Yesha Callahan

Beyoncé Rejects 50 Songs, Starts New Album From Scratch

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If you were expecting a new Beyoncé album anytime soon, you may have to wait a little longer.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, songs from  top songwriters  like The-Dream, Diplo, Sia and Diane Warren (faints) didn’t make the cut, and Beyoncé is starting from square one. She is “still trying to figure out” a direction for the record, Ne-Yo said in June, while she travels the world with her Mrs Carter tour.

From The Guardian:

This report follows Diplo’s remark earlier this month, that one of his songs had been dropped from the LP. The Major Lazer producer had previously worked on Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls) single, and allegedly brought the singer and Sleigh Bells together in the studio.

Sources tell the Reporter that Columbia hoped to have Beyoncé’s album finished before her eight-month tour begins, allowing the massive concerts to help promote her new music. So far, the singer has only performed two 2013 tunes at her gigs – Standing on the Sun, once, in Antwerp, and Grown Woman, a song that was introduced in ads for Pepsi and H&M. Other fresh material, such as the bizarre internet-only Bow Down/I Been On, is in a stockpile of what Jay-Z described as “100,000 amazing songs”.

Apparently label executives are not only worried about the release date, they’re also worried about Beyoncé’s pulling power. While she remains a major force in live shows, she hasn’t had a bona fide hit in four years. The 31-year-old’s last album sold 1.4m copies in the US – her lowest-ever sales. In the UK, it ranked 18th in annual sales, below releases by CeeLo Green and Ed Sheeran.

I always said I’d love to hear Beyoncé sing a Diane Warren song, especially after the first Warren penned song, “I Was Here”. It’ll be interesting to see what makes the cut the second time around.

  1. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    “If you were expecting a new Beyoncé album anytime soon, you may have to wait a little longer. ”

    Don’t worry, I’m not…(At all !)

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply

      @Fifi-Gongon

      Right!!

      Around the beginning of her solo success I recall her repeatedly saying in interviews that her goal was to retire by 30 and raise a family. Perhaps it’s time to revisit those plans. She’s been forced on us for too long. Her music is just trite at this point.

  2. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Is anyone actually checking for a Beyonce album???

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply

      @KnottyNatural

      If she went back to the “Dangerously In Love” album, then yes, maybe I would….

  3. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I wouldn’t declare myself as being a big Beyonce fan. I would describe myself as being the “I’ve downloaded a few songs off of iTunes” type of fan.
    With that being said, (IMO) I don’t think Beyonce has the natural gift of “being different”.
    I believe that she wants to have a ‘Carole King/Joni Mitchell/Me’shell Ndegeocello/Nina Simone/Bjork’ type of credential. I think she wants to be seen as more than an entertainer.
    Plus, I don’t think she is comfortable with trying out new things that is very different from what she used to. But, the record label’s execs might also have a hand in that predicament as well ever since she is one of their work horses. The last thing they want to happen is for Beyonce to do something different with her new album and it is not commercially successful like her previous ones.

  4. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Hello, My name is L, I am a Beyonce fan and I am looking forward to her new music.

    *Proceed with the Thumbs Down clicks*

  5. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Translation: that junk you threw out did not stick to the wall. Bow Down and Grown woman were two of the most insipid songs I have heard in a long time. (and we all know there are some pretty bad (bad as in bad, not good) songs out there.

    When Beyonce started her solo career I had hoped she would be a more substantial artist, but small mindedness and faux anthems became her meal ticket. That is hard to get away from.

    I see that she is a mother but I personally do not see anything that really translates to the fact that she is a 31 year old woman.

    I will continue to rely heavily on every Jill Scott morsel I can get. Now there is a talent.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply

      @RJ

      “I see that she is a mother but I personally do not see anything that really translates to the fact that she is a 31 year old woman.”

      YES! She is neither fresh or deep.

  6. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    She needs Mathew back. Cuz mama aint managin herself so well….

  7. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    For why is her mouth wide open?

  8. July 26, 2013 - Reply

    You know I am glad she decided to scrapped the album, its time for a change we don’t need anthems we need good old fashion singing and song writing. She need to revisit the first CD I’m not saying relive the past but take some of those elements from that first album and make a good album. 4 was boring and think she realized that and that why she probably scrapped the album.

  9. July 26, 2013 - Reply

    I guess I’m the only one that loed her about 4. Asides I Am…Sasha Fierce, which is ok, I’ve loved her her albums. I think I actually prefer 4 to Dangerously in Love, Run the World wasn’t unnecesary, but asides that song, a solid album.

  10. July 26, 2013 - Reply

    Beyonce has an army of stans who would by an album of her flushing the toilet. They bought concert tickets to hear her perform songs that she has already performed and some of them saw her perform the songs when they were new.

  11. July 27, 2013 - Reply

    Gone are the days when people like a Stevie Wonder would go away, get inspired and come back between a few years with an album like “Songs in the Key”…Now, all you have to do is press the sample button and you have an entire album in one week. No inspiration and no imagination. Bow Down B’s? Really Ms Knowles. Glad you rethought releasing that jibberish.

  12. July 29, 2013 - Reply

    I loved Dangerously In Love, and I could listen to B’Day straight through. Those were GREAT albums. I didn’t love the I Am… Sasha Fierce album, but I respected it because she took a lot of chances vocally on that album that impressed me, and she had some tracks I truly enjoyed, like “If I Were A Boy” and “Sweet Dreams”.

    But 4 was… meh. Don’t get me wrong: there were some good songs on there. But I’ve heard mixtapes by other artists that sounded more impressive than Beyonce’s 4 album. In fact, that album should’ve been a mixtape (I feel the same way about Rihanna’s Unapologetic album). Now, when I say mixtape, many people get offended. But then I’m like… Drake’s career started from mixtapes that sounded like albums. And so did Frank Ocean! And The Weeknd! And Jhene Aiko! (If you don’t know who Jhene is, google her. Your mind will be blown.) Mixtapes are just a way for artists to express themselves freely and creatively without the confines of copyrights and royalties and such. Solidified artists go back do mixtapes all the time: T.I., Rick Ross, Fabolous, Chrisette Michele, Miguel, etc. These artists may not be as “big” as Bey, but that’s what makes them more relatable, and it keeps the fans satisfied.

    Beyonce is such a fortress with… well, everything… that when she does give a little bit, the stans go crazy like starved gorillas being given a banana. What she gives doesn’t even have to be quality; her stans will take anything. And maybe that’s the problem. No one’s challenging her. And if they are, they’re walking on eggshells with it. Where’s her “no” men? Who’s keeping it real? Her mom? Jay? Solange? Kelly? Who? Because if no one’s pushing her to become a better artist by going back to the core of who she is instead of chasing “record-breaking moments”, her sales will continue to decline.

    • July 30, 2013 - Reply

      @BrownandBeautiful

      Solange is that you? Always working I see

  13. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    I guess no one did bow down huh? Mehhhh.

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