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Beyonce Takes Cues From Rihanna

Posted Saturday November 3, 2007 11:15 PM GMT

It’s been well-publicized that rap mogul Jay-Z mentored Rihanna to her current position as the pop/R&B chart topper. And now his longtime girlfriend, Beyonce Knowles, is calling up a few favors from the “Umbrella” singer.

Namely, the “Bootylicious” one is enlisting the services of a new production team to take her to the next level in the studio. Sources say she wants a more “Rihanna-flavored” follow-up to her platinum “B’Day.”

Dance producer duo The Freemasons are all set to work with Miss Knowles, and they’re confident that the collaboration will yield some amazing results. James Wiltshire (of The Freemasons) told press, "The album is going to be huge. It will rival anything the likes of Britney and Rihanna have done recently.”

Wiltshire added, “Beyonce and her team can see where mistakes were made on the last album. It was very American, very R+B and stripped back. They want to go for a more international sound this time. She wants to hit as many audiences as possible."

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Enjoy the pictures of Beyonce arriving in Jakarta (October 31), along with shots of Rihanna in Paris (November 1).