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  • Creator Breakdown: A lot of ink was spilled over how Lemonade was inspired by Beyoncé dealing with infidelity on Jay-Z's part, especially with it being the rumored cause of the infamous security footage of Solange attacking him in front of her.
  • Denial of Digital Distribution: Lemonade was released on Tidal on April 23, 2016, and made available for digital purchase the following day. Physical copies became available on May 6. However, the album first appeared on Spotify and Apple Music three years after its initial release.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Beysus, Queen B, The Queen, Slayoncé, King B.
    • "The Black Album" for Beyoncé, due to similarities with a certain Beatles album. Sometimes called "The REAL Black Album" or "The Other Black Album" to differentiate from her husband's album of said name.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: The Bey Hive. Also, The Beygency, from a Saturday Night Live skit.
    • Some of her uh, more intensely dedicated fans have earned the pejorative "Roach Hive" for their often intense and occasionally misjudged overreactions towards what they perceive as slights against her. (One case in point, attacking celebrity chef Rachael Ray's social media in the mistaken belief that she had a rumored affair with Jay-Z, while the alleged other woman's name is spelled Rachel Roy. Both women's social media were attacked.)
  • Invisible Advertising: Although there had been word of a new album that was supposedly going to be released in 2013, there was no publicity or information (or even a title) for the album until Beyonce was released on iTunes at midnight on December 13, 2013.
  • Real-Life Relative: Has done several songs with her husband Jay-Z, on both her albums and his. Those songs include: Crazy in Love, '03 Bonnie and Clyde, Upgrade U, Déjà Vu, On the Run (Pt. ll) and Drunk in Love, which ultimately culminating with their very first album together as the Carters in 2018, titled Everything is Love.
    • Romance on the Set: She first met Jay-Z on the set of a photo-shoot, and they fell in love shortly after, with the music video more or less confirming their relationship.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Because she filmed "If I Were A Boy" and "Single Ladies" back to back, her music video budget pretty much ended up going to the former. The lack of budget left for "Single Ladies" forced her and her team to go minimalist.
  • Streisand Effect: In 2013, her publicist motioned for BuzzFeed to remove some photos of her Super Bowl performance because they were "unflattering". They politely declined.
  • Throw It In: The kid leaning in for a kiss at the end of the "Grown Woman" video makes Beyoncé crack up.
  • What Could Have Been: "Pretty Hurts" was actually written by Sia for Katy Perry. However, Katy didn't check her email when Sia pitched her the song, so Sia pitched it to Beyoncé instead, after Rihanna's management also rejected the song.
    • According to The Dream, one of her frequent producers, her fifth album was actually going to be inspired by the legendary Fela Kuti and "Grown Woman" was a part of that before she changed her mind. (Incidentally, her former Destiny's Child bandmate Michelle Williams portrayed the role of Kuti's wife in the musical about his life.)
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    • There was supposed to be a Just Dance-style game featuring Beyoncé's dances and music (and even featured her dancing in motion capture!) but was scrapped because she decided she wasn't happy with the final product.
    • Her song "Apeshit" with Jay-Z was originally recorded by Migos, however she and Jay-Z recorded the version of the song that was officially released. The versions are similar enough that Quavo and Offset get songwriting credits.