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“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” “Survivor” and “Irreplaceable” are only three of the female empowerment songs that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm] is responsible for.
It’s also one of the reasons she is a veritable powerhouse in pop music.
So it wasn’t surprising when her first single off her fourth studio album 4 was a song championing women to take a stand with “Run The World (Girls).”
But the song didn’t garnish the sort of success that’s become synonymous with Sasha Fierce leaving us to wonder, has Beyonce lost it?
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It’s a little presumptuous to think that 4 is a flop, especially based on one single, but that’s what the buzz on the street has been.
Although, 4 doesn’t fall flat. It is, of course, predictably Beyonce and perhaps the real problem is in the fact that she failed to take any risks, never leaving her comfort zone of love ballads and girl power anthems.
Still, the former member of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Destiny’s Child[/lastfm] sticks with what she knows and you can’t fault her for that.
You can, however, fault her for making an album that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Whitney Houston[/lastfm] has done time and again, but better.
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Hardcore fans of Beyonce will be pleased with 4 because they are getting exactly what they want from the songbird.
But I’m not sure it will be enough to compete with the heavy hitters also releasing albums this summer including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm].
Don’t fret though, because without a doubt you will hear “1-1,” “Countdown” and “End Of Time” nonstop at clubs and they’ll inspire you to get up and express yourself in the form of dance.
But the question remains, will 4 do better than Beyonce’s other albums? Will it even do better than all the other summer albums being released?
One thing is for sure, Beyonce knows what she’s doing in the studio and she’s going to keep on doing it until it doesn’t work anymore.
- I Care
- I Miss You
- Best Thing I Never Had
- Party Ft. Andre 3000
- Rather Die Young
- Start Over
- Love On Top
- End Of Time
- I Was Here
- Run The World (Girls)