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Beyonce '4' Album Preview - EXCLUSIVE

Beyonce '4' Album Preview - EXCLUSIVE

Beyonce held a preview listening party for her upcoming album, 4, at the NYC offices of Sony Music on Wednesday afternoon (May 11).

About a dozen of her super fans watched the “Run The World (Girls)” video in a conference room before the 29-year-old global superstar came in and surprised everyone, shaking hands and hugging every single person in the room. (One of her fansites BeyonceWorld even flew in from Australia!)

“When editing the DVD [for Beyonce: I Am... World Tour], I noticed that the tone of my voice is different live [than my recording one],” Beyonce told as she addressed the room. “So I used that live performance tone throughout the record.”

B then sat down, grabbed a bottle of Pellegrino sparkling water, and played five new tracks for the room.

“I wanted to do something refreshing and different,” Beyonce told “So I mixed genres and drew inspiration from touring, traveling, watching rock bands, and attending festivals… I was like a mad scientist, putting lots of different songs together.”

Click inside for‘s preview of “4″

Beyonce ’4′ Album Preview – Exclusive

SONG #1 – TILL THE END OF TIME ———- Part of the song has already leaked on YouTube. “The bass line was inspired by [Nigerian musician and composer] Fela Kuti,” Beyonce shared with as she addressed the room. “It’s my nephew Julez‘s favorite song.” (JJ Tidbit: Jay-Z produced the Broadway musical Fela! about the late Nigerian singer.)

Here are some sample lyrics: “I wanna love you so (hit me)/ I will be the one to kiss you at night… Come on take my hand/ I won’t let you go/ I’ll be your friend/ I will love you so… Turn your rain into sun… Say you’ll never let me go.”

SONG #2 – BEST THING I NEVER HAD ———- This mid-tempo song has lots of drums much like “Run The World.” “Babyface wrote the song,” Beyonce told The track is about karma and revenge and kicks off with, “What goes around comes back around.” Some key phrases from the song include, “Best thing I’ve ever had” and “Best thing you’ve never had.” The best line in the song goes, “You showed your ass, baby I saw the real you.” The song closes with, “Sucks to be you right now.”

SONG #3 – I CARE ———- This ballad is moody and dark. It’s a song that will really sit with you, rather than be an instant smash hit. One fan asked Beyonce if she was crying at the beginning of the song because it sounded like she was. “Almost,” she responded. “I was on the verge.”

Jeff Bhasker penned this song, Beyonce confirmed. “It’s one of my favorite songs [off of the album],” she said.

Some sample lyrics: “I told you how you hurt me/ I’m crying and deserted but you don’t care/ Nobody told me this is love/ You’re immune to all my pain/ This is love but that’s okay… But I care/ I know you don’t care too much/ But I still care.”

SONG #4 – COUNTDOWN ———- This track starts off the lyrics “killing me softly” and samples Boyz II Men‘s “Uhh Ahh.” Beyonce uses the countdown and sings between each decremental number, “10, 9, 8…”

Boyz II Men were the first ones to put Destiny’s Child on tour,” Beyonce told as she addressed the room. “They showed us how to treat an opening act and I will never forget that. That was 15 years ago! Wow, 15 years! (laughs) I’m old.”

Some sample lyrics: “Dedicated to the one I love… diamonds in that chain… Riding that pony.. showing him how you ride… If you leave me, you’re out of your mind. London, speed it up. Houston, rock it.”

What did Jay-Z think of this song? “He liked it,” Beyonce told “I don’t think he was dissecting it, just thinking of what he could do to it as a rapper.”

SONG #5 – 1 + 1 ———- Beyonce had the lights turned down for this beautiful ballad. Here’s how the song starts: “If I ain’t got nothing, I got you/ If I ain’t got something, I don’t give a damn/Because I got…”

“I don’t know much about algebra but one plus one is two,” she croons. “He ain’t got nothing but love. Darling, you got enough for the both of us. Make love when my days look low, pull me in close.”

“RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)” VIDEO ———- It’s everything we hoped it would be – amazing! (Watch the 60-second “Run The World” teaser.)

The video starts and ends with Beyonce riding her horse, except there’s fire involved in the closing scene. A lion walks into one of the dance numbers and Beyonce has two giant hyenas on leashes in another scene.

The room went crazy during two parts of the song. The first was when Beyonce sings “eff you” and gives the middle finger (albeit pixelated with a censor). The second was when Beyonce is on her knees, bent backwards, and writhing around in the sand. It’s reminiscent of the sand dance sequence in her “Baby Boy” video

The dance sequences were choreographed by her longtime friend Frank Gatson with help from Sheryl Murakami and Mozambican kwaito dance group Tofo Tofo. Beyonce had scoured the Internet and discovered Tofo Tofo on YouTube. The funny thing is they had no idea who Beyonce was when she reached out to them! (Tofo Tofo gets down with Beyonce in a few of the dance numbers.)


Beyonce had walked into the room after her fans watched the “Run the World” video, so after the album preview, she had the video played again. “I’ve never watched it with a group of people before, so I’m excited,” she said. So the fans got to see the video not once, but twice!

After the album preview and video screening, Beyonce thanked everyone in the room for coming and said she had to go rehearse for her next “thing.” She has so many “things” coming up, we’re all so excited!

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  • lilooo

    This album will be EEEPPPIIIC I love Til the end of time!!!
    Man that girl is TALENTED!!! Love you B

  • Dani


  • Lola

    yeah but was it good Jared?, you never really said

  • Mya


    Epic Flop but you’re the First to Comment LOL! Haters you just can’t help it ALL EYES on Beyonce

  • rhonda

    That is blasphemy! there is only one I AM, that is GOD!

