Beyonce Titles Her New Album “4”

In an exclusive interview with Billboard magazine Beyonce finally reveals the title of her new album (“4” as in her number of solo albums) and talks openly about why, at almost 30, she felt it was time for her to officially take control of her career.

According to the 29 year old pop diva, her role within the music industry is to constantly “push the limits” and hopefully “evolve” in the process. The singer’s longtime collaborator The Dream echoes those sentiments, saying “Run the World (Girls) was not a safe singles choice for Beyonce to make. That [kind of song treatment] would never happen with any other artist of her stature, male or female.”

New music aside, Beyonce also confirms her role in the 3rd remake of the 1937 classic “A Star is Born,” which is being directed this time around by Clint Eastwood.

To read the entire interview, which is pretty good, click here to visit Billboard.com.

Excerpts can be read below.

Whenever you put out a new song, it seems to generate a catchphrase. Is that something you think about?

That’s what I always want to do – I’m attracted to songs that will become a dinner conversation! [laughs] With “Single Ladies,” clearly I’d just gotten married, and people want to get married every day – then there was the whole Justin Timberlake thing [recreating the video] on “Saturday Night Live,” and it was also the year YouTube blew up. With “Irreplaceable,” the aggressive lyrics, the acoustic guitar, and the 808 [drum machine] – those things don’t typically go together, and it sounded fresh. “Crazy in Love” was another one of those classic
moments in pop culture that none of us expected. I asked Jay to get on the song the night before I had to turn my album in – thank God he did. It still never gets old, no matter how many times I sing it.

How did the creative process begin with the new body of work?

I recorded more than 60 songs: everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it. 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 his 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 + the Machine, and Prince. 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.

29 Comments

  1. Let my p——– self be the first to speak and say this and only this…

    THIS LOOK is giving me SO MUCH LIFE!

    Gorgeous! Love the hair, the dress, the makeup. Very 80s, disco. 🙂

  2. Well, seeing as how I’m ‘working’ and all…I will watch it. *on mute* LOL. thanks for the heads-up!

  3. I love the Album Title. I mean her Bday is on the 4th, her anniversary, Jay’s bday, her mothers bday. Its meaningful to her. Some are saying that Bey is copying Adele, but i guess they forgot that Omarion had an album called 21 Wayyy Before Adele. People just love to say negative things about Bey so i guess thats why they made that reference between her and Adele

  4. Beyonce punked her fans. Instead of releasing the video she released an even longer clip that is 1 minute and 6 seconds long 😆

  5. I’m just loving that she’s gonna really showcase her brilliant voice. She’a a true vocalist and I cannot wait to hear what she has in store. And I heard Babyface wrote one of the songs and she also samples a Boyz 2 Men song. Lets get it Bey!

  6. Good luck to her…. In the most sarcastic way I could possibly say it…. Pls go sit down….. Have some babies, damn make a hand bag.. Sew a rip in some jeans… Do anything but put out more head ache nosebleed inducing music….. PLS!!! *turns up Ella*

  7. LOL Sista..The fans who actually read saw that it was a trailer.

    I CANT WAIT!!

  8. It’s an expansion of #2. Can’t really get a feel for the real story, but that’s the nature of a tease, I suppose. Lots of propaganda type images. I’m thinking there will be a dance off.

    And with those words, I’ll bid GRTW-teaser trailer posts adieu until the full-length vid comes out. Then I will watch, observe and report. 😛

    Peace and Love and no shade to those I might’ve shaded before. 🙁 Seriously. BrownSista *hugs blog* is one of the few blogs I frequent. I want no enemies…or frenemies…just ‘mies’ 😐

    😆

    *back to lurk-mode*

    -Kanyade “pon de Twerk-Toot No-Wanna-Troupe”, G-14 classifed, of course…

    RAW EMOTION! *slow fist-raise to the sky* 😛

  9. Hey Beyonce is a fan of DeBarge and Teena Marie….? Okay Beyonce you got me I am a fan for life!!!! Lol

  10. @Sista we heard it was a trailer lol, the video is set to be released on Friday I believe… just in time for the weekend! Beyoncé… is about to put the icing on the iconic status

  11. No more teasers. The video will drop this Friday supposedly. Can’t wait. It seems very promising.

  12. Beyonce held a preview listening party for her upcoming album, 4, at the NYC offices of Sony Music on Wednesday afternoon (May 11).

