Albums

Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ out via Parkwood Entertainment, Columbia Records

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Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records released “Renaissance” by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, 40, on July 29, 2022. It is the seventh studio album of the singer-songwriter mononymously known as Beyoncé.

In 2010, Beyoncé founded Parkwood Entertainment, which has offices in Los Angeles, California, United States and New York City, New York, USA. The company houses departments in music, film, video, live performances and concert production, management, business development, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy and publicity. 

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (©Carlijn Jacobs)
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (©Carlijn Jacobs)

“Renaissance” has been the most anticipated album of the year as Beyoncé shifted gears and notified her fans of new music on June 15, 2022 through an update in her bio on her social handles. She continued the unconventional rollout with the release of the album’s first single, which arrived at midnight on the summer solstice.

The album’s lead single “Break My Soul” is instantly addicting with a pulsating beat with lyrics that urge listeners to claim joy and to release the wiggle. The single, a worldwide hit, has been called the song of the summer and an anthem for this generation. 

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While the visuals are scheduled for a later date, “Renaissance” comes with a robust menu of formats giving music fans and collectors plenty to choose. The music store on Beyoncé’s website offers album merch and multiple configurations of the album, listing a CD, digital album, a limited-edition vinyl, launch with a bit of her signature mystery, which is now sold out, and four box sets, Pose 1 to 4, which include a t-shirt and CD in a special box, also all sold out, before fans were given the descriptions of the content.

The album release comes a deluxe vinyl and it includes two black vinyl LPs, a 36-page booklet, and a folded collectable (24”x 36”) poster. Its first single comes as a digital single and is also available in a capella and instrumental versions.

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In 1990, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, 41, and Michelle Williams, 43, were launched as a girl group called Girl’s Tyme. In 1997, Beyoncé, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, 40, and LeToya Luckett, 41, were signed to Columbia Records as Destiny’s Child.

In 2000, Roberson and Luckett left Destiny’s Child and were replaced by Williams and Farrah Franklin, 41. After a few months, Franklin left the group.

As a solo artist, Beyoncé released her debut studio album “Dangerously in Love” in 2003. It was followed by “B’Day” in 2006, “I Am… Sasha Fierce” in 2008, “4” in 2011, “Beyoncé” in 2013 and “Lemonade” in 2016.

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