A fucking piece of paper.
Part of me wants to vilify my peers for lending credence to these rumors in the way seen so commonly in online entertainment blogging masquerading as “journalism” (I’m not going to pretend we haven’t done it here on Flavorwire too): “Here’s crazy rumor X, here’s where it came from, and here’s a joke to distract you from the fact that we have no fucking clue if it’s real, nor do we have any hopes of getting a confirmation from the publicist.” When there is a crumb of validity — like a vague-as-hell UK Amazon link — those sites you’ve never heard of but look relatively legit to the general internet population run with it as a confirmation. Even after the truth comes out, there are still outlets holding their ground: MTV cracked me up today by claiming that the rumors of Beyoncé: Volume 2 are somehow true, simply because Beyoncé announced a four-disc deluxe edition of her 2013 self-titled album to be released November 24. I don’t need to tell you that a box set is far less exciting than a surprise new album, though I probably will hang the included mini calendar by my desk anyway.
Maybe I’m just naive to take Beyoncé at her word instead of reading her announcement today as a distraction tool so that she can release Beyoncé: Volume 2 with just a hint of secrecy. I really do think the only new Bey material we’ll be getting this year are the two previously unheard tracks set to appear on Beyoncé Platinum Edition Box Set, titled “7/11” and “Ring Off.” The fan in me is sad, but the editor who’s sick of the rumors? Oddly pleased.