In the first single off her new album, "4," Beyonce insisted with a stomp and shout that girls run the world. In her latest release, she strips bare all the bravado and makes a classic ballad plea for love.
The pop superstar debuted her new single, "1+1," with an epic, emotionally-charged performance on Wednesday night's "American Idol" finale, taking the stage alone and channeling every particle of the room's energy into her lung-bursting calls and cries. The song marks a departure from that caustic "Run The World (Girls)" bang and clatter, replacing the defiance with devotion.
The juxtaposing songs are the first shreds of evidence that she's keeping her promise that a whole new array of sounds will make their way into "4," which drew inspiration from an abundance of sources.
Along with the band of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Beyonce said she, "found a lot of inspiration in '90s R&B; Earth, Wind & Fire; DeBarge; Lionel Richie; Teena Marie." In addition, she said, "I listened to a lot of Jackson 5 and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence + the Machine, and Prince. Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad it is. I also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back."