June 3, 2011 7:14

Beyonce inspired by Adele and Florence And The Machine on new album ‘4’

Singer also cites Prince and The Jackson Five as influences

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Beyonce has revealed that British artists including Adele and Florence And The Machine were influences upon her new album '4'.

The singer, who is set to release her fourth studio album on June 27, also claimed that she was inspired by artists including Prince, The Jackson Five and Fela Kuti in an interview which will feature in the June issue of Billboard magazine.

Earlier this year, Adele revealed that she had created an alter-ego inspired by a meeting with Beyonce to help her get pumped up before live shows.

Now Beyonce has responded by claiming that the 'Rolling In The Deep' singer was one of the inspirations for her new album.

Although she said she "started off being inspired by Fela Kuti", whose music she described as being "so sexy", she added: "I also found a lot of inspiration in '90s R&B, Earth Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teenie Marie… I listened to a lot of Jackson Five and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence And The Machine, and Prince.

"Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad it is."

The singer also claimed that she'd recorded "more than 60 songs" for the new album before deciding on the final tracklisting.

Beyonce released her latest single 'Best Thing I Never Had' earlier this week (June 1), and will headline this year's Glastonbury festival on June 26.

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