To say that I love Beyoncé is an understatement. Hell, I’m practically obsessed with her. I was a huge fan during her days as a lead singer for Destiny’s Child before she became the world-wide phenomenon she is today. Whether you’re a proud member of the BeyHive (AND I HOLD THE PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP!) or only notice her when she falls into your radar, you have to admit she’s a badass business woman.
She’s my cousin in my head. Judge me.
I’ve had the opportunity to see her in concert three times and each one was a great experience!
Except for that second time, the Mrs. Carter World Tour. My mom and I had nosebleed seats. I redeemed myself by getting floor seats for the Formation World tour…
…Aaaand it’s fair to mention there would’ve been a fourth time, but my God daughter was born the day of her On The Run tour stop in Atlanta… I chose to be by my best friend’s side instead…
During her stop in Raleigh, NC for the Formation tour, it started to rain. Rain doesn’t stop a Beyonce show, but a thunderstorm does. Right after she performed Partition, there was a stadium announcement requiring everyone – all 40,000+ of us – to exit the stadium and seek cover.
There was a loud gasp of concertgoers wondering if the show was over.
No way in hell did I pay over $300 to get a one-hour show! This isn’t Lauryn Hill. #Shade.
Then the announcer said that, ‘she’s not leaving. The show is not over.’ Everyone cheered and began exiting the stadium.
We waited for 1.5 hour for the thunderstorm to pass.
Then the announcer came back and said the show will start over in 10 minutes… and I kid you not, within those 10 measly minutes, the stadium was PACKED – again!
Only Beyonce can fill a stadium on a stormy night twice.
The concert was scheduled to end at 11 PM, but since Mother Nature didn’t want to play well that night, Beyonce’s concert was over at 12 AM. She was determined to finish the show. Based on several reports, I found out she dished out a $60,000 fine for every minute ($1,000 x’s 60 minutes) she was ‘late’ finishing her show.
That made me fall in love with her even more. 🙂
Granted, $60K to Beyonce is what $6 is to me; it’s nothing that’ll make her flip the script or think twice about it. It is indeed a small sacrifice on her part in giving her fans what they paid for.
So I have to ask you, what are you willing to sacrifice to make your business work for you?