Beyoncé released her much-anticipated album Renaissance – her first solo studio record in six years – to a huge response from fans and critics, as well as a controversial spot.
In a statement uploaded to her website the day before the album’s release, Beyoncé said the 16-track dance record packed with notable collaborators, including Drake, Skrillex and Grace Jones, is the first in a planned trilogy.
The 28-time Grammy-winning artist wrote: “This three-act project was logged over three years during the pandemic.” “My intention was to create a safe place. A place without judgment. A place free from perfection and overthinking. A place to scream, release, and feel free.”
in the statementShe also paid tribute to her “beautiful and inspiring husband” Jay-Z and her family, as well as her late uncle Johnny – a gay man Beyoncé referred to as “my godmother and the first person who exposed me to so much of the music and culture that served as inspiration for this album.”
These inspirations come thick and fast on the album, according to Four Star Guardian Review Dubbed the “soundtrack of a brutal summer full of chaos and joy,” Renaissance is full of references to international dance traditions including Afrobeat, Jersey Club and New Jack Swing. “It’s a celebration of life in abundance and beyond the realms of others’ expectations,” Tara Joshi wrote.
rolling rock He praised Beyoncé’s refreshing sponsorship of the collaborators, who also include queer club characters Big Freedia and Honey Dijon: “Her broad color palette demonstrates how the best parties blend racial and gender identities, sexual orientations, and aesthetic feelings in harmonious ways that belie our often tortured and intolerant public discourse.”
In a tweet in June, Big Freedia said it was a “surreal feeling” to be on the right track with Beyoncé: “I am honored to be a part of this special moment.”
a lot on Twitter He praised the song’s smooth transitions in the Renaissance – each track merging with the next, as if set on a club mix.
The lead-up to the Renaissance has been extraordinarily long — at least by Beyoncé standards, following the abrupt decline of her two most recent records, 2013’s self-titled visual album and 2016’s popular visual album Lemonade.
In contrast, Renaissance preceded a six-week release, including last month’s hit Break My Soul, a song – with its call to arms to “release the job” – hailed as the best The Great Resignation Anthem.
Leak – And Controversial
The version, however, was not without problems. It was leaked in full two days ago, although a large number of its fans – who collectively called them Beyhive – immediately called on listeners to “Respect her wishesOn Twitter and wait for the official landing.
Beyoncé thanked her fans in a statement At the time of the official release of the Renaissance. “I cannot thank you enough for your love and protection,” she said. “I appreciate you inviting anyone who was trying to sneak into the club early.”
The album samples several tracks, from Donna Summer’s I Feel Love to Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy. But one in particular made headlines—a song called Energy, whose written notes mention “interpolation” from Kelis’ single Milkshake, and credits songwriting to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, aka Neptunes.
after fan account Earlier this week, Kellys claimed that energy would show Kelis’ sample, and Kellys commented, “I heard about this the same way the others did. Nothing is ever as it seems.”
in Guardian interview from 2020Kellis claimed she was “blatantly lied to and deceived” by her early Neptune associates, and as a result, “makes nothing of the sale of her first two albums”. in vulture interview Earlier this year, Hugo shrugged off the comments: “I heard how she feels about it. I mean, I don’t deal with that. I usually hire business people to help out with this kind of thing.”
in Later post on Instagram On Friday, Kelis said the problem was bigger than Beyoncé – but added, “From one artist to another, you have to have the decency and common sense to connect…even if you’re going to do it anyway.” The Guardian has reached out to Beyoncé’s representatives for comment.
House musician Robin S, whose track Show Me Love in Break My Soul was sampled for Beyoncé, also said she was also unaware of the use prior to the song’s release — although she received the news more favorably. In an interview with Good Morning Britain in June, she said it was her son who told her she was heading, before sending her appreciation to Beyoncé: “Thank you so much for giving me flowers while I’m still alive,” he said. “I’m honored.”
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