Album Cover: Beyoncé – ‘4’

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It’s all about B. Beyoncé unveils the sexy artwork for her fourth solo album 4, arriving June 28. In the striking image, she gazes out into the distance with arms raised over her head, covering her body with only a fur vest and gold accessories.

The title has significant meaning to the singer. “We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me,” she told Billboard. “It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.”

The project, described as a “mixed musical gumbo,” was recorded in the span of a year starting in spring 2009. It is preceded by the Major Lazer-sampled single “Run the World (Girls).”

What do you think of B’s cover art? Share your thoughts below.

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113 Comments

  1. Badgirl

    bitch better werk!!!!

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  2. devin

    this is everything

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  3. Polliboy

    EPIC!!! can’t wait

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  4. Noringtone

    I bet the delux editon (If there is one) Will look better.

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    ByondSay Reply:

    @Noringtone, Oh you already knnow its gonna be a deluxe edition and an even hotter look! i mean #itsbeyonce!

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  5. leslie arnelle

    She’s not playing this time around..just watch..love this woman!!

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  6. Music Lover

    Oh B*tch is serving!!!!!!! I love this cover. her best one to date!!

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  7. jermal

    OMGgggggggggggg!!!!!!

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  8. AAA

    This cover is to effin cute!

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  9. ponyo

    interestin title 4……wow……..do u guys know wht 4 means….illuminati

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    angel Reply:

    @ponyo, i agree with you. theses people are so blind. idont like her or her husband. they are of satan.

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  10. ponyo

    44 president…….illuminati

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  11. LO

    OMG…Every comment is POSITIVE!!! She Killed it!

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  12. ponyo

    wht is about 4 this year

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    blackguyfromNY Reply:

    @ponyo, its her 4th album…….

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  13. Kyle

    This is her best cover yet IMO. This sort of came out of nowhere!!

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  14. Orlando

    This is bad aszness i phuqin luvz luvz luvz it, fashion model photo shoot…

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  15. Heminem

    Yeah i agree with Kyle.

    This is her best cover.
    Urban style

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    Joe Reply:

    @Heminem, Are you serious? This is how we know she’s abandoning her roots and she doesn’t wanna be black no more!

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    Yo!Rill Reply:

    @Joe, Did you hear her dam single

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    All Hail Queen BEY Reply:

    @Joe, You Sound Really Dumb .. Go Have A Seat Hunny !

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  16. Jalin

    Looking Like Ciara’s RIDE single cover, black vest and all, Bey GOOONE!

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    Craazzy beetch Reply:

    @Jalin, LMAO it looks nothing like that! Damn you haters always tryna compare her stuff to other artists.

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    LO Reply:

    @Craazzy beetch, You Aint Lyin.

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  17. aqq

    Nice

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  18. anonymous

    Haha Beyonce OWNS ITS!!

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  19. DeeJay

    Great better than the others, more grown-up. Congrats B.

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  20. Joe

    It’s official…she don’t wanna be black no more.

    With that said, I propose that Rap-Up should cease all coverage of her, given that she has no use for R&B anymore, and has abandoned it to go pop. The day she divorces that demon, you can resume coverage, OK?

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    The Dramatikan Reply:

    @Joe, ohm i dont get it…how she not being black no mo? wait what is “being black” anyway??

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    Joe Reply:

    @The Dramatikan, Look at the cover, if that ain’t white, I don’t know what is!

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    The Dramatikan Reply:

    @Joe, lol uhm its a black woman in a fur vest…lookin into the distance with her arms folded above her head….what white about it? and whats not black about it?

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    Joe Reply:

    @The Dramatikan, That SKIN TONE…if that’s not white…well then you must think every skin tone’s black.

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    Danger Reply:

    @Joe, ^^^^ Epitome of an ignorant person. As soon as someone steps out of the box, someone wants to bash them. You should be commended her for being cultured and not ghetto trash. Ps. If you ask me, the album art looks urban. Love it though!!

    Danger Reply:

    @Joe, *commending

    Name Here Reply:

    @Joe, if you were educated you relize there such thing as light skinned black people

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    Joe Reply:

    @Name Here,

    From her Destiny’s Child era through B’Day (and maybe even IASF), she was “light-skinned black” (look at the album covers there). This is white. (look at them side-by-side)

    I’mma throw the biggest party when she divorces that demon and goes back to her roots!

