Beyoncé is set to give fans the first taste of her forthcoming seventh album today, having announced the impending release of new single, ‘Break My Soul’.
The announcement of the new single was made via the singer’s social media accounts, where the bio section was replaced to read “6. BREAK MY SOUL midnight ET”. It’s since been confirmed that Beyoncé will indeed release her new song at midnight ET (equivalent to 2pm AEST), with ‘Break My Soul’ ostensibly set to serve as the sixth song on her new record.
UPDATE: ‘Break My Soul’ has officially arrived this afternoon, a house-drenched number that features Big Freedia (last heard on ‘Formation), and sampling the ’90s house classic ‘Show Me Love’, by Robin S. Listen to the track below:
As Pitchfork reports, they’ve since learnt that the track is “a dance song that is intended to mark the start of a new era with new anthems”, with its release on the US summer solstice intended to signify the start of a new season.
While ‘Break My Soul’ serves as Beyoncé’s first single since November’s ‘Be Alive’, some fan speculation assumed that the first taste of her new record may have arrived on Juneteenth (that is, 19th June), as her 2020 single ‘Black Parade’ did.
Beyoncé officially announced the arrival of her seventh album, Renaissance, last week, with a release date set for 29th July. The record serves as her first solo album since 2016’s Lemonade, though she’s since released a few other records, including The Carters’ Everything Is Love, and The Lion King: The Gift.
Upon its announcement, Renaissance was subtitled “act i”, indicating the release of another new record in the near future, though no further details surrounding this potential album have been revealed as yet.