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Beyoncé gives rare interview as she approaches 40, teases 'music is coming'

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 8/10/2021 Megan Armstrong, Yardbarker
JAY-Z, Beyonce posing for the camera: Beyonce and Jay-Z © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Beyonce and Jay-Z

When Beyoncé speaks, you stop whatever you're doing and listen. There are no exceptions, and that is especially the case when one of the most iconic musicians to ever breathe gives an interview even rarer than she is.

Harper's Bazaar sat down with Queen Bey ahead of her 40th birthday on Sept. 4:

Within the sprawling cover story, the 28-time Grammy winner assured that new music is coming sooner than later.

"With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again," Beyoncé explained. "I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible. I've been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare."

"One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies," she continued. "Still, there's nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!"

The Houston legend's most recent solo studio album, Lemonade, came in 2016. Her last new musical offerings in general came in the form of 2018 visual album Everything Is Love that she did alongside husband Jay-Z and released as THE CARTERS followed by last year's Black Is King, the visual component of her 2019 The Lion King: The Gift album.

Elsewhere in the interview, Beyoncé walked through what each decade of her life has taught her.

As a child, she was "dedicated to dreaming" and "didn't speak very much," which led her to channel everything into singing once she started competing at seven years old. She described her teenage years as "about the grind," as Destiny's Child took off. "I wanted to break all of the stereotypes of the Black superstar," she noted. Once she hit 20, she focused on "building a strong foundation for my career and establishing my legacy," which again demanded she buck against traditional methods and trailblaze.

Beyoncé's 30s were defined by starting her family with Hov—they share nine-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and four-year-old twins Rumi and Sir—and repurposing her fame and fortune by launching BeyGOOD.

"My wish is for my 40s to be fun and full of freedom," she concluded, in part. "I want to feel the same freedom I feel on stage every day of my life. I want to explore aspects of myself I haven't had time to discover and to enjoy my husband and my children. I want to travel without working. I want this next decade to be about celebration, joy, and giving and receiving love. I want to give all the love I have to the people who love me back."

Read the full interview here.

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