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Beyonce Releases New Song, 'Bow Down/I Been On'

'Don't think I'm just his little wife,' singer warns

March 17, 2013 6:50 PM ET
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Beyonce's 'Bow Down/I Been On'
Columbia Records

Beyoncé released a new song on her website this afternoon. "Bow Down/I Been On," which was produced by Hit-Boy, may offer a taste of the singer's as-yet-untitled forthcoming album, which she recently described as taking more "sensual" and "empowering" direction.

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About 15 seconds into the track, Beyoncé comes in swinging with her "Bow down, bitches" exhortation. "I took some time to live my life, but don't think I'm just his little wife," she continues, offering an interesting dimension to "The Mrs. Carter Show," Beyoncé's upcoming world tour that takes its title from the singer's married name. 

Beyonce, 'Bow Down'

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