Beyoncé doesn’t break souls, she saves them.
Late Monday night, just at the end of the June 16 holiday weekend, Queen Bey released “Break My Soul,” a scintillating dance track that samples Big Freedia’s “Explode” and nods to the Robin S.’s 1993 hit, “Show Me Love”.
“You won’t break my soul,” Beyoncé repeats throughout the song, while calling for reinvention (“And I just quit my job/I’m gonna find a new record”) and semi-rapping with attitude, “the queens in the front and the dominatrixes in the back / I don’t take movies but the whole clique cracked up.”
The heart-pounding song is the first offering from “Renaissance,” her seventh studio album due out July 29. It follows Beyoncé’s July 2020 visual album, “Black is King” — including “Black Parade,” which she unveiled on June 16, 2020 — and her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion that year on a remix of “Savage”.
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A new interview with British Vogue, on which Beyoncé is the royal cover star, describes her new material as having “a soaring voice and fierce beats” with “music that gets you up, turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, music that will unite so many on the dance floor and make them fall in love.
Variety reports that the album will also feature country-leaning tracks, as well as songwriting contributions from Ryan Tedder – who co-wrote his 2008 hit, “Halo” – and Raphael Saadiq, who produced the Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, critically revered in “A Seat at the Table.”
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The announcement of “Renaissance” was delivered in typically astute fashion. Last week, Beyoncé deleted all her profile pictures from social media, sparking the first sleuthing round of the “Beyhive.” Then, in the early hours of Thursday morning, music streaming service Tidal — previously owned by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z — broke the news that “Act I” of her new album will be released this summer.
The merchandise store on the Grammy-winning singer’s website features four box sets, including a t-shirt, CD and mirrored box, available for presale, along with the new single.
Contributor: Elise Brisco