Beyoncé is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She first became widely known as lead singer of popular R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Following their disbandment, Beyoncé rose to fame in the late 2000s with her solo album Dangerously in Love which featured a number of hit singles including “Baby Boy”, “Resentment”, “Naughty Girl” and “Crazy In Love”. Beyoncé has been the face of numerous fashion brands including Heatherette, Irregular Choice, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, Elizabeth Arden PINK brand ambassador for 2018 and has established herself as a notable philanthropist through her work with various charities and organizations.
Updates: Beyoncé – RENAISSANCE – Music
– Beyoncé – “6 Inch” (single) Released: October 31, 2016 (2016)
– Beyoncé – “Formation” (single) Released: February 6, 2017 (2017)
– Beyoncé – “Crazy In Love” (album) Released: July 26, 2013 (2013).
– “Love On Top” Featuring Nicki Minaj Released: May 5, 2013.
– “Video Phone” featuring Jay Z & Andre 3000 and Swizz Beatz Released: June 10, 2013. (Official Video).
– “Drunk in Love” Featuring Jay Z released March 30, 2014 (2014).
Ryan Tackett –
Beyonce is and will always be the Queen she cements every music project into time and gives us a new lease on life. Beyonce brings fierce force and shows reminds the world why she is the queen. One of her best works to date.
Clarissa Miller –
I am a Beyonce fan. Her new album was worth getting on a CD because I have devices that are not bluetooth ready for downloads. I love the CD.
I can’t even put into words how much this album has changed my life! I’m not surprised though, all of her albums have changed my life or inspired me in more ways than I can count. Thank you Beyoncé!!
This CD is Brilliant and Necessary! Rarely have I listened to music from Beginning to End with EarPods on to Enjoy every nuance of the Genius of an Artist, like I did with Beyoncé RENAISSANCE! The listener is taken on a musical journey through decades of Great Dance music sampled, re-envisioned, reinvigorated and collaborated with great DJ’s and Artists all of whom made their marks on the dance floors!????
Club Renaissance is finally open and what a once in a lifetime moment Queen Bey has created with this lively vibrant body of Art. Even with a pesky album leak a couple days prior to it’s release, the real Beyhive held it down and didn’t sneak into the club too early despite the temptation to hear the magical sounds that make up Act I of this musical journey. RENAISSANCE (the first act in a sprawling genre swirling trilogy of albums) is dirty decadent “Disco Trap” (as Queen Bey coins her newest sound in the spirited and powerful groove “Heated”). RENAISSANCE is fantasy (vogue worthy “Alien Superstar”), RENAISSANCE is dreamy (honey sweet jazzy jam “Plastic Off The Sofa”), sweaty (the Grace Jones and Tems assisted night out anthem “Move”), sexy (hypnotic and funky album centerpiece “Virgo’s Groove” which unfolds like three excellent songs in one) and luxurious self-affirming escapism in a time we need it most. Creatively curated during the pale bleakness of the pandemic, it makes sense why the album is energetically neon-drenched and dripping with glittering finery, RENAISSANCE is meant to be a hyper stylistic jolt of aspirational hope for enriching fun and living life fully present. The music is invigorating, enthralling (Beyoncé delivers such fresh vocal compositions here and sophisticated sonic structures around her voice, exercising it in ways she rarely does) and inspires unphased self-confidence and self-resilience. It feels like your ears and entire being are stepping into a modern-day ultra-chic Studio 54 of Beyoncé’s wildest dreams and Club Renaissance is her answer to fill that void, where no hate or harmful shade will be tolerated. To fully appreciate this beautiful album, one must know the gorgeous history and legacy of Black Queer culture (specifically the late 70’s to early 90’s New York Ballroom scene and it’s bawdy brazen House music), various textures of African music like Afrobeat, some Afropunk, Southern Hip-Hop/Bounce and Soul that inspires it. Beyoncé and her creative collaborators made it a point to shine a comprehensive light on the Black Queer creatives and allies that made it possible for this music to be created in the first place. This is why “Break My Soul” featuring sampled vocals from Big Freedia encouraging us to “release the wiggle,” and a sample of “Show Me Love” by Robin S. (a huge 90’s House classic) being the first single near the end of Pride month sets such a strong tone. While the album is not political in an obvious way, much-needed messages of pride, self-love (sleek, snapping and sassy T.S. Madison vocal sampling “Cozy”), unjudged and unrestricted bodily autonomy (the raucous and layered “Church Girl”), aware sexual freedom (deliciously distorted and most experimental track “All Up In Your Mind”) and liberation are at the core of the songs. These real-life inspirations are what birthed House music. RENAISSANCE act i much like House music is about liberation, joy, building community and sharpening that inner ferocity within to fight whatever or whoever may seek to oppress one’s truth. From the first song to the last Bey gives us the soundtrack to elevate past the peril we battle. Personally, this album makes me feel very happy, many of the songs make me smile and scream with glee and I must say RENAISSANCE act i is a new all-time favorite for me. RENAISSANCE makes me feel alive and fired up to be even stronger and inspires a personal reinvigorated renaissance; one where I go for all the luxury in all it’s meanings that I deserve that life offers.
