Beyonce revealed the tracklist for her upcoming seventh studio album Renaissance this Wednesday, just over a week ahead of its release.
And one day later Apple Music put Renaissance up for pre-order – unveiling the full list of composer credits, including a dazzling array of famous names.
The 40-year-old pop star has enlisted the help of such artists as Drake, Pharrell Williams, The-Dream, Skrillex – and none other than her own husband Jay-Z.
Esteemed company: Beyonce’s star-studded list of collaborators on Renaissance was revealed on Thursday when the composer list for the album went public
the thrill of it all: Excited Beyonce fans took to sharing the composer list on Twitter after it surfaced via Apple Music
Another one of the names involved is 070 Shake, who is mainly known for her work on several songs with Kanye West.
At the moment it remains to be seen how many of these artists have delivered feature vocals on the tracks and how many were involved solely behind the scenes.
Beyonce will drop the full album next Friday, July 29, but took the opportunity this week to tease fans with the names of all 16 songs.
Break My Soul, the only single she has released from the album so far, will be the sixth song on the final tracklist.
Longtime couple: One of the composers is none other than Beyonce’s own husband Jay-Z, whom she is pictured with at the China-themed Met Gala in 2015
Sizzling heartthrob: Drake, who is pictured attending the London premiere of Top Boy in September 2019, is also on the composer list
Side by side: So is Pharrell Williams, with whom she is pictured at the London premiere of Disney’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King in 2019
Cover art: Beyonce revealed the tracklist for her upcoming seventh studio album Renaissance this Wednesday, just over a week ahead of its release
In the offing: The 40-year-old will drop the full album next Friday, July 29, but took the opportunity this week to tease fans with the names of all 16 songs
The album will begin with a number called I’m That Girl and then continue with Cozy, Alien Superstar, Cuff It and Energy.
After Break My Soul, fans who want to listen to the album all the way through will hear the songs Church Girl and Plastic Off The Sofa.
Then will come Virgo’s Groove – which appears to be a nod to Beyonce herself, as she was born September 4 and so her zodiac sign is Virgo.
The star sign-inspired song is followed by numbers with such fun titles as Move, Heated, Thique and All Up In Your Mind.
Riding high: Beyonce took to her Instagram Story on Thursday to tease the upcoming release
Interesting: She showed off the vinyl art work with latex gloves on
Record scratch: The actual record is shown
Two-faced: The album artwork features half-portraits of the megastar
Highly-anticipated: The back of the ‘act 1’ vinyl record was shown
Beyonce then appears to be delivering another one of her political songs, as the 14th track on the album is called America Has A Problem.
After that, the jet-setting superstar will offer up what looks to be a medley of songs called Pure/Honey, before closing out the album with Summer Renaissance.
Fans who swing by her website can pay just $12.98 to pre-order the CD, which comes with a 28-page photo booklet, a mini poster and a four-panel softpak.
There are also a number of different box set editions of the album on Beyonce’s website, but all of them are sold out at present.
Remember when: Renaissance will be her first solo studio album since her smash hit Lemonade from 2016, in which she famously confronted the questions surrounding her marriage
Plugging the album: ‘With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again,’ she dished last year
She previously remarked that she hopes the album will be a rejuvenating form of escape for people after the turbulence of 2020.
‘With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again,’ she dished last year.
‘I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible,’ she said in last year’s September Icon issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies,’ she noted.
Wonderful: ‘I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible,’ said Beyonce, who is pictured at the BET Awards in 2020
‘Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!’ she assured her public.
She released her record’s lead single this year on June 20, and then 10 days later she unveiled the evocative cover of the album.
The art features Beyonce flashing the flesh and showcasing her famous curves in a skimpy silver bikini as she rides a sci-fi horse.
Swank: ‘Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare,’ she told the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar last year
Her steed appears to be made of glass or some other transparent material, and filled with some kind of dazzling astral configuration.
Renaissance will be the first solo studio album she has released since her smash hit Lemonade from 2016, in which she famously confronted the questions surrounding her marriage to Jay-Z and his fidelity.
Since Lemonade, she has put out a collaborative album with Jay-Z, a live album and a pair of soundtrack-related companion pieces for Disney’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King, in which she voiced the love interest Nala.