For anyone still laboring under the illusion that Beyoncé does not mean business, well, just watch this video.
Described by B herself as "futuristic," "electronic" and "African," the 29-year-old fused all that and more into a still remarkably cohesive music video for "Run the World (Girls)," the first single from her new album 4, due out June 28.
Sure, anyone with two X chromosomes may be ready to grab some armor, suit up and join the Beyonce army after watching this, though the XY folk aren't left out, either: there are lions! Chains! Drooling hyenas! Cars on fire! Riot police! A close up of the old one-fingered salute! And did we mention, Beyoncé getting her groove on in a hot, sandy desert in less than modesty-protecting outfits?
Bottom line: Beyoncé may have just wangled her way into song of summer territory. And just think, there's not an egg-hatching in sight. But the fun doesn't end there—Beyoncé's also released her new album cover art. Check it out...