Beyoncé has kept us waiting long enough and it seems like new music is almost here. Her next solo album, Renaissance, due for release on 29 July.
After the musician shared the words “act i … RENAISSANCE” on her social media accounts, streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal also posted minimalist artwork featuring 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 a traditional Beyoncé solo album it will be her seventh overall, and the follow-up to her wildly 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. She released a single, Be Alive, for the soundtrack of the film King Richard in November 2021.
Beyoncé confirmed she was working on new music last summer. “I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half,” she explained. “Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies.”
The singer continued: “Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!” Now, it seems like it’s finally almost here.