Columbia Records Was Cool With Beyoncé’s Album the Whole Time

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Beyonce headlines the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to attend, has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images) Photo: Samir Hussein/2011 Samir Hussein

Because Beyoncé has yet to launch a real radio hit off her new album 4, some people have theorized that her label, Columbia, was upset, even demanding futilely that Bey return to the studio and rerecord tracks. So not the case, says Columbia chairman Rob Stringer: "The story about us being unhappy with the record and stuff is just not true. There's never been any doubt or conversations about moving the record or changing it ... Those conversations never existed. We're really, really happy with it." Also: "There was never any discussion of this album moving. It has always been that date (June 28). It's been that date for four months now. There was never a conversation about pushing it back, bringing it forward, changing the songs — none of it." And it looks like things might work out for the stay-put strategy: 4 is slated to move roughly 300,000 units, good for No. 1 on the "Hot 100" next week. But just imagine if she did have a single! [Billboard, Billboard]