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‘Beyonce’ album release on iTunes even surprised one of its producers

Beyonce performs onstage at her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013," on Wednesday, December 19, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment)

Beyoncé’s new album was so secret, one of its producers only knew of its release 90 minutes before it dropped.

Beyoncé released her self-titled album in surprise form on Dec. 13. Ryan Tedder produced the single “XO,” and he learned about the release just before it went public.

“I knew 90 minutes before it dropped. Ninety minutes. And I said nothing because I love Beyoncé and I don’t want her to hate me,” Tedder said in an interview.

“I heard a rumor and then I didn’t say anything. I told my wife, ‘I think Beyoncé’s album is dropping in 90 minutes,’ and then I knew that ‘XO’ was on the album,” he said. “I knew it was a single. I didn’t know if it was first or second. I didn’t know anything, and then today I found out that it was the lead.”

“Beyoncé” sold more than 800,000 units in its first weekend on sale on Apple Inc.’s U.S. iTunes Store, where it was released exclusively, and continues to post strong numbers. The album features collaborations with Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Timbaland, Pharrell and Frank Ocean. Tedder produced Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning hit “Halo.”

The 34-year-old Tedder, who has also produced for Adele and Maroon 5, said he’s not surprised by the R&B star’s success — especially after seeing her live show.

“Me and my whole band, who are just complete skeptics and like, you know, a bit snobby, we just sat there going. . .” said Tedder, dropping his jaw. “Like somehow we have to step our game up and be more like Beyoncé.”

— Associated Press



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