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About JAY-Z AND BEYONCÉ - OTR II
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are joining forces for the newly announced OTR II stadium tour. Kicking off 6 June in Cardiff, the international outing will stop in 15 cities across the UK and Europe and 21 cities in North America.
In the summer of 2014, Beyoncé and Jay-Z performed six weeks of sold-out stadium dates across North America with their highly anticipated On the Run tour. The tour closed with two international dates in Paris, France that were filmed for an HBO special that received an Emmy nomination.
Beyoncé was last seen in the live in the UK in 2016 as part of her Formation world tour. Jay-Z’s last tour, The 4:44 Tour in 2017, supported his 13th album of the same name and played 32 dates across United States and Canada.
Jay-Z remains one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. MTV have ranked him the “Greatest MC of all time” (2006) while Rolling Stone include three of his releases among The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
As an artist, he also holds the record for most No.1 albums by a solo artist on the US Billboard 200 with 14. In 2009, he was ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent. He has also been ranked as the 88th-greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Beyoncé began her career as the lead singer of RnB group Destiny’s Child but has been performing as a solo artist since 2003.
In this capacity, she has sold an estimated 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling music artists in history. She has won 22 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award’s history.
In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s and awarded her their Millennium Award in 2011. In 2014, she became the highest-paid black musician in history and was listed among Time's 100 most influential people in the world for a second year in a row.
The couple have been married since 2008 and have three children together. Their first collaboration was in in 2002 on ’03 Bonnie & Clyde. Since then, other notable collaborations include Beyoncé’s 2003 No.1 hit Crazy in Love, 2013’s Part II (On the Run) and Drunk in Love from Beyoncé’s self-titled fifth release which unexpectedly dropped in December 2013.
Their most recent albums, Lemonade and 4:44 respectively, were both critically acclaimed for their personal and emotional content.
Last updated: March, 2018