Beyonce Starts From Scratch On New Album, Fall Release Unlikely
By Alex Panisch
For those of you hoping to walk through the crisp autumn air while listening to Beyonce’s fifth studio album, I’ve got bad news. It seems that Bey has decided to scrap everything she’s done on the project and start from square one. The Hollywood Reporter writes that despite having auditioned over 50 songs for her new album—from writers and producers ranging from Diplo to The-Dream to Ne-Yo—Knowles decided to use none of the tracks.
Columbia, Queen Bey’s label, was originally hoping to get new material from Knowles this past spring, but that obviously didn’t pan out. They then pinned their hopes on having a big fourth-quarter, with Beyonce’s album going up against Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP and Katy Perry’s upcoming third album—on which Perry is reportedly working with Max Martin, Sia, Dr. Luke, and others.
This recent set of delays may be making her label antsy. Bey’s last LP, 4, was very costly to produce but was her lowest seller ever at only 1.4 million copies. It also failed to produce any pop chart hits like “Single Ladies” or “Crazy in Love.” No word yet on a release date.