Sing it loud, sing it proud! Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are bringing the heat with their must-see tours and unforgettable tracks — but they aren’t the only artists giving Us something to look forward to this summer.
Kicking off this edition of Us Musts is former Destiny’s Child singer, 41, made a splash on May 10 when she began her Renaissance Tour in Sweden. The outing marked Beyoncé’s first solo tour since 2018.
The 32-time Grammy winner surprised fans during her Friday, May 26, performance by including daughter Blue Ivy, 11, as one of her backup dancers. Beyoncé’s younger daughter, Rumi, 5, was spotted cheering on her big sister from the crowd while in Paris. (The Ivy Park founder shares her daughters and son Sir, 5, with husband Jay-Z.)
The “Single Ladies” songstress will kick off the U.S. leg of her tour on July 12 in Philadelphia and will continue wooing fans with her hits through the end of September.
For country music fans, Luke Bryan’s Country On Tour will put the twang into summertime starting on June 15 in Syracuse, New York.
Swift, for her part, has been entertaining her fans since March as she began her highly anticipated Eras Tour — her first tour in five years. While not all her loyal listeners will get a chance to see her due to the historic demand, Swifties will rejoice when Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) makes its debut on July 7.
As the third of Swift’s albums to be rerecorded amid her battle for her masters, Speak Now follows Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version). Following the big announcement in May, the musician’s ex Taylor Lautner joked that another one of Swift’s former flames — John Mayer — should be shaking in his boots when the record drops.
“I think it’s a great album. Yeah, I feel safe,” the Twilight star, 31, told Today.com about the release. “Praying for John.”
The record will feature a rebooted version of “Back to December,” which is about Lautner’s 2009 romance with the Cats actress. Swift briefly dated Mayer, now 45, that same year and used the fling as the inspiration for the song “Dear John.” The lyrics depict an age gap between the two subjects that echoes hers and Mayer’s. (In 2009, Swift was 19 and Mayer was 32.)
“Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong / Don’t you think 19 is too young / To be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so? I should’ve known,” she sings in the chorus.
The “Exile” artist isn’t the only musical act releasing new songs in time for summer beach hangs and backyard BBQs. The Foo Fighters and Post Malone both have fresh albums scheduled to drop over the next few months.
Plus, Audible is putting a spin on the traditional singing competition with its new “Breakthrough” podcast. Listeners will follow five undiscovered artists as they are guided by celebrity coaches to see who makes it to the top.
For more can’t-miss tours, albums and podcasts this summer, watch the exclusive Us Weekly video above.