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BEY UNLEASHES PANDEMIC-INSPIRED RENAISSANCE

Beyoncé’s RENAISSANCE (Parkwood/Columbia)—which rocketed to the top of the Apple Music and iTunes charts after its midnight release—features contributions from, among others, Grace Jones and Tems (on the future-funk Afro-tech banger “Move”), Big Freedia (on lead single/current hit “BREAK MY SOUL”) and Robin S. 

Hours before the drop, Queen Bey posted a message on her website revealing the inspiration for the album, which she made during the pandemic, a particularly creative time for her as it turned out. Notably, she references a “three-act project,” addressing the question of why the RENAISSANCE album art displays the designation “act i.”

She describes the three-year recording process as a way for her to escape reality “during a scary time for the world.” Bey thanks her “muse,” aka JAY-Z, as well as her children, father and Uncle Jonny for inspiring her.

Read Beyoncé's full message below. 

HITS LIST, YUP
IMAX version available (8/12a)
SURPRISE MEGAN DROP—"LET'S RUN THIS LAST ONE UP"
That's that, all of a sudden. (8/12a)
NEW & DEVELOPING
ARTISTS: Q3 EDITION
The stars of tomorrow—and one star of the moment (8/12a)
TOP 20: THE RACE
FOR #1 IS ON
It's neck and neck at the turn. (8/10a)
WE'RE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, BUT WE JUST HAD TO TELL YOU
Oh, no, not again. (8/12a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
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