Beyoncé might have another surprise album coming out — but if so, it’s not so much of a surprise anymore.
Somewhere out there, there’s a document with Columbia (Beyoncé’s label) and Parkwood Entertainment (Beyoncé’s management company) logos at the top. The document includes the words “Release Confirmation” and, more importantly, “BEYONCE – Self Titled – Volume 2.” Then there are release dates, one for iTunes (Nov. 14) and one for physical copies (Nov. 25). This document definitely exists, confirmed by the photo of it floating around on the internet. But whether this document is a fraud or not remains a mystery.
The reasons not to trust it far outweigh the reasons to trust it though: The document reads that the album will come out on Monday, Nov. 25… but Nov. 25 is a Tuesday. Tuesday is the typical release day for albums, so it seems odd that someone writing up a release confirmation for something as huge as a Beyoncé album would confuse the two days. But then again, typos happen.
Then there’s the Rihanna song. Rihanna and Beyoncé collaborating isn’t far off at all, especially since Bey’s husband has been a mentor of sorts to Rihanna for years. And there were even rumors that Rihanna and Beyoncé were teaming up in the summer with some evidence: DigitalSpy found a listing on ASCAP, where musicians must register their tracks, that included both women’s names. Only problem? The track was a remix of Beyoncé’s “Blow,” while the only song featuring Rihanna on this could-be-fake document is “Cherry.”
And judging by the swirls evident on the photo, the document was on a computer screen and someone snapped a picture of that screen. But if you’re near a computer that holds an extremely secretive, extremely important document, you’d probably get caught immediately if you tried taking a photo of it. Or forced to erase it from your phone immediately. Or maybe it’s real and this person needs to be booted from Beyoncé’s team ASAP.
The verdict then? Likely a fake document — but the Beyhive can still dream.