Beyonce is rumoured to be planning to release her sixth solo album in February (16).
The 34-year-old singer's last, self-titled, record hit the shelves with no fanfare in 2013, with Beyonce dropping it completely by surprise and doing no promotional duties for it. It's been suggested she is planning the same stunt this time around, with her turn on stage alongside Coldplay at the upcoming American football event the Super Bowl apparently the offering the perfect occasion to reveal the news.
"Beyonce is ready to drop her album at any time," an insider told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "But there’s a very strong chance the announcement could happen during the Super Bowl next month.”
According to sources, the songs have been ready for some time but Beyonce has held off making them public. She wants to release them at the perfect time, which will likely be once the furore over Adele's latest record, 25, had died down. That came out in October (15) and soared to the top of charts around the world, with the star gearing up to perform at the Grammy Awards in February (16).
"Beyonce has totally relaxed her schedule and pushed back her album, which is now complete and ready to go," the insider said. "It was wrapped up at the end of 2015 but she held off on a release as a code of honour to Adele, so their records didn’t clash.
“Beyonce doesn’t have the pressure of releasing an album and is doing bits here and there because she and her team know it is Adele’s time to shine."
This isn't the first time the two women have been professionally linked. There were reports Adele had decided against recording a duet with the American star, something the outspoken Brit couldn't believe.
“There is a rumour going around that I turned Beyonce down,” she previously told Zane Lowe.
“Just to clear up, I would never be so disrespectful. I would never disrespect her like that. I’m such a fan, oh my God! Obviously, Queen Bey to the day I die.”