Beyonce Renaissance: New album hints at Jay Z cheating scandal and THAT elevator fight


Beyonce hinted at husband Jay Z’s cheating scandal and his infamous lift fight with her sister Solange in candid songs on her new album Renaissance. 

The singer, 40, released her long-awaited seventh studio album titled Renaissance at midnight on Thursday much to the joy of her fans after it was leaked two days prior. 

In a series of songs, the mother-of-three referenced her 21-year relationship with rapper Jay Z as she mused that ‘nobody’s perfect’ and insisted that they ‘don’t need the world’s acceptance.’

Beyonce first spoke publicly about her husband’s infidelity in her 2016 visual album Lemonade, referencing the other woman as ‘Becky with the good hair.’

‘Nobody’s perfect’: Beyonce hints at Jay Z’s cheating scandal and insists she’s now ‘the only one’ – as she warns ‘not to f**k’ with her sister Solange after THAT elevator fight in her new album Renaissance

The following year Jay Z referenced the scandal himself, claiming he had ‘gone into survival mode’ so had to ‘shut down emotionally,’ which resulted in him being unfaithful. 

Appearing to reference the ongoing scrutiny surrounding her relationship, Beyo nce sings in Renaissance track Plastic On The Sofa: ‘We don’t need the world’s acceptance. They’re too hard on me, they’re too hard on you, boy.’

She also sings: ‘Boy, I know you can’t help but to be yourself around me, yourself around me. And I know nobody’s perfect so I’ll let you be, I’ll let you be. 

‘It’s the way that you wear your emotions on both of your sleeves, ’til the face you make when I tell you that I had to leave.’

The singer also seems confident that Jay Z won’t be repeating his antics, belting out: ‘I’m one of one, I’m number one, I’m the only one.

‘Don’t even waste your time trying to compete with me. No one else in this world can think like me. I’m twisted, contradicted, keep him addicted.’ 

Speaking out: Beyonce first spoke about her husband's infidelity in her 2016 album Lemonade, referencing the other woman as 'Becky with the good hair'

Speaking out: She references when Solange was filmed attacking Jay Z in an elevator at the 2014 Met Gala (pictured on the night)

Speaking out: Beyonce first spoke about her husband’s infidelity in her 2016 album Lemonade, referencing the other woman as ‘Becky with the good hair’. She also references when Solange was filmed attacking Jay Z in an elevator at the 2014 Met Gala (pictured on the night, right) 

Beyonce also references her husband’s scandal with her sister Solange.  

In 2014, Solange was filmed attacking Jay Z in an elevator at the Met Gala, with her Beyonce and her husband releasing a joint statement at the time stressing it was a ‘private family matter’.

However, later in the year she referenced in a remix of her single, Flawless: ‘And we could go around and get some good karma, but no. We escalate, up in this b***h like elevators. Of course sometimes s**t go down, when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator’.

She has now appeared to reference the scandal again in new single Cozy, singing: ‘She’s a god, she’s a hero, she survived, all she been through, confident and she lethal.

‘Might I suggest you don’t f**k with my sis, because she ­comfortable. Comfortable in my skin, cozy with who I am.’

Renaissance: What the critics have said 

The Times’ Will Hodgkinson 

‘Most of all, the impression Renaissance gives is that Beyoncé, whose singing is as dynamic as it has ever been, has replaced overthinking with disco grooving. It doesn’t seem like a bad way of dealing with the age of anxiety.’ 

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The Telegraph’s James Hall

‘This is a vast superclub of an album. But for all its inventiveness, its flavours exist within fairly narrow parameters. Still, these songs will be blasted out of cars, at house parties, in hotel rooms and on dance floors for years to come.’

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Page Six’s Nicholas Hautman 

‘One could argue that Renaissance does not feel like a career milestone in the way that Beyoncé  and Lemonade did — after all, their surprise releases and visual components only heightened the magic — but it is a welcome and even refreshing progression for a superstar who consistently rewrites the rulebooks.’

The Guardian’s Tara Joshi 

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‘It’s a celebration of living abundantly and outside the realms of others’ expectations, and acts as a reminder of how rare it is to witness this hyper-disciplined artist simply having fun on her own terms. Her sense of freedom throughout is palpable, and an infectious spur to action.’

