadium watching Beyoncé perform hits from her extensive catalog of music. In light of that, I wanted to take some time and rank Beyoncé’s solo albums from best to “worst”. Keep in mind that I actually love all of these albums but when you take Beyoncé’s growth as an artist into consideration, some albums are going to be better than others.

Lemonade

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Lemonade is Beyoncé’s most cohesive album/project to date. This time she took the visual album to a whole ‘nother level by making it into a complete film. Instead of giving us a bunch of random visuals, she gave us a story with Lemonade (the album and the movie). I really don’t even listen to this album on shuffle because I prefer to take the journey of the story each time I listen. Shuffling through the songs doesn’t really allow you to do that. I love that Beyoncé didn’t sugarcoat anything with the lyrics on this album or with the film. She’s unapologetically Black and unapologetically a scorned woman. Everything she sings is exactly what a woman in that position would say. The sadness, the anger, the love, etc. Those are all very real emotions and the way she’s talking on this album is truly authentic to the feelings that she’s trying to convey. I really appreciate the fact that Beyoncé kept it all the way real on this record.

Highlights: “All Night”, “Love Drought”, “Sorry”

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