Beyoncé wrapped the North American leg of her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” last night (Dec. 22) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The trek, which kicked off on April 15, 2014 saw the international superstar perform 107 shows globally. The tour is set to recommence in Europe on February 20th.
The time off will give Bey some well needed family time as well as a nice interval to promote her recently released fifth studio album, Beyoncé. As previously reported, the project opened at no.1 on the Billboard 200 last week, selling a total of 617,000 copies in its first week (U.S.). The set is also expected to top the charts this week with estimated sales of 260-280k.
Beyoncé spoke intimately about the new album for the first time at SVA in New York City recently while taking questions from fans via Instagram video.
“This is a project that I didn’t think was possible actually. I’ve never done anything so brave in my Life,” Beyoncé states. “The amount of personal growth from this project is unlike anything I’ve ever done. I took all of my insecurities, all of my doubts, all my fears; everything I’ve learned I applied it into this project.
The “Drunk In Love” hitmaker credits being a first time mom for the direction of the project. “It’s interesting how motherhood changes you, and it changes your perspective on life,” she adds. “I took all the things that I wanted to change about myself and all the things I wanted to share, and I put it into this record.
Beyoncé caught the world off guard when she secretly released the album to iTunes exclusively with dropping any singles or doing any press. In taking such an intense risk, Bey is very happy with the return.
She says, “I’m very proud of it, but more than the music, I’m proud of myself as a woman for taking the risk.”
As far as the project’s songs, Bey is content in her direction, no matter if some may dislike it.
“The biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that make you interesting, because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anybody’s box,” she states.