Beyonce â 4 (Sony) – After leaking four weeks before it’s release, Beyonce’s fourth solo studio album ‘4’ lands in stores today (June 28). The set is lead by the singles “Run The World (Girls)” and “Best Thing I Never Had” and features collaboration with Andre 3000 and Kanye West.
“We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me,” Beyonce stated about the new project. “It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding.”
It’s unclear whether the leak will detour her sales but recently shook it of uttering her happiness for the “positive response.”
“My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans,” says Beyonce. “When I record music I always think about my fans singing every note and dancing to every beat. I make music to make people happy and I appreciate that everyone has been so anxious to hear my new songs.”
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Alicia Keys ‘Songs in a Minor’ â (J Records) – Celebrating her 10th year since the release of her multi-platinum selling debut album ‘Songs in a Minor,’ Alicia Keys has repackaged the set for a deluxe and collector’s edition.
“I’m so proud that the songs are still being enjoyed around the world, and I’m crazy excited to share, through the 10th Anniversary Edition, songs never heard before, and even more of my debut album with you,” Says Keys.
The double-disc Deluxe and three-disc Collector’s editions features, in addition to songs fans are familiar with, a host of songs that didn’t make the original cut, new releases, and also a remix of “A Woman’s Worth” featuring Nas, the mixtape version of “Juiciest,” her song “Typewriter,” and many more.
“It’s incredibly surreal for me to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of ‘Songs in A Minor’,” she remarked. “Looking back on the journey, I’m truly moved by my fans and friends who’ve been with me and have supported me throughout my career. This album is possibly the most precious to me, as your first album only happens once, and so ‘Songs in A Minor’ will always hold a special place in my life that’s filled with amazing memories.”