The i’s Kate Solomon

Rating:

‘It’s not perfect: we might wonder at the hefty 62-minute length and at the scrappiness of the sequencing that departs from her more polished, concept-driven albums. But these do not detract from this dazzling tribute to underground and underappreciated black cultures, this endless party with its effusive reminder that you are allowed to enjoy yourself.’

Best Fit’s David Cobbald

Renaissance is one of Beyoncé’s best albums to date: it doesn’t walk in the footsteps of its predecessors but instead makes its own path, going to places we didn’t think Beyoncé would go.. The six years since her last effort have well and truly been worth the wait. 

 

 

Renaissance has achieved widespread critical acclaim, with critics hailing the album ‘a glorious celebration of the dancefloor.’

The Times awards the album four stars, noting all the songs ‘add up to a bold, frequently seductive piece of work, varied, complex and joyful, which jumps from the pop funk of Cuff It (featuring a contribution from Chic’s Nile Rodgers, unsurprisingly) to the soul of Plastic Off the Sofa, while taking in some pretty weird, futuristic detours along the way. 

‘Most of all, the impression Renaissance gives is that Beyoncé, whose singing is as dynamic as it has ever been, has replaced overthinking with disco grooving. It doesn’t seem like a bad way of dealing with the age of anxiety.’

Meanwhile, The Telegraph notes: ‘These songs will be blasted out of cars, at house parties, in hotel rooms and on dance floors for years to come.’    

Delighted: Fans were quick to praise the album as they flocked to Twitter after its midnight release

Delighted: Fans were quick to praise the album as they flocked to Twitter after its midnight release 

Fans were also quick to praise the new album, rushing to Twitter to post: ‘NOT EVEN FINISHED YET BUT #RENAISSANCE IS THEE ALBUM OF THE YEAR IDGAF’; ‘I usually skip the songs that come out before the album drop but I had to listen to Break My Soul it’s a CLASSIC #RENAISSANCE’; ‘PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA INTO VIRGO’S GROOVE ON #RENAISSANCE BEYONCÉ U IS SICK’; 

‘Bey is back. #RENAISSANCE’; ‘“CUFF IT” into “ENERGY” into “BREAK MY SOUL.”’; ;Damnit @Beyonce. You ain’t have to snap so hard. #RENAISSANCE’; ‘beyoncé going to bed tonight knowing that #RENAISSANCE is one of the strongest bodies of work released this century’; ‘After listening all the way through, #RENAISSANCE is officially my favorite album ever. Album of the year – no doubt.’ 

Following the release, Beyonce took to Instagram with a risqué topless disco-inspired snap of her in a revealing metallic silver dress as she cupped her cleavage with one hand while sitting underneath a disco ball. 

In a second slide the hitmaker thanked her fans for banding together and waiting to hear the new body of work on its official release date, after it was leaked two days prior, with the tracks appearing online and CDs already being sold in Europe.

New tunes: Following the release, Beyonce took to Instagram with a risqué topless disco-inspired snap of her in a revealing metallic silver dress as she cupped her cleavage with one hand while sitting underneath a disco ball

New tunes: Following the release, Beyonce took to Instagram with a risqué topless disco-inspired snap of her in a revealing metallic silver dress as she cupped her cleavage with one hand while sitting underneath a disco ball

‘I can’t thank y’all enough for your love and protection. I appreciate you for calling out anyone that was trying to sneak into the club early,’ she shared in the note.

‘So, the album leaked, and you all actually waited until the proper release time so you all can enjoy it together. I’ve never seen anything like it,’ she wrote, adding that it ‘means the world’ to her that her fans waited.

‘Thank you for your unwavering support,’ she continued, adding, ‘Thank you for being patient.’

‘We are going to take our time and enjoy the music. I will continue to give my all and do my best to bring you joy.’  

Grateful: In a second slide she thanked her fans for banding together and waiting to hear the new body of work on its official release date, after it was leaked two days prior: 'I appreciate you for calling out anyone that was trying to sneak into the club early'

Grateful: In a second slide she thanked her fans for banding together and waiting to hear the new body of work on its official release date, after it was leaked two days prior: ‘I appreciate you for calling out anyone that was trying to sneak into the club early’ 

She wrapped up her note lovingly telling her fans ‘I love you deep.’  

The dance-heavy album features 16 tracks, including the previously released single Break My Soul, which dropped last month.

