The BeyHive better take note: Beyoncé seems to be gearing up to drop new music in the next few months. And while we don’t know exactly when, we do know that Queen B and her team have been teasing a new release for some time.
As the New Year grows closer, and with rumors piling up, MTV News gathered all the clues we have so far about Beyoncé’s still-untitled project. Check out everything we know so far.
The Photographic Evidence
There’s nothing a Beyoncé fan loves more than photos of the singer. And not only has she let fans into her world via her Tumblr, it’s also where she’s shared some snapshots showing her back in the booth. Back in November, B looked casual working on tracks.
The Killer Collaborators
Over the years, Beyoncé has enlisted some of the best in the biz to help her cook up tunes. Her next project will be no different. Hit-Boy, Kanye West and Ryan Tedder have all been attached to the project, and just this week The-Dream revealed that he’s “involved in every part of the process” of making this B’s 4 follow-up.
R&B dreamboat Miguel also confirmed to MTV News that he would be hitting the studio with Beyoncé. “I’m excited to hear the direction of her new material, and hopefully come up with something that’s really special and really showcases her perspective,” he said.
And while the prospect of a Beyoncé/Miguel team-up is enough to make swoon even before they drop a tune, fans really salivated over an image of the singer in the studio with her husband, Jay-Z. The couple has worked together before, but this would be their first collabo since they became parents. Are fans ready to hear their joint ode to Blue Ivy?
The craziest rumor so far, though, has to be the tidbit placing her in the studio with none other than … Justin Timberlake. Perez Hilton reported that Timberlake was spotted leaving a NYC recording studio with the couple. (The last time Timberlake and Beyoncé worked together was in 2007, on his track “Until the End of Time.”)
The TV Takeover
Come February, Queen B will be all over the small screen. She’s prepping her February 3 Super Bowl halftime performance, where fans may get a preview of whatever it is she’s been doing in the studio. Weeks later, she’ll take over HBO for her documentary, which she also happens to be directing. Parts of the February 16 special will reportedly focus on her working on her upcoming album.
The Possible Release Dates “She took the summer to start recording, and now she’s in a place where she’s ready to start gearing up to reveal her plan,” The-Dream shared in his Billboard interview this week. “I’m sure there will probably be a couple records you hear before the Super Bowl gets here,” he added.
In fact, B may take a play from the Madonna handbook during the big game. Madge played the 2012 Super Bowl and used it as a launching pad for her MDNA album, dropping the first single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” just two days before the show.
The dates would align, too, considering B’s love for all things the number four. (It was the name of her last album of course). If Queen B plays the show on February 3, she could have a lead single hit radio on February 4. Or, perhaps that’s the day she might consider releasing the video for it.
But, if she wants to give fans something even earlier, as The-Dream teased, she may use Blue Ivy’s birthday, January 7, as the perfect day to release the song. She does have a thing for B’Days.