Pop diva Beyoncé is in unfamiliar territory this week.
Her new single “Run the World (Girls)” is languishing at No. 76 on the Billboard hot 100 chart a month after its release. Surely, the combo of its dance-heavy video and her epic performance at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards yesterday should help it rise a bit. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem to have “huge hit” written all over it.
Though Beyoncé’s rep says that they have not picked the second single for her upcoming 4 yet, a potential one leaked online this morning. It’s called “Till the End of Time,” and it’s been pulled down from almost every site it was posted to over the weekend, but if you were a quick music-blog draw, you may have gotten the chance to hear it.
If you didn’t, guess what—it’s good! The Afrobeat-love cut sounds more like the new sound she described last year than “Run the World.” Her voice soars over shooting horns, chanting “Say you’ll never let me go.”
It’s giving me Fela Kuti vibes, (which she mentioned as the album’s inspiration recently) mixed with Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” Have you heard “Till the End” yet? Think it’s better than “Run the World”? Let us know.
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