As if a Super Bowl and Presidential Inauguration performance weren't making the message clear enough, Beyonce's musical comeback is imminent and apparently very, very busy. She just confirmed an upcoming Destiny's Child compilation album, complete with a brand new song (their first in eight years!) called "Nuclear." And now we finally have some details about her upcoming solo album!
Her new interview with GQ not only features a sexy cover, but tons of new info on the release that's sure to send the Bey Hive buzzing. Her last album 4 was an homage to classic, funky sounds, but the new album (still untitled) appears to be a tribute to '90s R&B, but with a twist.
Get the five most important deets below, then start the “Countdown” to Bey's return!
1. The Date: With the Superbowl performance Feb. 3, and her upcoming HBO documentary Feb. 16, there will be no lack of promo for an album that GQ says will be released “as early as April.” If you recall last year’s Superbowl performer, Madonna, released her new album right around the same time in late March. The result? A No. 1 album with 359,000 copies sold; her best opening week sales in 12 years.
2. The Sound: Bey’s going back to her Destiny's Child days…but with an exciting new twist. "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 says of the album's direction. "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."
3. The Collaborators: Bey's surrounded herself with her usual co-workers: "I've been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and The-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,” she said. Reminder: Pharrell + Beyonce = “Green Light.” Beyonce + Justin Timberlake = “Until The End Of Time (Remix).” Beyonce + The Dream = “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” And now there's rumors a Timberlake track will drop today, featuring a take from both Beyonce and her hubby Jay-Z.
4. The 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," she revealed.
5. The Tour: Any plans for a 4 tour were scrapped when Bey found out she had a bun in the oven. But fear not, GQ says a world tour is now in the works to promote the new album. Her “I Am…Tour” hit every continent back in 2009, expect Beyonce to be everywhere.