Beyoncé has revealed that her upcoming album will simply be titled 4.
Music lovers have been waiting with baited breath to find out what Bey would name her album, due out this summer. For those scratching their head, going "WTHeck!" the "Get Me Bodied" singer had a very good reason for going with such a simple title.
"We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me," Beyoncé told Billboard magazine. "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."
It’s been three years since her last release, and news that her new album was almost finished generated a lot of buzz over the last two months. At a time when the public expects artists to turn out a new product at least every other year, Beyoncé took the time to experiment and really broaden her sound.
"I recorded more than 60 songs: everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it," Beyonce said. She revealed to Billboard that she had a lot of fun putting together "Till The End of Time," which was inspired by Nigerian composer Fela Kuti.
"I actually worked with the band from Fela! 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," Bey gushed. "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."
Beyoncé also pulled some inspiration from Teena Marie, Lionel Richie, the Jackson 5, Prince and even Earth, Wind & Fire for other tracks on 4. She thinks the mix really lent itself to her resurrection of soul singing, as Bey explained that she’ll be brining a lot more of her stage presence to the album.
"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," she said.
— Sonya Eskridge