Beyonce Reveals '4' Artwork, Release Date
Beyoncé's highly anticipated fourth album, "4," will be released June 28 through Columbia Records, the label announced last night (May 18).
Beyoncé has also revealed the artwork for the album, and like the covers of previous full-lengths "Dangerously in Love," "B'Day" and "I Am... Sasha Fierce," "4" showcases a seductive shot of the singer front and center. In front of an off-white background, Beyoncé poses with her arms clutched above her head, as her stringy blonde hair leads down to a dark, feathery vest.
In an interview with Billboard last week, Beyoncé says that the new album was inspired by Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti as well as contemporary greats like Adele, Florence & the Machine and Prince. "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," she says.
The music video for the new album's first single, "Run the World (Girls)," was also unveiled last night, during a two-hour episode of "American Idol." The clip, which has also been posted on Beyoncé's official website, features the pop star leading an army of determined females while sporting a slew of gorgeous outfits and showing off some inspired dance moves. The track comes in at No. 76 on this week's Hot 100.
Before "4" hits stores, Beyoncé will be honored with the Billboard Millennium Award at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday night. The May 22 show, which will also feature performances by Rihanna, Neil Diamond, the Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj and Lady Antebellum, among others, will air on ABC at 8-11pm ET/PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.