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A disjointed barrage maybe, but Beyoncé is still the master show-woman

It’s a grey night in Brexit Central as Beyoncé begins her European tour. Sunderland’s football stadium is anyway a happy, welcoming place for a woman whose sixth solo album has raised her artistic game. Rough times with apparently errant husband Jay Z were ruthlessly converted into artistic opportunity on Lemonade, which treats Big Dog Jay Z as a stray dog she drags to heal. Beyoncé has asserted herself as the dominant creative partner. She now calls the tune.

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