News of Beyonce's fifth solo album may well be thin on the ground, but record company insiders insist that when it does finally drop, it will be 'monumental.'
The singer has already teased a string of tracks from the new long player, but a title and release date have yet to be unveiled at the end of a long two year period since fourth LP 4 climbed to the top of the US Billboard chart.
Speaking to Hits Daily Double, Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer insists that Beyonce's new release will be the highlight of a busy 2014 for the record label.
Monumental: Columbia records boss Rob Stringer says Beyonce's new album will be very special indeed... when it finally gets released (WENN)
He said: "At the beginning of next year we've got Broken Bells and Bruce Springsteen.
"Then we've got Lea Michele from Glee coming, and we've got Foster the People up next.
“Then we've got Pharrell and Solange, and obviously, at some point Beyoncé will put a record out, and when she does it will be monumental. So we're in really, really good shape."
Stringer also heaped praise on music mogul Simon Cowell, describing him as one of the 'best in the business.'
"In his field he is the best, the same way as when Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin did Def Jam,” he said. “I feel really good about One Direction, and in the next few months I have one or two others up my sleeve who will, hopefully, be similar in stature.
“And I'll still be here to talk to you in a year's time."