But we’re going to have to try, because the Queen Bey also sat down with GQ for an interview that’s revealing in that not-revealing-at-all way — a story that’s as much about how tightly controlled her camp is as the limited information that was actually released — but hey! There’s still some new details about new music, and you can’t argue with that. Primarily, the dish is this: She’s also recorded about fifty songs (ugh, that work ethic), and she’s been working with Pharrell, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and The-Dream.
Her influences, then, aren’t just ’90s R&B, but some older stuff too: “Mostly R&B,” she said. “I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences. There’s a bit of D’Angelo, some ’60s doo-wop. And Aretha [Franklin] and Diana Ross.”
Cross your fingers that we get to sample the fruits of her labors sooner rather than later.