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Beyonce heads to town on a wave of cash

It started in April last year and has visited cities from Antwerp and Berlin all the way to Warsaw and Zurich.

With more than 130 shows in Europe, North and South America and Australasia, grossing $188.6 million (£112m) from the first 107 shows alone, the star-studded roller coaster that is Beyonce's Mrs Carter World Tour Show is all about the figures - and we're not talking waistlines.

The highest-grossing female tour of 2013, it is also Beyonce's biggest money-maker to date and indeed of all time. How much will it have made by the time it steamrolls into Glasgow on Thursday? More than she's ever likely to be able to count.

While the tour is raking it in for the Drunk In Love singer, she hasn't been far from the headlines in recent months. After her performance at the Grammys a couple of weeks ago, broadcasters were forced to bleep out explicit lyrics and she was criticised by viewers for being too sexual for the peak-time viewing slot. The mum-of-one wore a thong bodysuit made of python, iguana, lamb leather and Chantilly lace to perform with husband Jay Z and began the performance straddling a chair. Many parents took to Twitter to complain that the dance routine was too raunchy for children to watch.

Before that, she was forced to apologise for a sample used in her song XO. Nasa allegedly waded in, issuing a strong rebuke to remind her that the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster "should never be trivialised" as they responded to her sampling of audio from the seconds after the craft exploded on takeoff in 1986, killing all seven crew members.

Then she stirred up a new controversy with a quasi-religious Instagram snap. In the photo, the pop superstar poses in front of a modern take on The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 1490s, that depicted Jesus's last meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. Beyonce is sitting in front of the Messiah's spot in the middle of the table, wearing a mini-skirt and revealing bustiere top with skinny straps.

If that wasn't enough, when she performed at last year's Super Bowl just before the start of the world tour, she was blamed for a blackout during the third quarter of the game - caused by lights used in her set.

Sponsored by Pepsi, the tour doesn't quite employ a cast of thousands but it looks that way when you cast an eye over the programme, from dancers and choreographers to backing singers and security. There are even two accountants, adding up to a performance that's not so much Crazy in Love as Money (That's What I Want).

Beyonce, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, February 20 and 21.

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