Beyonce’s New Single, ‘Girls (Who Run the World)’ Debuts
Less than a week after a snippet of Beyonce‘s new song ‘Girls (Who Run the World)’ sprung a leak, the full version of the track spilled onto the Internet as of Monday (April 18). The lead single off the multi-Grammy winning singer’s highly anticipated fourth album is a women’s empowerment anthem, sampling electronic duo Major Lazer’s track ‘Pon de Floor.’
Beyonce is known for songs that speak directly to her female fans, but unlike previous singles such as ‘Single Ladies,’ or the introspective ballad, ‘If I Were a Boy,’ this music is unapologetically aggressive in its delivery, draped fittingly beneath an insistent marching beat. The 29-year-old belts out one note after another in support of girl power as she chants, “Who run the world? Girls! Who run this motha? Girls. Who run the world? Girls!”
Promising to be equally impressive is the song’s music video, which, according to director Francis Lawrence, will not disappoint.
“I just shot a Beyonce video at the beginning of this last week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, which was fun, and I hadn’t done a video since 2009,” he told MTV at the premiere for his new movie ‘Water for Elephants.’ Null of divulging too many details, Lawrence confirmed the video takes the Destiny’s Child frontwoman’s artistry to the next level. “She would probably have me shot if I said anything. … Some stuff spilled out, but she wasn’t happy about it, so I’ve been sworn to secrecy,” Lawrence explained. “It’ll be big, it’ll probably be one of the bigger Beyonce music videos ever done, and, I can say that I think the song is unbelievable.”
Other small details and a couple pictures from the video shoot have also found their way to the news circuit. As previously reported, the singer flew in 200 African dancers to appear in an elaborate dance sequence. Although she has yet to announce a title for the album, it has been confirmed for a June release.