Beyonce shifts for fresh sound with 'Bow Down'
March 18th, 2013
11:14 AM ET

Beyonce shifts for fresh sound with 'Bow Down'

Beyoncé quietly dropped a bomb on Sunday when she posted a preview of her new music to her website.

"Bow Down/I Been On," which appears to be two different tracks compressed into one, is the first new offering from Mrs. Carter since she released her album "4" in 2011.

If this new sound is any indication, the singer's upcoming album will remind everyone that Queen Bey is holding onto her crown.

In the first half of the offering, "Bow Down" is explicit - in more ways than one.

"I took some time to live my life, but don't think I'm just his little wife," Beyoncé sings/warns on the Hit Boy-produced track. "Don't get it twisted, get it twisted - this my s***, bow down, b*****s." She repeats that latter demand while giving love to "H-town" throughout.

About a minute-and-a-half in, the song switches gears to the syrupy "I Been On," which MTV describes as "another far cry from Bey's usual glimmering pop&B formula, as the siren's vocals are transformed Houston chopped-and-screwed style."

Billboard concurs that this is a departure for her, as it's a move away "from the triumphant, glistening pop most are used to hearing from Beyoncé. Instead, it's a gritty, Houston rap-tinged track that features an empowered Bey growling."

The music website called it "an odd sampling, though, as the track only uses Beyoncé's signature vocal technique through the first minute before it devolves into a menacing, pitched-down rap that sounds more like a Hit Boy mixtape track."

You can listen to the song below - but, as evidenced by all of the asterisks above, it contains strong language:

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  1. italia58

    She doesn't even sound right cursing. Why must people follow the crowd. This sounds like someone else's vision for Beyoncé, not Beyoncé herself. I'm just asking "why?" Whoever bows down to this is cra

    May 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 20, 2013 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. kant

    she is really hot!
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    April 17, 2013 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |

    gotcha is appropriate right about now right??

    March 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hi California....How goes it

    March 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. i want too see her basement

    and her do we see ncis at her house

    March 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. YOUR FAULT...

    how do we get too her house for mcdonalds..

    March 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karina

    This is a hot mess! She needs to go sit down some where and shut her lips.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sean Connery

    I thought it said "Beyonce shlts for fresh sound with 'Bow Down' and that could only be an improvement

    March 20, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Just a Thought

    Is it far to say that when you buy an artist Album sometimes you just buy it for one MAYBE two songs but the rest you don't like so you don't listen to it. How bout this song is like one in the middle of one of her albums you don't like it, you just don't listen to it. No need to judge no need to hurt feelings, Just don't listen and don't promote it just let the song pass...Like it never happened. Smile everyone !!

    March 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wow

    Poor taste. Not her best like we all know she can do. Too bad...

    March 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tiffany

    This song is pathetic and just stupid. I love Beyonce but she really played herself on this one.
    Great way to help Rhianna, and all the other young ladies coming behind you get past you in the game of chart topping. This brick you just released is gonna tank your next album if you have more like this on it.
    Stay in your lane and do songs with substance, leave the 'hard core' to others.

    March 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rock

    I wonder how many baby-bombs have gone off across her cheeks

    March 19, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. there must be a crush..i'm protecting it from my own father.

    you suck and i hate everyone..

    March 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alvarez

    I'd like to quietly drop a bomb on Beyoncé's forehead, in the form of some ass gravy. I'd like to thank a good friend for that term by the way.

    March 18, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sweetie its not a nib problem..its a hacking problem


    March 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Anthony/M

    He's sick of it.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
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      March 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
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      March 20, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  18. Anthony w/M

    i look at my girl too...however when a woman is doing makes me wonder if she's lesbean wannabe.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tara L.

    I agree with Arthur J. I hate to see a talented artist like Beyonce loose their way with her sorry little minion yes people feeding her inflated ego. I listened to a sample of this Bow Down Garbage last night and just shook my head is disbelief. Poor thing does not see this as a slide downward but she soon will.

    March 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  20. bathroomS

    how is it.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dennis

    Rihanna has taken over the charts single-handedly so she has to make a horrible song like this, to feed her ego...If she hates completion so much, what will happen once Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and all the other pop stars release music in 2013??

    March 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bimbo--one is coming here now...


    March 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  23. My father going to the police department whoever you are

    we need too stop it.

    March 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Kim

    This song is so bad.. she has become an egomaniac huh, She must be jealous her husbands employee (Rihanna) is slaying every aspect of Music right now, so she has to come out with a record like this..patheic

    March 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Peace ✌

    Did she hire Alvin to do the singing w/her in that song?

    March 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ST32

    You guys are idiots, just because you don't understand the music don't knock it. This is not a single, it's a statement record! Just getting people talking.... like all yall doing now! Only certain people from the south and from other cultures will understand this track... It' s great by the way. It's not meant to be mainstream music like you have become accustomed to. It's a tribute to where she from: H TOWN H TOWN.

    Don't be so judgemental, doesn't take away from what a great talented artist she is.

    #BEY2013 #RespectDifferent #BOWDOWN

    March 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick

      Off to the doctor with you. Get those ears of yours examined, and get that head examined, while you are there, too. You aren't sane.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony w/M


      March 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jr

      thank u someone who actually understands music. smh to all the haters.
      people really have the time and energy to disapprove of something that does no harm to them.
      Welcome to reality.

      March 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Arthur J

    I don't get it. Shouldn't she be the one bowing down, to the audience and fanbase that made her who she is? There seems to be nothing humble about this stuck up clown.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  29. karyn

    Not liking this one at all...and I don't know why everyone thinks she's such a great vocalist. She just seems so-so to me, but hey - you've got to admire her for what she's achieved.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

    She shouldcall her next single – 'Stinky black sh!t feat A. Poop & sMeAr

    March 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  31. LoverlyOne

    I don't get it. Why is she so angry? This is odd. She needs to call her daddy to manage her career again. She hasn't had a number 1 song since '08. Rihanna has taken over the charts. The super bowl is fine but musically Beyonce is a flop. This sounded like pure desperation.

    March 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  32. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    I'd like to give queen Bey a crown made with my butt diamonds.

    March 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      Hey Triumph! You are being pretty generous with that crown. Did you listen to the song? I'm not a fan of rap, and this song (and I use that term literally) is just terrible. How on earth did she get so famous with crap like that?

      March 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Hi Sadie. You know me I'm always generously sharing my butt truffles with people. I did indeed listen to it. I was tempted to poke my ear drums out. The most entertaining thing I've seen her do is fall down some steps on stage. Perhaps she's famous for that.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • unaware

      BOW DOWN TO THE ILLUMINATI. Satan Rules. God Drools

      March 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • aware


      March 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Speechless

    Bow down is her own thinly veiled eulogy of her own coming down to the ground and death. Be careful what you wish for. There is power in the spoken word. When you have nothing then you will praise the one worthy of praise and not until. Evacuate now but don't disrobe.

    March 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |

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