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Cool & Dre Discuss the Process of Working on 'Everything Is Love'

June 22, 2018

The names Cool & Dre ring out across the hip-hop landscape for more reasons than one. If you're feeling nostalgic, their work on the Game's "Hate It or Love It" and Ja Rule's "New York" will get your blood flowing. If you're feeling contemporary, look no further than Fat Joe and Remy Ma's anthemic "All the Way Up," which dominated airwaves and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

They've been locked into the music game for more than a decade—but it still came as a surprise when credits on JAY-Z and Beyoncé's joint album Everything Is Love revealed the veteran production duo produced three out of nine tracks: "Summer," "713," and "Black Effect." They couldn't sound any more different: "Summer," with its deceptively lazy but thoroughly soulful pace, "713," with driving keys just south of in tune but hard enough that it doesn't matter, and "Black Effect," with its comparatively sparse beat and haunting background vocals. The Carters also released a bonus track, "Salud!" which Cool & Dre produced, and Dre laid down vocals for. As its name suggests, it sounds like a toast to victory.

As expected, Cool & Dre are floating on Cloud Nine now that their contributions to Everything Is Love have officially reached our ears. In an interview with Complex, the pair talked about their favorite moments creating with JAY and Bey, how easy it was to keep the collaboration a secret, and their status after producing for two of the most revered artists on the planet.

What have the past 48 hours been like for y’all?

On the Run II Tour in Amsterdam (June 20)

June 21, 2018

Last night Beyonce and Jay-Z performed for the second time at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The singer wrote after the concert: "Two nights in Amsterdam complete! Thank you!"

On the Run II Tourbook Photoshoot

June 20, 2018

In the gallery you'll find three photos from the photoshoot for the On the Run II tourbook.

On the Run II Tour in Amsterdam (June 19)

June 20, 2018

Last night Beyonce and Jay-Z performed during the On the Run II Tour at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Again, Bey had two new outfits. After the concert, she wrote on Facebook: "Amsterdam, you're always so much fun! Can't wait to see more of your beautiful faces tonight!"



OTR II Tour Architect Reveals New Content Will Be Added To The Show

June 20, 2018

Nobody does a stadium show like Beyoncé. Back in 2016, when she was touring Lemonade, she took with her a 60-foot “monolith” to project mountainous videos at her audience – it was so big that some venues had to reduce the size of the audience in order to fit the stage. This time around, for her second On The Run tour with Jay-Z, the dynamic stage feels lighter – but it provides a number of “oh shit!” moments (not only when the couple end their show by dropping a new album, as they did on Saturday June 16 in London).

The stage is mainly constructed of two catwalks, which Bey and Jay use to perform independently of one another; at the end of the show, a giant bridge connects the two, floating over the audience as it does so. More impressive than this is the backdrop of the stage, which is dominated by two giant video screens (each of which, designer Ric Lipson tells me, is the size of “a London street”). At various points in the show, these screens split open, to reveal a four-storey structure, on which figures dance, play instruments, and sometimes create a silhouetted tableau. It’s reminiscent of the thrum of vibrant energy that Bey brought with her to this year’s Coachella performances, where she chose to perform in front of college-style bleachers packed with 120 dancers and instrumentalists, rather than the screens that usually dominate massive arena pop shows.

The show was brought to life by Stufish, a London-based entertainment architectural firm who also worked on the stage that was used for Beychella (as well as having a storied history producing shows for Lady Gaga, Queen, and U2). Dazed spoke to Stufish architect Ric Lipson about how the stage design reflected Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s narrative of forgiveness and reconciliation, why Beyoncé altered the design to accommodate a huge band, and how the show may change as it keeps travelling.

Cool & Dre Detail the Last-Minute Making of 'Everything Is Love'

June 19, 2018

Where were you when the joint Beyoncé and JAY-Z album dropped?

Producer duo Cool & Dre won't forget the answer to the question on everybody's minds this weekend anytime soon. After all, they were right alongside the Carters on tour in London, having literally put finishing touches on Everything Is Love just a few hours before it arrived with no warning on Saturday evening (June 17).

But just because the album's release came down to the wire doesn't mean its creation was hasty: Marcello "Cool" Valenzo and Andre "Dre" Lyon describe the work ethic of hip-hop's perfectionist power couple as nothing short of fastidious -- no drum sound, sample or melody was spared their scrutiny. Below, Cool & Dre take Billboard behind the scenes of their Paris stadium sessions, Beyoncé's hands-on role in the writing process and just how much music they have left in the vault.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z work in mysterious ways. Were you surprised that the album came out when it did?

Dre: Nah, we knew what was going on. We were in London with them when the album dropped. JAY-Z and Beyonce are Golden State Warriors: they shoot half-court shorts, and it goes in. We spent three weeks in Paris recording, then we went to Cardiff for like a week. We got to London and knocked out two to three tracks 10 days of finishing up the album. An hour and a half before showtime, Bey and Jay were still cutting up vocals. Three hours later it was released to the world. There are no rules when it comes to those two.

