Britney Spears isn’t the only superstar with a new music video. Beyoncé released two of her own Monday, for her new, vastly different – yet revealing – songs “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
The singer, 27, told Billboard the video for “If I Were a Boy,” where she dresses up as a police officer, is “kind of like Freaky Friday.”
“In the beginning of the video, my husband makes me breakfast and he’s excited about it, and I kind of don’t have time to eat,” she says. “As a police officer, I have a male partner and the video goes through our days. My husband’s at work and has attractive girls flirting with him but he declines their advances. I have a guy flirting with me, and I flirt back.”
So where does the Freaky Friday part come in?
“At the end of the clip, you realize that I was acting out his life, and it all starts over again. He was a cop and everything that happened was really him doing the same thing to me,” Beyoncé says. “It’s about all of the little things that mean so much in a relationship.”
“Single Ladies,” meanwhile, comes from a different perspective: Beyoncé’s onstage persona Sasha. The dance track features lyrics like, “We just broke up/I’m doin’ my own lil’ thing/And you decided to dip/ Now you wanna trip/Cuz another brutha noticed me/I m up on him/He up on me.”
The Sasha persona is one of the risks Beyonce said she is taking on the new album. The singer wrote a letter to fans about the album, saying, “I am in a different place right now and I wanted people to see the many sides of me.”
Both singles, which debuted last week, will appear on her new album, out Nov. 18.