Beyonce Knowles is crediting her latest album to the character she played in new movie DREAMGIRLS, because she couldn't shake off the fictional starlet's persona. Knowles sat down to write B'DAY after completing the film - in which she plays a member of an all-girl singing trio - but found herself stuck in character. As a consequence she can barely recognise her happy self in the angry and tense tracks on the LP. Knowles says, "The character I play was so in me. I played her for six months. This album is everything I wanted her to say. "Subconsciously I did that, I didn't even think about it - the record has a lot of anger and strength. I'm really in a happy place, and I don't have a reason to sing all these songs."

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