Two years releasing her masterful 4, and one year after releasing her first child Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé has a new album in the works, with over 50 songs in the pipeline. 50! That’s a very big number, especially for someone also working on an HBO special, a fitness initiative, sporadic live dates and countless other projects, but it’s little surprise from a workaholic like Bey. She took a minute to talk about the new album, to remind she’s that she’s good for more than a stunningly hot pic or two every now and then, and to reveal something about the LP’s sound, and some of the people crafting it:
I’ve been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and 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.
Was R&B the most important genre back in the ’90s? It’s certainly more important than it is now, in any event, when predominantly R&B acts like Chris Brown and Ne-Yo are jumping ship to EDM, there is no Boyz II Men or TLC equivalent, and even the boy bands don’t seem all that interesting in singing in harmony or wearing suits.
Anyway, that’s a pretty good dream team of collaborators Bey’s assembled there, and we’re particularly excited that along with him producing the new Destiny’s Child, Bey seems invested in helping the long-overdue Pharrell comeback become a thing. (If he can’t do it with Beyoncé on top, perhaps it was never meant to be in the first place.) No Frank Ocean, though? He might not be a ’90s artist, but we hope he makes the longlist just the same.