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Everything We Know About Beyoncé's First Album In Six Years, 'Renaissance'

Screaming, crying, losing all sense of calm.

By Jess Pullar
Six years between albums is a long time in the music world, but if you're Beyoncé, it's the perfect inspirational span for the comeback of all comebacks.
We're jumping the gun a touch given that her newly announced album, Renaissance, has yet to drop, but something tells us her first solo album since 2016's Lemonade is going to be a smash hit.
Whispers of an album announcement have been rife after the legendary artist wiped her bio and profile picture from her media platforms in recent days. This technique has now become synonymous with major celebrity announcements so it was natural for fans to jump to this conclusion before the singer had said anything.
Then sure enough, queen Bey made the big drop:
"act i, RENAISSANCE, 7.29," reads her bio. It's literal music to our ears.
Below, everything we know about Renaissance.
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What is Beyoncé's album, 'Renaissance'?

Renaissance is the singer's seventh solo album, and comes six years after her last EP, Lemonade, which dropped in 2016.
The following year, Beyoncé had twins, Rumi and Sir, making her a mother to three with eldest daughter Blue Ivy alongside husband Jay-Z—naturally, making music took the back seat for a while as she raised her children.

What songs will be in 'Renaissance'?

While we're yet to get a track list for Renaissance (watch this space), we do know that the tracks will drop in two parts.
Per the singer's announcement, act I is coming in July, which means there's an act II also out there somewhere, bidding it's time.
Shortly after the announcement, fans got a second hand sneak peak of the sound and feel of the album via Vogue UK's latest cover story featuring the artist. In it, Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful describes hearing the album for the first time.
"Soaring vocals and fierce beats combine and in a split second I'm transported back to the clubs of my youth. I want to get up and start throwing moves. It's music I love to my core. Music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, music that will unite so many on the dance floor, music that touches your soul," Enninful wrote.
Not going to lie, we're getting a Crazy In Love vibe from this description and if that's the case... we're shaking.
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When will 'Renaissance' be released?

Beyoncé revealed act I of her new album will drop on July 29, so mark your diaries—or don't because there's absolutely no doubt this music will be all anyone hears in the days following.

Where can you listen to 'Renaissance'?

The album will be distributed via all the usual paid music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.
When Beyoncé made the first announcement, these platforms dropped their own reveals for act I of Beyoncé's new album.
Featuring a black background with simple white wording, it simply reads: "Renaissance, Act I."

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