Beyoncé’s seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” was released on Friday, and it’s already getting people up and dancing (July 29).
Beyoncé’s seventh studio album, Renaissance, was released on Columbia Records and Parkwood Entertainment on Friday (July 29).
The pop sensation dropped 16 tracks in “Act 1” of Renaissance, with cameos from BEAM on “Energy” and Grace Jones and Terms on “Move.” Her spouse Jay-Z, Drake, Skrillex, The Dream, Syd, Lucky Daye, Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Nija Charles, 070 Shake, and more are all acknowledged as writers and producers on the album.
An announcement about Renaissance was made on her website hours before Friday night’s release of Act 1. This three-part album was recorded over the course of three years, all while the epidemic was in full swing. “I realised that when I took time to sit quietly, I was also able to come up with some of my best ideas,” she explained. During a tense period in history, I found refuge in the process of making this record. In a period when nothing else was happening, it gave me a sense of independence and a desire for exploration. My goal was to establish a welcoming atmosphere free of hostility. A haven from anxiety brought on by striving for perfection. A safe haven for letting out steam and finding personal liberation. What a lovely adventure that was!
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The lead single “Break My Soul” borrows the 1993 house classic “Show Me Love” by Robin S., and Big Freedia’s “Explode,” which has her trademark bounce sound, was released in 2014. Beyoncé’s 20th solo top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100 was the soulful “Break My Soul,” which reached at number seven. To add, Renaissance is her first solo album since 2016’s chart-topping Lemonade.
Towards the end of her comment on her blog, Queen Bey said, “To all of my fans: I hope you find delight in this music. I pray it motivates you to let go of the nervous energy and dance it out. Ha! And to know and appreciate how special, powerful, and alluring you are. Love you guys a lot, B.
The statement on her website goes on to say, “Thank you to all of the pioneers who originate culture, to all of the fallen angels whose achievements have gone unacknowledged for far too long.”
Listen to Renaissance below.