"Jealous" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her fifth studio album, Beyoncé (2013). The song was written by Beyoncé, Detail, Andre Eric Proctor, Brian Soko and its additional producers Rasool Diaz and Boots. Musically inspired by Hanni El Khatib's "Roach Cock", the song is a power ballad with a slow tempo exploring different styles and music genres. Lyrically, "Jealous" is a self-referential song discussing feelings of jealousy, suspicion, and revenge directed at a present love interest.
The song received critical acclaim from music critics who praised Beyoncé for successfully executing its lyrics about vulnerability and insecurity, feelings and states she rarely expressed on her other repertoire. Its experimental composition and production were also well received by critics and compared to works by several other artists as well as the singer's own material, particularly her song "If I Were a Boy" (2008).
A music video for the song was directed by Beyoncé along with Francesco Carrozzini and Todd Tours and filmed in New York City in November 2013. It was released through the iTunes Store on December 13, 2013 on the album itself. The visual was shot as a sequel to the previous song on the album, "Partition" and it shows Beyoncé in different sets — alone at home waiting for her partner to come to dinner, at a party, and out in the streets in search for him. The video and her character received mostly positive reviews from critics. Beyoncé performed "Jealous" live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards during a medley consisting of songs from her self-titled album.