For those of you who have listened to the 12 track disc, you know that the 29 year old singer has put aside the usual dance songs that have become her trademark- and instead chosen to share songs with her audience that she feels will give them a glimpse into who she truly is as a person.
Beyonce’s new found level of openness also seems to have also found its way into her interviews. Never in my opinion has the notoriously guarded, self-proclaimed icon, been as open and as forthcoming as she has been in the latest issue of Dazed & Confused magazine.
I though her Essence cover story was the best interview she has ever given but I digress. D & C got Beyonce to give it up and give it up she did.
Excerpts below… and completely typed up by me. I’m tired!
Beyonce on her first single “Run the World (Girls) being leaked online:
“I have no idea how they got it. It’s scary, but what can you do?” It happens to just about everybody. It’s really unfortunate when it’s your first single and you’re not prepared. People have had to judge it without me presenting it to them. I shot the video early to pay attention to the details and not have to rush. It’s disappointing but you can’t dwell on the past. I recorded the song nine months ago and it’s been really hard to keep it from leaking. In the end it leaked five weeks early. But that’s better than nine months, so I guess I can’t complain.
Beyonce on not wanting to replicate music she has already done in the past:
“I don’t want to hear about ‘Single Ladies’ or ‘Crazy in Love.’ I don’t want to hear it. I believe that there are certain things that happen naturally. I killed off Sasha Fierce. I don’t need her anymore. I am Sasha Fierce. It’s interesting because now I’ve done it for so long it’s easy for me to go into that performance mode. Literally, I go from being a country girl in the dressing room who’s laughing and being silly into, ‘Okay, it’s time to work!’ I don’t have to mentally prepare myself for it. Honestly, I’m much more interested in showing people the sensitive, the passionate, the compassionate person that I am. More so than Sasha Fierce.
Beyonce on what motivates her:
“Being an icon is my dream. It is the ultimate compliment and it has a lot of responsibilities. I take it very seriously. I feel like every time I take a picture and every time I perform on stage I am conscious of my legacy. I’m conscious of the fact it’s going to be around even when I’m not
Beyonce on her famous figure:
“I think it’s interesting because people think I’m a lot curvier than I am. I’m definitely not like what people’s perception of me is. Every single day of my like somebody says ‘You’re tiny!’ Every day! I guess everyone else puts more focus on it than I do.
Beyonce on playing dress up during photo shoots:
I’m not at all shy about having the freedom to wear something fashionable, or something sexy or showing more skin. I have no problem being whatever character I need to be. I have my limits clearly, but I think that’s the beauty of being a woman. We have so many different personalities and I love tapping into all of those.