Sunday, June 2, 2013

Beyonce headlines sell-out UK gig to promote gender equality

Singer Beyonce performs at "The Sound of Change" concert at Twickenham Stadium in London June 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
LONDON (REUTERS) - US singer Beyonce performed a set full of female anthems on Saturday at a London concert to raise funds for women's health, education and justice.

The concert, which organisers hoped would reach a billion viewers, was staged by Chime For Change, a charity started by Italian fashion house Gucci which crowdfunds donations for projects to advance gender equality in more than 70 countries.
The If I Were A Boy singer was joined on stage by husband and rapper Jay-Z for Crazy In Love, but sang stirring anthems of female empowerment for which she is best known alone.
She told the audience that the charity gig had already raised US$4 million (S$5 million), and urged them to go online and do more during a set lasting 40 minutes that also included short films about women's issues starring Beyonce.

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