By Henna Kathiya
Step back, Beyonce is making a come back (not that she ever really needed to) but the superstar is kicking off 2013 with a bang. Fresh from celebrating Blue Ivy’s first birthday in the Bahamas, Bey is looking pretty busy these next few weeks. After the cover of her GQ spread leaked online, the magazine decided to give fans what they want, releasing the full interview, which reveals that she’s deep into her 5th album and has worked with Justin Timberlake.
The photo spread, shot by Terry Richardson, finds Beyonce looking better than ever and in her interview she reveals that she’s ready to take on this year with her upcoming Super Bowl performance and fifth solo album. The highly anticipated fifth album doesn’t have a title just yet, but Beyonce has already recorded almost fifty songs for the album and is set to drop as early as April.
Beyonce already has a stellar line up of collaborators on her next album, taking it back to the era that she really made a name for herself. “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,” she said.
After churning out hit after hit, you wonder where Beyonce gets her inspiration. “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,” she told the mag.
Bey’s work ethic is definitely one to be admired. With her HBO special premiering in February and her performance at the Presidential inauguration later this month she definitely is starting off 2013 with a leap.
“I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want,” she says. “I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.”