The singer, who performed at the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this month, said most of the recording happened last summer in the Hamptons with collaborators and producers including The-Dream, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. She described a relaxed atmosphere. "We had dinners with the producers every day, like a family," she said. "It was like a camp. Weekends off. You could go and jump in the pool and ride bikes . . . the ocean and grass and sunshine. . . . It was really a safe place."
Describing the new album as a combination of sounds from her last LP, 4, and 2008's I Am . . . Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé talked candidly about how becoming a mother influenced her music: "Right now, after giving birth, I really understand the power of my body," she said. "I just feel my body means something completely different. I feel a lot more confident about it. Even being heavier, thinner, whatever. I feel a lot more like a woman. More feminine, more sensual. And no shame."
The birth last year of Blue Ivy, her daughter with Jay-Z, also has Beyoncé thinking about more children, adding, "When I was younger, there were moments where I said, 'I'm not going to have children. And then moments when I wanted four. And now I definitely want another, but I don't know when."
Though there's no release date set for the follow-up to 4, this Saturday will see the premiere of Beyoncé's self-directed autobiographical documentary for HBO, Life Is But a Dream. Comprising concert and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as intimate, personal moments – including Blue Ivy's sonogram – Beyoncé says, "This movie has healed me in so many ways. It makes me want to cry . . . I'm very passionate about it, and it just feels good."
Along with the documentary and new album, Beyoncé is also set to embark on a world tour that kicks off April 15th in Belgrade, Serbia, with 22 Stateside dates to follow starting June 28th in Los Angeles and wrapping up August 3rd in Brooklyn.