Photo: V Magazine

Queen B has finally returned.

Beyoncé has announced a new album, Renaissance. It will be released on July 29 according to an online product listing labeled “Act I.”

Streaming services were tweeting about the album following Beyoncé’s change of social media bios, which added “Renaissance” and included a date.

While it is not confirmed, several hints suggest that 16 songs could be included in the album – an unverified tweet from a tireless fan account Beyonce Legion hints at this possibility. 

After the announcement, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful said he heard the album in person: “Instantly, a wall of sounds hits me,” he said. 

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“Soaring vocals and fierce beats combine, and in a split second, I’m transported back to the clubs of my youth. I want to get up and start throwing moves. It’s music I love to my core. Music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, music that will unite so many on the dance floor, music that touches your soul. As ever with Beyoncé, it is all about the intent. I sit back, after the wave, absorbing it all.” 

The package for this campaign includes a CD, T-shirt and collectible box, while the product image will update once the campaign artwork is disclosed. It will also include a booklet with 28 pages and a mini-poster. 

On Wednesday, following Beyoncé’s profile picture change – it went black, fans quickly pointed out that a graphic post on Twitter from her nonprofit, Beygood, cryptically indicated upcoming music. 

Merely one square displayed unexplained music in a montage of album covers: a red hand with gloves, pointing to the album cover to the left – Brandy’s B7. So now we know that B7, Beyoncé’s seventh album, is Renaissance.

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