Beyonce's Brit influence

In the world of pop there can be fewer compliments bigger than knowing that knowing that Beyonce Knowles is listening to your music, and having it influence her work; so it must be quite something to be Adele and Florence Welch right now, who both feature in the list of artists currently floating the megastars boat.

Beyonce is set to release ‘4’, her fourth studio album, on 27 June, and she has spoken about which artists influenced her on her latest work. The singer also revealed that she was inspired by Fela Kuti, and that she’d recorded ‘more than 60 songs’ for the album.

‘I also found a lot of inspiration in 90s R&B, Earth Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teenie Marie…’ mused the singer. ‘I listened to a lot of Jackson Five and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence And The Machine, and Prince. Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad it is.’

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