Run The World
Video Debut On Idol

Beyonce's Run the World official video just debuted on American Idol. Is it another smash for Queen B?

Girl power! That's the message Beyonce tries to put out there with her music -- and if you didn't get it before, you will now. Beyonce's Run the World video debuted during her appearance on American Idol Wednesday night -- and it's all yelling and body-baring outfits.

Beyonce 4 Album cover

The video for the new B song -- off her new album 4, out June 26 -- features a lot of "futuristic," "electronic" and "African" influences. There's even an all-male riot squad sent in to tame the Girls -- but they won't be stopped! Queen B even flips off the camera at one point (though it's thoughtfully blurred in the video).

Do we like the song? It's growing on us -- it's not our favorite Beyonce track, but we're coming around to it. We better, because 4 is going to sound a whole lot like it.

"I recorded more than 60 songs; everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it," Beyonce told MTV News of her upcoming album. "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 Kuti's 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."

She also found inspiration in a lot of old-school R&B too.

"I also found a lot of inspiration in '90s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie," Beyonce said. "I listened to a lot of Jackson 5 and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence and the Machine and Prince. Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad it is. I also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back. I used a lot of the brassiness and grittiness in my voice that people hear in my live performances, but not necessarily on my records."

Watch Beyonce's Run the World (Girls) official video

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Comments on "Beyonce's Run the World video shows who's in charge"

nneka douglas May 21, 2011 | 3:27 PM

we luv da video an da hott dance moves we lovin da blonde hair.da video sell it hoooottter an we love it trinidadand tobago.great job b your biggest fan NNEKA lvu u....

Rue May 20, 2011 | 1:43 AM

Dont hate on B the video is all that if you are familiar with the african dances we do here in South Africa yould be proud of her because she pulled it off and made it something of her own. We loving the song and the video..Go B

bob May 19, 2011 | 9:50 PM

Kitty Kat, are you kidding me? Many people don't like the song just cause it's different, she's changing up her sound and that's a good thing, her true fans should be able to grow with her. and she isnt trying to make fast money, she knows women struggle with ism and other issues and need to be promoted, and she puts out songs like this because she cares about her girls and wants to make them feel good about themselves. and Don't compare her and Kelly, they don't like that people leave out Michelle and I love both and am so happy for both of their successes right now. And Rihanna can't touch either of them- she's the one trying to make fast money. she puts out hot singles, but they all sound the same and they are all playing it safe, just going with upbeat mainstream electronic. she cant even sing live, which is another reason Bey and kelly will forever be better than her.

kelly May 19, 2011 | 7:45 PM

Lovely lovely lovely. please people stop hating on Queen B en just appreciate good material. hands up gal.

kitty Kat May 19, 2011 | 2:33 PM

Okay,at what point did people think this vidoe was good. This was probably one of Beyonce's worst videos. After the video premiered last night on AI my husband and I looked at each other and we both agreed this is not a good video at all. I feel like I'm looking at the same message over and over with her. Beyonce is trying to make fast money and she know women like this stuff, well, not all women, most of the women I spoke too, hated the video, there's nothing new or exciting. But, her public relations people and fan club will be pushing it. Hey, right now Kelly Rowland is looking really good and Rhianna

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