Though it hasn’t officially been confirmed just yet, chatter circulating that JAY-Z and Beyoncé may be planning a joint tour for the very near future is probably some of the best news you’ll hear all day. First reported on New York's Hot 97 radio station, according to Complex, the tour rumors come as a great surprise to fans who have been following the couple over the past decade. The details, which were shared by radio personality Laura Stylez, indicate that Mr. and Mrs. Carter could be making the announcement as early as February.
“This is a rumor guys, OK. And I have my sources, so don’t ask me any questions. And again, it’s a rumor. I heard, somebody told me that, somebody told me that, somebody told me that the Carters, JAY-Z and Beyoncé might —this is a might — be announcing a tour very soon. I’m talking maybe All-Star Weekend.”
If the touring rumors prove to be true, they honestly couldn't have come at a more perfect time in both entertainers' careers, as JAY-Z recently wrapped up his 4:44 Tour in December of last year, while Beyoncé has not been on the road since her Formation World Tour ended in October 2016.
Their most recent respective albums have both fueled and responded to rumors of infidelity on JAY-Z's part. Fans may recall that Beyonce's entire Lemonade project was reported to have been a full disclosure about her issues with her husband, while JAY-Z's 4:44 appeared to serve as both an admission and open apology to Bey for his transgressions throughout their relationship. JAY-Z also addressed infidelity during an interview with the New York Times, explaining,
“So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode what happens? You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect ... And then all the things happen from there: infidelity.”
Should it actually come to fruition, the forthcoming tour will mark the second time that the couple embarks on such a collaboration. Their co-headlining On The Run Tour in 2014 also came shortly after the two had finished their own solo tours with Beyoncé's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour and JAY-Z's Magna Carter World Tour, both ending in early 2014.
Also marred with controversy surrounding their marriage, the On The Run Tour kicked off just over a month after video of Beyoncé's younger sister Solange attacking JAY-Z in an elevator following the 2014 Met Gala surfaced. The couple was also rumored to be at odds for the better part of the tour schedule, sparking rumors that they were on the verge of divorce after it was reported that they were sleeping in separate hotels while out on the road.
It seems that the touring proved to be therapeutic for the couple's now-thriving relationship, as the duo seemingly patched things up and continued working together on further projects including the 2018 Grammy-nominated single "Family Feud" from JAY-Z's 4:44 album, which notably features the lyrics, "Nobody wins when the family feuds." Perhaps taking a bit of their own advice from the song, Jay and Bey seemed to have figured out that, above all, keeping their family together is what's most important.
In addition to the impact that the rumored upcoming tour will have on their careers, the joint performance will also give the pair an opportunity to spend time together while on the road. The duo notably welcomed a set of twins last June, and also share a 6-year-old Blue Ivy together and will, most likely, hit the road with the kids in tow, just as they were able to do with Blue Ivy during their stint with the On The Run tour.
Never without a plan, Jay and Bey's every move always seems to be strategic and well thought out. As the next step in the Carter dynasty’s plan to dominate the world of music, Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s rumored new tour is something that will leave everyone crossing their fingers.