They’ve been teasing at it for a while, but Bey and Jay-Z have finally released a joint album (in the most Carter way possible; a surprise drop, 24-hours after this week’s major new releases hit the streets – essentially making them all null and void). We couldn’t be more excited. Here’s what we know so far:
The album is called Everything is Love.
As the couple performed in London on their global On The Run II tour, they made the announcement. “Because we love you all so much we have something special for you,” Bey said, before dropping the news.
Beyonce released a sneak peak of the first video off the album, for a song called Ape Sh*t, on her Instagram.
It was shot in The Louvre, in Paris. The imagery features regal shots of Bey and Jay standing in front of the Mona Lisa, and women of colour taking up space in an institution traditionally dominated by white, male artists. Watch the teaser:
The album features nine tracks, and is only available on Tidal, Jay-Z’s streaming music service.
No word yet on whether or not it will be available on Apple Music or Spotify. In fact, on the album, Bey addresses her decision to keep her Lemonade tracks from other services. “Cause my success can’t be quantified/ If I gave two f****, two f**** about streaming numbers/ Would’ve put Lemonade up on Spotify/ F*** you, f*** you” she sings on “Nice.”
Some are calling Everything is Love the trilogy to the couple’s artistic representations of their relationship evolution.
It began with Beyoncé’s Lemonade, outlining her personal discovery, process and growth following Jay-Z’s affair. His 4:44 release was, in a sense, his honest response to that. And now, Everything is Love is pegged as a triumphant coming back together. The New York Times is calling it an “expert, tactical showing of family brand management.” In the album’s last track, Jay-Z declares, “We broke up and got back together.” Beyoncé adds, “We came and we conquered/now we’re happy in love.”
Read more: [WATCH] Beyoncé slays at Coachella
Of course, the Internet went crazy when the news dropped:
— Kayla Toste (@kay_toste) June 17, 2018
— EVERYTHING IS LOVE ?? (@livionce) June 17, 2018
— Dumblidoor ??♂️ (@hamadhafizz) June 17, 2018
— ? ? ? ? ? 8|10 ?? (@nickiitingzz) June 17, 2018
Bye off to download Tidal.