It was a gamble that paid off for Beyoncé, but the mega-star admitted she was nervous about dropping her latest album with no publicity.
“I was terrified. I was scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen,” she said Saturday at a screening for her new music video. “This was a huge risk.”
As one of the best-selling female artists in the world right now, it wasn’t as huge a risk for Beyoncé as it would have been for some singers. Though she may have had some doubts, they proved unwarranted as the album set new records for iTunes and more than 1 million copies have been sold worldwide, according to The Associated Press.
Beyoncé said she decided to make her fifth studio album a surprise because she wanted to do something new and unexpected.
“I was at a point where I felt like, you know, everything feels the same…if I could not challenge that, then maybe it’s time for me to do something else or develop more artists, which is something I want to do,” said Beyoncé who wants to continue evolving.
The success of Beyoncé is encouraging for the music industry super star who said the album was one of her most transparent.
“I took all of my insecurities, all of my doubts, all of my fears and everything I’ve learned over the 17 years and I applied it into this project,” she said. “The biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that make you interesting because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anyone’s box.”