How 'Beyonce' Stayed a Secret, and Which Songs Will Be the First Singles
"I heard a rumor and then I didn't say anything. I told my wife, `I think Beyonce's album is dropping in 90 minutes,' and then I knew that `XO' was on the album," he said. "I knew it was a single. I didn't know if it was first or second. I didn't know anything, and then today I found out that it was the lead."
In just three days, "Beyonce" sold more than 617,000 units on the U.S. iTunes Store, where it was released exclusively. The album also features collaborations with Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Timbaland, Pharrell and Frank Ocean. Tedder previously produced Beyonce's Grammy-winning hit "Halo."
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The 34-year-old Tedder, who has also produced for Adele and Maroon 5, said he's not surprised by the R&B star's success - especially after seeing her live show.
"Me and my whole band, who are just complete skeptics and like, you know, a bit snobby, we just sat there going ..." said Tedder, dropping his jaw. "Like somehow we have to step our game up and be more like Beyonce."