‘So will 2014 see artists of various shapes and sizes chucking albums into the ether and hoping for the best? U2, Adele, Madonna, Rihanna and One Direction are due to release albums in 2014; they and others may try to emulate Beyoncégeddon, but most will fail. Beyoncé’s major triumph was not to release an album with no marketing, nor even to tap the “no marketing angle as a marketing angle” angle, but – to employ the favoured imagery of many Beyoncé fans – to snatch the wig of victory from the scalp of defeat. Behind the scenes her album had actually been due for release in the spring, but never materialised, and producers and writers continued to work on new songs.’

Taken from an article by The Guardian