No need to be a card-carrying member of the Bey Hive to know that Beyonce is cooking up more ear candy — according to the Internet, at least. While the queen of surprise releases has kept her lips zipped about her 2013 Beyonce follow-up, those within Mrs. Carter’s inner-circle (or at least have visited the studio with her) have left little breadcrumbs about her rumored visual album release.
Here’s what’s floating on the Internet about Bey’s forthcoming delivery.
This could be the album title and release date
While no formal title or release date has been announced, there’s Twitter whispers that the set will be called B6. Her past collaborator, producer Boots, also reportedly tweeted-then-deleted the following: “B6 is dope” and “this is the most exciting album i’ve ever worked on,” per Buzzfeed.
Idolator also reports that another fan source says that Bey’s so-called “album film” could have something to do with lemonade and Indian actor Kahlil Joseph.
— THE BEYHIVÉ (@TheBeyHiveTeam) February 29, 2016
The album could also arrive as early as next month.
Bey has been spotted on different sets
Before Beyonce made the world stop with her “Formation” video, the Hive spotted her in various locations, shooting what could be potential music videos or concert montages for her Formation tour, kicking off April 27 in Miami. Twitter fan accounts have shared photos of her shooting in L.A.’s Skid Row as well as an unknown location in Los Angeles that seemed to involve Bey jumping off the side of a building.
A joint album with Jay Z may be on deck
Word on some timelines was that the Carters were delivering a collaborative project. While the power couple have probably raked in daughter Blue Ivy’s college tuition money with the boozy 2013 hit “Drunk in Love,” they have several duets under their belts, including “Part II (On The Run),” “Deja Vu,” “Upgrade U,” “Hollywood,” “That’s How You Like It,” “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” and, if you really want to get technical, “Tom Ford,” which employed Bey ad-libs. The two were also spotted filming in New Orleans’ Superdome while producer Detail told Billboard last February, “Beyoncé and Jay Z are actually doing something together this year.” Guess we’ll have to wait and watch the throne for this one.
Several artists have teased booking studio time with Bey over the past 365 including D.R.A.M., Future and Sia. Last July, Future told Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club that he was at Jay Z’s “crib,” “actually working with Bey.” (Note: Bey showed signs of being a part of the Future Hive when she incorporated “Where Ya At” and “F— Up Some Commas” during her headlining set at Made in America Festival last September).
Last July, D.R.A.M. posted a photo with Bey (who got her dance on to his hit “Cha Cha” for the ‘gram) while Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Bizzy Bone also revealed on Instagram that “Beyoncé wanna work with the band …… Y’all hit her up and tell the QUEEN of RnB we ready.” Singer/songwriter Sia also offered in an interview with Rolling Stone that she was in Bey boot camp. “In the end, she had maybe 25 songs of mine on hold, and I was very excited to get a couple of them back,” said Sia. “Definitely one is on the album.”
Mike Will Made It also said in a Complex interview last March that Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee was in the stu with Bey, which proved to be correct after he landed writing credit on “Formation.”
— Swae Lee (@iHipsterLee) February 7, 2016
Y’all got me trending on Twitter —
— Swae Lee (@iHipsterLee) February 6, 2016
Yonce’ Yonce Yonce —-
— Swae Lee (@iHipsterLee) February 6, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Cara Delevingne could make a cameo… somewhere
Us Weekly reports that the presidential candidate popped up on set while Beyonce was shooting a music video in Los Angeles (reps for both parties did not immediately respond to Billboard‘s requests for comment). While the outlet’s sources did not confirm the guest appearance, it wouldn’t come as a complete shock if Clinton offers a body roll or two in a Bey video given her co-sign last December. “I want to be as good a president as Beyoncé is a performer,” Clinton said at an Iowa rally.
Meanwhile, supermodel Cara Delevingne posted matching studio pics on Instagram that showed their hands on soundboards last March. To note, Bey has rubbed elbows with runway queens like Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman in the past. See: “Yonce” video.
The album is “beyond awesome”
Beyonce’s stylist Ty Hunter recently stopped by Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live and offered this succinct verdict: “I’ve heard the new album and it’s beyond awesome.”