Beyoncé has announced what appears to be her next solo album, Renaissance, due out July 29.
After the musician, 40, shared the words “act i…RENAISSANCE” on her social media accounts, streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal – owned by her husband, rapper Jay-Z – also posted minimalist artwork with the same wording. and offered fans the chance to pre-save the release. The Apple Music listing suggests the project will consist of 16 tracks.
If Renaissance is, as it appears, a traditional Beyoncé solo album — or the first of a multi-part release — it will be her seventh overall and the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2016 album Lemonade.
Since then, she has also released a joint album with Jay-Z, Everything Is Love, in 2018, and The Lion King: The Gift, the soundtrack she curated for Disney’s photorealistic animated remake of The Lion King, in 2019 single, Be Alive. , for the soundtrack of the film King Richard in November 2021.
Beyoncé fans were ready for the news after she deleted the profile picture from her social media platforms earlier this month and her website teased a new project with the words, “What’s a B7?”
Last year she told Harper’s Bazaar that she had started working on new music. “With all the isolation and injustice of the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love and laugh again,” she said. “I feel a renaissance coming on and I want to be a part of nurturing that escape in every way possible. I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half now.”
About her highly collaborative music-making process, she said, “Sometimes it takes me a year to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. A chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies.
“Still, nothing beats the amount of love, passion and healing I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years it feels just as exciting as when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!”