Beyhive! The queen has spoken! There’s officially new Beyoncé music coming soon!
It’s been five years since her last solo project (the cultural reset that was ‘Lemonade’), and in that time, she’s conquered Coachella and released a film and an album of the iconic set, soundtracked the classic The Lion King remake, and released a joint album with husband Jay Z. Despite all that, we’re ecstatic to hear she’s branching out on her own again.
She spilled the beans on her seventh full-length album in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, and it sounds set to pull us all out of our lockdown slump.
When will Beyoncé’s new album be released?
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Beyoncé said she feels a renaissance emerging, and she’s been in the studio for a year and a half.
Although there’s no official release date yet, she assures us she’s personally searching through thousands of sounds to find the perfect fit, and is very conscious of all the small details.
Some fans are speculating she’ll drop it in September for Virgo season and in line with her 40th birthday.
She’s a big fan of the surprise drop though, so maybe we won’t get a release date in advance at all, hopefully just an opening single as statement-making as ‘Formation’. A girl can dream.
What will Beyoncé’s new album sound like?
In her Harper’s chat, she mentioned themes of escapism following the difficult year we’ve all had, saying “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.”
With that in mind, we could expect something bright and euphoric, perhaps the total opposite of ‘Lemonade’. She says she finds joy in making new music, and wants to bring that back to fans.
What is Beyoncé’s new album called?
There’s no title announced yet, fans are referring to the project as B7.
Some fans are speculating the record will be titled ‘Virgo Season’, following the yearbook posted to her website, which featured an array of famous Virgos.
Who will it feature?
There’s no information on features yet, but if her track record is anything to go by, we expect some A-List guest spots.
A popular theory is that the Virgo Season yearbook has nods to future collaborations, as it features artists like Jennifer Hudson, BTS’ Jungkook and Nas.
Have we heard any tracks from it yet?
Not yet. The last bits of Beyoncé material we’ve heard have been one-off singles, ‘BLACK PARADE’, released as part of her Black Is King musical film, and her feature on Megan Thee Stallion’s global smash ‘Savage’. These days Bey isn’t a fan of the bonus track, so it’ll be safe to discount those.