  • RGP



  • DzireM

    @rhonda: ANd WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THERE BEING MORE THAN ONE GOD…??? Exactly, no one but you.

  • DzireM

    @CourtneyBaby: Funny how you the first one to comment on HER post. If you dont like her music, dont listen to it. You see a post, scroll past the sh*t. Its as simple as that. Tac Headed a** Ho*.

  • sourpatch575

    I thought she was Rhianna for a good second! LOL

  • beyonce number 1 fan


  • SHIT

    Tofo Tofo are dancers they published video on YouTube but they didn’t know who Beyoncé was ? STFU ! Unless your living in a cave or in Tibet you know Beyoncé ! Stop liying guys !

  • yes baby

    the video is going to be epic and know dat…oh gosh i am soo readdy for this new era beyonce plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz come out wit it nowwwwwwwwww

  • Firecracker

    Flops (Who Drop On The Charts)

  • Martin

    cannot wait to hear these tracks!

  • jasmine


    I caught that too! Beyonce” I AM………………… tour.

  • durain

    i am very pleased to say, that i was one of the fans who were priviledged to witness what i would describe as a ground breaking, entertainment / musical revolution that no one with the ability to hear could for one moment resist. guys, the songs she played for us where beyond imaginable but they were indeed all epic and beautiful to the ears. beyonce for sure will conquer the music world with this album. i heard and i saw for my self. that moment after everything had played out was the most beautiful moment in my life. and to top it all. the run the world (girls) music video for as much as the 5 songs she played were banging, ground breaking and intensely pleasing; was in one word epic. there is no doubt that with what i saw and heard beyonce again, would define to the world for the fourth time as the almum is named “4″ that she owns music. i saw, i heard and i cant wait to see it all play out. BEYONCE = GROUND BREAKING MUSICAL REVOLUTION.

  • BeyFan

    It’s funny how some says she’s a flop and she’s still in the game continuing to reign…No matter what the haters think or say,she will still shine.Haters keep saying that she need to make babies because she continues to slay your favs and your favs know that they can’t compete with her.LOVE IT! kmsl at you haters!

  • http://@RissaLuvsBeyK Marissa- Bey Run This Motha

    I cant wait im so excited. This album is going to be Beymazing. If you dont like the queen why are you commenting on her shit. Its ok we know you secretly love her. You commenting is just giving her even more publicity,not that we need your help. Bey Hive follow me i follow back @RissaLuvsBeyK

  • John

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS REVIEW JARED. Beyonce has finally matured into legend status. I cannot wait to see the song performed live. She always give 110% with her live performances so with a beat-driven song like run the world, she will take it to another level.


  • pigbearman


  • sam

    TILL THE end of time
    who run the WORLD

    till the world… ends?

    britney did it best.
    the first time. let’s see what beyonce’s got

    hope all the songs aren’t just an erratic blend of weird noises!

  • michaeljohn

    I AM, wow, girl, I like how you shake your ass but GOD you’re not!

  • MJ


  • jass

    what in the…
    britney had that number hit single “3″
    and now b is coming out w/ album “4″
    gaga bring out “5″

  • Jeannie

    @sam: What does Britney have to do with anything? lol Beyonce is a talented woman, Britney….not so much. People like Brit for all the wrong reasons, including myself. This post is about Beyonce and her ACTUAL talent. Britney should be left out of it.

  • Rich

    Till the end of time sounds amazing! The brit stans need to sit , because the song was titled and produced before Femme Fatale came out.

    This review has me pumped though! I can’t wait!

  • Brandon Lem

    Love it!! Can not wait!!!!! Beyonce runs the world!!!

  • Patricklly Speaking

    Can’t wait for the album.

  • Beysus

    Thank you for this JJ, can’t wait for the return of Queen Beysus.


  • mazzaah

    i’m confused, so there’s two different songs called “run the world” ?

  • Lee


  • hell no

    Beyonce, God is going to CUT YOU DOWN! listen to johnny cash!

  • nadzky

    and christina aguilera will make an album entitled “7″…
    because jLo already had an album “on the 6″ hahahaha


    COPYONCE comeback FLOPING!!!!

  • http://just iam fan

    @yes baby: Beyonce lets go i love you that video is go b hot love you


    Beyonce – Run The World (Girls) Song Review
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  • next

    what is this return business? Beyonce has never left, she’s overexposed.

    That whole girls rule the world single is bad.

    How long is she gonna be 29?

  • Roma


  • Billy

    Awesome, can’t wait. when is she releasing the album. I love her ballads because she sings with so much emotions and women can relate to it.

  • ellie

    LOLLLLL, for all you haterz, there are only 2 kinds of people in this world……those who love Bey and those who will learn to love her…LOLLLL, because seriously, you guys search for any info on her just as much as us fans………kind of hurts doesn’t it????

    Ready or not, here she commmmmmmmessss.

  • G

    She’s always taking credit for stuff she didn’t do. Like other people’s songs, production, editing and other things. Her daddy bought her a lot of writing credits.



  • Mchammer

    Beyonce You suck.Im sick of you!!!! Go away and stop the lies about your age!!!! Ha Ha

  • Anil

    No one can ‘Flop the World’ like Beyonce can. Good luck with your low sales. LMAO!

  • Lybian money

    Did Gadhaffi finance the album? His son paid her to perform. Shame, shame, shame.

  • amensister

    since she would only invite the ardent of fans and sycophant of mags and reporters i would take this review with a huge pinch of salt

    the trouble with hype you are inevitably let down, as with RTW

  • Lalalove

    People care?

  • Lalalove

    I mean, great performer, but her music sucks these days.

  • RGP

    Funny how haters take their time to read the article and post
    nothing but rude comments. lol