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On the Run with Beyonce and Jay Z




Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Musical power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z have been delivering two-hour plus shows to packed stadiums during their “On The Run” tour, keeping up the image of “Crazy In Love” amidst rumors of marriage troubles and disputes.

The audience at the Rose Bowl, full to capacity, was treated to a mix of musical experiences. Jay-Z has paired his style of rap with pop in the past (he went on tour last year with Justin Timberlake), and critics argue that for him, utilizing Beyonce’s pop-R&B clout is a smart move.

Beyonce has kept to polished performances highlighted by her on-stage chemistry with her husband. What does the “On The Run” tour say about the future of big stadium shows? How does Jay-Z and Beyonce’s marriage impact their onstage dynamic and the show as a whole?

Guest:

Lorraine Ali, music writer for the Los Angeles Times