Beyoncé showed her support for the U.N. with her song “I Was Here” from her 2011 album, 4, but now there’s word that she’s already working on her new album. This will be her first since giving birth to Blue Ivy earlier this year.
Diane Warren, who wrote “I Was Here,” admitted that she’s working on new songs for Beyoncé and even sat down and played them for her. Warren, who’s written hits like Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and “Because You Love Me” by Celine Dion, said it’s surprisingly easy working with the superstar.
“Some people come in my studio and I’m like, ‘Oh God,’ and you’ve got to fix them up and it’s just hard,” she said. “Some of the people that get deals, you just can’t understand. But then when you work with a Beyoncé or so sadly Whitney [Houston]. . . it’s so beautiful.”
No release date has been set for Bey’s upcoming album, but Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic spilled the beans about her future projects and the parenthood-themed music he’s been pitching her.
“The conversations about her next album literally just started and there [are] two projects happening,” he told The BoomBox back in February. “All I can say is you kind of feed her the best that you have and she’s this phenomenal filter and she takes it all in.”
Yesterday, Bey helped show her support for World Humanitarian Day, the U.N. holiday that honored the 22 humanitarian workers who died in a terrorist attack in Iraq on August 19, 2003.
In the video, Beyoncé sings “I Was Here” at the U.N.’s General Assembly in a floorlength sparkly white gown in front of screaming fans. “I want to leave my footprint in the sands of time,” she sings as screens flash images from different locations across the globe that have been struck by disaster along with the faces of the workers who are there helping those in need.
The goal of Beyoncé’s video was to get 1 billion people across the globe to send a message of hope through the website http://www.whd-iwashere.org. The U.N. has said that yesterday’s campaign led to record numbers on Twitter with celebrities like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Shakira all showing their support by sending messages of their own encouraging fans to join in.
Watch Beyoncé perform her song “I Was Here” for WHD Day below.
–Shannon Carlin, CBS Local
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