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    Wannabe white Reply:

    BITCH BLEACHED HER SKIN!

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  21. Craazzy beetch

    yes everyone agrees its her best cover to date. It looks just like a magazine cover. Much better than Gaga’s Born This Way cover.

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    Amanda Reply:

    @Craazzy beetch, I agree completly

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  22. COLE

    wow. quite simply the best album cover of all time.

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  23. TaVonya

    MAN….THIS WOMAN IS DOING HER THING IN THIS ECONOMY! I can’t wait for it to drop! She is just….SPECTACULAR!

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  24. jr331

    Fire!!..I luv it..her best cover…

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  25. shay

    ITS SO SIMPLE YET SO AMAZING…PPL CAN DOUBT HER IF THEY WANT BUT TRUST..BEY WILL SHOW AND PROVE…U THINK SHE DONT HAVE SOME TRICKS UP HER SLEEVE….WORK BITCH!

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  26. Orlando

    sOn 0f a by0tch Beyonce u did yo shyt my Diva u go on wit ur bad self mrs. # 4

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  27. ToriLuvsBey

    4Beyonce<===== Everything I NEED and MORE! she slayyyyyyyed today….she DID NOT let us down #BEYHIVE get with it or Die. Lmaoooooo

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  29. ToriLuvsBey

    5 worldwide trending topics n one day on twitter ! #BADBITCH LOL lessors stay mad hmgh!

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  30. Ango

    it kinda reminds me of dangerously in love, i like it, i hope that thers some slow song on the album not only europe songs plss

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    Name Here Reply:

    @Ango, there already two confrimed ballads but no names released yet

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  31. MARTHA_Romans Mother

    OMFGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!
    I C O N I C

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  32. meme

    i love the picture but something about the cover graphics look mad off to me. first of all the font look cheap, i was expecting that bold B shes been using in the run the world promos. 2nd, why is her name at the back of the picture. ive never really seen it like that, only on magazine covers

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    ToriLuvsBey Reply:

    @meme, girl stfu! You are never satisfied with anything!

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  34. jermal

    This cover is better then the video! Bey should never use that director again…..

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  35. I speak my mind

    This cover screams Amerie and Natasha Bedingfil rocked this looked already.

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  36. Loute

    sexiest cover to date ?

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  37. Brooklyn

    I luv Beyonce,but the album cover looks better than her video “Girls”…

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  38. missz

    PERFECTION!!!

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  39. OnDaReal

    If this was Rihanna they’ll be saying she showing too much

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    maya Reply:

    @OnDaReal, Bey is still showing to much & at least bey don’t talk about being spanked during sex in her interviews. Rihanna is just a mess!

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  40. Sharp Tongue

    JUNE28 I can’t fucking wait hurry up come on Bey show’em how it’s done.

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  41. Alex!

    LOVE this new area for her. She’s been in the game 15 years! I am happy she never gets comfortable, always pushing herself, always striving! #WORKKKK
    I can’t wait for 4 to drop, I think it’ll be her best work yet!

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  42. kingkong

    i love it ..simple yet screams iconic. get it queen.

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  43. Orlando

    u know what this Album looks like, it looks like a VOGUE ITALIA PHOTO SHOOT COVER, This phuqin shyt iz on fire…u go Honey B #TEAMBEYONCE4

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  44. Um.Well.Sure.

    I must be the only person on here with eyes because this cover is not cute to me AT ALL!!!

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    Weavilicious Reply:

    @Um.Well.Sure., No honey, you’re not the only person of here with eyes, but you are the only person here without a clear sense of comprehension. How was this intended to be cute?!

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  45. Amanda

    the cover is simple and i like it. I’ve only heard one song so i don’t know if its proper for the rest of the album. But b’day, sasha fierce, dangeruosly in love have great cover art that fitted the songs.

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  46. Duh

    lol i love how she says mother and friends, but not husband even though jay is born on the 4th of december… we know you two are married, don’t be “scurred”

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  47. Music

    I Don’t like the Album cover that much because of the way she kinda reminds me of Britney Spears but she reminds me of a Female version of Michael Jackson the way she started out in a R&B group and how she went solo and started experimenting in Pop but she still hasn’t gave up her roots, watch the album have good R&B too, and how people are saying she’s trying to be white like they did with MJ hmmm, how she’s a talented dancer, and got more of a Pop voice like MJ.

