Beyonce isn’t having a good time right now.
His album “Renaissance” was released on Thursday evening and was not a huge success. Indeed, the album faced a lot of criticism. We’ll come back to that in a minute.
The biggest news is that Beyonce didn’t turn “Renaissance” lemons into Lemonade. It was the title of his last album, in 2016, and it sold 650,000 copies in its first week. “Renaissance” won’t come close to that number. Hitsdailydouble.com predicted between 275K and 315K copies today. The number will fall on the low side. That’s about a 60% drop in sales.
Today’s scandal concerns a ‘song’ from the album called ‘Heated’ in which Beyonce tweets the words ‘spazzing out’. Using that phrase is now called “capable” in the PC world, but frankly, it’s just stupid, rude, and mean. Who would sing such a thing? A 10 year old child?
Then we have Kelis, the singer-songwriter, who complains that Beyonce “interpolated” or covered a song she wrote with Pharrell but went uncredited in the first place. And then there are all the other samples and “interpolations” on “Renaissance”. The whole album is like musical particleboard, the kind of scrap wood you wouldn’t allow in your walls or furniture lest it crumble.
And let’s not forget — I can’t even use the album cover of a nearly naked Beyonce on a light horse. Google’s advertising company censored it, calling it “sex material”. I’ll have to find a horse with no name or rider.