Reviews are in for American pop star Beyonce's rush-released comeback single, "Run the World (Girls)," which she dropped on April 21 after a full version of the song leaked online. The track is from her fourth and yet-to-be-titled album premiering this summer.
The track samples Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" and was cowritten by Terius "The Dream" Hash and Beyonce herself. Switch, Shea Taylor, and Beyonce teamed up on the production.
"The track is just under four minutes of sassy, girl-power lyrics paired with marching-band beats and club appeal," reviews MTV US.
Los Angeles Times blog wrote that the new tune "has a harder edge than her milestone 'Independent Women Pt. 1,' but is nowhere near the gritty, futuristic chic of 'Diva.'"
"It pretty much keeps in line with Beyonce's signature sound," reviews blogger Just Play Press (www.justpressplay.net). "Though luckily this time it feels like she's not blatantly rehashing 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).'"
The track, which was made available on iTunes on April 21, is currently the ninth most downloaded track in the iTunes store in both the UK and the US, and the tenth in France. Lady Gaga's "Judas" landed with a much bigger splash last week as the top-selling iTunes single in the US, Canada, France, and a slew of other countries.
There is no word on when the video will debut, but MTV reports that its director, Francis Lawrence, promises it will be "epic." A video teaser is available, featuring Beyonce dressed in white astride a horse.
Beyonce has won 13 Grammy Awards as a solo artist and three as a member of her former girl group Destiny's Child. She has sold a reported 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Her last album, 2008's I Am... Sasha Fierce, sold seven million copies worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards, and peaked at number one on album charts in six countries, including the UK and the US.
For an audio-only version of the track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syCPQH4UQRY
To check out the video teaser: http://bcove.me/ti2qtt7e