Frankly, between us, after all of the organized chaos, the backbreaking choreography, the wallet-stealing and the wild hyenas of Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls) video,” I needed a little breather, you know? Fortunately it looks like Beyoncé’s serving up — or rather, counting down — a little sweetness and light in the sneak peek of her new “Countdown” video, which premieres Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:56 p.m. on MTV and MTV.com
From the “Countdown” video sneak peek, we can surmise that Beyoncé’s been watching a little “Funny Face” since she’s channeling her inner Audrey Hepburn in the classic black turtleneck/slim-fit cigarette pants Audrey made instantly iconic. (Also, pumpkin-colored nails, WHUT?) Yes, Beyoncé can look impeccable in just a black turtleneck, black pants and white socks. But you knew that.
Beyoncé turns into a human clock behind a classic 1960s psychedelic, black-and-white-striped background, then a human art gallery as she morphs into a series of Lichtenstein girls come to life in primary-colored bathing suits. All this before “Countdown,” which samples Boyz II Men’s “Uhh Ahh,” starts referencing The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” split-screen motifs. We’ll take it because it means more Beyoncés to go around. Seriously, we will watch Beyoncé doing ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING if that’s not already clear.
So far, “Countdown,” from Beyonce’s 4 album (“Every hipster, that’s their favorite song,” Beyoncé said of “Countdown” in her MTV “Beyoncé: Year Of 4” documentary) feels like it’s Bey’s “Why Don’t You Love Me” video flipped on its head… if Beyoncé hadn’t burned dinner and ruined her mascara. In terms of ’60s leanings, “Countdown,” directed by Adria Petty could also be where Beyoncé left off in her “Get Me Bodied” video, which also feels like it could’ve been shot in 1964.
Oh, and did we mention that Beyoncé’s totally, adorably, pregnant in “Countdown”? Because she and Jay totally made good on that “I’m tryna make us 3/From that 2” lyric. (That baby isn’t even born yet, and it’s already a 10.)
If you’ll excuse us, we’re off to count the ways we love Beyoncé.