Beyoncé announces new album ‘Renaissance’
Rumors of a new 2022 release first started to spread online June 9 after Beyoncé removed her profile pictures across all of her social media pages, with her highly organized fanbase the Beyhive theorizing the avatars signaled new material on the horizon.
Across her extensive career, Beyoncé has maintained her position as one of the most powerful, attention commanding performers in music, reshaping pop stardom in the process.
Though she last released a proper, solo studio album in 2016 with Lemonade, her second visual album that also premiered as an HBO film of the same name, Beyoncé hasn’t been quiet, working in film, fashion and contributing to other artists’ projects, including a 2020 feature on rapper Megan Thee Stallion‘s remix of “Savage.”
“By all means, she appears to be the hardest working entertainer alive, judging by the set parameters of the industry,” critic Kiana Fitzgerald wrote of Beyoncé for NPR Music. “The title ‘pop star’ doesn’t fit anymore: Bey has weaved together an entirely new matrix of celebrity.”
In March, Beyoncé opened the 2022 Academy Awards with an elaborate, neon clad performance of her song “Be Alive,” from the film King Richard, which also earned the artist her first Oscar nomination.
In 2019, she curated and produced the soundtrack album, The Lion King: The Gift, for the animated remake of The Lion King. The soundtrack featured the song “Black Parade,” which won a Grammy in 2021 for best R&B performance, becoming her 28th Grammy Award.
The win helped Beyoncé break the record for most Grammy wins by a female artist, and earned her a tie with Quincy Jones for most Grammy wins for a performer.