I have not bought 4, but I have listened to it online. I am surprised that I like it as much as I do. Its much more soulful and much less poppy than any of her previous albums, IMO. Its probably the strongest set of songs she’s recorded, even if there aren’t obvious major hits on it. Whether it blows up or not, I think its a good album for her artistic maturity.

Beyonce has definitely matured over the years and I think she finally wanted to show people that she’s not just some little pop singer who constantly looks for top 40 hits. I’m glad she didn’t do a pop record. This just might be my moment to give Beyonce her props. I often wondered why there was so much hype about her even after I watched her tour performances. I just wasn’t impressed by what she was doing, but maybe that will change this time around. I really use to adore Beyonce pre-Bday and Sasha Fierce. I hope I can get back to that.

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You all should learn how to congratulate instead trying to find something to insult. There are no conjuctionss needed. She got #1 ith 4 period. Beyonce is so positive,beautiful and talented. PLus she knows what she is cabable of doing. Also in case you are really as mystified as you proclaim to be as to why her sales are different than I AM Sasha sales. First the time of the year for to produce those numbers are nearer to Christmas. HOwever, te biggest thing that affected her sales is an idiot who tried to sabotage her with a leaked CD in it’s entirety. Beyonce is back with a purpose. Last night NBC’s annual Fourth of July fireworks special — featuring a performance by Beyoncé — scored its biggest overall audience in more than a decade and its best adults 18-49 numbers in four years, leading the network to a victory Monday night. NBC drew 6.3 million viewers. Congratulations to Beyonce for showing she still matters. Haters you may take a bow, now! Ha Ha Ha. Love her so much. Her new album is great. Love the direction she took 4.