Beyonce might be the black Bill Gates one day (so her new song says)

Technically Incorrect: A surprise song -- already a viral monster -- released exclusively on Tidal, shows Beyonce's admiration for the Microsoft co-founder.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


That Gatesian confidence.

Beyonce/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It was all very well when Kanye West insisted he was the next Steve Jobs -- or even that he was already there.

But who wants to be Bill Gates?

I'll tell you who might want to be Bill Gates: Beyonce.

I deduce this from a surprise and rather pulsating new song she suddenly slipped into the world on Saturday. It's called "Formation."

It was released for free streaming and download exclusively on Tidal, the music service helmed by her husband, Jay Z. However, the video incited a veritable explosion of enthusiasm on YouTube.

At the time of writing, almost 7 million people have had hearts set aflutter by this oeuvre.

I, though, was moved by some of the lyrics. No, not the ones in which she suggests that if she has a pleasant sexual experience she takes her lover to Red Lobster.

Instead, this: "You might just be a black Bill Gates in the making/I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making."

The song is an anthem to black power, standing up for who you are and understanding that your roots are real but not rigid.

The notion of admiring Gates has become increasingly popular.

Though known as a ruthless businessman -- a charge he recently denied -- the Microsoft co-founder has shown immense dedication in his fight against malaria and in the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Perhaps this is something Beyonce might aspire to as well, using her considerable wealth to right wrongs and solve truly substantial problems.

Beyonce is due to perform during the Super Bowl halftime with Coldplay. It's unclear whether she will be singing this song, though Rolling Stone suggests she's been rehearsing it for the event.

The mere idea of Bill Gates being mentioned in the Super Bowl halftime would represent a delicious ascent.

Let's hope, though, that Microsoft's Surface tablets aren't hurt by a malfunctioning Wi-Fi system, as they were during the AFC championship game.