We know we can’t all be Beyoncé.
She’s one of the most celebrated, lucrative and iconic artists in the world, and her catalog is one of pop music’s most lucrative and enduring.
She has sold more than a billion albums and millions of singles since 2012, and she is arguably the most powerful female artist in the country.
She is the only female artist to have performed on top of a skyscraper, and for many of her fans, she is a symbol of a kind of American exceptionalism.
But even before her hit “Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s brand of music was a phenomenon.
In 2007, the singer-songwriter began to release singles from her own catalog, which she said was intended to serve as a blueprint for what she wanted to be when she grew up.
That catalog became the template for what became “The Collection,” her fourth studio album and first as a solo artist.
The songs, which feature a wide range of styles and genres, offer up a broad palette of emotions, from a ballad about a woman who is not alone to a meditation on the power of self-care and a tale of an old lady whose only hope of salvation is a box.
This collection was made possible through the hard work of thousands of fans, artists and collaborators.
We spoke with Grammy-winning singer-guitarist Josh Homme, who co-wrote all four of Beyoncés albums, and songwriter Mark Ronson to discuss the evolution of the album, its impact on the music industry, and the legacy that Beyoncé left behind.
What was your first thought when you heard “The collection” and the title?
The first thing I was thinking of was “The Beatles.”
I was in a Beatles album store and I was like, “I can’t believe this is a Beatles record.”
I think the Beatles inspired me a lot and I felt like the world needed a little bit of that.
I was also really into disco music at that time, so I just love disco music and thought that was pretty cool.
The first time I saw “Lampshaded” was on my iPod and it just instantly blew my mind.
I mean, I had heard about the record and I just wanted to hear it live, but I was not prepared for the amount of emotion and the level of creativity in it.
And then when I heard the first verse, I just had to know it.
I just thought it was really cool.
Who wrote the first line?
I think it was Mark Racontelli and I wrote the chorus and it was just a lot of love, love and love, and that was it.
What’s the deal with the name?
I had no idea what it was.
I didn’t really know what it meant, but when I was first hearing it I was so blown away.
That’s a weird thing to say.
I thought, “Man, this is like a little piece of art.”
What did you think when you found out it was going to be called “The Lamps”?
It’s just really hard to tell people about something that doesn’t exist.
I’ve been trying to figure out a name for it for years, and finally, the name just made sense.
I think people are just blown away by it.
When I was working on the album and Mark was doing the vocals, I was just so psyched, I thought it would be really cool if it was called something.
How did you know it was the record that you wanted it to be?
I was doing a lot with my friends and Mark and I were like, we want to make this album.
I don’t want to put too much pressure on the songwriting because it is so important to me, but it was like a really, really cool feeling.
I love it.
Who were the people you worked with on the record?
I mean the whole record is so incredible.
It was Mark, Josh, my wife, my son, my daughter and my mother, all of my friends, my family, my manager, the producers, my assistant, my housekeepers, and my friends who have all been amazing and just gave me so much love.
How were you approached to do the song?
I wasn’t approached.
It’s like a surprise to me that I would get an invitation, but obviously that’s what it is.
I knew I wanted to do something that I wanted people to love, so that was the only way I was able to do it.
Why did you choose this album to be a soundtrack?
I want to do a collection that is as much about my career as it is about my personal life.
It feels like a continuation of what I was trying to do with the album but with something else in mind.
What inspired you to write about the music business?
I am a big fan of the idea of being a career artist and that I