By Zachary Swickey
Beyonce has been busy this year. She welcomed baby Blue Ivy in January and returned to performing in late-May with a series of concerts at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, but a new, mysterious post on her website has many fans curious if she's preparing to release new music.
"Leave your footprint on 19 August 2012," the brief message states.
The countdown is sure to be a worthwhile announcement of some sort. The possibility of new music is not out of the question. Beyonce has reportedly already started work on her upcoming fifth studio album with OneRepublc singer Ryan Tedder, who revealed he was heading into the studio with Bey to work on new material earlier this year.
The announcement that something is coming arrives, coincidentally, at the same time as an anecdote from British pop singer Conor Maynard, who told the BBC that Queen Bey is going to great lengths in the studio to prevent songs from leaking – which happened with her last album, 4, which leaked in full three weeks ahead of its release last year.
Bey’s team is apparently keen to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“I've heard some mad stories. With Beyonce, I heard that with her people they'll make sure that there's no-one in the studio," Maynard says. "They go into the studio, wipe it, set up one new session for her to record. Once she's finished recording they move it onto a hard drive. They wipe the studio computer again and then leave."