The countdown is on.
Beyoncé sent shockwaves across social media overnight as she announced her next album, “Renaissance,” will be out on July 29.
The hotly anticipated news was shared in a tweet by the music streaming platform Tidal, which Queen Bey’s husband, Jay-Z, helped put on the map in 2015.
This will be Beyoncé’s seventh studio album as a solo artist. It includes 16 tracks and appears to be a double album, as the tweet described “Renaissance” as “Act I.”
Last week, eagle-eyed fans spotted the 40-year-old singer’s social media platforms had been wiped clean after her profile pictures were removed from her YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok pages, indicating that she was gearing up to announce a new era
The 28-time Grammy winner teased in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar last year that new music was on the way, saying, “I feel a renaissance emerging,” which evidently was a clue to the album’s title.
“With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again,” she told the magazine at the time.
“I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible.”
Beyoncé briefly opened up about her creative process, saying her albums often take a long time to come to life.
“Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion and healing that I feel in the recording studio,” she added.
“After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was 9 years old. Yes, the music is coming.”
In the time since she released her 2016 album, “Lemonade,” the “Sorry” singer teamed with Jay-Z, 52, on their 2018 joint album, “Everything Is Love.”
In 2019, she released “Homecoming,” a concert album that gave fans a behind-the-scenes pass to her iconic headlining Coachella set.
She went on to appear on the soundtrack for Disney’s latest take on “The Lion King.”
In 2020, she released another visual album, titled “The Lion King: The Gift,” which was inspired by the film’s storyline.
Beyoncé’s catalog also includes 2003’s “Dangerously in Love,” 2006’s “B’Day” and her internet-breaking 2013 self-titled album.