Beyonce's Steamy, Allegedly Full 'Standing on the Sun' Sizzles Less Than the Live Take

Mrs. Carter's summery anthem fails to heat up

Beyoncé,
Beyoncé, standing on the stage
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

Just a hunch: This won't be the last time the sun goes down on a new version of Beyoncé's "Standing on the Sun." An alleged stream of the tropical-flavored pop song has surfaced (via Just Jared), and while this galloping, piano-gleaming bit of beach-blanket pillow talk is unmistakably the same one previewed in a recent H&M commercial, it's also disappointingly half-baked. When Beyoncé debuted "Standing on the Sun" live in Belgium last month, she broke into a swaggering rap verse and a wild, dancehall-channeling, near-instrumental breakdown. Here instead, there's a more conventional second verse that makes uninspired moves: The lyric "my body is magnified" gets updated to "my body is glistening." Unflattering, no? At least Mrs. Carter-Knowles didn't feel compelled to draw from the '90s alternative-rock canon or name a song after her guest vocalist. Look for "Standing on the Sun" to rise again.

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