American singer-songwriter Beyoncé stunned the world with her first original single, Break My Soul, which came after the release of Be Alive in November 2021. Ahead of her upcoming album Renaissance Act I, the 28-time Grammy winner shared the racy album artwork in an Instagram post on Thursday 30 June.
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BEYONCÉ SHARES ‘RENAISSANCE ACT I’ ALBUM ARTWORK
Beyoncé’s upcoming album, Renaissance Act. I follows her album, The Lion King: The Gift [Deluxe Edition], which was released in 2020.
In an Instagram post showing off the album artwork, the mom-of-three said creating the Renaissance Act. I opened her up to a place of escape during a “scary time for the world”.
“It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe space, a place without judgement. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking,” continued the 40-year-old singer.
One fan on Twitter speculated that the album cover was inspired by a painting of noblewoman Lady Godiva.
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EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE ALBUM
Beyoncé’s Renaissance Act i, is set to be released on 29 July and it is unlike any of her other album releases.
British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, was one of the first to hear Beyoncé’s new music and he described it as “music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures”.
The talented singer also told the publication that the creation of the album had been a long process and the COVID-19 pandemic gave her time to quietly put the album together.
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WHO INFLUENCED BEYONCÉ’S NEW RELEASE?
A source told Metro that in her upcoming music videos, Beyoncé will be channeling her “inner supermodel” by paying homage to fashion models from the 90s.
The source added that she also wanted to honour a legendary South African pop star.
“She also wanted to honour artists like Brenda Fassie so there will be references to South African pop music all across the album,” revealed the source.