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Beyoncé reveals why she created ‘Renaissance’

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Renaissance” is the seventh studio album of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, 40. It was released by Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records on July 29, 2022.

Beyoncé recorded the album over the course of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, almost three years in the works. The stillness of that time allowed her to tap into her most creative self, she said.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (©Carlijn Jacobs)
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (©Carlijn Jacobs)

“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” Beyoncé said of “Renaissance”. “It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving.”

“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,” Beyoncé continued. “It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”

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Packed with rousing anthems that resonate with everybody, “Renaissance” is a culmination of freedom and escape that encourages unimaginable jubilation, agency and movement with abandon. The singular intent of the album, a reinvention of four on the floor, is to showcase music that stirs you from the soul and encourages your dancing feet. 

As the originator of the visual album format and a preeminent visual artist, Beyoncé decided to lead without visuals this time, giving fans the opportunity to be limitless in their expansive listening journey. It is a chance again to be listeners and not viewers while taking in every gem of the pristine production.  

Released on June 20, 2022, “Break My Soul” is the first single of “Renaissance”. The song arrived with a minimal lyric video but the release of the album sans visuals is another culture-shifting move from the artist who has defined an era with reinvention.

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