While Beyonce shops for $70 million homes, her sister Solange is getting dogged by the taxman almost immediately after she got hitched.
Solange needs to settle up with the State of California, which claims she owes more than $55,000 in taxes for 2010-12.
And to add insult to injury ... the tax lien was filed 3 days after Solange tied the knot.
Meanwhile, back at the homestead, Mathew Knowles is having a marathon garage sale where he's hawking Solange's CDs for $1.96. A Beyonce poster is going for $200.
Life ... it isn't always fair.
Beyonce, Jay Z
Lose Bidding War for Epic L.A. House
12/18/2014 3:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A 35-year-old Swedish video game programmer just got the prized house that Jay Z and Beyonce also wanted ... TMZ has learned.
Our real estate sources tell us ... Markus Persson plunked down $70 million cash for a 23,000 square foot palace in Bev Hills.
Markus can afford it ... he sold his company, Mojang -- which created the video game Minecraft -- to Microsoft for $2.5 BILLION.
As we reported, Beyonce and Jay Z visited the house multiple times and made an offer but Markus beat them out at 70.
The other winners ... realtors Branden Williams and Ben Bacal who get a big fat commission check.
B-Day Party Sold a Load of S**t
12/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Not everybody was hatin' on Taylor Swift's celeb-crammed 25TH b-day bash in NYC -- a toy company just made a crap ton of money off it thanks to Justin Timberlake.
Turns out the takeaway from Taylor's now famous IG shot -- with Beyonce, Jay Z, Sam Smith, Haim, and JT -- was the poop emoji mask on Justin.
The people who make JT's turd face say they've seen a huge spike in sales since Taylor posted the shot. A rep for BigMouth Inc. tells TMZ they've seen a 315% increase and are almost sold out.
So, yeah ... #2 is now #1 on the charts.
Beyonce, Jay Z Sued
Singer Says They're Money Hungary
Over 'Drunk in Love'
12/15/2014 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce and Jay Z ripped off a singer from a far away land to make one of their biggest songs ever ... so claims the outraged Hungarian woman who wants "Drunk in Love" put on the shelf for good.
Monika Miczura, aka Mitsou, says Bey, Jay and producer Timbaland pilfered a Roma folk song she recorded in 1995, then used it for the first 13 seconds of the hit song.
Mitsou says she never gave them permission, but even worse, her song is about hopelessness yet Beyonce used it "to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics."
Mitsou says the 3 amigos bastardized her song -- "Bajba, Bajba Pelem" -- by digitally manipulating her voice with Auto-Tune and various cuts.
She wants damages and is also asking a judge to prohibit anyone from playing the song as long as it has her voice.
William, Kate, Beyonce, Jay Z
Royalty ... Meet Royalty
12/9/2014 6:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
THIS is a sight to behold ... in the middle of the Cavaliers/Nets game Monday night ... British security swarmed the hardwood as Prince William and Kate Middleton held court ... for Beyonce and Jay Z.
You gotta watch the video ... at the end of the 3rd quarter at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the crowd roars as Jay and Bey saunter across the court to waiting royalty.
The 2 girls yak it up as the guys chitchat ... and it's all captured on the Jumbotron.
And the piece de resistance ... Jay's BB move as he crosses back.
I'm Under Attack
... By My Face!!!!!
11/17/2014 6:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Solange Knowles looked great during her wedding, but after the reception she broke out in hives ... and by process of elimination, she's either allergic to shrimp, or Jay Z.
It doesn't seem to be a case of nerves ... Beyonce's sister's face appeared smooth and radiant in the wedding photos ... but after the reception -- when she got in a car with Jigga -- all hell broke loose on her face.
According to our sources, Solange suffered some kind of food allergy, though she isn't sure what it was from. We're told the hives were gone in a matter of minutes.
Solange got hitched in New Orleans Sunday -- she married music video director Alan Ferguson.
Front and Center At
Solange's Wedding White Party
11/16/2014 12:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z showed up to Solange's wedding Sunday in New Orleans breaking a cardinal rule ... but in this case there's an exception.
Hova and Beyonce arrived hours before the nuptials and Jay dressed to the nines in a fancy white tux.
Wearing white to someone else's wedding is normally frowned upon ... the whole upstaging the bride thing. But when you look at the photos it appears the ceremony has an all-white theme.
Or maybe he's just trying to get revenge for the elevator fight.
Take A Look At My Doppelhängers!
10/14/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sorry, Internet ... that's not Beyonce topless at the beach -- no matter how much you want it to be.
Photos started circulating Tuesday morning ... showing a woman who looks a lot like Bey flaunting yellow bikini bottoms, and nothing else. Just fully exposed whoppers.
However ... we've got an eye for this stuff, and dug into the archives to discover the woman in the pics is actually ex-Big Brother U.K. contestant Rachael White -- and the photos were shot back in 2011.
Jay Z and Beyonce
Artfully Dodge Crowds in Paris
10/13/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce & Jay Z
Louvre Us Alone!
10/13/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce, Jay Z and baby Blue Ivy hit up the Louvre in Paris and they managed to score the most private tour of the museum ever.
The power couple posed for a photo in front of the Mona Lisa -- just them and Mona -- and walked around the rest of the place all by their lonesome.
The photos were taken last Tuesday, the day the museum is closed. A staffer tells TMZ it's not uncommon for people to take private tours on off days.
We're told a small museum staff came in (about 20-25 people), Beyonce and Jay were there for about an hour and a half, and they covered the costs of staffing the joint.
Hard knock life.
Accused of Photoshopping
Bikini Yacht Photo
9/17/2014 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce's thighs are so amazing, they can bend the laws of physics -- or she just got busted Photoshopping her own photos.
Beyonce posted this bikini photo to her website Tuesday, but you can clearly see one of the stairs behind her isn't level for some odd reason. Yeah, it could be the worst carpentry ever, but it's way more likely someone is terrible at concealing Photoshop on Bey's thigh gap.
It's not the first time Bey has been accused of tweaking photos -- fans accused her of increasing her gap once before ... while another showed her sitting with a visibly distorted wine glass.
Beyonce & Jay Z
Eyeing Insane $85 Million Mansion
9/17/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce and Jay Z could be close to setting up shop on the west coast ... after taking multiple visits to a ridiculous $85 million Beverly Hills estate.
Our real estate sources tell us ... while they were living in L.A. over the summer they checked out a brand new 23,000 square foot cliffside palace twice.
In addition to panoramic views of Malibu and downtown L.A., the 8-bedroom, 15-bathroom house features an attached 16-car garage, infinity pool, wine cellar, and a 24-seat movie theater.
Jay and Bey got a taste of L.A. life this summer while leasing a mansion in exclusive Holmby Hills for a whopping $200,000/month! The mortgage on the Bev Hills crib would likely cost 'em way more than that.
Still, chump change for them.
Jay Z Hints ...
9/14/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z may have dropped a HUGE pregnancy bombshell re: Beyonce during their concert Friday in Paris ... alternatively he's trying to drum up more publicity for their tour.
The first couple of hip hop were in France for their "On the Run" tour and during Hova's song "Beach is Better" he changed one key lyric that has the internet stirring.
According to an Instagram video which first appeared on Vibe -- we tried our best to hear for ourselves but it's tough -- Jay Z allegedly says "pregnant with another one" instead of "I replace it with another one."
Wonder if Aunt Solange will be in the delivery room.