In a recent interview with Billboard, CEO/chairman of Columbia Rob Stringer, obviously, dodged questions about what specific albums he might have in the chamber for Q4. But it doesn’t take a crack sleuth to figure out that he’s probably referring to Beyoncé‘s long-in-the-works fifth studio album.
While talking about Celine Dion‘s new album, also set for December release, Stringer added, “And we’ve got one or two records, which will be coming out that we’re working on.” Billboard notes that he said this “cryptically.”
“I feel good about those records, too — we’ve got records lined up that hopefully will make the beginning of December.”
Billboard asks, “Wait, more than one? I can think of one right now that has been likely for a long time now.”
Stringer responds, “I would never be quoted as saying anything to do with that [laughs].”
Talking about the pressures of Q4 releases, he goes on to say that there’s a lot of fall competition including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, One Direction and Eminem. “And then it’s almost like, ‘who’s got the biggest hit songs going into Christmas?'”
The lid has been kept tight on Bey’s new album, as only snippets of info has come out, with Diplo once stating that she scrapped a song he was working on with her, and Ne-Yo saying that “Beyonce’s the kind of artist where you’re not gonna see it till it’s right. And her fans — they love her so they’ll be patient.”
Patience is key with this new record, as Bey posted to her Instagram account earlier this summer:
Of course, we have heard a couple snippets from the album, “Grown Woman” which was previewed in a Pepsi Commercial and leaked in a variety of capacities online, and the song “Bow Down”, which you can listen to below.