Beyoncé returns with Renaissanceher highly anticipated seventh studio album which she released on Friday via Columbia Records and Parkwood Entertainment.
The pop superstar released “Act 1” from Renaissance with 16 tracks, including guest appearances by BEAM on “Energy” as well as Grace Jones and Tems on “Move.” More superstars are enlisted in writing and producing credits, such as husband Jay-Z, Drake, Skrillex, The-Dream, Syd, Lucky Daye, Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Nija Charles, 070 Shake and more.
She dropped fans a note on Renaissance on its official website a few hours before the release of Act 1 on Friday evening. “This three-act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic. A time to be quiet, but also a time that I found most creative,” she began. “Creating this album allowed me to dream and find escape in a frightening time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when nothing else was happening. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free from perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, to release, to feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.
The project also includes lead single “Break My Soul”, which samples Robin S.’s 1993 house classic “Show Me Love” and Big Freedia’s 2014 track “Explode” which showcases his bouncy music. “Break My Soul” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Bey’s 20th solo top 10 hit on the chart. Renaissance also marks his first solo album since 2016’s Lemonade, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Queen Bey ended the note on her site with this statement: “To all my fans: I hope you find joy in this music. I hope this will inspire you to let go. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong and sexy as you are. I love you deeply, B.
To listen Renaissance below.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.