Beyoncé announces the release date of her new album “Renaissance”
After teasing the internet with days of cryptic clues, Beyonce announced on Thursday the arrival next month of her long-awaited seventh studio album “Renaissance,” the megastar’s first since 2016.
Overnight, streaming service Tidal, a platform formerly owned by Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z, announced on Twitter that the album would arrive on July 29, with rival companies Spotify and Apple Music tweeting the same. news a few minutes later.
Beyonce’s social media accounts – who last week deleted their profile pictures in a sure sign that something was wrong – have meanwhile updated their bios to read “act I… REBIRTH”.
The hit singer’s website also showed what appeared to be a new solo album available for pre-order, along with “Renaissance”-related merchandise.
Thursday’s news was accompanied by the announcement of a cover shoot with British Vogue that features Queen B as a retro-futuristic glam club kid. The July 2022 issue is set to hit newsstands June 21.
“Soaring vocals and fierce beats combine and in a split second I’m transported to the clubs of my youth,” wrote Edward Enninful, the editor of British Vogue who spent time at Beyonce’s home. in Los Angeles for the story, the star’s new music. “I want to get up and start throwing moves. It is music that I deeply love. »
“Music that lifts you up, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, music that will bring so many together on the dance floor, a music that touches your soul.”
– ‘The music is coming’ –
Ever the enigmatic curator of her brand, 40-year-old Beyonce is well known for her secret album launches, having long resisted the standard album promotion machine for the amplifying power of social media.
In 2013, she turned conventional music industry wisdom on its head when she released her self-titled album out of the blue – to smash success.
And in 2016, she released a teaser for 2016’s hit “Lemonade” just a week before its release.
It’s been six years since this visual album broke the internet. Since then, Beyonce’s efforts have included collaborating with Jay-Z on “Everything is Love” in 2018.
The following year, she released “Homecoming,” a live album and film, which features footage from her legendary performance at Coachella in 2018, considered one of the most iconic sets on the festival circuit.
Her critically acclaimed song “Black Parade” – which plummeted amid mass protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd – won Beyonce her 28th Grammy, making her the most successful woman of all. times at the music industry‘s top awards gala, and its most decorated singer.
This song was eventually added to 2019’s “The Lion King: The Gift,” a companion album to the Disney remake of the film that Beyonce contributed to and curated.
In an August 2021 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Beyonce suggested new music was on the way and hinted at the title of her upcoming album, saying “I feel a renaissance emerging.”
“I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half,” she said at the time. “Sometimes it takes me a year to personally search through thousands of sounds to find the right kick or snare. A choir can have up to 200 stacked harmonies.
“Yet nothing beats the amount of love, passion and healing I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it’s as exciting as when I was nine,” the star continued.
“Yes, the music is coming!”