Producers Cool & Dre on What It's Like to Make a Beyonce and Jay-Z Album

June 19, 2018

When Beyoncé and Jay-Z's album Everything Is Love appeared suddenly on Tidal on Saturday night, a surprising name stood out on the credits list: veteran duo Cool & Dre co-produced three of the nine songs on the album, along with a bonus track. Cool & Dre were ubiquitous on much of the radio in the mid-2000s – see Ja Rule's "New York" and the Game's "Hate It or Love It," for starters – and enjoyed a recent renaissance as the team behind Fat Joe's "All the Way Up." The pair had never worked on a Jay-Z or Beyoncé album before, though. On Everything Is Love, they're responsible for "Summer," the album's soul-sampling opener; the radio-ready, Dr. Dre-interpolating "713"; and a pair of triumphant cuts that appear near the end of the LP, "Black Effect" and "Salud!" Cool & Dre co-produced more tracks than anyone on the album other than Beyoncé and Jay-Z themselves.

"We always joke with Jay: Working with them two is like working with the Golden State Warriors," Dre says. "We can just dribble the ball up the floor and look like geniuses." Rolling Stone spoke with the duo – Dre is by far the chattier of the two – about how they ended up on Everything Is Love, the recording sessions in Paris and Cardiff, and how Jay-Z and Beyoncé's talents pushed them to new creative heights.

How did you get involved in the album?
Dre: We've had a relationship with Jay-Z shit, for 15 years. OG Juan introduced me to Jay shortly after "Hate It or Love It" was ringing off. He told me back in the day: "'Hate It or Love It,' I get it, I gotta let that go. But 'New York,' you were supposed to hand deliver that to me. You gotta find a way to get to me." We've always had a cordial relationship with him. We never had the opportunity to get on one of his albums. You have to be right beside him. Jay has a thing, he'll text or email: "Stay close." That's advice you have to take literally. He'll record in two weeks and the album is done.

"Apeshit" Screen Captures

June 18, 2018

In the gallery you'll find screen captures from the music video for "Apeshit".


UPDATE: I also uploaded one behind the scenes photo from the video.

On the Run II Tour in London (June 16)

June 18, 2018

Beyonce and Jay-Z performed for the second time at the London Stadium in London, England on Saturday (June 16). The singer wore a new outfit for "Crazy in Love". After the show, she wrote on Facebook: "London! Thank you for two nights of amazing energy and being the first to experience #EverythingIsLove!"



Beyonce and Jay-Z add new album to streaming services and iTunes

June 18, 2018

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have added their brand new collaborative album to major streaming services and iTunes.

Originally a timed exclusive to TIDAL, Everything Is Love, featuring the new single APES**T, is now available across Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer, while it is now available to download for the first time on iTunes and Amazon.

Everything Is Love was revealed following The Carters' final On The Run II UK tour performance at London Stadium, London. The video to APES**T was played to the audience in full to close the show.

Everything Is Love is nine tracks long, and features uncredited vocals from Pharrell, Ty Dolla $ign, plus Quavo and Offset of Migos. One more track Salud! - billed as a non-album promotional song - remains exclusive to TIDAL.

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Philanthropy

When away from the public eye and the rigors of performing, Beyoncé has revealed herself to be a quiet humanitarian at heart. She often visits orphanages and children's hospitals to spend time with those in need. And on her tours she works extensively with the Kids Wish Network and Make a Wish Foundation, granting the wishes of sick fans who receive special time with her prior to her performances.

In 2001, along with Destiny's Child, Beyoncé supported The Candie's Foundation, which raises awareness about teen pregnancy in the United States, and performed at a special benefit concert. She also performed at the 2004 Carousel of Hope Gala to benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, the country's leading care and research center for type 1 diabetes, and at the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Colon Cancer Benefit. The following year, she joined Bono on-stage at Greenpoint Stadium in Capetown as part of Nelson Mandela's 46664 initiative to treat and eradicate HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

With the motto, "Where There's A Will, We Help Make A Way," Beyoncé along with her family formed the Survivor Foundation in 2005, a charitable entity initially set up to provide transitional housing for Hurricane Katrina victims. The Survivor Foundation is an organization designed to assist displaced persons whose lives have been affected by disasters, natural or otherwise. The foundation also provides assistance to children and to those suffering from AIDS. The Survivor Foundation extends the philanthropic mission of the Knowles-Rowland Youth Center, a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston. Beyoncé also walked the runway at the Fashion for Relief fashion show, with proceeds going to aid Hurricane Katrina victims. Additionally, she donated $100,000 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund, which benefits victims of Hurricane Ike in the Houston area. She organized a fund raising benefit for Hurricane Ike relief through the Survivor Foundation.

