The queen herself has spoken: new Beyoncé music is coming, along with a whole new era. Finally, some fucking good news and something to actively look forward to.
In a very rare interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Beyoncé kicked up the Beyhive by saying she felt like a renaissance is emerging and that she wants to “be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible” – and she’ll be doing that by releasing new music.
I don’t know about you but I feel like I just let out the biggest sigh of emotional relief.
“I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half,” Bey said.
“Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies.
“After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!”
We don’t have any more information beyond “it’s coming”, but honestly that alone has given me a hit of serotonin so strong that a deep wave of calm has washed over my brain, and it’s now going brrrrr like the buzzing of the Beyhive.
This new Bey-only music will be the first solo music from her since Lemonade back in 2016, which flattened everyone with its exploration of Beyoncé digging into her generational trauma, Black feminism, and heartbreak – which she recognised was all part of her 30s.
“My 30s were about starting my family and my life becoming more than my career,” she told Harper’s.
“I worked to heal generational trauma and turned my broken heart into art that would help move culture forward and hopefully live far beyond me.
“My 30s were about digging deeper.”
Now entering her 40s, Beyoncé says she just wants to enjoy life and its freedoms. She wants to explore parts of herself and her life that she hasn’t had time to delve into, and spend time enjoying her family.
“I want to travel without working,” Beyoncé said.
“I want this next decade to be about celebration, joy, and giving and receiving love. I want to give all the love I have to people who love me back.
“I’ve done so much in 40 years that I just want to enjoy my life. It’s hard going against the grain, but being a small part of some of the overdue shifts happening in the world feels very rewarding.”
So does this mean her incoming release (maybe her seventh studio album?) is going to be brimming with life, love, and celebration? Christ knows that’s the energy we need and deserve after the last couple of years of this pandemic-related generational trauma.