Beyoncé releases seventh album, ‘Renaissance’ : NPR

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Beyoncé performs at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy on July 18, 2016 as a part of The Formation World Tour.

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Beyoncé performs at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy on July 18, 2016 as a part of The Formation World Tour.

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Beyoncé’s long-awaited and extremely anticipated seventh studio album, Renaissance, is now obtainable for the world to listen to. The 16-song LP marks her first solo album in 6 years, following the pivotal visible album Lemonade. Critics, together with NPR Music’s Sidney Madden and Ann Powers, have stated of previews that Renaissance signifies a musical evolution for the worldwide celebrity.

Renaissance contains visitor options from Grace Jones, Tems and BEAM, in addition to quite a lot of credit from heavy hitters within the music trade, together with a number of from The-Dream, a collaborator on the megahit «Single Women (Put a Ring on It)» and producer Mike Dean, and options from Drake and Raphael Saadiq.

On her web site, Beyoncé wrote of Renaissance, «This three act venture was recorded over three years through the pandemic. A time to be nonetheless but in addition a time I discovered to be essentially the most artistic,» a sign that the brand new launch is the primary of three components.

Final month, she shock dropped a single from the file, «BREAK MY SOUL,» an lively monitor rooted in dance music influences, that includes Large Freedia and sampling the 1990 diva home hit «Present Me Love» by Robin S.


«Thanks to the entire pioneers who originate tradition, to the entire fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized far too lengthy,» the assertion on her web site continues.

In typical Bey vogue, not too many particulars concerning the album have been disclosed greater than every week forward of its launch. She took to social media to replace the world on the venture, together with its official announcement, which got here after eradicating profile footage throughout her social media pages.

Regardless of a confirmed capability to provide the world precisely what Beyoncé desires when Beyoncé desires to, no extra and no much less, the brand new album was leaked on-line simply two days earlier than its launch; some followers alleged that they’d seen the CD on the market early in media shops in France and the Netherlands.

She addressed the leak, and the backlash from affected person followers it obtained on social media, in a submit simply forward of the album’s precise launch, writing: «I recognize you for calling out anybody that was making an attempt to sneak into the membership early … we’re going to take our time and benefit from the music.» To that finish, and the album is initially being launched with out movies, in distinction to the visual-heavy releases of Lemonade in 2016 and the self-titled album in 2013.

«My intention was to create a secure place, a spot with out judgment,» Beyoncé’s assertion on her web site reads. «A spot to be freed from perfectionism and overthinking. A spot to scream, launch, really feel freedom. It was a wonderful journey of exploration. I hope you discover pleasure on this music. I hope it evokes you to launch the wiggle. Ha! And to really feel as distinctive, sturdy, and horny as you’re.»


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