Beyonce piles pressure on self
Beyonce's album is being delayed again while the singer searches for the perfect "classic" first single
Beyonce is putting pressure on herself to make her next single "a classic".
The 31-year-old singer has delayed the follow-up to 2011 album '4' several times because she is a "perfectionist" and determined the lead track from the record be as good as 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)', which went four-times platinum in 2008.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Beyonce is a perfectionist - and her biggest competition is herself.
"She won't put anything out as her first single until she's 100 per cent sure it will be a classic. She's putting pressure on herself for it to be a hit of 'Single Ladies' calibre, and to make sure she's on top of the game."
The original proposed first single, 'Grown Woman' is now being used as a teaser for a Pepsi commercial, while 'Bow Down' was also dropped after controversy over its lyrics.
The track was previewed on Beyonce's website last month and included lines such as: "I know when you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world / Don't forget it / Respect that / Bow Down b****es."
Elsewhere she sings: "I took my time to live my life but don't think I'm just his little wife / Don't get it twisted this is my s**t."
One outraged Twitter user slammed: "how can u sing at the presidents inauguration then release this disgusting, offensive song @beyonce? I'm genuinely shocked (sic)"