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Beyoncé has released her much-anticipated seventh album, “Renaissance.”
The project was officially released Friday, despite leaking online days earlier. It was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and comes six years after her previous solo album, “Lemonade.”
“To all of 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. Love y’all deep, B,” Beyoncé wrote on her website.
Beyonce at the 63rd Grammy Award outside Staples Center on March 14, 2021. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Renaissance has 16 songs and includes features from Drake, Grace Jones, Tems, Raphael Saadiq, Big Freedia and BEAM. It is the first of a “three-act project,” Beyoncé said.
“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,” she wrote on her website, describing the new record.
She added: “Thank you to all of the pioneers who originate culture, to all of the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized far too long.”
“BREAK MY SOUL,” a song from the new album, was released last month, sparking suspicion the full album would soon follow.
The album leaked online days ago, and some of her supporters voiced on social media that they heard the record already being sold.
Beyoncé, who regularly veils details ahead of new music debuts, addressed the controversy.
“So, the album leaked, and you all actually waited until the proper release time so you all can enjoy it together. I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t thank yall enough for your love and protection,” she said on Twitter.
She added: “I appreciate you for calling out anyone that was trying to sneak into the club early … we are going to take our time and enjoy the music.”
“I will continue to give my all and do my best to bring you joy,” the globally-recognized star also said.
Beyonce makes history, winning 28 Grammys, more that any female or male performer, at the 63rd Grammy Award on March 14, 2021. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
The album’s release comes as R&B singer Kelis has accused Beyoncé of using a “stolen” music sample from her own 1999 debut album, “Kaleidoscope,” without permission, the Daily Mail reported.
R&B chanteuse Kelis performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on June 15th, 2014. (Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
She alleges Beyoncé uses a section of her song, “Get Along With You,” on Renaissance’s “Energy, with the rest of the world.”
“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance all 3 parties involved is astounding,” Kelis said in a comment to fan who pointed out she was featured on the new album. “Some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.”
Kelis fans previously called out Beyoncé using music from “Caught out There” (1999) in “Ring the Alarm” (2006).
The Renaissance song list includes:
1. I’M THAT GIRL
3. ALIEN SUPERSTAR
4. CUFF IT
6. BREAK MY SOUL
7. CHURCH GIRL
8. PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA
9. VIRGO’S GROOVE
13. ALL UP IN YOUR MIND
14. AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM
16. SUMMER RENAISSANCE