It turns out that the rumors regarding a second surprise release from Beyoncé are true. The R&B superstar will officially release a new Platinum Edition Box Set for her latest album, “Beyoncé.”
Queen Bey announced Tuesday in a statement that 2 CD/2 DVD limited edition package will hit on Nov. 24, featuring last year’s albums along with two new songs, “7/11” and “Ring Off,” as well as four new remixes in collaboration with from Kanye West (“Drunk in Love”), Nicki Minaj (“Flawless”), Mr. Vegas (“Standing on the Sun”) and Pharrell Williams (“Blow”).
“The special edition box set features a live performance DVD that chronicles the year-long “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” a mini version of the official 2015 Beyoncé calendar, and more,” a news release from Sony Music said today. The package also includes 2015 Beyonce mini-calendar and photo booklets.
Those who previously ordered the original Beyoncé album, released in December last year, will have an option to add the bonus materials to their library. “Beyoncé Platinum Edition” is available to pre-order now.
Over the weekend there was speculation about Beyoncé’s “surprise” release, but it’s connected with the current edition, as a leaked fake track list showed that “Beyoncé Vol. 2” would come out Nov. 25, including such songs like “Donk” (featuring Nicki Minaj) and “Cherry” (featuring Rihanna). But neither of these songs appear on Beyoncé’s new project
The original edition of “Beyoncé” has sold nearly 2.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it one of the biggest sellers of the last year.
It is probably those two million copies, which helped the 33-year-old singer to become the highest paid woman in music in 2014, with estimated earnings of $115 million, more than double what she pulled in last year, according to Forbes magazine.
However, most of the sun comes from her world tour, pushing her on top the list from fourth place last year. Beyoncé is now ahead of pop star Taylor Swift, 24, with $64 million, who jumped up one spot from last year to No. 2.
“Beyoncé played 95 shows during our scoring period, bringing in an average of $2.4 million per city,” said Forbes , citing data from the Pollstar trade magazine.
The third place is taken by Pink and her $52 million, meanwhile Rihanna with $48 million and Katy Perry, 30, who earned an estimated $40 million, rounded out the top five on the annual list.
Interesting, but the sale of music is not particularly important to any of the top-earning female musicians. Actually, only Beyoncé and Katy Perry released albums this year, while Swift, Rihanna and Pink earned their millions without the benefit of new music, but from income from tour-dates and endorsement contracts.
In 2009, Beyoncé told Forbes of her work ethic: “Like everyone else, you work really hard and you want it to be great; you want your friends to like it. What makes me feel comfortable is practice and knowing I’m prepared.”