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Beyonce bounces into Beijing
By Gan Tian (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-10-16 14:08

American R&B singer and songwriter Beyonce Knowles' I Am world tour will come to Beijing's Wukesong Arena on Oct 23.

Although the concert will be held outside of downtown, it's the most anticipated performance since last year's Kylie Minogue appearance at Workers' Stadium.

The I AM ... tour features the 27-year-old performer's first full-length concert since The Beyonce Experience sold-out in 2007. It also features performances of songs from the album I am Sasha Fierce, which went gold in China.

"Sasha Fierce is my alter ego, and now she has a last name. I have someone else that takes over when it's time for me to work and when I'm on stage, this alter ego that I've created that kind of protects me and who I really am," Knowles said in an interview when the album was released.

"That's why half the record, I Am ..., is about who I am underneath all the makeup, underneath the lights and underneath all the exciting star drama.

Beyonce bounces into Beijing

Chinese fans will get to see "the real" Beyonce at Beijing's Wukesong Arena on Oct 23.

"And Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and the more glamorous side that comes out when I'm working and when I'm on the stage."

She says the double album allowed her to take more risks and really step out of - or, actually, into - herself.

According to a survey conducted by Beyonce's fan club in Beijing, most Chinese audiences expect her to perform Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), which was the No 1 hit on the American Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts, and topped Germany's airplay-based club charts for three weeks. The black-and-white music video for the song was shot in one take.

Chinese reporter Wang Wang downloaded the video as soon as it was released in 2007.

"Beyonce's dancing is so cool, and I am always wondering how she can do it live on stage," the 23-year-old says.

"This is a good chance for us to see the real Beyonce - her voice, her dance and her interactions with the audience."

Other expected songs are Halo, a softer piano melody that also took the top spot on China's Hit FM Airplay chart for two consecutive weeks; and If I Were A Boy, which topped the UK, Norwegian, Swedish and South African charts.

World-renowned designer, director and photographer Thierry Mugler will work as creative advisor and costume designer during Beyonce's I AM... tour.

Knowles' new concert production promises to showcase the music and film superstar, along with her extraordinary all-women band, performing musical hits, classics and surprises. The songs Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), If I Were A Boy, Heart-broken Girl and Halo all convey the image of a strong and independent woman.

Tickets priced at 1,688 ($247) and 288 yuan have already been sold out, according to online box office www.piao.com.cn.

Head of Beyonce's fans club in Beijing Huang Leixiang says he can't wait to see his idol.

"Most people in the fan club have booked tickets," he says.

"She is really hot and expresses all things good about the modern woman."

Huang's friend Liu Xing has been studying Beyonce's repertoire on his iPod.

"I want to sing and dance to her music at the concert," Liu says.

Time: Oct 23, Friday

Tel: 64177845

Add: Wukesong Arena, Yuyuantan Nanlu, Haidian District

Ticket: 1,688 yuan, 1,288 yuan, 988 yuan, 688 yuan, 488 yuan, 288 yuan