Beyoncé to Feature Dance and Country Songs on ‘Renaissance’ Multi-Part Album (EXCLUSIVE)
Only a few hours after Beyoncé revealed that her sixth solo album, “Renaissance,” would be released on July 29, Variety learned more about the release from a source familiar with the work.
According to the source, the album will include songs with both a dance and a country flavor. Popular songwriter Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote her 2008 hit “Halo” as well as songs for Adele, Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, and his own band, OneRepublic, will also contribute.
Raphael Saadiq, who has written hits for artists like Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and Andra Day in addition to his own excellent solo albums, is also rumored to be involved. He also executive-produced Solange’s 2016 album “A Seat at the Table,” which received a lot of positive press.
It wasn’t clear if the country songs will be included on the original “Renaissance” album or as a separate release. For the singer, country music is nothing new: “Daddy Lessons,” from 2016’s “Lemonade,” features a lot of twang and was even recorded by the Chicks (then known as the Dixie Chicks).
Although the source did not mention it, it also appears plausible that Beyonce, like she did with her “Black Parade” track in 2020, could release a brand-new song as soon as today in celebration of Juneteenth.
AccurateGist contacted a Beyoncé representative for confirmation, but they did not respond right away.
The album will reportedly have 16 tracks, and the fact that it is a multi-part release is obvious from the fact that it is billed as “Act 1” in material that fans have previously sleuthed. Pre-orders for four separate boxed sets for the album, titled “Pose” 1-4 and featuring a CD, T-shirt, and a box, were also available on Beyoncé’s website. It appears likely that they are simply different packaging for “Act 1” given that they all ship on the day the album is released.
The chief editor of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, provided the only information available to the public about the music on the album. He exclaimed with characteristically British enthusiasm in the magazine’s Beyoncé cover feature: “Instantly, a wall of sound hits me. I’m instantly taken back to the clubs of my youth when soaring voices and aggressive beats come together. I feel like standing up and throwing some moves.
I just adore this music. Music that inspires you, opens your eyes to many cultures and subcultures, as well as our people both past and present, music that will bring a large number of people together on the dance floor, and music that affects your spirit. It’s all about the intent with Beyoncé, as usual. I take it all in as I relax after the wave.”
Since her critically acclaimed 2016 album “Lemonade,” Beyoncé has really released four albums, none of which are full Beyoncé solo albums: In 2018, she released “Everything Is Love,” a collaboration with her husband Jay-Z going by the name of The Carters; in April 2019, she released “Homecoming,” an album of her electrifying 2018 Coachella headlining performance, for which she was accompanied by a full marching band (which was also released as a Netflix special as part of a $60 million deal; she then released “The Lion King: The Gift” that summer, a soundtrack to the Disney film that featured several of her original songs alongside those by Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, and African artists such as Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Tiwa Savage, and others. A deluxe edition of that album with three extra tracks was released a year later.