Ahead of the release of her new album Renaissance, Beyoncé has shared a message for fans in which she describes her latest as a “three-act project.”
Bey reflects in the note on the three-year creative process that saw her work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which was a “time to be still, but also a time I found to be the most creative.” Her Lemonade follow-up has been referred to as “Act I” since its reveal, although information about further acts is still unknown, including whether all three fall under the Renaissance title or have individual names.
Beyoncé also reiterated that her intention with Renaissance was to “create a safe place, a place without judgment.”
Bey hasn’t had a solo studio album out since spring 2016, and she gave fans their first taste of her new era with the house-inflected single “Break My Soul” last month. The Renaissance tracklist only has three credited features so far in Beam, Grace Jones, and Tems. The composer credits reveal a whole slew of collaborators, including Drake, Jay-Z, Skrillex, the Neptunes, Nile Rodgers, Syd, and PC Music producer A.G. Cook among others.
The full text of Beyoncé’s message—a good portion of which appeared in her Instagram post about the album at the end of June—sees her shout out her children, “beautiful husband and muse,” parents, “godmother” Uncle Johnny, “all of the pioneers who originate culture, to all of the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for far too long,” Parkwood team, and more.
Read it in full below.
This three-act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic. A time to be still, but also a time I found to be the most creative. Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find 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 place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.
I want to give a special thank you to Rumi, Sir, and Blue for allowing me the space, creativity, and inspiration. And a special thanks to my beautiful husband and muse, who held me down during those late nights in the studio. A big thank you to my uncle Johnny. He was my godmother and the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album. Thank you to all of the pioneers who originate culture, to all of the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for far too long. This is a celebration for you. Thank you to my Parkwood crew, my slab, Dream, and all of the talented producers involved. Mama, I luhhhh you. To my father, my O.G., my first teacher: You inspire me in every move that I make. I love you.
To all of my fans: I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.
Love y’all deep,
Check back at midnight for the official release of Beyoncé’s seventh album.