Beyoncé's Seventh Studio Album 'Renaissance' Has Finally Dropped

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Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

Beyoncé has officially entered her renaissance era.

The global phenomenon released her seventh studio album, aptly titled Renaissance, on Friday, July 29.

Ahead of the album's highly-anticipated drop, Beyoncé released the first single, a retro house inspired anthem called "Break My Soul." She also previously announced the 16-song track list and shared a first glimpse at the futuristic cover art via Instagram.

"Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving," she wrote of Renaissance on Instagram back in June. "My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration. 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."

Long before she officially announced the project, Beyoncé hinted at the album's theme in an interview for Harper's BAZAAR's September 2021 cover story.

"With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again. I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible," she said at the time. "I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies. Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!"

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