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‘Renaissance World Tour’ breaks records

Award-winning American singer Beyoncé has just wrapped up her ninth concert tour, which has been breaking records left, right, and center. The tour opened in Stockholm, Sweden, earning $461.2 million over 5 months. In August, the tour became the highest-grossing tour by a female artist, which was previously held by Madonna’s “Sticky and Sweet Tour” in 2008, according to FOX. The ‘Renaissance World Tour’ has also become the highest-grossing tour by a Black artist in history, according to Evening Standard. 

 “It’s insanely impressive and deserved due to the work and energy she puts in,” NECC student and journalism major Demiya Silva said. “It’s extremely indicative of her talent.” 

 By the end of the tour, the “Cuff It” singer raked up $179 million for one month in 

August, making it the highest grossing one-month gross for tours since 1985 according to Billboard. The record was previously held a month before by Beyonce at $127.6 million in July according to Billboard. 

 Beyoncé’s seventh studio album “RENAISSANCE” was released on July 29, 2022, with  critical acclaim. The “Single Ladies” singer announced the “Renaissance World Tour” on February 1st, 2023, much to fans’ excitement.

“I’ve seen clips of it on Twitter and TikTok,” Silva added, when asked about her thoughts on the “Renaissance World Tour”. “It seems really entertaining and fun.” 

Along with making strides as an artist, Beyoncé has been making strides in the public eye, with Renaissance gaining attention online. Clips of the tour have garnered millions of views online, with fans expressing their enjoyment. 

“It’s one of a kind,” said Haverhill resident and Biology Pre-Med and Theatre Arts double major Max Popoloski, “A tour like it has never been done before.” 

The “Renaissance World Tour” has received critical acclaim from critics, many praising it for Beyoncé’s powerhouse singing and progressive themes. Vogue writer André-Naquian Wheeler praised the tour stating it “takes the idea of constant reinvention to unprecedented  heights”. Wheeler also praised Beyoncé’s wardrobe, in which different and intricate looks were shown throughout the tour. 

“Her artistry is so well credited and extremely well deserved,” said NECC student Lexi Tavares. “Her impact on the music industry is so impressive.” 

The “Renaissance World Tour has also been inspiring new trends online, specifically 

Beyoncé’s mute challenge. During her performance of Renaissance’s 5th song “Energy,” 

Beyoncé sings the lines, “Look around, everybody on mute,” leading to the entire stadium 

becoming silent. The challenge has continued throughout the tour, along with becoming a trend 


“The challenge seems really entertaining and fun,” Tavares added. “The clips I’ve seen 

online are super interesting.”