This week, Beyonce's fourth studio album — appropriately titled 4 — is the number one album in the country, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's an accomplishment each of the singer's four solo albums have managed.
Ann Powers sat down with Morning Edition's Renee Montagne to talk about the singer, who can legitimately claim two titles at the moment: Queen of Pop and Queen of Hip-Hop. Forget Gaga's quirks and Britney's controversy — Beyonce runs this town by setting her sights on one goal regardless of genre: she wants to be a great artist.
Ann says this makes Beyonce's music a way into the world of pop for hip-hop fans, and simultaneously a way into hip-hop for pop fans. Her longterm aspirations for longevity, and for the kind of multifaceted and flexible career of her idol, Barbra Streisand, mean Beyonce will be around for a long, long time.