Along with her Destiny's Child bandmates, Beyoncé was a global ambassador for The Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2005, visiting Ronald McDonald Houses all over the world, to provide support and hope to terminally ill children. In addition to this, part of the proceeds from Destiny's Child ticket sales went directly to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The same year, Love Our Children USA held an online auction to celebrate the second annual Love Our Children Day and raise money for programs to protect children. Beyoncé donated a signed photo of her for the auction. Destiny's Child also lent their voices and support for the 2005 World Children's Day, an event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children's causes worldwide. Their song "Stand Up for Love" served as the anthem of the day.

In celebration of the launch of her fashion brand, House of Deréon, Beyoncé auctioned off her iconic dresses and costumes from her most memorable video, television and film appearances raising over $75,000 to help VH1 Save The Music Foundation fund three instrumental music education programs in public schools. She also appeared in a PSA for the foundation, speaking about the importance of music education. The same year, she donated a handbag to an auction benefiting Women's Fund for Scotland and partnered with Clothes Off Our Back, an organization that auctions off celebrity clothing with proceeds going to benefit children's charities.

During several stops on The Beyoncé Experience Tour in 2007, Beyoncé conducted food drives in conjunction with Pastor Rudy Rasmus, Capital Area Food Bank, and the Survivor Foundation. Also in 2007, a unique pair of Beyoncé's House of Deréon diamond-studded jeans, specially made and signed by the singer, was auctioned off at the Musicians on Call Benefit Concert. On behalf of House of Deréon, Bee also designed a special lunchbox for the 2007 Lunchbox Fund auction to benefit the New York City Food Bank.

On October 4, 2008, Beyoncé attended the Miami Children's Hospital Diamond Ball & Private Concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, where she was inducted into the International Pediatric Hall of Fame for her contributions to the betterment of children through the Survivor Foundation. Seven-year-old Ethan Bortnick dedicated and performed "Over the Rainbow" to her.

After completing work on Cadillac Records (2008), Beyoncé donated her entire salary to Phoenix House, an organization of rehabilitation centers around the country. She visited a Brooklyn, New York site in preparation for portraying singer Etta James, who was once addicted to heroin. During this time, she recorded with other artists "Just Stand Up!", a charity single for the Stand Up to Cancer charity. Joining Bee on the song were Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, LeAnn Rimes and Mary J. Blige, among others.

Beyoncé showed her support for The Samburu Project, an organization that provides clean drinking water and community empowerment to the families of the Samburu District in Kenya, when she was spotted wearing a Samburu Hope Tee at the LAX International Airport on January 25th, 2009. In February, Bee contributed an autographed iPod loaded with her personal playlist to be auctioned off by Tonic, with all proceeds benefiting Music Rising, a campaign founded in 2005 to replace lost or destroyed instruments of musicians in the Gulf Coast Region after the hurricane disasters.

On the North American leg of her I Am... World Tour, Beyoncé sponsored food drives as part of the Show Your Helping Hand initiative, a national hunger relief campaign created by General Mills in partnership with Beyoncé and her Survivor Foundation. The campaign helped Feeding America's goal of delivering more than 3.5 million meals to local food banks.

In January 2010, Beyoncé lent her voice as a performer on "Hope For Haiti," the live telethon organized by actor George Clooney and MTV just days after a massive earthquake violently shook the island nation. She was named the official face of the limited edition "Fashion For Haiti" T-shirt by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The shirt, which reads: "To Haiti With Love", was designed by Peter Arnell and benefited the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Around that time, Artists for Peace and Justice, an organization created to address issues of poverty around the world, especially in Haiti, held a charity auction featuring, among others, a Gibson Guitar from the Grammy Awards signed by Beyoncé and other celebrities. Bee also made a generous personal donation to aid the relief efforts in Haiti and joined forces with the Cultural Diversity Network to auction off a pair of her I Am... Tour shoes.

On March 5, 2010, Beyoncé opened the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House Career Academy in Brooklyn, New York. The Cosmetology Center offers a seven-month cosmetology training course helping former addicts gain the career skills they need to lead productive, rewarding lives in recovery. Additionally, Bee has pledged to donate $100,000 annually to the center. Also in 2010, she donated a House of Deréon dress along with a necklace from her personal collection and a framed image to the Oxfam Curiosity Shop, a charity pop-up shop benefiting Oxfam's women's projects across the world.

In April 2011, she joined forces with US First Lady Michelle Obama and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to help boost her campaign against child obesity. Beyoncé reworked her single "Get Me Bodied" and renamed it to "Move Your Body" for the Let's Move! Flash Workout initiative. She released a music video of her version of the exercise routine for the song. Following the death of Osama bin Laden, Bee released a charity single titled "God Bless the USA", to help raise funds for the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.

On July 27, 2012, it was announced that Beyoncé would become an ambassador for the 2012 World Humanitarian Day campaign, and that she would be donating her song "I Was Here" and its music video to the campaign. The campaign asked people around the world to pledge to help another person on World Humanitarian Day. The music video for "I Was Here" was directed by Kenzo Digital and Sophie Muller, and filmed in front of a live audience at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. On August 19, Knowles helped the campaign make social media history as more than one billion messages were shared at the same time in relation to the event.