    About a dozen of her super fans watched the “Run The World (Girls)” video in a conference room before the 29-year-old global superstar came in and surprised everyone, shaking hands and hugging every single person in the room. (One of her fansites BeyonceWorld even flew in from Australia!)

    “When editing the DVD [for Beyonce: I Am… World Tour], I noticed that the tone of my voice is different live [than my recording one],” Beyonce told JustJared.com. “So I used that live performance tone throughout the record.”

    B then sat down, grabbed a bottle of Pellegrino sparkling water, and played five new tracks for the room.

    “I wanted to do something refreshing and different,” Beyonce told JustJared.com. “So I mixed genres and drew inspiration from touring, traveling, watching rock bands, and attending festivals… I was like a mad scientist, putting lots of different songs together.”

    Click inside for JustJared.com’s preview of “4?…
    Beyonce ‘4? Album Preview – JustJared.com Exclusive

    SONG #1 ———- Part of the song, tentatively titled “Till The End of Time,” has already leaked on YouTube. “The bass line was inspired by [Nigerian musician and composer] Fela Kuti,” Beyonce shared with JustJared.com. “It’s my nephew Julez’s favorite song.” (JJ Tidbit: Jay-Z produced the Broadway musical Fela! about the late Nigerian singer.)

    Here are some sample lyrics: “I wanna love you so (hit me)/ I will be the one to kiss you at night… Come on take my hand/ I won’t let you go/ I’ll be your friend/ I will love you so… Turn your rain into sun… Say you’ll never let me go.”

    SONG #2 ———- This mid-tempo song has lots of drums much like “Run The World.” “Babyface wrote the song,” Beyonce told JustJared.com. The track is about karma and revenge and kicks off with, “What goes around comes back around.” Some key phrases from the song include, “Best thing I’ve ever had” and “Best thing you’ve never had.” The best line in the song goes, “You showed your ass, baby I saw the real you.” The song closes with, “Sucks to be you right now.”

    SONG #3 ———- This ballad is moody and dark. It’s a song that will really sit with you, rather than be an instant smash hit. One fan asked Beyonce if she was crying at the beginning of the song because it sounded like she was. “Almost,” she responded. “I was on the verge.”

    Jeff Bhasker penned this song, Beyonce confirmed. “It’s one of my favorite songs [off of the album],” she said.

    Some sample lyrics: “I told you how you hurt me/ I’m crying and deserted but you don’t care/ Nobody told me this is love/ You’re immune to all my pain/ This is love but that’s okay… But I care/ I know you don’t care too much/ But I still care.”

    SONG #4 ———- This track starts off the lyrics “killing me softly” and samples Boyz II Men’s “Uhh Ahh.” Beyonce uses the countdown and sings between each decremental number, “10, 9, 8…”

    “Boyz II Men were the first ones to put Destiny’s Child on tour,” Beyonce told JustJared.com. “They showed us how to treat an opening act and I will never forget that. That was 15 years ago! Wow, 15 years! (laughs) I’m old.”

    Some sample lyrics: “Dedicated to the one I love… diamonds in that chain… Riding that pony.. showing him how you ride… If you leave me, you’re out of your mind. London, speed it up. Houston, rock it.”

    What did Jay-Z think of this song? “He liked it,” Beyonce told JustJared.com. “I don’t think he was dissecting it, just thinking of what he could do to it as a rapper.”

    SONG #5 ———- Beyonce had the lights turned down for this beautiful ballad. Here’s how the song starts: “If I ain’t got nothing, I got you/ If I ain’t got something, I don’t give a damn/Because I got…”

    “I don’t know much about algebra but one plus one is two,” she croons. “He ain’t got nothing but love. Darling, you got enough for the both of us. Make love when my days look low, pull me in close.”

