Updated at 11:30a.m.ET on 7/28/2022: Just hours before Beyonce’s upcoming Renaissance album is expected to drop, the “Break My Soul” singer has put out a message to fans in anticipation for the drop—and clued us in for what’s still to come.
Posted on her official website on Thursday, she describes the creative state she was in while making this album and says that Renaissance is only part one of three. She also thanked her hubby Jay-Z, children, various family members and loyal members of the Beyhive for allowing her the freedom to create.
“This three act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic. A time to be still, but also a time I found to be the most creative,” Bey began. “Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”
I want to give a special thank you to Rumi, Sir and Blue for allowing me the space, creativity and inspiration. And a special thanks to my beautiful husband and muse, who held me down during those late nights in the studio. A big thank you to my Uncle Johnny, he was my godmother and the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as an inspiration for this album. Thank you to all of the pioneers that organize culture, to all of the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for far too long. This is a celebration for you.
“Thank you to my Parkwood crew, my slab, Dream and all the talented producers involved. Mama, I luhhhh you. To my father, my O.G., my first teacher: you inspire me in every move that I make. I love you. To all my fans, I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are,” she concluded.
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Bzz. Bzz. Bzz. Do you hear that?
That’s the sound of the Beyhive getting into formation to figure who was behind the leak of Beyoncé’s highly-anticipated Renaissance album two days before it’s expected to drop.
Per Variety, at a certain point on Wednesday, social media chatter started increasing about the apparent leak coupled with pictures of the physical album for sale in certain European countries. Within minutes, the outlet reported that it found “high-quality flac files” with songs with the exact titles that sounded legitimately like the Queen Bey herself.
Like clockwork, once news of the leak began to spread, members and affiliates of Beyhive feverishly hopped online to condemn whomever was responsible for it happening, as Beyoncé and her camp are known for their elite-level secrecy and security when it comes to matters like these. Some fans also urged others to report accounts who were posting snippets of the leak online and not to indulge in any early listens until Bey blesses us with the album the way she intended.
Now this is normally the part where I insert some sort of wise analysis, witty jokes or maybe even a breakdown of some sort, but NOT TODAY. No, today, I am scared. Not for myself, but for whomever is behind this link.
Parkwood Entertainment, you know, Beyoncé’s management, production and entertainment company, don’t play like that. Whoever didn’t do their job is probably out of one today or will be soon in the days to come. I just can’t imagine the level of anxiety that I would feel if this happened on my watch.
Yes, I know technology is a tricky devil and people are finding more and more ways to hack the system. But the day you dare rumble with the Beyhive, is the day you might as well kiss all sense of normalcy goodbye.
Godspeed to you, whoever you are. May the odds be in your favor.
Beyoncé’s Renaissance album officially drops Friday, July 29.