Fans are slowly learning more and more about Beyoncé’s forthcoming album, 4. With the video for “Run the World (Girls)” set to hit the streets on Friday, a select group of fans and press were treated to a five-song preview of the album and the clip on Wednesday.
Justjared.com reported that the video features pyrotechnics, wild animals, and Beyoncé getting sassy and flashing the middle finger, as well as getting sexy gyrating through the sand. The clip, directed by Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”), also includes a cameo from Mozambican kwaito dance group Tofo Tofo, who Beyoncé personally sought out as inspiration for the video’s moves.
Beyoncé explained at the listening event that the bass line for the track “Till the End of Time” was inspired by late Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti. In the tune, she reportedly sings, “I wanna love you so (hit me)/ I will be the one to kiss you at night … Come on take my hand/ I won’t let you go/ I’ll be your friend/ I will love you so … Turn your rain into sun … Say you’ll never let me go.”
Another song previewed was written by ’90s balladeer Babyface, and on it B sings about revenge. The drums, Justjared.com reports, sound similar to those on “Girls.” Beyoncé also previewed a “moody” ballad on which she sings, “I told you how you hurt me/ I’m crying and deserted but you don’t care/ Nobody told me this is love/ You’re immune to all my pain/ This is love but that’s OK … But I care/ I know you don’t care too much/ But I still care.”
A fourth song heard at the listening samples Boyz II Men’s “Uhh Ahh,” and Beyoncé shared that “[Jay-Z] liked it. I don’t think he was dissecting it, just thinking of what he could do to it as a rapper.” The final previewed tune was another ballad that features the lyrics “I don’t know much about algebra but one plus one is two/ He ain’t got nothing but love/ Darling, you got enough for the both of us/ Make love when my days look low, pull me in close.”
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