Gwen Tullis –
Amazing album, 10/10! No skips. Beautiful project that encourages self love and confidence. CD comes with mini double sided poster and booklet of cool pics from the project that can also be seen on her website. My mom was so glad we were able to load the music into her car. Great collectors’ item 🙂
Jason Stein –
I have to be honest, I didn’t like 1990’s r&b. Much of it was slick, soulless soul. There were a few artists that I liked in that genre, but Destiny’s Child wasn’t one of them. In fact, Beyonce’s first two albums, “Dangerously in Love” and “B’Day” suffered from that kind of lousy production. It really wasn’t until 2008’s “I Am….Sasha Fierce” that she broke away from that garbage and began to forge her own style. That album was panned for some reason. Since then, Beyonce has done no wrong, releasing one strong work after the next. “Renaissance” is no different.The whole album fits nicely together, just like 2013’s “Beyonce” does. Sure, there’s a few tracks here and there that are okay, but mostly, the songs work. This is her ‘club’ album. She’s witty with attitude. I particularly liked “I’m That Girl” with the interesting juxtaposing of her on a megaphone in the background singing unintelligible lyrics slowed down and sped up while singing in her normal voice on top of it. It works brilliantly.”Alien Superstar” has this synth riff in its chorus that gives it an otherworldly feel.Of course #1 single “Break My Soul” is aggressive and has a beat of Robin S.’s 1993 hit “Show Me Love” which works very well here.”Move” followed by “Heated” is a one-two punch of dance groove.I really think Beyonce outdoes herself with “All Up in Your Mind”, “Pure/Honey” and “Summer Renaissance”. These songs show a new and fresh direction that Beyonce could take in the future. This stuff is bordering on Prince-like genius. I really appreciate her nod to Donna Summer with “Summer Renaissance” and its interpolation of her classic hit, “I Feel Love” (1977). But’s its that growling synth bass in “All Up in Your Mind” that is very interesting. She should have a listen to “Sensoria” by Cabaret Voltaire for inspiration for her next album.Generally, “Renaissance” pushes the boundaries of dance music for Beyonce in a good way. I thought “Lemonade” was interesting, but you know what, “Beyonce” and “Renaissance” just might be her crown jewels.Here’s how “Renaissance” compares to Beyonce’s other works:2003 Dangerously in Love: Two and a Half Stars2006 B’Day: Three and a Half Stars2008 I Am…Sasha Fierce: Four Stars2011 4: Four Stars2013 Beyonce: Five Stars2016 Lemonade: Four Stars2022 Renaissance: Five Stars
Hadji Murad –
Wow, GREAT album!!! Beyoncé keeps evolving as an artist. Each album gets better. In my opinion, her best album so far. I love the concept for this album. I love that true artists are still making albums, let alone albums with a cohesive concept driving the production. As such, the whole album is like one long single (like Prince’s Lovesexy) that seamlessly weaves together so many different influences and genres (house, gospel, hip hop, funk, disco, techno, etc.). My favorite tracks are Thique, Cuff It, and Break My Soul, but the WHOLE album is ?. A true Artist. A true Queen. Can’t wait for Acts II and III.
BEY DID HER THANG ON THIS ALBUM. SHE IS A FANTASTIC SONG WRITER AND SHE HAS A EXCELLENT VOICE FOR REAL NO AUTOTUNE HERE. THIS PROJECT IS SO DOPE – BEY KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND IS A QUEEN IN REAL LIFE. ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I CAN LISTEN TO ALBUM FROM BEGINNING TO THE END WITHOUT SKIPPING A SONG – ITS FIRE FROM START TO FINISH. THESE SONGS ARE ALL HITS. IF YOU ARE A BEYONCE FAN YOU ALREADY KNOW AND IF YOU ARE A NEW LISTENER YOU ARE VERY LUCKY TO GET THIS MUSIC WHICH WILL DEFINEATELY ENCOURAGE YOU TO LISTEN TO HER CATALOG. BUY BUY BUY THIS – YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
Sarita J. –
Beyonce, Beyonce’d all over this album and I love it. Great album to workout or jog to…especially if you’re IRKED AS H*LL because your husband is acting like a c ya next Tuesday after you asked him to stop driving recklessly on the way home from a subpar lunch ya’ll had at an overrated restaurant. But yes, Beyonce…Renaissance…LOVE IT.