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May 13, 2011  | by: Ashley Vaughn

Beyonce on the Cover of Billboard

Have you heard Beyonce’s new single “Run The World (Girls)?” I’m sure you have, and if you haven’t…Quit hiding under that rock! In the fast-paced, make-you-dance girl anthem, Beyonce is telling the world that girls run everything. Well, she may just be talking about herself because she is back from her hiatus, and has returned to rule over the world.  Beyonce has come back with yet another billboard hit, while also landing the cover of the new Billboard Magazine. The cover was revealed just days after it was announced that she will be receiving the first EVER Millennium Award during the show on May 22nd!

Inside the issue she also reveals that her next album will be titled 4.  If you’re a huge Beyonce fan, it won’t be a big mystery why she chose to name her album this, considering that her birthday is September 4th and her wedding date is also the 4th of April.

When creating the album, Beyonce recorded more than 60 songs, saying she tried whatever she wanted. She worked with Afrobeat music pioneer, Fela Kuti, and also got inspiration from 90′s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, and Teena Marie. The great Beyonce took it further back, listening to oldies like Jackson 5 and New Edition to also getting inspiration from new talents like Adele. She said we can look forward to her belting out songs like she does on tour.  Beyonce told Billboard:

“I gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back; I used a lot of grittiness and brassiness in my voice that people hear in my live performances, but not necessarily on my records.”

Beyonce also talks about why she chose to leave her father’s management, her thoughts on her new single, and where she is currently in her life. She seems to have all the power in the world, but to Bey power isn’t ruling over the music charts:

“Power means happiness, power means hard work and sacrifice. To me, its about setting a good example and not abusing your power! You still have to have humility; I’ve seen how you can lead by example, and not by fear.”

Beyonce further talks about how she enjoyed her first break (ever) from working! Saying she enjoyed traveling, spending time with her husband Jay Z, sleeping in her own bed, eating whatever she wanted; she enjoyed the simple things we take advantage of. These things, she said, helped her to continue to grow.  Beyonce:

“I’m excited about growing: I can just have fun and the artistic freedom to do whatever I want. 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.”

Look for her on the cover of Billboard Magazine, on shelves now!

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