- 16 Jun 22
The legendary artist's first solo album since 2016's Lemonade will arrive on July 29.
Find your pulse, everybody because Beyoncé is back. The Grammy-winning icon's new album, Renaissance, is out July 29, a product listing on her website now confirms.
The record is seemingly seemingly subtitled act i, implying further editions - much like Kendrick Lamar's double album release this year. Beyoncé’s social media bios have been updated with the new title and date, with no further information revealed.
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) June 16, 2022
It aligns with the musician's trademark mysterious brand of release strategies, with Lemonade dropping by surprise in 2016 and subsequently blowing up the internet.
An unverifiable tweet from fan account Beyoncé Legion suggests Renaissance is a 16-song album, though this has yet to be confirmed.
The box set listing that confirms Renaissance is an album includes a CD, T-shirt, and collectible box, with a 28-page booklet and mini poster.
One week before she released Lemonade, Beyoncé shared a teaser trailer for its visual album counterpart; details weren’t revealed until the full album was released. Her 2016 era and 2013 self-titled album were both filled with star contributors who kept their work secret.
Beyoncé featured Frank Ocean, Drake, JAY-Z, and Sia. Lemonade credited Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, the Weeknd, James Blake, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, and Father John Misty.
In the time since she released Lemonade, she has teamed with JAY-Z on the 2018 album Everything Is Love. In 2019, she released Homecoming, a live album and concert film that documented her iconic headlining Coachella set.
Beyoncé also appeared in the film and soundtrack of Disney’s fresh, live-action take on The Lion King and executive produced the companion compilation The Lion King: The Gift. In 2020, she released another accompanying visual album, Black Is King.
When 'Black Parade' won Best R&B Performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards, the former Destiny's Child member set the record for most Grammys won by a female artist. The accolade was previously held by Alison Krauss.
At the end of that same year, Beyoncé released 'Be Alive' - an Oscar-nominated contribution to the Venus and Serena Williams biopic King Richard.
The Academy Award went to Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme tune, but Beyoncé opened the show with a performance of the song at the Compton tennis courts where the Williams sisters practiced as children.
Check out the performance below.