Beyonce covers the latest issue of OUT Magazine, and on the cover, the singer channels Marilyn Monroe. Probably on purpose, considering she talked about sex quite a bit in the interview.
How her latest album is about empowering women with their sexuality:
Iâ€™d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality.Â There isÂ a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy.Â The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feministâ€”whatever you want to beâ€”and still be a sexual being. Itâ€™s not mutuallyÂ exclusive.
[It was] much freer than anything Iâ€™d done in the past. We really just tried to trust our instincts, embrace the moment, and keep it fun.â€ As an illustration she singled out the video for â€œDrunk in Love,â€ a fan favorite. â€œWe were in Miami for Jayâ€™s concert, and it was just the two of us, on the beach, amazing weather, and one outfit! Itâ€™s beautiful in its simplicity. If you want something to feel real and urgent, you canâ€™t overthink it.
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She wanted her voice to sound raw on her latest album ‘XO’
When I recorded â€œXOâ€ I was sick with a badÂ sinus infection. I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals.Â I lived with most of the songs for a year and never rerecorded the demo vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time Iâ€™d normally spend on backgrounds and vocal production on getting the music perfect. There were days I spent solely on getting the perfect mix of sounds for the snare alone.Â Discipline, patience, control, truth, risk, and effortlessness wereÂ all things I thought about while I was putting this album together.
Did she intentionally make her new album that feminists and the LGBT community could both identify with:
While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album IÂ could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought IÂ should say or be, and just speak from the heart. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggleâ€¦But what Iâ€™m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So Iâ€™m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minorityâ€¦We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.