Beyonce is in her renaissance era with her 1st studio album in 6 years

Six years later, Queen Bey is reborn.

Beyoncé has released her seventh studio album. Renaissance, on the Friday after the record was announced in mid-June. A club-nostalgic mix of disco, dancehall and electronic music, the hour-long, 16-track album offers fans of the pop superstar a bang for their buck.

Renaissancewhich follows Beyonce’s 2016 studio album lemonade, is the first act of a three-part project, according to the singer’s website. It’s a departure from the forward visual style of Beyonce’s previous two albums, which were accompanied by short films and album-length music videos.

The album cover, revealed last month, features Beyonce riding a holographic horse and wearing a sparkling body jewel.

After recording it for nearly three years, mostly during the pandemic, Beyonce told fans the album was a creative escape for her at a challenging time — and that she hopes listening to it will be a liberating experience.

“Creating this album has given me a place to dream and an escape route at a scary time for the world,” the 40-year-old pop star wrote on Instagram in June. “It allowed me to feel free and adventurous at a time when otherwise little was happening. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment.”

CBC News breaks down long-awaited publication — staff, criticism and all.

Canadian producers on two tracks

Alongside contributions from Drake, NOVA, Skrillex, Pharrell and The-Dream, Renaissance is interpolated with hits from the likes of Diana Ross, Robin S. and Grace Jones.

In a statement on her website, Beyonce thanked her children and husband Jay-Z, whom she has dubbed her “muse.”

As the first single from the album BREAK MY SOUL Released in late June, fans noticed that — between a sample of Robin S’s 1990 club classic show me love – the empowering lyrics were equal parts liberating and intoxicating.

The rest of the album, varied as it is, is confidently imbued with that sentiment.

CUFF IT is a funky disco track in which Beyonce proclaims that she wants to go “where no one has gone before”. VIRGINS GROOVEthe six-minute centerpiece of the album, is an ecstatic ode to the “love of my life.”

MOVE is a delightfully bossy, no-nonsense number that unites Beyonce with Grace Jones and Afrobeats artist Tems SUMMER RENAISSANCE Samples from Donna Summer’s 1977 disco hit i feel love.

The song from the album, produced by Drake, HEATED, honoring three other top Canadian talents: Toronto’s Boi-1da, one of the country’s most prolific record producers; and Sevn Thomas, who has worked with Rihanna, Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj; and Mississauga’s Neenyo, whose previous credits include songs with Drake, Future and PARTYNEXTDOOR.

Third title ALIEN SUPERSTAR lists Montreal producer Dave Hamelin, who counts Jessie Reyez, Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip among his past collaborators, as a contributor.

CBC News reached out to these four producers but received no response.

“It’s not a collaboration. it’s theft

One artist says she wasn’t consulted before Beyonce sampled her song.

R&B singer Kelis took to Instagram on Friday to express her disappointment with her 2003 hit milkshake was sampled on the fifth track of the album energy without her permission.

The track was co-produced by Pharrell and Chad Hugo, who – under the moniker The Neptunes – have been a producing duo since the early ’90s.

Pharrell and Hugo frequently worked with Kelis. She says that she and Beyonce should have asked her permission before using the song.

“I’m also blown away because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all three parties involved is amazing,” Kelis said on Instagram. “I heard about it like everyone else. Nothing is ever what it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have fooled everyone.”

“It’s not a collaboration, it’s theft,” Kelis later commented on her post.

Renaissance hit a bump two days before its official release when it was leaked online. Many fans didn’t listen, and Beyonce thanked them in a statement on her website for respecting the album’s intended release date.

“I can’t thank you all enough for your love and protection,” she wrote.

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