In 2013, Beyoncé surprised the world by dropping her self-titled fifth studio album. Over the weekend, she did it again, with Everything is Love, a long rumored joint album with husband Jay-Z.
The announcement was made by Tidal, the streaming service owned by Jay-Z. The album comes in just under 40 minutes, and features nine new tracks credited to both Carters.
A bonus track called “Salud” is available on Tidal, but is not attached to the main Everything is Love track list. The album is a Tidal exclusive, and no plans have been announced to release it outside of Tidal as of yet.
The track list for Everything is Love is as follows. The unofficial credits give nods to Pharrell Williams as a producer on two tracks (“Nice” and “Apes***”), as well as feature Cool & Dre, Boi-1Da, Vory, Jahaan Sweet and Sevn Thomas, plus guest spots from both Migos (“Apes***”) and Pharrell.
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Beyoncé also posted a visual to accompany the album on her Instagram. In less than 24 hours, that picture has ammassed almost 1.5 million likes.
A music video for “Apes***” was also released at the same time. It was filmed entirely at the Louvre, in France, and features several famous, and classic paintings. The video was directed by Ricky Saiz, and is utterly captivating.
Everything is Love, thematically, appears to be the final instalment in a trilogy of albums released by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, documenting the ups and downs of their marriage.
Beyoncé’s Lemonade seemingly addressed Jay-Z’s reported infidelity, with Jay-Z’s follow-up 4:44 an album full of remorse for his actions. Everything is Love suggests that the two have worked things out between them, and are very much a team, a family, moving forward.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are currently performing their 48-date On the Run 2 tour.