Her fourth studio album -- and first since 'I Am ... Sasha Fierce' in 2008 -- is already getting some rave reviews from those involved in its production. It seems Beyonce may have a first single ready by the end of this month. Producer Robert 'Shea' Taylor, who has been working on the album for the past several months, calls one track featuring Kanye West "amazing" and compares her new sound to Michael Jackson in his prime.
"It was just amazing," Sony Music Australia chief Denis Handlin told the Daily Telegraph. "She came in and played us six tracks from the album. The best description I can give is groundbreaking. She's gone to another level."
Handlin added that Beyonce is planning a large world tour following the release of the album. In the meantime, she's already scheduled to headline Britain's Glastonbury festival in June.
In addition to West, Beyonce also collaborated with Odd Future, Sleigh Bells and Ne-Yo and said that the Nigerian singer Fela Kuti influenced her most for the new album.
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