essence.com - The promotional machine that is superstar Beyoncé is just getting underway. The blond bombshell has just been named one of GQ's 100 sexiest women of the 21st century. She shows off her svelte post-baby body on the magazine's February cover. But inside the pages, she reveals exciting details about her upcoming fifth studio album, saying she wants to bring R&B back.
The "Single Ladies" singer says she has already recorded about 50 songs for the project, which will arrive in stores in early April. Bey says fans can expect collaborations with some familiar producers and writers. "I’ve been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and Dream," said the hot mama. "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.”
As for the album's main influence, she says it's mostly R&B. "I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences," said Beyoncé. "There’s a bit of D’Angelo, some ’60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross.” Read more here