Beyonce’s next album is running months behind schedule, after he recent single “Bow Down” “Grown Woman” and “Standing on the Sun” failed to rise to the Beyonce-occasion we’re all used to.
Queen Bey is believed to have auditioned more than 50 songs for her much-anticipated fifth studio album but has decided to scrap them all and start over. Among the writers potentially affected are Ryan Tedder, The-Dream, Sia, Diane Warren and Ne-Yo, who said in June that Beyonce was “still trying to figure out” a direction for the album.
Bey’s label, Sony-owned Columbia, had hoped to have new Beyonce music out by spring, which obviously didn’t happen. Now, it looks like a fall release may not be feasible. Columbia had its sights set on a big fourth-quarter bow by Beyonce, both to compete with high-profile releases by Universal Music’s Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and to capitalize on her massive Mrs. Carter tour. “Beyonce has had some of the biggest hits of our format, and we’re ready for the next,” says Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms at Clear Channel.
In turn, the label is getting increasingly more anxious as it looks back to the costly 2011 album, 4. Recorded around the globe as she accompanied her husband, Jay Z, and his rap partner Kanye West for their own Watch the Throne sessions, Beyonce was given nearly complete autonomy over the finished product, which also was her first release since excising her father, Mathew Knowles, from her business dealings (she is now self-managed).
4 was her lowest seller at 1.4 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and it failed to produce a buzzy pop hit, despite decent positioning on the R&B charts. Poleman says he hopes for “another ‘Single Ladies,’ ” which spent four weeks at No. 1: “Anticipation is high and expectations are, too,” he says.
Beyonce is currently working on new music while multitasking her many business endeavors.
Beyonce is the queen. Her label should stop putting so much pressure on her and just let her live her life for a year, take a break, and then come back strong and hard in 2014. Let her LIVE!!!