After a surprise announcement of her highly anticipated seventh solo album, “Renaissance,” Beyoncé has finally kicked off her next music era with a brand-new single. “Break My Soul,” the first song released from Queen Bey’s upcoming album, dropped on June 20, three hours earlier than fans anticipated.
The house track, coproduced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, is just a small taste of what’s to come from Beyoncé’s new larger-than-life dance sound, as teased in her July British Vogue cover story. Accompanied by a vibrant beat, “Break My Soul”‘s motivational lyrics transform a notable sample of Big Freedia’s “Explode” into an exhilarating track to kick off the summer. “Release ya anger, release ya mind / Release ya job, release the time / Release ya trade, release ya stress / Release the love, forget the rest,” Big Freedia’s booming voice recites on the hook.
“She put two years of love into this.”
“Break My Soul” is the first original song Beyoncé has released since her Oscar-nominated “Be Alive” track that was featured on the “King Richard” soundtrack. It’s also a confirmation that the 28-time Grammy-winning artist is experimenting with a completely new sound.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, shared some insight into the album-making process for “Renaissance.” “I’m as excited as everybody else. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it,” she told the outlet. “She put two years of love into this. Many, many nights, all night working, so I can’t wait for the world to hear it.”
“Renaissance” is expected to drop on July 29.