Beyonce to Release “Renaissance”

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After six unbearable years for her fans, Beyoncé is finally releasing her seventh studio album, Renaissance. The singer is ready to entertain the public with new music, starting with the lead single “Break My Soul.”

Beyoncé’s Comeback

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Beyoncé has revealed that her new album, Renaissance, is coming out on July 29! Yet, fans guessed that something was coming long before the announcement. First of all, the singer deleted all of her profile pictures from social media websites, hinting that a new promotional photo would be posted there. “act i RENAISSANCE 7.29.,” her bio announced a little while later. The same message was sent out on the music streaming platform Tidal, which she co-owns with her husband, Jay-Z. Finally, a set of Renaissance merchandise appeared on Beyoncé’s website. It includes a CD, T-shirt, and 28-page booklet. Fortunately, the star didn’t let her fan club starve before the full release and has already dropped the lead single on June 21! The lyric video for the single was released two hours early, too. Called “Break My Soul,” the song teases Beyoncé’s return.

“I’mma let down my hair / ‘Cause I lost my mind / Bey is back and I’m sleeping real good at night,” she states in the verse. The song samples “Show Me Love” by Robin S and “Explode” by Big Freedia. Beyoncé collaborated with both creators on “Formation.” The album will also feature Ryan Tedder’s work. He’s the OneRepublic frontman and songwriter who co-wrote Beyoncé’s iconic song “Halo.” Raphael Saadiq, who wrote hits for Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, and Beyoncé’s sister Solange in 2016, will contribute as well. In the past, he co-founded the R&B group, Tony! Toni! Toné!, which pioneered the genre.

Soaring Vocals And Fierce Beats

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In addition to the song release, Beyoncé also shared the cover art for the upcoming Renaissance album. It shows the celebrity in a futuristic outfit sitting on top of a glowing horse, her hair in a viral Y2K style, and her lips painted bright pink. In the caption, she opened up about her emotions regarding the album: “Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” she shared. “I hope you find joy in this music.”

It’s been about six years since she came out with her last studio album, Lemonade, which was nominated for nine Grammy awards in total. Since then, the musician headlined Coachella in 2018 and released a Grammy-winning Netflix documentary about her experience. She also starred as Nala in Disney’s 2019 The Lion King and worked on the album for the film. One of the songs, “Spirit,” was even nominated for a Golden Globe. Recently, she appeared on the July cover of British Vogue, where she shared more insight on her process over the last few years. Beyoncé said that the pandemic put a pause on making tunes and helped her think about every decision she made.

British Vogue’s Edward Enninful had a chance to check out the album early and gave a beaming review. “Soaring vocals and fierce beats combine and in a split second I’m transported back to the clubs of my youth,” he wrote. “I want to get up and start throwing moves. It’s music I love to my core. As ever with Beyoncé, it is all about the intent. I sit back, after the wave, absorbing it all.”

Sources: NME, LA Times, Time