“Everywhere I look, I see them calling it '4'. I had a whole other name and concept, but I keep seeing that the fans love the name '4,' and I think it would be a really nice thing to let them name the record. We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It's the day I was born in September. My mother's birthday, and a lot of my friends' birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date."
Beyonce Knowles has revealed she was inspired by her fans to name her latest solo album '4'."Beyonce Knowles has named her new album'4'," Billboard.com quoted the singer as saying.
The singer went on to say that her early inspiration for the album came from Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti. “I recorded more than 60 songs: everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it. I started off being inspired by Fela Kuti. I actually worked with the band from "Fela!" [the hit Broadway musical based on his life] for a couple of days...what I learned most from Fela was artistic freedom: he just felt the spirit," she added.