Sunday funday, the UK had woken yesterday morning to find Beyonce had dropped her new album, Lemonade exclusively on Tidal.
A teaser trailer was aired earlier this week documenting that a ‘special project’ was on the way from Queen B, creating rising speculation that she would be releasing her sixth studio record to date. Since it’s visual airing on American channel HBO, it has been confirmed that the twelve tracker, Lemonade has become available to stream via Tidal.
Lemonade, the second venture from Beyonce in the visual album category – slickly following on from her 2013 self-titled effort – is said to be a ‘conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing’.
The Lemonade visuals feature extremely powerful black women such as Serena Williams and Amandla Stenberg, as well as the inspirational Zendaya and Lesley McSpadden. Elsewhere in the visuals, husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy both make appearances.
The visuals for Lemonade may be predominantly female-dominated, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a male presence. The Weeknd and James Blake also contribute towards the short films soundtrack, while Kahill Joseph, Mark Romanek and Todd Tourso among others are responsible – alongside Beyonce herself – for directing duties.
Where the actual Lemonade record – available to listen to now via rapper Jay-Z’s music streaming service, Tidal – is concerned, the list of male artists credited hightens. The guest list includes: Jack White (‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’), Kendrick Lamar (‘Freedom’) and James Blake (‘Forward’). Father John Misty and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig have also been credited with writing ‘Hold Up’.
You can see the tracklist for Beyonce’s phenomenal Lemonade LP below.
‘Pray You Catch Me’
‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ (feat. Jack White)
‘6 Inch’ (feat. The Weeknd)
‘Forward’ (feat. James Blake)
‘Freedom’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)