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Watch Beyoncé Play Dress-Up (and Down) in ‘Partition’ Video

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(Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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By Radio.com Staff

After shocking (and delighting) music fans this past December with the release of her self-titled fifth studio album, Beyoncé has found various ways to maintain the momentum, from a sexually-charged performance of “Drunk in Love” with husband Jay Z at this year’s GRAMMY Awards to rocking stages around the globe on the latest leg of her “Mrs. Carter World Tour,” which now includes selections from the new album.

Today, the singer released the steamy music video for “Partition,” the album’s third single. It was shot at Paris’ famed Crazy Horse cabaret club, and features Beyoncé performing an erotic chair dance interspersed with images of the singer and Jay Z getting hot and heavy in the back of a limousine.

The video was in part inspired by Bey’s desire to prove that women can maintain their personal sexy even after childbirth.

“I was 195lbs when I gave birth. I lost 65lbs. I worked crazily to get my body back. I wanted to show my body,” she said in a promotional video about the track. “I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back. I know that there’s so many women that feel the same thing after they give birth. You can have your child and you can still have fun and still be sexy and still have dreams and still live for yourself.”

The new clip was also inspired by an actual trip to the video’s location in Paris after a recent visit there: “The day I got engaged was my husband’s birthday and I took him to Crazy Horse and I remember thinking, ‘Damn, these girls are fly,’” she explained. “And I just thought it was the ultimate sexy show: ‘I wish I was up there, I wish I could perform that for my man…’ so that’s what I did for my video.”

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