7 Classy Quotes (And Her New Album Title) From Beyonce’s ‘Billboard’ Cover Story

Robbie Daw | May 11, 2011 10:58 am

Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” video has yet to arrive (despite a slew of teases), but the fit-as-a-fiddle diva decided to go ahead and announce her upcoming fourth solo album’s title via a Billboard cover story anyway. Naturally she had plenty of other things to say, too. And naturally we felt obligated to round up her classiest quotes from the piece. Read on! 7 CLASSY QUOTES FROM BEYONCE’S BILLBOARD COVER STORY

* On naming her fourth solo album 4: “We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. 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.”

* On initially recording over 60 songs for 4: “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.”

* “At this point, I really know who I am, and don’t feel like I have to put myself in a box. I’m not afraid of taking risks – no one can define me.”

* On ditching her father as manager: “It’s not that anything bad happened between us. My family has my support always, and they support me, but when you’ve been working with the same people for 15 years, it’s natural to eventually have your own ideas… We were at a point where we’d learned so much from each other, and now it’s exciting for me to do this on my own and hire my own team. I’ve started managing myself.”

* “I’m approaching 30, and finally took a break in my life, which I’ve never had. I took more than a year off: I traveled around, spent time with my husband, woke up in my own bed, ate whatever I wanted, went to museums and Broadway plays, watched documentaries, and just had life experiences.”

* “I never get to go to concerts because I’m usually performing, so I saw so many shows – great bands, like Muse and Rage Against the Machine, that also inspired the album.”

* On taking part in the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed remake of A Star Is Born: “It’s a dream come true; I’m still in shock that it’s really going to happen. Clint Eastwood is clearly the absolute best, and I’m so honored and humbled. I was in no rush to do another movie unless it was the right film, and I didn’t even want to touch A Star is Born unless it was with him.”

So there we have it — all-grown-up Beyonce is taking the reigns of her own destiny (ahem!), has quite the eclectic music taste and is all about the uno, dos, tres, cuatro! Although, stating all this could be construed as trying to define her. Er, sorry ’bout that, Bey.

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