Why Is The Number 4 Significant To Beyoncé?
Everybody has a lucky number. Mine is five. I wish there was a touching story or cosmic reasoning behind my choice, but as a kid I just liked the way “5″ looked on paper and felt a tad rebellious having an odd number as my mascot. I adopted the numeral as my favorite for placing bets on horse races and things of that nature and it hasn’t steered me wrong yet.
Beyoncé has much stronger reasons for her significant number—4—and she’s decided to name her upcoming album just that.
“We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date,” she tells Billboard. It’s also husband Jay-Z‘s birth date (December 4) plus this album is her fourth as a solo artist.
Released on June 4, the album title is inspired by B’s devoted fans. “Everywhere I look, I see them calling it 4,” she says. “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.”
The album’s first single is the high-energy, Major Lazer-sampled “Who Run The World (Girls)” while the second is touching ballad “1+1,” though some blogs are reporting the latter is being scrapped in favor of a new track, “Best Thing I Ever Had.”
Fellow female stars have been showering praise on Beyoncé as her promotional run kicks into overdrive. In an interview for her MTV documentary Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside, Lady Gaga remarked: “I’ve never told Beyoncé this, but I remember lying on my grandmother’s couch crying [as a result of bullying] and a Destiny’s Child video came on and I remember watching Beyoncé and thinking, ‘She’s a star—I want that. I want to be on MTV’ and now I’m in videos with Beyoncé.”
Adele went even further, telling media she “literally collapsed” and it was the “highlight of her life” when B told her that hearing her voice was like “listening to God.”