The return of the queen. Beyoncé is finally gearing up to release her seventh solo album — and it’s coming much sooner than you think.
Grammy winner, aged 40, announced Renaissance on Thursday 16 June, days after fans began to speculate that a new project was in development. The “Drunk in Love” singer had previously wiped her Instagram account, leading observers to guess that she would soon start promoting a new album. Her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, also “liked” an Instagram post about an art change on Beyoncé’s website.
The Texas native’s last solo studio album was LemonadeThe debut of, which was released in April 2016. She later released 2018’s All that matters is loveWith her husband Jay-ZFollow it up with two more projects in 2019: her HomecomingLive album The Gift of the Lion KingAlso featured was. Kendrick Lamar, Burna Boy, Childish GambinoYou can find out more.
After the “Formation” songstress announced Renaissance, fans realized that she may have dropped a hint about the album’s title more than one year prior.
“With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love and laugh again,” Beyoncé told Harper’s BazaarAnswering a question about when listeners can expect new music in August 2021. “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.”
The RenaissanceThe big surprise was also revealed: a release date. Beyoncé famously dropped her self-titled fifth album in December 2013 with no warning, then debuted Lemonadevia a HBO special that was kept secret before its release. (RenaissanceIt will drop on July 29, 2009.)
“We haven’t had an official release date from Beyonce since 24th July 2011,” tweeted one fan, referring to the pop icon’s fourth album, 4. “Y’all don’t understand how seeing that 29 July has me feeling.”
Another Twitter user added: “Beyoncé doing pre orders, foreshadowing and actually ANNOUNCING a release date … she’s coming for BLOOD.”
Aside from the release date, however, the “Halo” singer revealed very few details about what Renaissanceit will sound like. In a British VogueCover story published the same day the album announcement was made, editor in chief Edward EnninfulReaders were given a short tease of what he said to the Oscar nominee during his interview.
“Instantly, a wall of sound hits me,” he wrote. “Soaring vocals and fierce beats combine and in a split second I’m transported back to the clubs of my youth. I want to get up and start throwing moves.”
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