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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 1:00 am


Hip-hop's royal couple set to tour

Associated Press

Jay-Z and Beyonce have announced they'll hit the road together this summer and fall for a stadium tour.

The hip-hop super couple will kick off their “On the Run II” tour June 6 in Cardiff, Wales. The tour will hit 15 cities across the United Kingdom and Europe and 21 cities in North America, including Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting March 19.

The tour is a reprise of the couple's joint 2014 six-week “On the Run” tour across North America and two dates in Paris, which were filmed for an HBO special. This time the tour will end Oct. 2 in Vancouver.

Singer collapses

Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland.

Rolling Stone magazine reports McGraw collapsed while performing Sunday night in Dublin. McGraw's wife, singer Faith Hill, can be seen in a video on a fan's Instagram page saying, “He's been super dehydrated. I apologize, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out on stage.”

A representative for McGraw issued a statement saying McGraw was attended to by local medical staff on-site and will be fine.

McGraw had performed Friday night in London and Saturday night in Glasgow as part of C2C, a three-day, three-city country-music festival. The duo is scheduled to begin their 29-city Soul2Soul tour in the U.S. on May 31 in Richmond, Virginia.

'Idol' a hit 

The revamped “American Idol” had a strong debut on ABC, reaching more than 10 million viewers and shrugging off Fox's attempt to blunt the premiere's impact with its special on O.J. Simpson.

The Nielsen company said that the 10.34 million who watched the return of “American Idol” represented ABC's biggest Sunday night audience with regular series programming since 2012.

Fox's presentation of a 2006 Simpson interview in which he speculated about how he might have killed his former wife was watched by 4.4 million people – an echo of the sensational interest the Simpson case drew two decades ago.

There was bad blood when Fox ended “American Idol” two years ago, and the Simpson interview was seen as Fox's attempt to prevent a fast start for ABC.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 79. Actor William H. Macy is 68. Comedian Robin Duke is 64. Actress Dana Delaney is 62. Bassist Adam Clayton is 58. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard is 56. Actress Annabeth Gish is 47. Actress Tracy Wells is 47. Rapper Common is 46. Singer Glenn Lewis is 43. Actor Danny Masterson is 42. Musicians Natalie and Nicole Albino are 34. Actor Emile Hirsch is 33.