Even B's getting in on the numbers game
With the release of her new disc “4,” Beyoncé becomes the latest major artist to christen an album with a number. The R&B vixen/brand name joins a pantheon of numerically minded musicians extending from classic rock to hip-hop to synth-pop to prog. And back.
The appeal of naming your work after digits? Perhaps it’s an artistic statement. A way to note a career landmark. Maybe it’s a way to “defy” critics. But we’re guessing many acts just couldn’t think of a better title.
For the purpose of this list, we’ve narrowed it down to records using numerals only—and none of those uppity Roman ones. So adios “Queen II,” “McCartney II” and, yes, even 1969’s “Led Zeppelin II.” Pearl Jam’s debut “Ten” is disqualified because they spelled out the number, showing impressive initiative for slacker-generation heroes. No supporting words or letters either, which means bye-bye “Use Your Illusion 1,” “12 X 5” and “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).”
So here goes: and a “1” and a “2” and a…—Matt Wake, Special to Metromix
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