I guess this is how things work now. This super-weird song appeared on her Soundcloud, and she posted the above photo of her in pageant gear surrounded by trophies via Instagram on Sunday. We don’t even know what to make of it; it doesn’t really seem like a single. We have no idea when a new LP is coming. She’s told the press a little about the nature of the record, who she’s collaborating with and where the inspiration comes from. In this NME post she’s reported to have divulged:
“I’ve been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and Dream. We all started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us.” When asked about the influences on the album, she said: “Mostly R&B. I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences. There’s a bit of D’Angelo, some ’60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross.”
OKAY! Sounds good to us. But this weird two-songs-in-one track, “Bow Down/I Been On” seems to strive for some hardness (which isn’t exactly what’s suggested in the above quotes). The quickly infamous couplet, “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife.” We like this. It hints at a little feminism, a little independence in the face of her questionable impending world tour’s title, The Mrs. Carter Show. However, the track features production from Hit-Boy, whose much-lauded production on her husband’s (and Kanye’s) hit “N*ggas in Paris.” Which suggest, just a little, that the power couple gets to share producers for their own successes, no?
Nevertheless, this stunt’s got people talking. She’s always gotta keep her public wanting more and arguing about the spring(?)-released follow-up to 2011’s 4. And after the Super Bowl and HBO documentary stuff, it’s kind of like, damn – she’s going HAM on maintaining global domination. That same NME post notes that her UK and Irish dates sold out in 12 minutes. Oddly, not so sure that’s the case here in America (and more to the point, Philly – she lands in Philadelphia on July 25th).