Beyonce is days away from releasing the video for her new single “Run the World (Girls)” but it’s the forthcoming album she’s thinking about. Beyonce revealed the title of the little-known-about piece that can now be called 4.
“We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me,” she told Billboard. “It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday and a lot of my friends’ birthdays are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.”
Fans who are patiently awaiting 4‘s release can play the “different” sounding lead single “Run The World (Girls)” on repeat.
“It’s definitely riskier than something a bit more … simple. I just heard the track and loved that it was so different. It felt a bit African, a bit electronic and futuristic. It reminded me of what I love, which is mixing different cultures and eras — things that typically don’t go together — to create a new sound. I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal,” she said. “That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”
One thing you can expect from 4 is to be treated to something totally new. The super star told MTV News last fall that she wanted to try a bit of everything on the new album. She confirms that’s exactly what she did in this interview with Billboard.
“I recorded more than 60 songs; everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it,” she said. “I started off being inspired by [Afrobeat music pioneer] Fela Kuti. I actually worked with the band from ‘Fela!’ [the hit Broadway musical based on Kuti’s life] for a couple of days, just to get the feel for the soul and heart of his music; it’s so sexy and has a great groove you get lost in. I loved his drums, all the horns, how everything was on the one. What I learned most from Fela was artistic freedom: He just felt the spirit.
“I also found a lot of inspiration in ’90s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie. … I listened to a lot of Jackson 5 and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence and the Machine and Prince,” she continued. “Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad it is. I also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back. I used a lot of the brassiness and grittiness in my voice that people hear in my live performances, but not necessarily on my records.”
What do you think 4 is going to be like? Are you excited to hear Beyonce’s new material?