Beyoncé Talks New Album, Producers & Inspirations With GQ + Album Release Date / by


You've seen the photos from Beyoncé's hotter than life GQ cover. Word has it that a full spread will be released pretty soon. The issue hits stands Jan. 22nd. In the meantime, the in-depth interview can be found on GQ's website.

Inside she talks about being a mom, her new album, it's inspirations, influences, songwriting, producers and collaborators that she worked with. Those people being The-Dream, Pharrell, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and more. Fans will also be pleased to know that her new album is due out in April 2013. Check out the interview below.

On her collaborators: "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."

On songwriting: "I used to start with lyrics and then I'd find tracks—often it was something I had in my head, and it just so happened to go with the melody. Now I write with other writers. It starts with the title or the concept of what I'm trying to say, and then I'll go into the booth and sing my idea. Then we work together to layer on."

On the album's influences: "Mostly R&B. I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences. There's a bit of D'Angelo, some '60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross."

On her inspirations: "Even the silliest little thing that you hear on the radio, it comes from something deeper. 'Bootylicious' was funny, but it came from people saying that I had gained weight and me being like, 'I'm a southern woman, and this is how southern women are.' My motivation is always to express something or to heal from something or to laugh and rejoice about something."

I'm starting to wonder if that tweet Justin Timberlake tweeted was for Beyoncé's new single? May him and Timbaland produced it and was announcing it's release? I find it odd that GQ would release this story today citing that the two of them worked with Beyoncé on her new album. In a few hours, we'll know what's up.