BOW DOWN BITCHES
This morning I woke up, checked my phone and saw a friend had posted up a status saying “Beyonce broke the internet”. Earlier this week she had revealed that she had more UK dates to play on her seemingly never ending tour, but I was thinking was she just going to peddle out the same show that she did just a year before?
No, of course she wasn’t. Beyonce would have a whole new album to play around with by then because Queen Bey just switched things up and dropped a WHOLE new album (plus 17 videos) on iTunes without so much of a press statement until two hours later. That’s one helluva BALLER move, but if anyone can pull it off Mrs. Carter can.
In a video posted to her facebook page, Beyonce said that people listened to music differently and that everything could get caught up in the hype of a ‘single’ and a ‘release date’, but she didn’t want any of that. She wanted to put it out when it was ready, from her to the fans.
I’ve listened to the album twice now and there doesn’t seem to be a stand out “Single Ladies” singles on there - but there doesn’t need to be. Bey isn’t looking for a single or simply another #1, she’s doing it for the experience, for the artform and simply because she doesn’t need a a number one single to prove herself anymore.
So on initial listen, stand out tracks are “Haunted”, “No Angels”, “Blow”, “Drunk In Love (feat. Jay-Z)”, “Mine (feat. Drake)”, “Super Power (feat. Frank Ocean)”, “***Flawless”, “Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)" and the INCREDIBLE "XO”.
(click on the track names to hear a 30 second preview)
DOWNLOAD “BEYONCÉ” FROM iTUNES