Beyoncé’s “Bow Down” featuring Ludacris and Akon has been released today, and it’s guaranteed to be on every dance floor around the world for the foreseeable future.
Break My Soul is a party song, produced by the duo Tricky Stewart and The Dream, featuring Lil’ Kim.
House of the 90s is a party playlist that also features the hits from classic house anthems by Michael Jackson, George Michael, Madonna, and others.
The song was scheduled to hit streaming platforms at 2pm AEST, but was released 2 hours early through Tidal and YouTube.
They’ve also confirmed that they’re working on their fifth studio album right now, which means fans will no doubt hear it in July.
Beyoncé has been carefully building the hype for her new project by dropping cryptic clues on her social media.
She has removed all of her profile pictures from Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube. She is most likely removing them to gain more attention.
She’s currently releasing a new album, so she has two more chapters of her story that we are yet to learn.
The next single, titled “Renaissance”, was later released.
Her first album in two years, Renaissance, will be her seventh solo album.
Beyoncé has released a lot of new music since she went solo. In 2018 she dropped Everything Is Love, a collaborative album with her husband Jay Z. In 2019, she released a number of original songs on the soundtrack to the live action The Lion King (which she also starred in). In 2020, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Beyoncé released Black Parade a single that dropped on Juneteenth, with proceeds going towards her charity fund which provides support for Black owned small businesses. And last year she also had an original track on the Richard Williams biopic King Richard.
So the prospect of a new solo album is entirely different from an album that you’ve already released.
Fans aren’t just waiting for new music. They’re looking for a new era and a new artistic statement.
A critically and commercially successful album can reinvigorate and reimagine what an album can be and Lemonade was such.
It’s easy to see why this was such a big hit when you realize it’s a 65-minute art piece that’s one of the decade’s best films.
That’s a lot of hype to live up to. But, as anyone who’s seen Homecoming will know, Beyoncé loves a challenge.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar last year, the artist suggested her new music would be all about bringing joy (and dropped a sneaky reference to the upcoming album’s name).
“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.”
And that tracks with the fun and glitzy images of Beyoncé in July’s British Vogue too. The artist was pictured in futuristic outfits on a motorcycle, amongst giant bubbles and atop a disco ball.
After a sneak peek of the album, the writer said we can expect music that makes you want to get up and start throwing moves. That’s certainly what we’ve got so far.