Beyoncé’s much-anticipated seventh album Renaissance, her first studio album in six years, will be released on July 29 after a week of tantalizing the internet and building anticipation.
The singer’s social media accounts, as well as the official Twitter account of music streaming service Tidal, revealed information about a new album from the diva, causing fans to go crazy with anticipation.
Tidal’s account tweeted three words — “Beyoncé RENAISSANCE July 29” — accompanied with a black photo with the words “act I Renaissance” on Wednesday night. For several days, Beyoncé’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were devoid of profile images or bios, implying that a release was on the way, but on Wednesday, both showed the words “act I RENAISSANCE 7.29.”
The album’s title and release date were simultaneously revealed via Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal’s Twitter accounts in a coordinated social media launch early Thursday morning. Beyoncé has changed her personal Twitter and Instagram biographies, and her website now has a merchandise listing for the album. According to a second product listing on Apple Music, the album’s tracklist includes 16 songs.
Renaissance is confirmed to have a CD, T-shirt, and collectible box, according to the box set listing. When the campaign artwork is revealed, the product picture will be updated. A 28-page guidebook and a tiny poster will be included in the package.
The new era of ceremonial Beyoncé releases began on December 13, 2013, when she shocked the world by releasing her self-titled video album on the same night. She unveiled a teaser trailer for the visual album counterpart a week before she released Lemonade; details weren’t revealed until the whole album was released. Those albums were jam-packed with A-list contributors who kept their contributions under wraps. Frank Ocean, Drake, JAY-Z, and Sia joined Beyoncé on stage. Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, the Weeknd, James Blake, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, and Father John Misty were all mentioned in Lemonade.
She has collaborated with JAY-Z on the 2018 album Everything Is Love since the publication of Lemonade. Homecoming, a live album and concert film that captures her famous headline Coachella act, was released in 2019. She starred in the film and scored the soundtrack for Disney’s remake of The Lion King, and she also executive produced The Lion King: The Gift. Black Is King, a companion visual album, was published in 2020.
Everyone witnessed Beyoncé make history in the year 2021. She broke the record for most Grammys won by a female artist when “Black Parade” won Best R&B Performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Alison Krauss had previously held the record.
Beyoncé released “Be Alive,” an Oscar-nominated contribution to the Venus and Serena Williams movie King Richard, at the end of the same year. Despite the fact that the song didn’t win an Oscar (Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme did), Beyoncé started the program with a performance of the song at the Compton tennis courts, where the Williams sisters used to practice. Blue Ivy also joined her for the concert, which was discreetly filmed a week ahead of time under the code name “Project Red.”