Beyoncé and JAY-Z are at it again — this time by releasing a surprise album to the world. On June 16, 2018, the musical husband-and-wife duo announced their first collaborative album, Everything Is Love. The LP includes nine tracks, and it was recorded under the name “the Carters.”
The power couple typically tends to keep their music exclusive to JAY-Z’s digital music platform, Tidal. It initially seemed their new record would follow suit. However, they’ve surprisingly made the decision to share the album through a number of platforms. According to Variety, you can now find Everything Is Love on Apple Music (and iTunes), Amazon, and Spotify Premium. It will reportedly be available on Spotify’s free platform within two weeks of the album’s release.
The album’s availability on Spotify may be the most shocking, considering one of their new songs, “Nice,” had some choice words for the streaming service. On the track, Beyoncé explains why she kept her 2016 album, Lemonade, exclusive to Tidal: “My success can’t be quantified/ If I gave two f*cks about streaming numbers, would’ve put Lemonade up on Spotify/ F*ck you, f*ck you.”
The Carters did, however, reserve one new song for Tidal. Their bonus track, “Salud,” is only available on JAY-Z’s music platform. That still goes for the majority of JAY-Z’s solo work, as well, despite making their new album more widely accessible. According to Billboard, “only a handful of his recordings and live tracks” can be found on rival streaming services (including Spotify).
Along with the official announcement of the new record, Beyoncé has shared some imagery from their visual campaign on social media. Her Instagram and Twitter posts include images and videos shot at the Louvre in Paris, France — where the Carters were granted private access (because of course they were).
Along with her tweeted photo, Beyoncé wrote, “Stream #EverythingIsLove now, exclusively on TIDAL. Also stream a TIDAL-exclusive track. http://EverythingIsLove.TIDAL.com.”
Their first music video off the album for their track, “Apes**t,” was actually filmed entirely in the Louvre. According to a spokesperson for the museum, “Beyoncé and JAY-Z visited the Louvre four times in the last ten years. During their last visit in May 2018, they explained their idea of filming.”
The spokesperson also noted, “The deadlines were very tight.” However, “The Louvre was quickly convinced because the synopsis showed a real attachment to the museum and its beloved artworks.”
Ricky Saiz directed the music video, and it’s just as fabulous as it is educational. As Mashable explained, “The video sees Beyoncé and JAY-Z, among a group of dancers, subvert some of the most famous (primarily white and western) artworks on the entire planet.” That includes pieces by David, Géricault, and Da Vinci, to name just a few of the artists.
If we’ve learned one thing from the Carters’ new music, it’s that they’re stronger than ever as a couple. The New York Times described Everything Is Love as the “capstone of a trilogy.” Both Beyoncé’s Lemonade and JAY-Z’s 2017 album, 4:44, touch on the betrayal and acceptance of responsibility involving JAY-Z’s cheating confessions. They’ve now officially proven to have worked through their struggles as a team. And luckily for us, it’s resulted in amazing new music you have to hear for yourself.
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