Beyonce is reportedly planning secret pop-up shows in the UK
The Beyhive woke up to twerk-worthy news on Thursday with Beyonce finally confirming the arrival of her new music.
Renaissance, her seventh studio album, will be a two-part project with Act I set for release on July 29 and available on various streaming services, with Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal among those promoting the news on their platforms.
It’s set to become Beyonce’s first album in six years following the release of the Grammy-nominated visual album Lemonade in 2016, and is expected to precede a set of pop-up shows across the UK this summer.
In an interview last year, the 40-year-old singer explained how she used the Covid lockdowns as an excuse to hone in on writing the album, and now an insider has revealed exactly what we can expect from the new era of Beyonce.
A source told us: ‘She played some of the new records for some friends and the consensus is that it’s her happiest body of work to date.
‘It’s a natural continuation from her last two records because she wrote them out of her desire to find peace in the world and in her marriage. She is in a place where she feels like that is possible, and wrote songs which reflect where she is with her faith as a Christian.’
Beyonce is, of course, married to rap legend Jay Z and her last album Lemonade featured several songs about his infidelity, so it appears Renaissance meets the couple having worked through their marital issues and, let’s face it, they’ve looked pretty smitten in recent years.
The source added: ‘The songs they heard are pure summer vibes. The UK division of her label have asked her to spend more time over there because they know the Brits will love her dramatic new sound.’
It’s also claimed that Beyonce received demos from various artists, including Tory Lanez, but chose not to use his contributions ‘out of respect for Megan Thee Stallion’ in light of their legal issues.
‘This record is all about love and unity so she didn’t want any negative energy around it,’ the source said.
The Sun revealed more about her promotional plans for the album: “Beyonce’s new album is ready but this era will be like no other.
“She wrote most of the songs during the pandemic, when she was desperate to be with her fans and perform.
“This new record and campaign will be her most interactive one yet because she wants to reach out to the fans.
“It will focus on live experiences outside of touring, including intimate shows and pop-up performances.
“She is planning to spend a lot of time performing and promoting it in the UK, so there will be unique surprises in store for the British fans.
"People in her camp have scouted out venues for her to perform at when the music comes out and then there will be another huge tour later on.”