Beyoncé released her seventh solo album, Renaissance, as scheduled Thursday night and called out those who did the album leaked two days earlierand thanked her fans for their patience.
“So the album leaked and you all actually waited until the right release time so you could all enjoy it together,” she wrote. “I’ve never seen anything like it. I cannot thank you all enough for your love and protection.
“I appreciate you calling out anyone who tried to sneak into the club early,” she continued. “It means the world to me.”
diversity‘s review of the album, which the singer says is part one of a “three-part project,” will be released in the coming days.
Aside from a few brief teasers, Beyoncé unusually hadn’t released any videos from the new album at the time of writing, even though the first single, “Break My Soul,” was released more than a month ago.
It seems possible that a video collection is a third chapter of the project, which was originally supposed to include two albums. Beyoncé released a 65-minute film with multiple music videos concurrently with her previous 2016 solo album Lemonade.
Earlier this month, Beyoncé shared the album’s cover artwork, in which she poses regally on the silhouette of a glowing horse.
In a note accompanying the artwork, Beyoncé wrote, “Creating this album has given me a place to dream and escape at a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous at a time when otherwise little was happening.
“My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place where you are free from perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, let go and feel freedom,” she wrote. “It was a wonderful voyage of discovery. I hope you find joy in this music. I hope she inspires you to let go of the wobble. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong and sexy as you are.”
Late last month, Beyoncé surprisingly released Break My Soul, the album’s lead single. The track channels ’90s house beats over a sample of Robin S’ 1993 hit “Show Me Love” and features vocals by Big Freedia. “Renaissance” is said to contain both dance and country tracks, although it remains unclear whether the country songs will be released as a separate album or as part of the first edition of “Renaissance”.
Beyoncé has released four albums since 2016’s Lemonade, although none of them are full studio solo albums. In 2018, she released Everything Is Love with her husband Jay-Z under the moniker The Carters; in April 2019, she released Homecoming, an album from her explosive 2018 headlining performance at Coachella; and that summer, The Lion King: The Gift, a Disney film companion album that included several new Beyoncé songs, followed, with a deluxe edition of that album releasing three additional tracks a year later.
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