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  48. rockwitu

    Still waiting for Rapup topost her cover because right now all I’m seeing is a knockoff Ke$ha, failed attempt Shakira, JLo, Dirty Blond Caucasion-looking woman. Will the real Boring Bey please present yourself. Thank you. LOL, her eyes look like they are rolling in the back of her head like she’s high or something. CTFU at this trashy mess being epic. GTFOH!!!

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    Name Here Reply:

    @rockwitu, i get having an opnion but you just go on beyonce posts just to critze her

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  49. Mukii

    O.M.G. This cover is so ICONIC. It’s simple, sexy, and POWERFUL all at once. This is the kinda of image that is burned to your brain.

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  50. maya

    I honestly could care LESS for this cover but w.e, looking forward to 6|28 & can’t wait to hear a nice ballad, I know it’s on there :) lol

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  51. beyoncelookingflossy

    This aint ordinary bruh! But, I can definitely get jiggy with this cover. Not so much the name of the album. “4″ sounds Lazy to me. I wonder if she copied anyone for that name.. – MoneyMusic410.Com

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  52. Ethan

    this cover is bullshit to me.

    she better make some better music than girls cuz that song ain’t shit!

    she is still the queen, she needs to step it up.

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  53. BitchesIsMySons

    I Like It But I Like The I Am Sasha Fierce Better

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  54. jenny

    hope for her the fur is echological. Otherwise it would be a great deception

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  55. MaZ

    I’m not happy with the cover and the font.
    I was excepting for something more iconic like “Dangerously in love” album cover.

    Too easy for me. Thought she would work on urban/ ethnic image.
    Maybe she’s not surrounded with the right people.

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  56. mike

    meh… looks like she couldnt hire a photographer for a proper album cover, this is just a shot from her Run The World video

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  57. prismatik

    okay, so let’s release it 4/4/2044 then.

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  58. music guru

    It’s flawless!!

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  59. B FAN

    thank you for slaying this ugly whores Bee. u killed it

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  60. p

    Ooo i like the cover! She, standing there alone gives so many different perspectives to the moral of the album. i LOVE it!
    I mean like, with Rihanna she had ‘LOUD’ and a bright picture of herself & Nicki had ‘Pink Friday’ and she was dressed in pink with pink backgrounds. Hmm can’t wait

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  61. james

    NOT feeling it at all

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  62. From Tokyo

    Great album cover – very Vogue.

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    Sha'Nesha Reply:

    @From Tokyo, I agree VERY Vogue-ish.

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  63. pretty latin rock swag

    Get. It bitch!

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  64. Marcus

    I wish she had went jet black hair this time around :( It would’ve been something different as far as her image goes. The cover is nice though!

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  65. rihanna80601

    I LOVE IT. IMMA BUY THE DELUXE!!! AND WAITED TO SEE IT ON AMERICAN IDOL EXCEPT DIDN’T SHOW IT ALL SO I SAW IT HER.LOVE YA QUEEN BE

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  66. Conor

    The cover is nice and all that, but I think it’s a tad boring, and the album title really? ’4′ it may be her fourth album and all, but couldn’t she think of a better name?

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  67. Ciara

    this is the best … damn i gonna be a fan from Beyoncé … NOW i love her she is the best !! Come on Bey Run The Charts! and to the Haters… Fuck You All … ;)

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  68. dopeboy

    this chick needs to stop bleaching.she look too white in this pic

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  69. CrazyBoi105

    NOW YALL JUST IGNORANT,
    SHE WENT BLONDE ON US AND NOW YALL CALLIN HER WHITE. WTF !!!!!! THE HAIR COLOR HAS CHANGE BUT DAMN BEYONCE DONT EVEN LOOKE THAT DIFFERENT. IT’S A BOLD MOVE SHE MADE, BUT NAW BEYONCE COULDNT EVER BE WHITE, GET REAL …IT AINT NO MICHAEL JACKSON IN THIS BITCH.