The other 15 other tracks are: I’m That Girl, Cozy, Alien Superstar, Cuff It, Energy, Church Girl, Plastic Off the Sofa, Virgo’s Groove, Move, Heated, Thique, All Up in Your Mind, America Has a Problem, Pure/Honey and Summer Renaissance.

Renaissance marks the star’s first solo album in six years, since the 2016 release of Lemonade. 

Country gal: Queen B also shared a new promotional clip to her social media, which saw her standing in a dimly-lit room wearing a cowboy hat, leather jacket with a fringe, and high heels

Country gal: Queen B also shared a new promotional clip to her social media, which saw her standing in a dimly-lit room wearing a cowboy hat, leather jacket with a fringe, and high heels 

Ready for her close-up: In another close-up shot from the clip she was seen looking ahead

Ready for her close-up: In another close-up shot from the clip she was seen looking ahead

Queen B also shared a new promotional clip to her social media, which saw her standing in a dimly-lit room wearing a cowboy hat, leather jacket with a fringe, and high heels.

‘RENAISSANCE…’ she simply captioned the 17 second clip.  

Meanwhile Beyonce’s celebrity fans were thrilled with the drop, taking to social media to express their excitement over the new album.

Actress Halle Berry shared a dancing gif with the caption: ‘I feel like falling in love…’  

Excited: Meanwhile Beyonce's  celebrity fans were thrilled with the drop, taking to social media to express their excitement over the new album, with Halle Berry sharing a dancing gif

Excited: Meanwhile Beyonce’s  celebrity fans were thrilled with the drop, taking to social media to express their excitement over the new album, with Halle Berry sharing a dancing gif

Lizzo approved: Singer Lizzo shared a snap showing that she was listening to Bey's new music

Lizzo approved: Singer Lizzo shared a snap showing that she was listening to Bey’s new music

Houston superstars: Fellow Houston native rapper Megan Thee Stallion shouted out Beyonce on her Instagram story, as she posted six crown emojis

Houston superstars: Fellow Houston native rapper Megan Thee Stallion shouted out Beyonce on her Instagram story, as she posted six crown emojis 

Proud mom: Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles, proudly announced the album's release, writing: 'It's here #1 in 50 countries !!! Over here celebrating !!! YOU WONT BREAK MY SOUL !!!!!! Update 62 countries 1:05 am'

Proud mom: Beyonce’s mom, Tina Knowles, proudly announced the album’s release, writing: ‘It’s here #1 in 50 countries !!! Over here celebrating !!! YOU WONT BREAK MY SOUL !!!!!! Update 62 countries 1:05 am’

Dancing with joy: She also shared a clip of her celebrating as she danced in front of ballons that spelled out the album's name

Dancing with joy: She also shared a clip of her celebrating as she danced in front of ballons that spelled out the album’s name  

Time to process: Reality Tv star Chrishell Stause needed time to process the new sounds, jokingly telling her followers 'please respect my privacy at this time'

Time to process: Reality Tv star Chrishell Stause needed time to process the new sounds, jokingly telling her followers ‘please respect my privacy at this time’

Happy: 'Beyonce really just... made me so happy,' Justine Skye Tweeted in appreciation of the new sounds

Happy: ‘Beyonce really just… made me so happy,’ Justine Skye Tweeted in appreciation of the new sounds 

Love: Meanwhile singer Charlie Puth wrote, 'Beyonce paid tribute to Memphis royalty princess loko at the top of her album. Love love love'

Love: Meanwhile singer Charlie Puth wrote, ‘Beyonce paid tribute to Memphis royalty princess loko at the top of her album. Love love love’ 

A good time: Angel Lenise appreciated the vibes of the album, praising Beyonce in a Tweet: 'She's having fun. She's talking s***. My favorite, favorite Bey'

A good time: Angel Lenise appreciated the vibes of the album, praising Beyonce in a Tweet: ‘She’s having fun. She’s talking s***. My favorite, favorite Bey’ 

Finally here: 'Missed u @beyonce' singer and actor Josh Levi wrote

Finally here: ‘Missed u @beyonce’ singer and actor Josh Levi wrote 

Listening experience: Meanwhile Simon Curtis shared that he would be listening to the album for the first time while taking a drive down Mulholland

