Beyonce’s ‘4’ LP cover unveiled | Official Album Artwork

Beyonce ups the energy today around her upcoming fourth solo album, aptly titled 4, with both the unveiling of her latest music video for “Run The World (Girls)” [premiered earlier tonight on American Idolclick to watch] and now, her official album artwork.

Due for release on June 28 through Columbia Records, album 4 has been described as a ‘musical gumbo’ combining sounds and influences of the many different genres of music Beyonce enjoys, kicking off with the album’s lead single “Who Run The World (Girls)” which the global star has described as, “a bit African, a bit electronic and futuristic.”

Recently speaking to Billboard on the album’s sound Beyonce said:

“I recorded more than 60 songs: everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it. 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. 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.”

Keen fans can now pre-order Beyonce’s latest offering via HMV

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