Apr 18, 2016

    Beyonce's cryptic video a sign of 'album film' to come?


    POP superstar Beyonce has announced a televised project entitled Lemonade for next week, fuelling speculation that she will release a "film-album".

    She posted on Instagram on Saturday a short video with the title Lemonade which it billed as a "world premiere event" to air on cable network HBO on April 23.

    The rest of the video is cryptic, with a faint whispering as a person - presumably Beyonce - slowly rises with dreaded hair and a fur jacket, but without any glance at the face.

    The video would appear to confirm a report in February by The BeyHive, a fan site, that said she was working on an "album film".

    Beyonce is known for surprise releases and her interest in pairing her music with visuals. She launched her last album, which was self-titled, in December 2013 with no prior announcement and combined the music with short films.

    Beyonce was the fifth solo studio album by the 34-year-old and her most personal, with reflections on motherhood and marital bliss with rap mogul Jay-Z.

    In February, she released a new song, Formation, accompanied with a video in line with the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement against perceived police brutality, with one scene showing officers raising their hands up as if under arrest.

    The video won praise from activists and her fans, although her political turn outraged some conservatives.

    Beyonce has hinted at the Lemonade theme on Instagram, showing pictures of herself with lemons.