Beyoncé announces her seventh studio album, RENAISSANCE

The album will only be ‘act i’ of the project and is set to arrive 29 July

Bey is back. The internet was set ablaze on Wednesday night when streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and YouTube shared a black image that read “act i, RENAISSANCE” in white writing. Beyoncé herself changed her social media bios to read “act i, RENAISSANCE, 7.29”, coinciding with the launch of her new cover shoot for British Vogue.

“The countdown has officially begun,” tweeted Spotify’s official account. “Beyoncé’s back July 29 #RENAISSANCE.”

This will be the megastar’s seventh studio album. Her last was 2016’s Lemonade, which received universal acclaim and went 3x platinum in the US. RENAISSANCE is said to be a 16-track album, with further ‘acts’ to follow and both dance and country influences. It will also apparently see her reuniting with collaborator Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote her 2008 hit ‘Halo’.

Although this was a surprise announcement, Beyoncé first mentioned the album title ten months ago. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar back in August 2021, she had this to say:

“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.”

Very sneaky.

Beyoncé has dropped one song from the album so far, dance track ‘Break My Soul’. In it, she describes quitting a tough 9-to-5 job and striking out on a new path. The track has received a lot of praise so far, including this endorsement from former first lady Michelle Obama:

“Queen @Beyonce, you’ve done it again! “Break My Soul” is the song we all need right now, and I can’t help but dance and sing along while listening to it. Can’t wait for the album!”

Listen here:

Beyoncé - BREAK MY SOUL (Official Lyric Video)