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Beyoncé Unveils ‘Renaissance,’ the First of Three Latest Projects


Since “Lemonade” (2016), her last solo studio LP and accompanying film, Beyoncé has tided fans over with a lot of ambitious in-between projects.

In 2018, she performed as one in all the headliners on the Coachella festival, where her show paid tribute to the marching band tradition of historically Black colleges and universities, and was widely hailed as a triumph — one which “reoriented her music, sidelining its connections to pop and framing it squarely in a lineage of Southern Black musical traditions,” as The Latest York Times critic Jon Caramanica wrote. The performance was later became a Netflix special and an album, each titled “Homecoming.”

Also in 2018, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, her husband, released a joint album, “The whole lot Is Love,” credited to the Carters. And in June 2020, at the peak of national protests in wake of George Floyd’s murder, she released a song, “Black Parade,” with lines like “Put your fist up within the air, show Black love.”

“Black Parade” took the Grammy Award the subsequent 12 months for best R&B performance, one in all 4 prizes that night that brought Beyoncé’s profession haul to twenty-eight — greater than every other woman. This 12 months, Beyoncé was nominated on the Academy Awards for best original song for “Be Alive,” from the film “King Richard,” a biopic concerning the father of Venus and Serena Williams.

How the early leak will affect the business prospects of “Renaissance” stays unclear. Years ago, the unauthorized release of music upfront could have devastating consequences for an album. But that danger has been mitigated by the shift to streaming.

And Beyoncé, like most other artists today, took advance orders for physical copies of her album, which is able to count on the charts as soon as they’re shipped — normally the week of release. On Beyoncé’s website, the 4 boxed sets of “Renaissance” and its limited-edition vinyl version are sold out.

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