Forget the year of 4, 2013 is already looking to be Beyoncé's year. According to super-producer The-Dream, the singer is slated to drop brand-new music right before her Super Bowl performance in February.
"She's got her stuff going. She took the summer to start recording, and now she's in a place where she's ready to start gearing up to reveal her plan," he told Billboard. Considering B takes the Super Bowl stage on February 3, that could even mean new music as early as January. Heck, it could also mean Beyoncé might surprise fans with something for the holidays.
The-Dream hinted that the project is far enough along that the singer might tease multiple tracks for fans. "She's already gearing up to get ready to put stuff out," he said. "I'm sure there will probably be a couple records you hear before the Super Bowl gets here."
Beyoncé wouldn't be the first to use the Super Bowl as a launching pad for new music, however. When Madonna played the halftime show in 2012, she took the stage with the likes of Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., playing not only classic Madge tunes, but also newer tracks off MDNA, which she dropped earlier this year.
As for B, she's hard at work. As recently as this past weekend, she was photographed in the studio with husband Jay-Z, working with Timbaland protégé/ songwriter Jo'zzy. She's also been in the studio with Miguel, who told MTV News last month, "I'm excited to hear the direction of her new material, and hopefully come up with something that's really special and really showcases her perspective."
In addition to some new tunes and that New Orleans Super Bowl performance, Beyoncé will also be the subject of an HBO documentary airing on February 16. The special, directed by the singer herself, is expected to get pretty personal, letting fans into the creative process for this next album and putting her onetime baby bump on full display.
"I always battle with how much I reveal about myself," Queen B says in a voiceover in a teaser clip released on Monday, which also features behind-the-scenes footage of B in the studio, greeting fans, onstage and as a little girl. "If I'm scared, be scared. Allow it. Release it."
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