April 23, 2014
Producer unaware of Beyonce album release
Beyonce’s new album was so secret, one of its producers only knew of its release 90 minutes before it dropped. Beyonce released her self-titled album in surprise form last week. Ryan Tedder produced the single XO, and he learned about the release not long before it went public.
“I knew 90 minutes before it dropped. Ninety minutes. And I said nothing because I love Beyonce and I don’t want her to hate me,” Tedder said in an interview. “I heard a rumour and then I didn’t say anything. I told my wife, ‘I think Beyonce’s album is dropping in 90 minutes,’ and then I knew that XO was on the album,” he said. “I knew it was a single. I didn’t know if it was first or second. I didn’t know anything, and then today I found out that it was the lead.”
The 34-year-old Tedder, who has also produced for Adele and Maroon 5, said he’s not surprised by the R&B star’s success.
“Me and my whole band, who are just complete sceptics and like, you know, a bit snobby, we just sit there going ...” said Tedder, dropping his jaw. “Like somehow we have to step our game up and be more like Beyonce.”