Beyoncé Opens Up About New Album Ahead Of Release: ‘My Intention Was To Create A Safe Place’
In less than 24 hours, Beyoncé will drop her highly-anticipated studio album Renaissance after six years. The Beyhive has been on pins and needles waiting for new music from Queen Bey and the closer July 29 comes, the more details come out about the album. With the release of its first single “BREAK MY SOUL,” fans have been trying to decipher what would ultimately be the soundtrack of the summer will sound like. Because the lead single is a dance song, many fans have been debating online about whether or not Renaissance will be a dance album in what is said to be a three-act series.
In typical Bey fashion, the singer has not said much about it but she did send out a special message for her fans.
Here is a special message from Beyoncé. #RENAISSANCE— BEYLEGION is COZY (@BeyLegion) July 28, 2022
Dedicated to her children, her husband, her family, her Godmother Uncle Johnny, and to the LGBTQ+ community and all of the pioneers who originated the culture and the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized. pic.twitter.com/hm6Om9fi52
“THIS THREE ACT PROJECT WAS RECORDED OVER THREE YEARS DURING THE PANDEMIC. A TIME TO BE STILL, BUT ALSO A TIME I FOUND TO BE THE MOST CREATIVE,” she wrote.
“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.”
Along with the message are photos attached of Beyoncé with her three children, Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir as well as a photo of her “Godmother” Uncle Jonny. She continued the note by acknowledging them.
“I WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO RUMI, SIR, AND BLUE FOR ALLOWING ME THE SPACE, CREATIVITY, AND INSPIRATION. AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY BEAUTIFUL HUSBAND AND MUSE, WHO HELD ME DOWN DURING THOSE LATE NIGHTS IN THE STUDIO. A BIG THANK YOU TO MY UNCLE JONNY. HE WAS MY GODMOTHER AND THE FIRST PERSON TO EXPOSE ME TO A LOT OF THE MUSIC AND CULTURE THAT SERVE AS INSPIRATION FOR THIS ALBUM.”
Beyoncé on Instagram
“THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE PIONEERS WHO ORIGINATE CULTURE, TO ALL OF THE FALLEN ANGELS WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE GONE UNRECOGNIZED FOR FAR TOO LONG. THIS IS A CELEBRATION FOR YOU. THANK YOU TO MY PARKWOOD CREW, MY SLAB, DREAM, AND ALL OF THE TALENTED PRODUCERS INVOLVED. MAMA, I LUHHHH YOU. TO MY FATHER, MY O.G., MY FIRST TEACHER: YOU INSPIRE ME IN EVERY MOVE THAT I MAKE. I LOVE YOU.
Last but not least, she thanked her beloved beyhive. “TO ALL MY FANS: 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.”
What she didn’t address is the album leak. Unfortunately, the album was leaked earlier this week. However, her fans wouldn’t stand for it and instead encouraged others to wait to listen to the album when it officially drops on Friday, July 29.
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