Beyonce and Jay Z Drop a Surprise Album

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There may be an argument about who is the one true queen of Pop. But one debate is already settled, as Beyonce retained her title as the queen of surprise album drops.  As you all probably remember, she released her eponymous fifth studio album by surprise back in December 2013.  Now she has done it again,

This time she's not alone, as she and her husband Jay-Z have released a joint album, "Everything Is Love," Saturday on his Tidal streaming service and announced it during a concert in Europe.
The first indication of the new album came Saturday when Beyonce gave a sneak peek to her new video for the song"Ape S**t," which will act as the first single off the album. The full video was released this week accompanying the album.  according to a rep for the project, the video was shot in May at The Louvre museum in Paris.

The video was directed by Ricky Saiz, who previously directed the “Yoncé video,” and was produced by Iconoclast; Beyoncé’s personal stylist, Zerina Akers, and Jay’s personal stylist, June Ambrose, handled all the looks; Belgian dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui choreographed it, along with Bey’s usual team of JaQuel Knight and Chris Grant.

The Album contains 9 songs with every song written and produced by a different team. An interesting fact is that the music is marketed under the name "The Carters" which is, of course, the last name of both artists. This is an interesting choice, marketing-wise, but it does come to show that this is truly a joint album.

Everything Is Love Album's Art

The Everything Is Love cover art is taken directly from a still from the music video. It features two of Beyoncé’s regular dancers, Jasmine Harper who was a contestant in So You Think You Can Dance, and famed Brooklyn bone breaker Nicholas “Slick” Stewart, who also competed on SYTYCD and America’s Best Dance Crew. In the striking image, Harper is seen picking out Stewart’s hair in front of the famous Mona Lisa.


The two artists are currently touring through Europe together as part of the On The Run II tour.  The tour will be coming to North America starting July 25th. Some of the new songs are bound to find their way into the setlist, so if you want to check them out live you can see a full list of dates here.

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