The Week in Review: Beyoncé’s Surprise Album

Jessica Elsey / April 29, 2016

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Marlins Park on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Marlins Park on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Beyoncé took to the stage in Miami on Wednesday for the opening night of her world tour, adding to an already busy week in the spotlight. Alongside the start of her Formation tour, the star launched new visual album Lemonade on Saturday. The surprise release was first shown on HBO, and is now available on Tidal and iTunes.

The album was an instant hit with fans, who flocked to analyze the messages and hidden meanings in Beyoncé’s words.

Viewers were quick to pick up on lyrics talking of “Becky with the good hair” in her song “Sorry.” The internet pointed the finger at Rachel Roy and Rita Ora—both of whom denied the claims of relations with Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z.

The media has long speculated about the relationship between the power couple, with Jay-Z’s 2014 MET Gala elevator altercation with Beyoncé’s sister Solange further adding to the rumors.

Reviews of Lemonade also include discussions of strong female black empowerment, a theme throughout the new songs. Beyoncé’s mother and grandmother make cameos as well as famous black women including Serena Williams, Zendaya Coleman, Winnie Harlow, Quvenzhané Wallis and Amandla Stenberg.

The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner are also shown, holding photos of their deceased sons.

Beyoncé showcases a mix of musical genres within the album, touching on country and rock and roll as well as her usual combination of hip-hop, soul, pop and R&B. The album features a host of other big names like Jack White, Led Zeppelin, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and James Blake.

The hour long visual album concludes with a message of unity, displaying images of Beyoncé with her husband and their daughter Blue Ivy.

During the first night of the star’s sell-out tour she performed 37 of her famous hits and closed the show by thanking her “beautiful husband” Jay-Z. The international tour will see her heading to Georgia next, before dates across the U.S. and Europe. She’s scheduled to conclude the swing in Belgium on July 31.

Follow along with the news and reviews from Beyoncé’s tour and latest releases via these Flipboard topics and magazines.

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Beyoncé by jayne reed: A photo history of Queen Bey’s career.

Beyonce N Jay-Z by Kiara Mussey: Stories on one of the world’s most famous couples.

~JessE is reading Music News

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