According to a record label source, the June 24 release date for Beyoncé’s ‘4’ album has been pushed back — but not for the reason you think.
A confidential informant at the record label, who begged to remain anonymous, said Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z sat in on an emergency meeting yesterday with several key execs at Columbia Records to discuss, not only the album’s leak, but also the rampant criticism from her gay fans, such as blogger Perez Hilton, who are unhappy with the lack of club music on her new album.
‘4’ leaked online in its entirety on June 7, three weeks before its scheduled release date. Beyoncé’s publicist addressed the leak on Bey’s Facebook page on June 9.
“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,” her publicist wrote.
But in reality, Beyoncé and her management team are worried about the lack of gay support for her more mature, ballad-heavy CD. “They’re taking the album off the [release list] and retooling it,” said my source. “They’re going to add 2 more songs with a club beat to send the gays to the dance floor.”
My source tells me that the new release date will be announced either today or Monday.
Meanwhile, enjoy the following scans from Beyoncé’s Dazed & Confused cover story.