Beyoncé wants to follow in Madonna's footsteps.
The 'XO' hitmaker has revealed her new self-titled album was inspired by the 'Hung Up' singer.
The 32-year-old star told fans at special screening of her new music videos in New York City on Saturday (21.12.13): "I felt like I wanted follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire. And show other women when you get to this point in your career, you don't have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success, you can do it yourself."
According to Fox News, she later said: "I took all of my insecurities, all of my doubts, all of my fears and everything I've learned over the 17 years and I applied it into this project. But more than the music -- I'm proud of myself as a woman ... the biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that make you interesting, because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anyone's box."
Her comments came just days after Madonna, 55, gave her younger contemporary a glowing review for her show-stopping concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday night (19.12.13), during which Beyoncé planted a kiss on her nine-year-old daughter Mercy James' head.
She posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "Mrs. Carter crushes the BK with her bad ass show! Girls run the world! #srtforfreedom (sic)"
Beyoncé also took part in a Q&A with fans via Instagram during Saturday's promotional event and credited her 23-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy, with her rapper husband, Jay Z, for helping her to open up more on record.
She explained: "I'm very private and I'm very respectful, and I think it just took me no longer being someone's child -- once I became a mother, I felt like I could tear those fourth walls and I just felt like it was time. I completely feel liberated."
The record's unique format - which include music videos for each of its 14 tracks - was a risk but came from being bored after her album '4' from 2011.
She explained: "I was terrified. I was so scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen ... Honestly I was at a point where I felt like, you know, everything feels the same.
"That's how I felt and if I could not challenge that, then maybe it's time for me to do something else or develop more artists, which is something I want to do."