US sources have claimed that Beyonce's fifth studio album has been delayed due to poor feedback on new music premiered by the star in 2013.
A number of new tracks starring Beyonce have been revealed this year, including new Destiny's Child track 'Nuclear', her divisive split-track 'Bow Down / I Been On' and promotional tracks for Pepsi and H&M advertising campaigns. US website MediaTakeOut claims that negative responses to 'Nuclear' and 'Bow Down' in particular has meant her upcoming album has been pushed back until the end of the year at the earliest.
"No one thought that both records would fall flat. They were supposed to be her biggest two songs off the album," says an 'insider' to MediaTakeOut. "It’s back to the drawing board. More recording, until [they] get a great album.” And if this is the case, we are pretty sure a determined Beyoncé will be fine and give all her fans something completely awesome!"
These claims seem somewhat exaggerated however, especially considering 'Nuclear' was recorded for Destiny's Child collection Love Songs and 'Bow Down / I Been On' was never confirmed as a track from Beyonce's new album.
Furthermore, fan response to her Pepsi track 'Grown Woman' and H&M tune 'Standing In The Sun' has been good, and both have met with positive reactions.
Listen to Beyonce's Pepsi track, 'Grown Woman' below
Critics have been quick to criticise Beyonce recently, with her cover version of Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' being given a mauling in the press. However, as her UK tour hit London this week, fans showered praise on her Mrs Carter show, saying 'my life is now complete' - and much more, after her first show at London's O2.
Beyonce performs at London's O2 until Sunday 5 May. Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.
Below: Beyonce brings her Mrs Carter tour to Birmingham