New Beyoncé music is here: Everything we know about album 'Renaissance,' song 'Break My Soul'
Get buzzing Beyhive, Beyoncé's new album "Renaissance" is on the way – and her first single will have you running for the dance floor.
Late Monday night, Queen Bey released “Break My Soul,” a glistening dance track that samples Big Freedia's "Explode" and nods to Robin S.'s 1993 hit, "Show Me Love."
"You won't break my soul," Beyoncé repeats throughout the song, while also calling for a reinvention. The pulsing song is the first offering from her seventh studio album, due July 29.
Hype for the new music began weeks ago after the star first starting dropping hints about a new endeavor, removing all of her profile pictures from social media as people within her circle began dropping seemingly-random adoration posts about her.
Finally, in the wee hours of Thursday morning, Tidal, the music streaming service formerly owned by Beyoncé's husband Jay-Z, shared the official news: "Renaissance" would arrive this summer.
Days later, Beyoncé updated the bios of her social media platforms with a tease: "6. BREAK MY SOUL midnight ET." So fans may want to keep a close eye on Beyonce feeds for more surprises.
In the meantime, here's everything we know about "Renaissance" so far:
When does Beyonce's new album release?
The album is set to drop July 29. And this could be the first in a series as it was also titled "Act I." On the Grammy-winning artist's official website, her new music has become the focal point of the homepage with options to pre-save the album and shop four different kinds of nondescript "Renaissance" merchandise which include a T-shirt, a CD and a collectible "Renaissance" box.
Beyoncé first teased the "Renaissance" title in an August interview with Harper's Bazaar, saying she'd been in the studio for a year and a half working on something new.
"With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again. I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible," she said. "Yes, the music is coming!"
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What is 'Break My Soul' about?
The lyrics to Beyoncé's first song speak for themselves: Nobody and nothing is breaking Queen Bey's soul.
"And I just quit my job/I'm gonna find a new drive," she sings and semi-rapping with attitude, "the queens in the front and the doms in the back/ain't takin' no flicks but the whole clique snapped."
She goes on: "Got motivation, I done found me a new foundation, yeah, and I’m taking my new salvation."
What has Beyonce said about her new album?
Beyoncé discussed the upcoming album in a British Vogue interview that hit newsstands on June 21. The fashion outlet shared several photos from the cover story on Thursday, including the songstress looking regal on a horse in a feathered headdress, a glam shot on a motorcycle and more.
British Vogue teases that "Renaissance" will be the singer's "most ambitious musical project to date." The album is also the result of Beyoncé overthinking every detail and decision as she spent time at home amid the pandemic.
The outlet alludes to the album being party-focused with "soaring vocals and fierce beats." British Vogue writes: "Her upcoming album is music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, music that will unite so many on the dance floor and make them fall in love."
True to the album name, the outlet says it shows her "evolution, one that promises vision, grace – and something a little bit extra."
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When did Beyonce last release new music?
"Renaissance" will come off the back of the singer's visual album "Black is King," which was released July 2020 in correspondence with the soundtrack she made for 2019's "Lion King." Also in 2020, she joined Megan Thee Stallion for a remix of her hit song "Savage."
The last time Beyoncé released a truly solo project was in 2016 with the surprise drop visual album "Lemonade," which spurred hits including "Hold up" and "Formation." In 2019 she released the album version of her headlining performance at 2018's Coachella and in 2018, she and Jay-Z teamed up as The Carters to release their "Everything is Love" album.
Since "Black is King," the singer made Grammy history becoming the most-winning female artist, and the most-winning singer (male or female), in the 63-year history of the Grammy Awards. The 2021 award show solidified her spot after her trophy count rose to 28 wins, the new additions being her music video for "Brown Skin Girl" and a win for best rap performance with the "Savage" collaboration.
Contributing: Melissa Ruggieri, Naledi Ushe, Amy Haneline