The good news keeps on rollin’ in. And Beyonce’s return is about to go into hyperdrive.
As we all struggle to stay focused (on anything) after seeing Beyonce on the cover of GQ’s “100 Sexiest Women of the 21 Century” issue (picture below), the full cover story has been released. The superstar opens up about married life, being a new mother, her upcoming Super Bowl XLVII performance and most excitingly details of her upcoming 5th studio album.
On speaking of the album Knowles’ said “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”. When asked about the influences behind the album, she replied “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”. She also talked about her songwriting process and where she finds inspiration, saying: “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 her inspirations] 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.”