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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 JustJared.com 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 JustJared.com. “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 JustJared.com‘s preview of “4″

Beyonce ’4′ Album Preview – JustJared.com 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 JustJared.com 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 JustJared.com. 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 JustJared.com 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 JustJared.com. “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.)

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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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81 Responses to “Beyonce '4' Album Preview - EXCLUSIVE”

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  1. 26
    Jeannie Says:

    @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.

  2. 27
    Rich Says:

    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!

  3. 28
    Brandon Lem Says:

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

  4. 29
    Patricklly Speaking Says:

    Can’t wait for the album.

  5. 30
    Beysus Says:

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

    PREACH

  6. 31
    mazzaah Says:

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

  7. 32
    Lee Says:

    yes!!!!

  8. 33
    hell no Says:

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

  9. 34
    nadzky Says:

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

  10. 35
    COPYONCE Says:

    COPYONCE comeback FLOPING!!!!

  11. 36
    iam fan Says:

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

  12. 37
    DAMAGECENTRAL Says:

    Beyonce – Run The World (Girls) Song Review
    http://musicouch.com/musicouching/beyonce-run-the-world-girls-song-review/
    ————————————————————
    Beyonce’s New Album Coming This Summer?
    http://musicouch.com/musicouching/beyonces-new-album-coming-this-summer/

  13. 38
    next Says:

    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?

  14. 39
    Roma Says:

    Gud

  15. 40
    Billy Says:

    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.

  16. 41
    ellie Says:

    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.

  17. 42
    G Says:

    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.

  18. 43
    MICHAEL Says:

    SOUNDS AWESOME!!

  19. 44
    Mchammer Says:

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

  20. 45
    Anil Says:

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

  21. 46
    Lybian money Says:

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

  22. 47
    amensister Says:

    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

  23. 48
    Lalalove Says:

    People care?

  24. 49
    Lalalove Says:

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

  25. 50
    RGP Says:

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

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