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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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  • Troy

    LMAO at all the fags using the term EPIC to describe a piece of sh*t cd that hasn’t been released yet. As if that wasn’t enough, the first single didn’t do well at all, which means, it’ll be rereleased when the video is released, which cost money, which is why the trick beYAWNcy had to tour so extensively the year before last, and all her zombie fans says she works hard. Of course, when your cd can’t sell and you have to keep rereleasing the same single, plus do a video for every song on a cd shows desperation, so of course she had to recoup all that lost revenue to make up for the funds. Epic alright, more like EPIC FAIL.

  • anonymous

    BeyFan: It is plain to see you don’t value or respect other people’s opinion and the fact that we live in a free democratic society and can pick choose and refuse. I HEARD BEYONCE’S NEW RECORDING ON THE RADIO AND HAD TO TRUN IT OFF IT WAS SO BAD, by your standards do I have that right? Not all of her recordings sound bad, some are duds it’s the nature of the beast.

  • http://mishell92 Beelover

    Beyonce is like God to me i love her more than myself she is my queen i love her she is my nspiration The Queen Of Rnb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mally V

    I have never felt so excited in my life. It’s been too long i haven’t heard her and i know this is for sure gonna be a hit….like always cause she BEYONCE!!!! ^.^

  • Renece

    and to think that someone is comparing britney autotune voice/album to beyonce’s . Oh God .. just a reminder when last was Britney recognized by the music industry
    Beyonce run the world – BILLBOARD
    Artist of the year
    artist of the decade
    honored with millennium award

    Where is Britney???????????????????????
    some people so busy searching for the negative whilst Beyonce
    shoot up like a rocket.

    Good luck haters there’s more to come stay tuned to beyonce rise

  • foxtrot

    Beyonce, this records sucks to high heaven. You better beg forgiveness from the GREAT, I AM!


    Run the world REMIX

  • BeyFan

    @michaeljohn: Nobody said she was GOD…She didn’t say she was GOD so get over it.Your statement is just irrelevant.

  • BeyFan

    @Troy: The same way you are describing the cd epic fail and epic piece of sh*t and the album isn’t out yet.Another hater with an irrelevant statement.Wow! You have that much hate from the way you sound in your statement.And another thing,if yall don’t like her,why even comment??? The funny thing is that no matter what you say,she is still going to sell records which pisses off the haters even more.

  • foxtrot


    In Christian speak, I AM is God!

  • ramble

    you only said one track was beautiful…is it good…(if it was i’m sure you would have been excited to tell us something more than that, you gave “super fan” quotes not your opinion) somehow please respond, cuz i’m worried now:(

  • Please Bey

    Beyonce has the talent and potential to be the USA version of Adele. I don’t know why she doesn’t leave the Booty Shaking, Crotch touching and Licking and Leg spreading to the no talents like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Britney, Ke$ha and the list goes on WHO HAVE TO DO THAT to distract people from their below average voices and keep them interested…
    Come on Beyonce you don’t need to do what they do to keep people interested. Give us some Adele soulful in-depth Music..
    Please!!!! *Sigh*

  • sex and carrots

    @Please Bey, Beyonce does not have the talent and potential to be the USA version of Adele. She lacks that Adele-kind of depth and her voice is not as steamy as textured and Adele’s. Beyonce’s voice is the perfect scream-y voice for pop like how she sounded in Telephone. If you’re looking for more Adele, go buy Adele’s album.

    Also, she *needs* the booty shaking and crotch touching, and apparently sand writhing as she will do in this vid, while she tells people that girls run the world. Ofcourse women can ‘rule the world’ aka get what they want if they use sex as a carrot. But then what happens afterwards? This is simpleton stuff.

    Beyonce has never been that bright, and while her overt sexuality has gotten her to where she is, that’s not real power. That will be clearer as she goes into her 30s. If she wants to do a girl power song it should have something to do about women being smart–like really smart–not ‘smart enough to make the millions’..whatever that means. There are plenty of smart women not making millions and plenty of stupid ones that do.

    and LMAO at the lyric: ” “I wanna love you so (hit me)”

  • David

    Who is beyonce !!

  • eww

    @David: She is a tranny, who just got her nose and boobs done to look more like Kim Kardashian. She also thinks she is singing the kinds of songs to inspire young girls…but they are all ridiculous. She proabably will want to do a duet with Adele…she cannot stand that anyone else might be doing better than her. When Shakira was on top of the world Beyonce did a duet with her, she also did a duet with Lady Gaga…she hates when other celebrities are on top. When Jennifer Lopez did a Spanish album, years ago B came out with a Spanish song….She just loves to be the center of attraction.

  • RacQuel


  • raine33

    i just hope its good, really good.

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

    stop coming on beys shit to negatively comment. your just making her even more FAMOUS and LEGENDARY dummy!
    love you mommy bey

  • RacQuel

    Love ya!!!

  • aironkulet27

    I want to hear all of her song !! I cant wait all of he song and her upcoming album ! I wish it’s gonna be successful Album “4″

  • aironkulet27

    @CourtneyBaby: U sucks !

  • Daniel

    My favorite tracks are “Love On Top” which has a Michael Jackson meets Stevie Wonder feel with a female twist, and “Rather Die Young” which is very easily her best song ever, it’s such a gorgeous out of this world old-school track that has such a banging out of this world groove, reminds me of 80′s Earth Wind and Fire…

  • marshae

    1 really good song on this album – Rather Die Young, the rest are average to not so great.

    Not worth buying the whole CD, unless you’re a die hard fan, and just want to own every 1 of her albums, just to have the whole collection.

    Still too much on the POP side for me, I wanted full-on R&B, I feel cheated as a one time fan, that’s been waiting for so many years.

  • syah

    nice.. album

  • obamarocks

    Everybody go to Youtube. Beyonce and Nicky Minaj are on a remix of her leading single Run the World Girls together. This guy name Fyuchur produced it. Its Hot!! Both of their fans love it

  • obamarocks

    Everybody go to Youtube. Beyonce and Nicky Minaj are on a rermix of her leading single Run the World Girls together. This guy name Fyuchur produced it. Its Hot!! Both of their fans love it

  • christine

    Bey you rock I love ur music and can tell that u poured ur heart and soul in it.Keep givin the world ur all and I will keep supportin u peace and blessings

  • Corey

    I luv u B with everything n me

  • davon

    I love your music and also I write my own songs also u are my fav singer

  • xxx