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Beyoncé surprise-released her new dance single “Break My Soul” three hours early Monday night, leaving the “Beyhive,” who had been clamoring for something new, ecstatic.
The song, which is part of her forthcoming seventh studio album “Renaissance” – expected in July – got social media buzzing and earned her more than a few accolades, including from former first lady Michelle Obama
Beyonce performs at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Myung Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
“Queen @Beyonce, you’ve done it again! “Break My Soul” is the song we all need right now, and I can’t help but dance and sing along while listening to it. Can’t wait for the album!” Obama tweeted.
“Beyoncé’s break my soul really healed mine,” another user wrote, and a third said, “I’m so happy to see Beyoncé getting such a warm welcome back.”
In the song, Beyoncé croons about quitting her 9 to 5 job where her bosses worked her “so damn hard.”
“Now, I just fell in love/And I just quit my job/I’m gonna find new drive/Damn, they work me so damn hard/Work by nine/Then off past five/And they work my nerves/That’s why I cannot sleep at night,” she sings in the first verse over a quick dance beat.
CNBC even called the song an “Ode to the Great Resignation,” people quitting their jobs post-pandemic. Social media users joked in posts they were quitting their jobs because of the song.
Beyonce appears at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
In this May 4, 2015, file photo, Jay-Z, left, and Beyonce arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
“You won’t break my soul” repeats in the chorus before she declares, “I’m takin’ my new salvation/And I’ma build my own foundation, yeah/ Got motivation” in the bridge.
“Renaissance” is Beyoncé’s first studio album since “Lemonade” in 2016. She did, however, collaborate with husband Jay-Z, who has a writing credit on “Break My Soul,” on the album “Everything is Love” in 2018 and released “Homecoming: The Live Album,” of her 2018 Coachella performance and a soundtrack album, “The Lion King: The Gift” in 2019. She also voiced Nala in the live-action remake of the 1994 Disney animated hit.