More excitingly, Beyonce spills a lot of details about her new album, which she confirms will be out in April, 2013! She has already recorded about fifty songs for the project and confirms collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and The-Dream! Urban fans will be pleased to know that Beyonce’s new album will be “mostly R&B” with some Prince and rock/soul influences! She also adds that “there’s a bit of D’Angelo, some ’60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross“. The mag also confirms there WILL be a world tour to support the project. Excited?!?!?! Check out more deets about her new album and the entire photoshoot below!
On her collaborators: “I’ve been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and Dream. We all started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us.”
On songwriting: “I used to start with lyrics and then I’d find tracks—often it was something I had in my head, and it just so happened to go with the melody. Now I write with other writers. It starts with the title or the concept of what I’m trying to say, and then I’ll go into the booth and sing my idea. Then we work together to layer on.”
On the album’s influences: “Mostly R&B. I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences. There’s a bit of D’Angelo, some ’60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross.”
On her inspirations: “Even the silliest little thing that you hear on the radio, it comes from something deeper. ‘Bootylicious’ was funny, but it came from people saying that I had gained weight and me being like, ‘I’m a southern woman, and this is how southern women are.’ My motivation is always to express something or to heal from something or to laugh and rejoice about something.”