Beyoncé will indeed move forward with plans to release 4 at its regularly scheduled time. Last week’s full album leak, and the subsequent mixed fan reactions and disappointment from B herself, led to rumors that Columbia Records executives were nervous about the disc’s commercial appeal. With no signs of stopping from Adele and Lady Gaga, as well as a continuous push from upcoming releases like former Destiny’s Child group member Kelly Rowland, would Beyoncé actually have a flop on her hands this summer? While Sony (Columbia’s parent company) has released no official statement on the matter, B’s camp has since confirmed the preexisting release date, squashing any rumors of the contrary. “Beyoncé’s album, 4, will be released on June 28,” her reps exclusively told VH1 this morning.
A little less than two weeks away, we’ll have to wait and see if anything did change since 4‘s June 7th leak. Maybe you’re stronger than we are, but we couldn’t resist taking a crack at reviewing the early version. (Saying no would be like passing up dessert at a Dairy Queen. We are powerless.) You can read all of our reviews here. We have no doubt that B will continue to appear unruffled by recent events, and her promotion for the album will be nothing short of fierce. (What else would it be?) At least she’s got back-up.