Attention, Bey Hive! A new era is loading. Beyoncé has just announced a release date for Act 1: Renaissance, and the music world is abuzz. But here at Houstonia, we had already picked up on some convincing clues that this new release was imminent.
First of all, on a personal note, I'm a Pisces. I woke up on June 4 and thought, "Where in the world is Bey? Why hasn't she been on Instagram?" Later that same day, she posted a series of selfies. Manifestation? Maybe.
But there was more. Bey has been lying low on performances for a while now. Her last major release was the deluxe edition of The Lion King soundtrack in 2020. Since then, she's had just a short string of closely watched performances, including the 2022 Oscars, The Disney Family Singalong in 2020, and the memorial celebration for the late Kobe Bryant that same year.
This week, the internet had been buzzing with rumors that there was a new album on the way. Before anything was confirmed, we were certain the new record was coming based on these key pieces of supporting evidence.
There was a three-month gap between her last Instagram posts.
Before I manifested her return (you're welcome), Queen Bey hadn't posted on Instagram since her performance at the Oscars in March. The IG break marking one whole quarter in isolation wasn't unusual for her, especially when she's been working on other projects.
Her profile pictures are blank.
This past Sunday, Beyoncé wiped her profile pictures from Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Youtube, and Facebook. It was perhaps the most obvious sign that she was ushering in a new era, because it set off alarms for all of her followers and fans. She certainly knows how to get our attention.
Five days ago, her website had a placeholder for "B7."
A post by the RumiYonce fan page on Instagram showed a screen grab of three placeholder images from Bey's website (Beyonce.com), with the captions "B7" and "What is a B7?" underneath. Each black box has since been deleted, but seriously, what could have been clearer evidence than that?
My Pisces intuition seemed to be spot on.
On Thursday, Tidal released a tweet sharing that Bey's Renaissance is coming this July.
Beyoncé— TIDAL (@TIDAL) June 16, 2022
July 29 pic.twitter.com/ZenmtPQM9W
Additionally, confirming Beyoncé's return, she revealed a series of photos from the upcoming July editorial issue of British Vogue on her Instagram, detailing the upcoming release. In the cover story, she gave fans a first look on what's to come from Renaissance.
“I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again. I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible," she tells British Vogue of the album.
Editior-in-Chief of British Vogue Edward Enniful also chimed in on the release and what's to come in the Third Ward native's renewal:
“B wanted to play with fashion like never before, and as we swapped references from the 1990s garage scene to ’80s excess, a vision of glittering retro-futurism began to take shape.”
Though the insight seems telling, we won't know exactly what to expect from Beyoncé; after all, her elite level of Virgo secrecy will keep us on our toes until the album's release on July 29.
In conclusion, Renaissance is locked and loaded. So save your money for the tour, and prepare to be wowed. And the next time you need Bey-related listening and financial-planning advice, consider the power of your local Pisces.