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.
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.”