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M-WEB: What's with the suggestive title?
I titled my album "Dangerously in Love" because basically it talks about the steps in relationships, the steps in love. From the first moment you meet a guy and you're attracted to him, to the first time you realise you really like him. To the first time you realise you might be falling in love, to the first time you make love, to the first time you break up and you have to depend on yourself. And it's really sweet and sexy and it shows a more vulnerable side. I say "Dangerous in Love" because when love is real it's a scary feeling and a little dangerous.

M-WEB: Your album is by no means plain old Soul, it has many flavours?
I have different types of music from reggae to hip-hop to Middle Eastern to jazz. I took songs from the 70s that inspired me. From Shuggie Otis who was a classic 70s artist to duets with hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Lil Kim to legendary people like Luther Vandross. I love the fact that it's so different from any other R'n'B record that I've heard. And I really wanted to make a statement artistically. I wanted to show my growth vocally and as a writer and from a young lady to a woman. And I think I accomplish that. It's really amazing how different the songs are but it still sounds like one album.

M-WEB: Has success gone to your head?
Well, I have a lot of different hats I wear, as a writer, producer, actor, singer, Destiny's Child, solo artist - all these things. It's definitely important for me to stay grounded. It's definitely important for me to stay sane and happy in life. I keep my personal life private and I think it's important that I keep my family and real people around me. I don't like "yes" people. I don't like people that just tell me what they think I wanna hear. I wanna know the truth. I like to surround myself with good people because I believe that everyone is a product of their environment and I try to keep that environment nice. I work hard and just try to really think about things, make logical decisions and still be a real person. Ultimately I want people to say not only am I talented, but I was a good person.

M-WEB: You seem to be very focussed. So tell us, what's next?
Whenever I achieve one thing, there's already a goal set up, something else, a new goal. Right now my goal is to have a great album that everyone likes...I want to do another movie, a musical, like "Chicago" or a "Moulin Rouge" and I want to do Broadway. And I want Destiny's Child to come back and kill! I just want it to shut it down! I want us to basically prove that it can be done. I want to continuously make good music and become an icon, become a timeless artist and...eventually have kids and get married. And I want to remain friends with Destiny's Child always. And I want to be happy.... gosh, what else? I've said about a million things! (laughs)

As the luscious-legged lovely from Destiny's Child she defines the quintessential Soul booty babe. With her sassy sexed up role in Austin Powers, she took shagadelic to another level. And now the diva-ascendant has dropped her debut solo album Dangerously in Love. We asked Beyonce just how dangerous her love really is.


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