Beyoncé’s rep has denied to recent claims that the Houston singer’s upcoming, new album is hopelessly delayed.
In an article published at The Hollywood Reporter, it was claimed the self-managed 31-year-old had discarded 50 songs and is significantly behind schedule on delivering her fifth studio album.
That’s the album Sony-owned Columbia had first been hoping would be ready for a Spring release but now appears to be late for a pushed-back Fall drop, THR reports.
Apparently Beyoncé has “started over” in her quest for a chart-topping album set and has turned down submissions from big-name songwriters such as Ryan Tedder (“Halo”), The-Dream (“Baby”), Sia (“Diamonds”), Diane Warren (“I don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”) and Ne-Yo (“Irreplaceable”).
On July 12, producer Diplo said two songs he had hoped would make it on to the album hadn’t made the cut, while last month Ne-Yo revealed Beyoncé was “still trying to figure out” her direction and wouldn’t be putting anything out “until it’s all the way right.”
Columbia had reportedly wanted to position her new album against Universal Music’s Lady Gaga and Katy Perry’s new Fall releases, and take advantage of the positive publicity from her critically acclaimed out “Mrs. Carter Show” tour which has already grossed $55.6 million from just 36 shows.
It’s said there are concerns that on a eight month trek it may be hard even for a superwoman like Beyoncé to find the time to write new material.
Meanwhile, the suits aren’t expressing their worries publicly, but they are providing soundbites.
“Beyoncé has had some of the biggest hits of our format, and we’re ready for the next,” declared Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms at Clear Channel.
Despite some critical acclaim and 1.4 million sales, the singer’s 2011 outing 4 was her lowest selling album to date and failed to deliver a top l0 hit although it tracked adequately on Nielsen Soundscan.
Poleman says he’s hoping for “another ‘Single Ladies,’ ” which spent four weeks at Number one.
“Anticipation is high and expectations are, too,” he added.
So what did the singer’s rep have to say to quiet the clamor?
THR were told “there was never an album release date” slated for Beyoncé but that she is working on new music and her various business interests.
In other words, don’t hold your breath. Queen Bey will unveil her album when she’s good and ready.