Listening experience: Meanwhile Simon Curtis shared that he would be listening to the album for the first time while taking a drive down Mulholland 

Thrilled: 'Beyonce really made a FULL BODY of work with #Renaissance,' Hailey Kilgore shared, adding, 'Are we surprised? Absolutely not. But does she come back to remind us every time? ABSOLUTELY'

Thrilled: ‘Beyonce really made a FULL BODY of work with #Renaissance,’ Hailey Kilgore shared, adding, ‘Are we surprised? Absolutely not. But does she come back to remind us every time? ABSOLUTELY’  

His favorite: Kevin McHale shared that 'Plastic Off The Sofa' was his favorite tune off the record

His favorite: Kevin McHale shared that ‘Plastic Off The Sofa’ was his favorite tune off the record

Singer Lizzo also took to Instagram to show that she was listening to Bey’s new music. 

Fellow Houston native rapper Megan Thee Stallion shouted out Beyonce on her Instagram story, as she posted six crown emojis.  

Beyonce’s mom, Tina Knowles, proudly announced the album’s release, writing: ‘It’s here #1 in 50 countries !!! Over here celebrating !!! YOU WONT BREAK MY SOUL !!!!!! Update 62 countries 1:05 am.’ 

Sweet: Earlier in the day the singer gave fans a rare look at all three of the children she shares with longtime husband Jay-Z, as she thanked her family for giving her the 'space, creativity and inspiration' she needed to create her latest work

Sweet: Earlier in the day the singer gave fans a rare look at all three of the children she shares with longtime husband Jay-Z, as she thanked her family for giving her the ‘space, creativity and inspiration’ she needed to create her latest work

Touching: She also made a touching tribute to her late gay uncle Jonny, calling him her 'godmother' and 'the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album'

Touching: She also made a touching tribute to her late gay uncle Jonny, calling him her ‘godmother’ and ‘the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album’ 

TRACK LIST 

I’m That Girl

Cozy

Alien Superstar

Cuff It

Energy

Break My Soul

Church Girl

Plastic Off the Sofa

Virgo’s Groove

Move

Heated

Thique

All Up in Your Mind

America Has a Problem

Pure/Honey

Summer Renaissance

She also shared a clip of her celebrating as she danced in front of balloons that spelled out the album’s name. 

‘Beyonce really just… made me so happy,’ Justine Skye Tweeted in appreciation of the new sounds. 

Meanwhile singer Charlie Puth wrote, ‘Beyonce paid tribute to Memphis royalty princess loko at the top of her album. Love love love.’ 

Reality TV star Chrishell Stause needed time to process the new sounds, jokingly telling her followers ‘please respect my privacy at this time.’ 

Angel Lenise appreciated the vibes of the album, praising Beyonce in a Tweet: ‘She’s having fun. She’s talking s***. My favorite, favorite Bey.’ 

‘Missed u @beyonce’ singer and actor Josh Levi wrote. Meanwhile Simon Curtis shared that he would be listening to the album for the first time while taking a drive down Mulholland. 

‘Beyonce really made a FULL BODY of work with #Renaissance,’ Hailey Kilgore shared, adding, ‘Are we surprised? Absolutely not. But does she come back to remind us every time? ABSOLUTELY.’ 

Meanwhile Kevin McHale shared that ‘Plastic Off The Sofa’ was his favorite tune off the record. 

Earlier in the day the singer gave fans a rare look at all three of the children she shares with longtime husband Jay-Z, as she thanked her family for giving her the ‘space, creativity and inspiration’ she needed to create her latest work.

In a post published to her official website, Beyonce included a sweet snap of daughter Blue Ivy, 10, and five-year-old twins Rumi and Sir sleeping beside her in bed.

She also made a touching tribute to her late gay uncle Jonny, calling him her ‘godmother’ and ‘the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album.’

Tough: The album release hasn't been without drama, as it leaked online two days ahead of its official release date, after being sold to fans in various European countries

Tough: The album release hasn’t been without drama, as it leaked online two days ahead of its official release date, after being sold to fans in various European countries

Hot to trot: However, Beyonce has gone ahead with the rollout, and released new artwork for the album on Thursday, showing her in various poses as she rode atop a holographic stallion

Hot to trot: However, Beyonce has gone ahead with the rollout, and released new artwork for the album on Thursday, showing her in various poses as she rode atop a holographic stallion

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