She may be Drunk In Love but Beyonce is reportedly putting her own career ahead of her husband Jay Z. The couple were said to be working on a joint album together but a source now claims the Flawless singer has chosen to focus on her solo LP instead.
Reports claimed that Beyonce, 33, and Jay Z, 45, were planning on releasing their first collaborative record exclusively on the hip hop mogul's music streaming service Tidal, but that plan has allegedly been put on hold. In reference to queen Bey's solo material, the insider told The Sun: "She worked on it [her new record] with the likes of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Plans for an album with Jay Z are now on the back burner."
The 7/11 songstress released her fifth self-titled studio album in December 2013 in the midst of her Mrs Carter World Tour. Despite releasing the record as a complete surprise without any promotion, it proved to be a huge success, topping the charts worldwide and spawning several hit singles.
According to the source, Beyonce's record label Columbia is keen to repeat the success with her next offering. The source told the newspaper: "Studio bosses were keen for Beyonce to have another big pop record. They wanted more hits like Drunk In Love and Pretty Hurts. But Beyonce is fully in control of this release and decided she wanted a heavily urban record."
News of a joint album with rapper Jay Z surfaced in February 2015 when music producer Noel "Detail" Fisher told Billboard: "I'm working with a couple of new projects that I don't want to unveil, and then me and Beyonce and Jay Z are actually doing something together this year. When you think of Jay and Bey together, you think 'album.' You should already know." When asked if the record would be coming later in the year, Detail replied: "In my imaginary mind, I will work to say it's true."
Since releasing his 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, in 2013, Jay Z appears to have focused mostly on his business ventures which have included developing his sports management company, launching Tidal and also buying shares in the Armand de Brignac champagne brand.