Saturday, April 13, 2024

Beyonce Exclusive: A New Album Will Drop “Before” the Tour Begins April 27th


Beyonce at the Super Bowl. Beyonce in “Formation.” Beyonce presenting the final Grammy Award. Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce.

Trust me. The recent spate of Beyonce is not a coincidence. I am told that her new album will drop “sometime” before her world tour tour begins on April 27th.

“Formation” is just the lead single and there is much to come. A big pressing question will be: what notice will she give Sony? And will Sony let her stream exclusively or do anything else on Tidal, the streaming service owned by her husband, a Mr. Jay Z?

So far, Tidal has wrecked new releases from Rihanna and Kanye West. Because of the screwed up Tidal situation, Rihanna’s “Anti” may never sell 250,000 copies. It’s going to come in at number 10 this week in its third week. Kanye is a bigger mess, with “The Life of Pablo” a sales mystery at this point.

Something tells me Beyonce is too chart oriented to let even Jay Z destroy her chances of being Number 1 with a bullet. So hold on. The summer of Beyonce is upon us.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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