Beyonce: ‘I recorded 80 songs for new album’

Singer says she discarded scores of songs before surprise release of 'Beyonce'

Beyonce says she recorded more than 80 songs for her current album.

In a promo video released on her website, which you can see below, she says before the surprise release of fifth album ‘Beyonce’ earlier this month, she was forced to cut down much of what she’d recorded during a prolific run in the studio.

She said: “When I started picking the songs that I gravitated towards – because I recorded about 80 songs – it was the songs that were more effortless for me that stuck around that I still love that I loved a year ago when I recorded them.”

In the video, titled ‘Part 3 Run N Gun’ she explains how ‘Drunk In Love’, one of the album’s tracks to receive most attention, stemmed from a “really hard” beat producer Details had on a track called ‘Drunk’, and that it was recorded during a party with husband Jay-Z, Details and Timbaland.

She said: “I kind of freestyled the verse, and Jay went in and he started flowing out his verse. We just kinda had a party. It was so great, because it wasn’t about any ego, we weren’t trying to make a hit record, we were just having fun, and I think you can hear that in the record.”

She also talks about the “organic” nature of the accompanying video, and how she wanted to incorporate “effortlessness” and mistakes into the videos. “I wish every video was like ‘Drunk’,” she says. “It’s been interesting doing these videos, and there’s something different for me, because I usually plan things and I’m trying to rebel against perfection. It’s fun, because you never know what’s going to happen.”

It was recently revealed Beyonce’s new self-titled album ‘Beyoncé’ was illegally downloaded 240,000 times in the first 10 days since its release, resulting in $3.8 million of lost revenue for the singer.

Watch the full video below