- 29 Apr 16
As the Queen twists her stiletto heels into Jay Z's prone midriff, our man Ed Power judges the latest effort from the pop megastar to be her finest work to date
Of the many, many questions raised by Lemonade, Beyonce's surprise-released, deeply troubled new masterpiece, surely the most pertinent pertains to Bey's marriage to Jay Z and our collective investment therein. Who'd have guessed humankind had hedged so much on pop's most glamorous union staying the course?
Lemonade wrenchingly chronicles a tempestuous relationship seemingly plunged into a fatal tailspin by infidelity and doesn't really tell us what to do with the information. For the gossip-industrial complex the record is of course the gift that never stops of giving. The internet has across the past week worked itself into delirium speculating over the identity of "Becky with the good hair", a mysterious paramour called out by Beyonce in the closing verse of '6 Inch', her comfortably numb duet with The Weeknd.
Celebrity fashionista Rachel Roy and UK singer Rita Ora are among those accused of bedroom shenanigans with Jay Z (denied in both instances). But by the time Beyonce gets around to pointing the finger, she has already painted a portrait of a marriage as a smoking ruin and frankly we no longer care WHO caused it all to go south.