Beyoncé is finally coming! The Beyhive has been patiently (and not so patiently) awaiting a new album from their queen and it is almost here. Social media has been in a frenzy all week after the “Upgrade U” singer removed her profile images from her social media pages and then on June 16, Tidal tweeted that the new Bey album was on the way.
Beyoncé— TIDAL (@TIDAL) June 16, 2022
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The album is titled Renaissance and fans can also buy a special collectible box set on the “Bow Down” artist’s website Beyonce.com. There are four box sets in total for $39.99 and so far we know that it will include a Renaissance box, T-shirt, and CD. Renaissance is set to drop July 29 and it will be the mother of three’s seventh album not including The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack.
The frenzy for Bey continued after she dropped images from her British Vogue July 2022 photoshoot.
British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful shared that the superstar wanted to “play in fashion like never before” which they did for the shoot. In one photo, Beyoncé is dressed in gold sequins from head to toe, and in another one, she is giving biker chic goddess. The concept of the photoshoot became “a vision of glittering retro-futurism,” according to Edward.
He also gave a little insight into what the 28-time Grammy award winner’s new music sounded like.
“Instantly, a wall of sound hits me. Soaring vocals and fierce beats combine and in a split second I’m transported back to the clubs of my youth,” explained Edward. “I want to get up and start throwing moves. It’s music I love to my core. Music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, music that will unite so many on the dance floor, music that touches your soul. As ever with Beyoncé, it is all about the intent. I sit back, after the wave, absorbing it all.”
The oh-so-clever Beyoncé hinted at the name and sound of her album title during her August 2021 Harper’s Bazaar interview when she was asked about new music. “With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again,” she said.
“I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible. I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies. Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!”
Beyoncé Releases the First Single from 'Renaissance,' "Break My Soul"
World stop. Carry on. Beyoncé released the lead single "Break My Soul" from her upcoming seventh album Renaissance on June 20. Stylized as "6. BREAK MY SOUL," news of the single dropping first hit when Queen Bey changed her bio to reflect the single's impending arrival. The song is a house-inspired dance track that features vocals from Big Freedia (their second collab following the 2016 mega-hit "Formation") and a sample of the house music classic "Show Me Love" by Robin S. Lyrically, the song seems to be the upbeat, unapologetically positive anthem that could be a mantra of self-love and personal freedom for years to come. As the singer sings, "Bey is back."
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This article was updated 6.21.22