Beyoncé just dropped the Renaissance track list

Written by on 21/07/2022

After a number of days of mysterious happenings on the artist’s official website, we finally have an answer: Bey is blessing us with her first full-length album in over half a decade, titled Renaissance.

The last time we were given a straight-to-the-point Beyoncé album was six years ago, when she dropped the visual masterpiece Lemonade back in 2016. Since then, she’s returned for standalone singles (“Be Alive” from King Richard), compilation albums (The Lion King: The Gift) and collaborations with her husband Jay-Z (Everything is Love). But a considered, full length record with one voice at the helm? We’ve been gasping for that for what feels like forever. Thankfully, that’s what Renaissance promises.

Bey recently performed the ultimate ‘pop star is coming’ flex: by deleting her profile pictures from of every social media account, making her verified profiles temporarily resemble bot accounts. For an artist as image-focused as Beyoncé (she is pretty much everything-focused at this point), it’s a statement in itself: a clean slate, making way for something new.

On Friday 1 July the artist revealed the album’s cover, a Lady Godiva-esque image featuring a mostly-naked Bey riding side-saddle on a horse made of… electricity? We’ll take it. In a note accompanying the cover art, Beyoncé writes, “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 continues: “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.” Here’s everything we know about the record so far.

What is the new album called?

The record is called act i RENAISSANCE. This also suggests it will be the first of a potential staggered several-part release. Maybe God is real?

What will Renaissance sound like?

In a new British Vogue cover story, Edward Enninful describes having the album played to him. “Instantly, a wall of sound hits me. 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.”

He continues, describing “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.” Edward adds, “As ever with Beyoncé, it is all about the intent.” Never mind that, are you ready to have Beyoncé touch your soul?

What’s on the track list?

The album’s track list features a total of 16 songs. The longest of track on the record is said to be “Virgo’s Groove”, which runs for a club-friendly total of 6 minute 8 seconds. Song titles like “Church Girl”, “Alien Superstar” and “Thique” are a few of our personal favourites, but you can have a read of the full track list below for yourself.

Who shot the Renaissance artwork?

Carlijn Jacobs, a photographer based between London and Paris.

When is the release date for Renaissance?

The record is slated for release on 29 July this year.

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