May 11, 2011 / 9:24 PM / 7 years ago

Beyonce names new album "4"

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Beyonce’s upcoming fourth solo album will be called “4,” a title she says was inspired by her fans.

Singer Beyonce smiles as she makes an appearance at the Macy's department store to promote her new fragrance Heat in New York February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

“Everywhere I look, I see them calling it ‘4,’ she told Billboard. “I had a whole other name and concept, but I keep seeing that the fans love the name ‘4,’ and I think it would be a really nice thing to let them name the record.”

The number four also holds personal significance for Beyonce.

“We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me,” she says. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.”

Beyonce said her early inspiration for the album came from Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti: “I recorded more than 60 songs: everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it. I started off being inspired by Fela Kuti. I actually worked with the band from “Fela!” (the hit Broadway musical based on his life) for a couple of days...what I learned most from Fela was artistic freedom: he just felt the spirit.”

“4,” due out in June, marks the follow-up to 2008’s “I Am ... Sasha Fierce.”

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