Beyoncé’s highly-anticipated seventh studio album, Renaissance, leaked online nearly two days ahead of its scheduled release date. The beyhive was excited after a French fan posted a photo of Beyoncé’s latest album in CD format. However, fans now speculate that the album had been leaked.
The highly anticipated record, which was scheduled to be released at midnight on Thursday, can be found online and CDs are already being sold in Europe, according to Variety. Songs titled “Alien Superstar,” “Church Girl” and “Cuff It,” all from Beyoncé’s previously teased tracklist, began to make their rounds on social media, leaving loyal fans angry. Beyonce’s new album will be the seventh she has produced over her much-celebrated career. The singer also revealed the record’s artwork, which saw her sitting on a glass horse, on June 30.
She also penned a lengthy statement on her Instagram, in which she noted that the recording process was thoroughly enjoyable. She also shared that creating this album allowed her to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. Beyonce added, “My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, and feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”
The performer’s new album will consist of 16 songs, and she collaborated with well-known figures including Drake. Renaissance’s first single, Break My Soul, was previously released to the public on June 20. Renaissance is yet to be officially released on the major streaming services on July 29. Beyonce initially teased that she was working on new music during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar last August.
During the interview with Harper Bazaar, the Drunk In Love singer expressed that her recording process had been particularly arduous. “I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare,” she said. Beyonce then confirmed that she still loved making music and that she was happy to be working on new material.