For the second week in a row Beyonce has chosen to turn to American Idol to unveil her latest musical offering. Last week it was to debut the video for her single “Run the World (Girls)” and this week it was to give her first live and televised performance of “1+1,” the second single off of her upcoming album “4.”
Reportedly written by The Dream and with a decidedly R & B feel, “1+1” is as different from “Run the World (Girls)” as one can get. Reminiscent of the power ballads from the 1980s, the song finds Beyonce begging to just be made love to. If “Run the World” was for the ladies, then “1+1” is without a doubt for the lovers.
The single has already been made available for download and probably not a moment too soon. As great as many people think the “Run the World (Girls)” video and performances have been, it has not been enough to catapult the song back into the iTunes top 10. After peaking at #12 earlier this week the song has once again started to lose steam and now sits at #18.
On a high note, the “4” album is officially available for pre-order and doing so will reportedly get you the new single for free.
Check out Beyonce’s performance of “1+1” on American Idol below. You can also view the cover art for the single and a new promo shot above (click to enlarge).