Beyonce To Headline Essence Festival, Sit Down With Oprah

Queen B will appear on 'Oprah's Next Chapter' on Saturday night.

Get ready for the Beyoncé blitz. In anticipation of her upcoming fifth solo album, Queen B has lined up a major festival gig and a sit-down with Oprah.

In a return to the scene of her lights-out halftime performance 
 at the Super Bowl, Bey will be one of the headliners of the 2013 Essence Festival at New Orleans’ Superdome, which takes place July 4-7. The gig marks B’s third go-round at Essence and it will come just days after she kicks off the North American leg of her Mrs. Carter Show would tour on June 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Among the other acts announced so far on the Essence bill are: Keyshia Cole, Grammy Awards host LL Cool J, Maxwell, New Edition, Jill Scott and Charlie Wilson.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Beyoncé back to the 2013 Essence Festival line-up. She is truly the ultimate Essence woman,” said the Essence spokesperson Michelle Ebanks in a statement. “If you missed her tour de force in New Orleans, please join us this Fourth of July weekend so that you can experience it live for yourself at the Essence Festival. The Essence Festival features the best in music, culture, arts and entertainment — all of which Beyoncé captures through her extraordinary gifts.”

In addition, the singer will sit on the couch for an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, one hour before the debut of her HBO documentary, “Beyonce: Life is But a Dream.” 
 A teaser for the Oprah interview touts it as Beyoncé’s first sit-down interview since the Super Bowl show.

Not much is known so far about B’s upcoming fifth album, but in a recent Vogue interview 
 she said giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy has changed how she approached making music.

“Right now, after giving birth, I really understand the power of my body,” she told the mag. “I just feel my body means something completely different. I feel a lot more confident about it. Even being heavier, thinner, whatever. I feel a lot more like a woman; more feminine, more sensual. And no shame.”

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