Hurricane Harvey: Star-studded benefit concert for victims

Celebrities including Beyoncé, George Clooney, and Jamie Foxx will take part in a benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey next week.

The one-hour telethon will be broadcast live in the US on 12 September at 20:00 ET (15:00 BST).

Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief will also be streamed live on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Hurricane Harvey brought devastating floods and displaced thousands of people when it hit Texas on 25 August.

The state's governor, Greg Abbott, has said the bill for reconstruction could be as high as $180bn (£138bn).

Various celebrities announced their involvement in the fundraiser on Twitter:

@GeorgeStrait We're playing a special show for at Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on 9/12. On sale 9/6 at 10AM CST: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/3A005324E7A426C5 

Proceeds from the concert will go to various charities including the United Way of Greater Houston, Save the Children, and the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Viewers will be able to donate by phone, text message and online from the start of the programme until one hour after it has finished.

On Tuesday night's episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon also announced the show will be donating $1m (£762k) to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund set up by Houston Texans star JJ Watts.

The fund has raised over $20m (£15.3m) so far.

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Could Beyonce be the Lion King's queen?

She once pretended to be Sasha Fierce - so could pop goddess Beyonce get fierce again as a live-action lioness?

It all depends on whether she'll snap up the voice role of Nala in Disney's upcoming remake of The Lion King.

According to Variety, Queen Bey is The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau's first choice for the role in his new version of the 1994 classic.

Donald Glover has already been cast as lead lion Simba, while James Earl Jones will once again voice his dad Mufasa.

James Earl Jones and Donald GloverJames Earl Jones and Donald Glover are already attached to the project / PA/Reuters

Nala, you may recall, is the lioness who befriends Simba as a young cub and who later becomes a key ally in his battle against evil uncle Scar.

The film's being conceived along the same lines as The Jungle Book, with big names voicing photorealistic computer-generated animals.

The new version will feature songs from the film original - though if Beyonce is cast, we expect more numbers to be added to take advantage of her pipes.

The news has got us brainstorming songs the singer could perform if she accepts the role. Here's what we've come up with:

  • Can You Feel the Crazy in Love Tonight
  • Halo-kuna Matata
  • Single Ladies (Put a Rrrrrrr-ing on It)
  • I Just Can't Wait to Bey King
  • Twerk-le of Life

Feel free to chip in with suggestions of your own!

Disney, by the way, have yet to confirm whether Beyonce has been approached. The star's publicist has also yet to respond to queries.

Mrs Jay Z, who's currently expecting twins, previously had a voice role in 2013 animation Epic.

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Beyoncé Pregnant With Twins: ‘Formation’ Singer And Husband Jay Z Expecting Two Babies

Beyoncé has announced that she and husband Jay Z are expecting twins.

The ‘Formation’ singer broke the news with a photo on her Instagram page on Wednesday (1 February) evening.

She told her followers: “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over.

“We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.”

She signed off the post ‘The Carters’, referring to Jay Z’s real last name.

The couple are already parents to a daughter, Blue Ivy, who turned five last month.

A year after giving birth, Beyoncé told ABC News that she’d be keen to extend her family even further, explaining: “I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being a big sister.

“I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life... and life is completely different now. I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that’s to be her mother.”

George Pimentel via Getty Images / Jay Z and Beyoncé at the Met Gala last year

Beyoncé’s social media announcement is fitting for the star, who famously keeps her personal life as private as possible, choosing only to disclose certain details when it’s on her own terms.

When she was pregnant with her daughter, for example, she revealed the pregnancy on stage at the VMAs, following a performance of her hit single, ‘Love On Top’.

Her baby news comes at the end of a massively successful 12 months, in which she made headlines all over the world with her chart-topping visual album, ‘Lemonade’.

The album, which dealt with important themes such as feminism, infidelity and racial inequality, was critically lauded upon its release last year, and went on to receiving nine nominations at this year’s Grammys, more than any other artist.

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