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There's prolific, and then there's Beyoncé.

The Grammy-winning icon-in-waiting has spoken out about her upcoming album, a labor of love that she's spent the past 12 months working on and which she claims to have "poured my heart and soul into."

Make that heart and soul and songwriting skills.

Knowles tells fans in a statement on her website that she recorded a grand total of 70 songs—that's seven-zero—for her new album.

"I have taken the time so I can create my sound, something that says who I am at this stage in my life," the 26-year-old says. "It is my baby."

The R&B diva continues in full gush mode, saying the album has turned into her most time-consuming professional endeavor to date.

"It is the most time I have spent on any project since my first records as a member of Destiny's Child when I was 15 years old. I have recorded over 70 songs and have created a sound that reveals all of me."

And, rest assured, there's a lot more to reveal of Mrs. Jay-Z.

"I am in a different place right now and I wanted people to see the many sides of me. The music is upbeat for the dance, fun side and it is reflective, passionate and serious for the personal side. I have taken risks here. I am not afraid and my music will explain it all."

But critics be warned: Knowles is not to be pigeon-holed.

"There is no label or tag on my sound. It's me and I am so excited to share it with the world on Nov. 18."

She's expected to kick off a world tour in support of her third solo album next spring.

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