Beyoncé's new single is her latest anthem of female empowerment.

Beyonce Releases Grown Woman

The Timbaland-produced track leaked onto the Internet Monday

by Slate, May 21, 2013

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Beyoncé's new single is her latest anthem of female empowerment.

Beyoncé's new single is her latest anthem of female empowerment.

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To be a lead single from Beyoncé these days, you need four things: A syncopated, up-tempo beat, some stabs of brass or synths to go over it, a chorus of female shout-along voices (mostly Beyoncé’s), and a message of female empowerment.

It started with Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), off I Am… Sasha Fierce, it continued with Run the World (Girls), off 2011’s excellent 4, and now it continues once again, with Grown Woman, from her as-yet untitled forthcoming album. As you can hear below, the new song has hit the web, and all Beyoncé forgot was the parenthetical.

Read it at Slate.

 
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