Solange Knowles has said she has given herself a deadline to release her new album by next year.
She said: "I'm actually trying to give myself a deadline this time around. One of the pros of being independent is having that space and that time.
"But it's also a major con when you don't set aside a deadline and keep going and keep going. When you have a goal in mind you definitely stay motivated.
"I'm trying to stay motivated because I know it took four years before my last record came out! That is not happening - it's gonna come out next year."
Solange plans to release the new album under her own independent label Saint Records, which has been set up under the Sony Music umbrella.