Monday, fans started noticing that Beyoncé and JAY-Z surprise-released new album Everything Is Love was now available on Apple Music, Spotify Premium, and other streaming services. Previously, the joint album—released under the group name The Carters—had been a Tidal exclusive.
The nine-track album, Bey and Jay's first full-length collaborative studio effort, brings together a star-stacked assortment of collaborators for a 38-minute exploration on the song-ready intricacies of love. Pharrell, Quavo, Ty Dolla Sign, and Boi-1da are all among the Everything list of contributors. Alongside the initial Tidal release of the surprise album, an official Ricky Saiz-directed video for "Apeshit"—filmed inside the Louvre—dropped on YouTube:
Though technically a total surprise upon its release, whispers of Everything have actually been in our face for some time. In a T Magazine conversation last November, Jay said 4:44 and Lemonade sessions also including extensive collaborative work. "We were using our art almost like a therapy session," he said at the time. "And we started making music together. And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. Um, we still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became."
The album strategically arrives in the middle of Bey and Jay's On the Run II Tour. For dates and ticket info, head here.