    “RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)” VIDEO ———- It’s everything we hoped it would be – amazing! (Watch the 60-second “Run The World” teaser.)

    The video starts and ends with Beyonce riding her horse, except there’s fire involved in the closing scene. A lion walks into one of the dance numbers and Beyonce has two giant hyenas on leashes in another scene.

    The room went crazy during two parts of the song. The first was when Beyonce sings “eff you” and gives the middle finger (albeit pixelated with a censor). The second was when Beyonce is on her knees, bent backwards, and writhing around in the sand. It’s reminiscent of the sand dance sequence in her “Baby Boy” video

    The dance sequences were choreographed by her longtime friend Frank Gatson with help from Sheryl Murakami and Mozambican kwaito dance group Tofo Tofo. Beyonce had scoured the Internet and discovered Tofo Tofo on YouTube. The funny thing is they had no idea who Beyonce was when she reached out to them! (Tofo Tofo gets down with Beyonce in a few of the dance numbers.)

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    Beyonce had walked into the room after her fans watched the “Run the World” video, so after the album preview, she had the video played again. “I’ve never watched it with a group of people before, so I’m excited,” she said. So the fans got to see the video not once, but twice!

    After the album preview and video screening, Beyonce thanked everyone in the room for coming and said she had to go rehearse for her next “thing.” She has so many “things” coming up, we’re all so excited!

  13. I cant wait to hear the entire album. Sounds like there’s growth and I’m loving the review.

  14. Well that was awfully nice to let them in on a pre-listening of the records. I like her “4” thing. I have something similar with my mother/grandmother/sister and neicel
    Naming the album a number is great.

    Thanks for the links. THose guys could move. I hope to see that influence in BKCs finished product.

    Women rule the world! and at times, the chirren do to 😉

  15. I mean it all sound good on paper, she can talk a good game, But then when the song comes out, it’s another Ghetto anthem garbage piece, so i’ll wait to see, But i’m dead at her calling Crazy in love a classic, Good for her being confident .

  16. She is a great performer, but she just seems so vain.

    She really does live in her own perfect world.

  17. She’s living HER life. If u think she lives in a perfect world then that’s your opinion but its not a fact because we dont know anything about her life really. Just her music career. Anyway i cant wait 4 the album & video.

  18. Crazy in love classic? ROTFL okay i guess
    I’m not getting my hopes up for a good album i know she will dissapoint me Great Cover

  19. Get real: Every time people comment you come behind and answer them without really addressing them , it is really annoying. With that being said it would be crazy for me to debate here about how classic beyonce music is since we both know it’s not. Have a great day

  20. Ooops..sorry because I didn’t type your name SHONTELLE but you got the memo because you responded back to me. And coincidently after a long day of work today I went to a bar in my town and guess a song that they played and everyone was dancing to..Crazy In Love. No need to debate because it’s a fact that the song is a classic. No disrespect, but is it really that hard to give credit where it’s due??? And you have a great day aswell, stay blessed.

  21. @Get real,it’s okay to lie to me, But lying to yourself is worst.

  22. Shontelle- …Lying to myself???

    And you STILL couldn’t answer my question but nevermind..

  23. I love Beyonce just as much as the next person, but Im not feeling this album title. I was hoping she was going with B Revolution, that would have been better imo.

    Oh and Crazy in Love is not a ‘classic’ yet. It has aged well, but its still to fresh for it to be considered a classic.

  24. VOODEUX- But it’s still being played after 8 years, so yea it’s still well on it’s way. If it wasn’t being played at all anymore then I could see where ‘some’ are coming from.

  25. WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS!!!! I LOVE THIS SONG! Can’t wait until the video. I think the beat got me. I am a music/dance fan 1st! If i can move to it, I love it! I also love song lyrics and melodies. I can see this being a summer club banger. Btw i’m 32, love myself, god, fam, and everybody else except judgemental people. Free spirit is the way to be!

  26. Everybody go to Youtube. Beyonce and Nicky Minaj are on a remix of her leading single Run the World Girls together. This guy name Fyuchur produced it. Its Hot!! Both of their fans love it

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