Album: 4 (Japan Edition)
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4 is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Beyoncé. It was released on June 24, 2011 by Columbia Records. It is Knowles’s first release since severing professional ties with her father and manager, Mathew. In 2010, Knowles began a career hiatus, which she claimed helped reignite her creativity. 4 incorporates R&B and pop styles with elements of 1970s R&B, 1990s rock and roll, and hip hop; its main lyrical themes revolve around womanhood and monogamy. Knowles took inspiration from artists including Fela Kuti, The Stylistics, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Adele, Florence and the Machine andMichael Jackson
Upon its release, 4 received generally favorable reviews from critics, who viewed it as a progression from Knowles’ previous albums, though some criticized its balladry and songwriting. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 310,000 copies in its first week. By October 2012, it had sold over 1.3 million copies in the United States. 4 also topped charts in Brazil, France, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, where it had sold 603,548 copies by May 2013.
The first two singles, « Run the World (Girls) » and « Best Thing I Never Had », both reached the top ten in several worldwide charts. « Countdown » and « Love on Top » were released as the third and fourth singles respectively. The latter peaked at number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven consecutive weeks. « End of Time » was released as a UK-only single in March 2012.