The BeyHive is up in arms after the leak of Beyoncé’s album Renaissance. On Wednesday (July 27), two days before the album’s original release date of July 29, songs from the album were leaked online early, after a fan in France showed that Renaissance was available to purchase in CD format. Queen Bey – who’s notorious for album secrecy since the release of her 2013 eponymous album – announced last month on Instagram that Renaissance would drop in July.
Despite the album leak, the “Break My Soul” singer did have the chance to release all four editions of her Renaissance album cover.
The Los Angeles Times has reported that the album will drop at 9 PM PST on Thursday (July 28). Also on Thursday evening, “Club Renaissance” listening parties will be held in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Ghent, Belgium, with more locations expected to be announced, per Billboard.
Also on Wednesday, Bey revealed that Renaissance would be a three-act project, although it’s unknown if remaining three ‘acts’ will have different titles.
“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” she wrote. “It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving.”
“I hope you find joy in this music,” she concluded. “I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.”
Renaissance is set to feature Beam, Grace Jones and Tems with songwriting and production contributions from Leven Kali, Lucky Daye, Syd, JAY-Z, The-Dream, Christopher Alan “Tricky” Stewart and more. The album will also include sample credits from Big Freedia, Donna Summer, Kilo Ali, Moi Renee, The Clark Sisters, Tommy Wright III and Princess Loko.
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