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Beyonce Announces Tour, May Have Actually Caused Super Bowl Power Outage


And the winner of Super Bowl XLVII is… well, technically the Baltimore Ravens, whose gritty defense obliterated the San Francisco 49ers’ comeback hopes. And Ravens signal-caller Joe Flacco deservedly took home the Most Valuable Player trophy. But for our purposes, Beyoncé was clearly Most Valuable, Period.

According to Billboard and’s Brand Bowl, Beyoncé was, unsurprisingly, by far the most-discussed musical performer of the night on Twitter. Of more than 756,000 music-related tweets, more than one-third involved the singer. And while the numbers aren’t yet in on the Destiny’s Child member’s post-game record sales, Super Bowl halftime performances ever since Michael Jackson’s two decades ago have tended to generate impressive sales boosts, according to Billboard.

When Beyoncé’s untouchable halftime show performance coincided with a power outage at New Orleans’ venerable Superdome, social media naturally buzzed with talk that her brilliance somehow killed the lights. Officially, that has not yet been ruled out. A statement to the New York Times by local utility Entergy Services and SMG, which runs the 72,000-capacity stadium, blames “an abnormality in the system” as part of a lengthy non-explanation explanation. And what was Bey’s performance if not out of the ordinary?

To cap Beyoncé’s winning night, she announced a 46-date world tour, dubbed the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour; watch a video trailer below. And speaking of the Carter family (not the Carter Family), an endearing photo also surfaced of husband Jay-Z congratulating her after her halftime performance.

As if that weren’t enough, Bey also posted a classy thank-you note to all the night’s singers. “What a proud day for African American women!” she wrote. “Kelly, Michelle, Alicia, JHud you are all beautiful, talented and show so much class! It was an honor to perform at the Super Bowl with you phenomenal ladies. Love Beyonce.”

If you need help going back to bed this post-Super Bowl Monday, here’s Entegy and SMG’s full statement on the Super Bowl blackout:

A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue. Backup generators kicked in immediately as designed.

Entergy and SMG subsequently coordinated start-up procedures, ensuring that full power was safely restored to the Superdome. The fault-sensing equipment activated where the Superdome equipment intersects with Entergy’s feed into the facility. There were no additional issues detected. Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.

Mrs. Carter Show World Tour:
April 15 – Belgrade, SR @ Kombank Arena
April 17 – Zagreb, CR @ Arena Zagreb
April 19 – Bratislava, SL @ Slovnaft Arena
April 22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
April 24 – Paris, FR @ Palacis Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 25 – Paris, FR @ Palacis Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 26 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
April 29 – London, UK @ The O2
April 30 – London, UK @ The O2
May 1 – London, UK @ The O2
May 3 – London, UK @ The O2
May 7 – Manchester, UK @ Arena
May 11 – Dublin, IE @ The O2
May 12 – Dublin, IE @ The O2
May 14 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
May 17 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
May 18 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
May 20 – Montpellier, FR @ Park & Suites Arena
May 22 – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle
May 24 – Berlin, DE @ O2 World
May 25 – Warsaw, PL @ National Stadium
May 27 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
May 28 – Oslo, NO @ Telenor Arena
May 29 – Stockholm, SE @ Ericsson Globe Arena
June 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
June 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 2 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
July 5 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 6 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
July 10 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
July 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Gwinett Center
July 13 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 15 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 17 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Enery Center
July 20 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 21 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
July 22 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 23 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
July 26 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
July 27 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
July 29 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
August 2 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
August 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center