Beyoncé and Jay-Z drop joint album, ‘Everything Is Love’
The album seems to function as the last part in a sort of marriage trilogy that began with Beyoncé’s album “Lemonade” and continued with Jay’s “4:44.”
LOS ANGELES — A joint Beyoncé-Jay-Z album has finally dropped after years of rumors. Titled “Everything Is Love,” the announcement was made by Tidal, the streaming company owned by Jay-Z. It features nine tracks, each credited to Beyoncé and Jay-Z — or The Carters — and clocks in at just under 40 minutes.
The album, unusually brief for both artists, sent fans scrambling to sign up for Tidal, a subscription-based music streaming service started by Jay-Z and other artists. That’s where they could find the bonus track called “Salud” that the duo presumably felt didn’t fit with the album’s sequence.
According to unofficial credits, the album features production from Pharrell Williams (two tracks, “Nice” and “Apes—“), Cool & Dre, Boi-1Da, Vory, Jahaan Sweet and Sevn Thomas, and guest spots from Migos (“Apes—“) and Pharrell.
The news began trickling out on Saturday afternoon with social media posts containing images from the “Everything Is Love” visual campaign. One image posted by Beyoncé on Instagram received nearly 200,000 likes in less than 20 minutes as many noted that, once again, “Queen Bey” had broken the internet.
It was later revealed that a video was made for the song “Apes—” and was filmed at the Louvre in Paris last month. Directed by Ricky Saiz, the video features the pair posing in various settings in an oddly empty Louvre, delivering their lines in front of centuries-old masterpieces, even the Mona Lisa. The clip also features dancers performing synchronized moves on the museums steps, and Beyoncé and several dancers gyrating in front of famous paintings, and Jay-Z takes shots at the Grammys and the Super Bowl during his verses in the middle of the song.
Elsewhere, Beyoncé throws shade at Spotify. Not only is she a shareholder in Tidal — as well as being married to its owner — she passed up millions of dollars by giving the company exclusive streaming rights to her 2016 album “Lemonade.” She references this in the lyrics to “Nice”: “Patiently waiting for my demise/ Cause my success can’t be quantified/ If I gave two f—s about streaming numbers/ Would have put ‘Lemonade’ up on Spotify/ F— you, f— you.”
Beyoncé also interpolates Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 classic “Juicy,” and Jay references recent events like Meek Mill’s release from prison and even shooting the video for “Apesh—” in the Louvre.
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