News: Beyonce To Drop New Album On 25th Birthday
For her birthday on Sept. 4, Beyonce will go against tradition and give away a present - her long-awaited sophomore solo album, appropriately titled, "B'Day."
The Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records set, featuring all new music co-produced, written and arranged by Beyonce, will be released worldwide on the 4th, and in the United States a day later on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Beyonce finished work on her new studio album three weeks after the wrap of her upcoming film, "Dreamgirls," due for release on Dec. 22. The former Destiny's Child standout also sings on the film's soundtrack.
"B'Day's" first single, "Deja Vu," features Beyonce reteaming with her boyfriend Jay-Z in hopes of matching the success of their previous collaboration, "Crazy in Love," the first single from her 2003 debut solo album, "Dangerously in Love."
*Speaking of Jay-Z, In Touch weekly is reporting that Beyonce has put him on a diet to shed some extra pounds.
The singer, who reportedly went on a water and cayenne pepper diet to slim down quickly for "Dreamgirls," has the rap mogul eating lean proteins and vegetables, and steering clear of candy, his favorite food. The effort has already resulted in a loss of about 15 pounds, the magazine reports.
A source tells In Touch: "Beyonce likes a little meat on his bones, but not too much ... [and Jay Z] was getting chunky."
Jay Z, 36, was reportedly thirty pounds lighter when he and Beyonce began dating in 2003.