Beyoncé has dropped her hugely anticipated seventh studio album ‘Renaissance’ (released Friday 29 July 2022).
The full-length is available worldwide across all major streaming platforms, with accompanying visuals scheduled for a later date.
The album was recorded over the course of the pandemic and arrives after almost three years in the works.
— BEYONCÉ (@Beyonce) July 29, 2022
The anthemic release features an impressive list of prolific collaborators, including The-Dream, Nile Rodgers, NOVA, NO ID, Raphael Saadiq, Mike Dean, Honey Dijon, Chris Penny, Luke Solomon, Skrillex, Beam, Big Freedia, Grace Jones and Tems.
In addition, the songstress has unveiled a surprise ‘Break My Soul’ Remixs EP, comprising of four tracks revamped by Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am, Chicago DJ Terry Hunter, Honey Dijon and New York producer/DJ Nita Aviance.
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Beyoncé also joined forces with Madonna for ‘The Queens Remix’ of her uplifting dancefloor anthem. Sampling the Queen of Pop’s iconic 90s hit ‘Vogue’, the track features shout-outs to a long list of influential Black women, including the likes of Lauryn Hill, Lizzo, Santigold and more.
The remix marks the pair’s first proper collaboration since 2015, when Beyoncé appeared in Madonna’s music video for ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’.
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Beyoncé took to social media back in June to reveal the official album cover posting, “Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration. I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.”
CHECK OUT THE POST HERE:
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The new album announcement was made via video streaming service Tidal on Thursday (16 June). The chart-topping superstar also updated her social media bios with ‘act i RENAISSANCE 7.29’ and deleted her profile picture from all platforms, hinting that new music was on the way soon.
The 16-track release is her first solo album in six years and the official follow-up to 2016s widely acclaimed full-length ‘Lemonade’. The ground-breaking record received nine Grammy nominations including Album of the Year and Record of the Year and Song of the Year as well as took home the awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video for ‘Formation’.
Queen Bey has since released other material, including a surprise joint album with husband and rapper Jay-Z in the form of 2018s ‘Everything Is Love’. She also curated and featured on the movie soundtrack for Disney’s remake of The Lion King in 2019.
Furthermore, in November last year, she released Oscar nominated song ‘Be Alive’ from the King Richard film soundtrack.
The 40-year-old singer also recently revealed that she was British Vogue’s July issue cover star after sharing a string of back-to-back posts on her Instagram.
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RENAISSANCE: A revival of or renewed interest in something. Let the renaissance begin.
Beyonce ‘Renaissance’ Full Album Tracklisting:
I’M THAT GIRL
ENERGY (FEAT. BEAM)
BREAK MY SOUL
PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA
MOVE (FEAT. GRACE JONES, TEMS)
ALL UP IN YOUR MIND
AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM
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