The saying "perfection takes time" might be one Beyoncé is sticking by for album No. 5. At the top of the year, Blue Ivy Carter's mom had the BeyHive (and just about everyone else) itching for new music. Months later, Queen Bey has dropped a few records ("Grown Woman," "Standing on the Sun" and "Bow Down"), posted shots from the studio, collaborated with Jay Z and The-Dream for their albums, but has yet to announce details behind her own.
The mystery led MTV News to ask "What's Going on With Beyonce's Album?" after a Hollywood Reporter article claimed she scrapped 50 songs and put the album behind schedule. A rep, however, denied the rumor, telling the Huffington Post that no release date had been set for the project, which the Destiny's Child alum has been working on while on the road.
Touring alone has taken up a large chunk of Bey's time. The 31-year-old is now managing herself and set out on the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in April, with the domestic run kicking off in late June. After a two-date gig in Washington, D.C., starting tonight (July 29), she still has five more domestic shows to go.
While the time delay may be attributed to scheduling conflicts, Bey is a perfectionist at heart. "Beyoncé's the kind of artist where you're not gonna see it 'til it's right," said Ne-Yo. "And her fans, they love her so they'll be patient." The singer/songwriter/producer has submitted music for his longtime collabroator, but says her people are still "trying to figure out" the direction of the highly-anticipated release.
There's also the sales reception of 4 hanging over the Grammy winner's head. The album marked her lowest solo sales figures at 1.4 million copies and produced no clear monster single. By comparison, it's predecessor I Am Sasha Fierce spawned several hits, including "Single Ladies."
No matter how slow she takes things musically, the year has shown the power of Beyoncé. Aside from singing at the presidential inauguration and headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, she inked multi-million dollar endorsements with H&M and Pepsi, both of which made for cross-promotional efforts by fusing two of the three aforementioned singles within their ads.
For now, all that's publicly knows is the album will be out this year, potentially led by "Bow Down." A snippet of the music video landed online last week.
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