Is Beyoncé About To Release A New Album?

Let’s look at the evidence.

1. It’s been an exciting 48 hours for the Bey Hive.

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On Saturday, Beyoncé dropped “Formation,” her first single since 2014’s “7/11.” On Sunday, just 24 hours later, she performed the new song live at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. And then, seconds after slaying the biggest stage in the world, Beyoncé announced her Formation World Tour, which starts this April and will take the queen to 37 cities in Europe and North America.

2. That’s almost more Beyoncé in a single weekend than we experienced in all of 2015.


3. Which raises an important question: Is Beyoncé’s next album imminent?

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4. There’s plenty of evidence that suggests the follow-up to her world-stopping visual album is on the way.

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1. She’s reportedly been shooting new music videos since late December.
— On December 22, spotted with Jay Z filming at the Superdome in New Orleans.
— On January 23, she was seen shooting something in Skid Row in Los Angeles.
— On January 25, she was again spotted in Los Angeles shooting something that involved jumping off of the side of a building.

2. Future, Mike Will Made-It, D.R.A.M., Detail, and Sia have all alluded to working on an upcoming Beyoncé album.

3. Boots, one of the primary collaborators on Beyoncé’s self-titled album, has been tweeting and deleting things like “B6 is dope” and “this is the most exciting album i’ve ever worked on.

4. After Kanye West releases Swish later this week, there’s not another A-list release on the calendar until Drake’s Views From The 6 in April. Adele, Rihanna, and Coldplay’s records are all out so Beyoncé doesn’t have to worry about being potentially upstaged by a fellow superstar’s highly anticipated album.

5. But when it comes to Beyoncé, the standard rules rarely apply.

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1. In 2013, Beyoncé performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show and launched a world tour in April without dropping an album. Just because other artists might use the momentum to support an upcoming project doesn’t mean Bey will.

2. All those “music video” shoots might not be music video shoots at all. Stadium tours need visuals, too. The shoots might have also been for “Formation.” Maybe those scenes got cut. Who knows!

3. Collaborators alluding to their involvement with #B6 does more for them than anyone else. Who doesn’t want the world to think they are working with King B?

4. Beyoncé “Probably Won’t Make No Money Off This, Oh Well” Knowles made it clear with her visual album that she’d rather take artistic risks than maximize her hit potential, so it doesn’t seem likely she gives a damn about anybody else’s release schedule.

  1. So I ask you, dear reader: what do you think? Are we getting #B6 before Beyoncé goes on tour in April?
    1. Yes, absolutely. I’m expecting an album in the next few weeks.
    2. Yeah, I think we’ll probably get a new album before April.
    3. I hope we get an album before April, but I’m not holding my breath.
    4. Have you all lost your minds? I remember 2013 and we’re not getting a new album until December — at the earliest.

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