Tonight, June 30th at 7PM ET/PT, MTV and BET will jointly premiere Beyoncé: Year of 4, a half-hour TV special documenting the year-long personal and artistic journey Beyoncé embarked upon on the road to 4. Full episode will be available on MTV.com & BeyonceOnline.com immediately after at 7:30PM ET/PT.
Beyoncé: Year of 4 begins at the conclusion of Beyoncé’s much anticipated I AM… tour, and the superstar’s realization that she’s in need of a break. Heeding the advice of her mother, the life-long workaholic retreats from the public eye to spend a year traveling the world and spending time with her family and husband, Jay-Z, all of which she documents with her own camera. Reflecting on all she’s accomplished during her time away, Beyoncé decides to mark her return by taking control of her business and making an album both heartfelt and personal.
Beyoncé’s return to the spotlight as an independent woman sees her navigating her new company through the rough waters of the music industry while working to deliver an album both honest and completely different from anything she’s ever done – and everything the mainstream expects of her. Beyoncé: Year of 4 tracks that journey, and the personal and artistic success it brings Beyoncé, culminating in the release of her fourth solo album, 4.
Beyoncé’s long-awaited fourth studio album 4 is now available worldwide. Named by the fans, inspired by Beyoncé’s time away from the spotlight, and featuring a stunning photo spread for every song on the album, 4 is a bold mix of ballads, mid-and-up-tempos, which the Associated Press thinks “leaves you starry-eyed” and Beyoncé calls “my own musical gumbo.”