Singer Beyonce surprise dropped her new single ‘Break My Soul’ three hours before the announced release time from her forthcoming seventh solo studio album ‘Renaissance’.
Also in the writing credits are Jay-Z, Adam Pigott (a.k.a BlaqNmilD, who’s worked with Drake, Quavo, Megan Thee Stallion and many others), Freddie Ross, a.k.a Big Freedia, and the writers of Robin S’s 1993 hit ‘Show Me Love’, which is prominently sampled in the song.
For her part, Beyonce is on message with both her return and the disco theme of the song: The title is flipped by saying “You won’t break my soul”.
It’s filled with dancefloor-friendly lines like: “Motivation/I’m looking for a new foundation/ I’m on that new vibration/ I’m building my own foundation” and a repeated exhortation of “Everybody”.
In an apparent slight to major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, the song initially appeared only on Tidal, the streaming service co-owned by Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, three hours before its announced release time.
Beyonce has a history of this: Her 2016 ‘Lemonade’ album was available only on Tidal for three years, a move that likely cost her millions in streaming royalties, reports ‘Variety’.
Beyonce announced on June 16 that the long-expected album will be arriving on July 29.
Sources told ‘Variety’ that the album will feature both dance and country-leaning tracks, the source says, with contributions from hit songwriter Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote her 2008 hit ‘Halo’ as well as hits for Adele, Taylor Swift, the Jonas Bros. and his own group, OneRepublic.
Also said to be involved is Raphael Saadiq, who has crafted hits for Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Andra Day as well as his own solo albums, and executive-produced a ‘Seat at the Table’, Beyonce’s sister Solange’s widely praised 2016 album. -Variety