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  70. FRANSLEECA

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I LOVE HER ALBUM COVER HER BEST COVER SINCE I AM…SASHA FIERCE ALBIM IM MOST DEFINETLY GOING TO BUY 2 OR MORE COPIES I LOVE BEYONCE SHE IS THE BEST AND SHE IS NOT TRYING TO BE ANYONE ELSE BUT BEYONCE GISSELLE KNOWLES-CARTER IM LOVING THE HAIR BEYONCE THE WHOLE COVER GIVES OUT FIERCENESS…

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  71. D

    I’m like Beyonce’s number one fan. I’ve seen every thing (from videos to movies) that this woman has done about 100 times each and I must say I don’t really like where she is headed. smh

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  72. Jay

    Wow it’s really different…I like it! It kinda reminds me of like an couture fashion magazine cover. It’s so raw. I’m really feelin it.

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  73. me

    better beat lady gagas ass.

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  74. Weavilicious

    Will everyone calm it on the light-skin and the bleaching? The cover has a filter over it – it’s obviously been lightened for artistic effect. No one is denying that Beyonce has light skin, but compare her to her mother, who’s also a light skinned black woman – the only bleach that should be mentioned around here is what you haters are drinking, because y’all are going BLIND as a BAT, going on about how Caucasian she looks.

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  75. Craazzy beetch

    LOL YA’LL MUST BE STUPID. HER SKIN LOOKS LIGHT BCOZ THE IMAGE HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN EDITED AND LIGHTENED. BEYONCE HAS ALWAYS BEEN LIGHT SKINNED. SHE ISN’T AS DARK AS KELLY ROWLAND OR CIARA. ENOUGH WITH THE BLEACHING RUMOURS!

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  76. BeePLiZZXxX

    she is beautiful and this looks like something that should be on the cover of Vogue :)

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  77. Jay S.

    Ive always wanted Beyonce to work her sexy side, and everytime I saw her she would hold back. Now I cant front, seeing this album cover is a bit off putting, its like BAM in your face. I just have to get used to it. I guess now that she wants to manage her image shes taking a bolder approach. I hope its not a little too late. Lets see how this goes…..looking forward to hearing this “new” sound.

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  78. Be

    Beyoncé is the best. Love It !

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  79. Kyle

    I can’t believe that the release date is almost just a month away. This era is already moving kinda fast. I’m looking forward to hearing what the rest of the material will sound like. “Run The World” has already grown on me immensly. I like how she described the sound of it and how she is taking a risk with it; which she REALLY IS. I will always support her. Real artists aren’t afraid to try something different and Beyonce has never been afraid to step outside the box. I remember when she released “B’Day” and how much criticism that got from the R&B world. To this day it’s still my favorite Beyonce album. It was so damn funky and FUN.

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  80. humberto

    SO SEXY, but still classy. OHMYGOD, only Beysus. ♥

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  81. Soloman

    Simply Perfect!!!! Love you, Queen B

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  82. A RihYonce' Stan

    Had Rihanna did this, she woulda been a slut, right? smdh…

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    Weavilicious Reply:

    @A RihYonce’ Stan, No, if Rihanna had done this, it would’ve been old. Beyonce has a bit more class, oh, because, I don’t know, she doesn’t have topless pics flying around on the web.

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  84. A RihYonce' Stan

    @Weavilicious, Shut the FUCK up! Oh, This is more classy because Beyonce’ isnt always naked? No, you’re a fuckin hypocrite! You and all Beyonce’s fans (that don’t like Rihanna)are hypocrites. Nothing is classy at ALL about a topless woman. Get real!

    Think about what the fuck you say, before you go stick your head up Beyonce’s ass.

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  85. M&M

    its pretty…but for some reason reminds me of ke$ha…i think its the wild hair and fur…i’m not digging the blonde too much…but its cool..

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  86. Diana

    Well she’s white here Stop lying to yourself people..

    The cover is nice but hey look at Rihanna’s new avatar on Twitter !! I didnt even compare Rihanna already did!

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  87. SpazeDevize

    Does anyone see this cover being a little “trashy”? I thought she was all about class. Hell, being sexy can still be classy, but not this trashy. These fans are so delusional, she could be posing in a Donald Duck costume with her boobs hanging out and fans call this “doing her thang” and “my she looks so classy, best album cover yet”. Sade is sexy and classy in my opinion. She keeps it real without looking like B in this godawful cover. Wake up.

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