Hail the Queen! by Beyoncé Renaissance breaks new Spotify records and brings rave reviews.
Beyonce’s highly anticipated seventh album Renaissance, the superstar’s first solo studio release since 2016, made waves around the world in its early days. Spotify announced on Friday that the album had become the most-streamed album in a single day by a female artist in 2022.
The album is already credited with being “the most exit we are talking about of the Year”, which is not surprising given Queen Bee’s dominant presence in the music world. The album and its song titles populated Twitter trends in the days leading up to its release — largely due to it leaking less than two days before its scheduled debut. It’s safe to say fans have been craving more since 2016 Lemonade, and advice for Renaissance reflect that.
“It’s feel-good music in the sense that it’s music for everything,” Chris Richards of The Washington Post writing of its disco and house atmospheres. “She speaks to the extraordinary breadth of American black dance music at large.”
Renaissance was already at the top of Apple Music’s Top Album Chart on Friday, with several of its tracks on the Top Songs Chart. Later that day, “Summer Renaissance” was number one on Spotify Today’s Top Hits Playlist.
Despite (or perhaps thanks to) its immense success, the album has already sparked some controversy. Kelis, the singer best known for her 2003 single, “Milkshake,” called out Beyonce for not asking her permission before sampling her music on the album.
Interestingly, many songs on the album seem to be generating more buzz among fans than its lead single, “Break My Soul,” which hit number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It remains to be seen which tracks, if any. applicable, will receive a higher ranking.