beyonce4 385 Beyonces 4 Release Date Announced

'4' CD Cover

After last night’s mentor appearance on American Idol and the debut of her Run The World (Girls) video, the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm] bandwagon is officially off and rolling with the release of her sexy 4 CD cover and finally, an official announcement of the CD’s release date.

beyonce4 200 Beyonces 4 Release Date AnnouncedSony has announced that Beyonce‘s fourth studio album will be released on June 28th.  The tracks, which were recorded between 2009 and 2010 include [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jim Jonsin[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ne-Yo[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sean Garrett[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Dream[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Diplo[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Switch[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Derek Miller[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Frank Ocean[/lastfm] as producers and songwriters.

Beyonce talked about the new CD to Billboard and had this to say:

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 his 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. I also found a lot of inspiration in ’90s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie… I listened to a lot of Jackson 5 and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence + the Machine, and Prince.

It sounds like Bey‘s musical influences for this CD will be all over the map!  To continue the Beyonce momentum, she’s just filmed a performance to be included in Oprah‘s star-studded finale show next week.

Will you be picking up a copy of 4 when it comes out next month?  Let us know in the comments below.

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