Beyoncé channeled Studio 54 with her ‘Renaissance’ album cover
Beyonce’s album Renaissance is the singer’s highly anticipated return to the music world, six years after the release of Lemonade. The Renaissance The album marks a new sonic direction for Beyoncé — something she hinted at with the album cover.
Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” album is a renaissance of Beyoncé
Since the release of his sixth studio album Lemonade in 2016, Beyoncé pursued other musical endeavors. In 2019, she lends her voice to live-action Lion King redo and save The Lion King: The Gift album, which became the basis for her 2020 visual album black is king.
In 2022, Beyoncé returns with “Break My Soul”, the first single from her seventh studio album, Renaissance. In many ways, the album is a rebirth of Beyoncé in the post-coronavirus (COVID-19) world, with a new sound and a new sensibility.
“With all the isolation and injustice of the past year, I think we’re all ready to get away, travel, love and laugh again,” she said. Harper’s Bazaar in 2021. “I feel a renaissance emerging and I want to help nurture that escape in any way I can.”
Beyoncé’s tributes to Studio 54
The announcement of Renaissance was accompanied by a British Vogue photo shoot. In one photo, Beyoncé was pictured sitting on a horse on what appears to be a dance floor. The album cover also features Beyoncé sitting on a horse.
British Vogue has described Beyoncé’s new album as a project full of club-ready tracks. With the recurring imagery of the horse, some have drawn the conclusion that Beyoncé’s album will channel the disco era of the legendary Studio 54 nightclub, which became famous in part thanks to a horse.
A week after the nightclub opened in April 1977, Bianca Jagger was at the club to celebrate her 32nd birthday at a party hosted by fashion designer Halston. In an iconic image from that night, Jagger was pictured sitting on a white horse in the middle of the dance floor wearing a red dress.
Studio 54 quickly became synonymous with horses and quickly became New York’s go-to nightclub.
The disco revival of the 2020s
The world of disco has had a renaissance of its own in recent years. The influence of the once-ubiquitous genre has seeped into pop music, with artists such as Dua Lipa and Kylie Minogue releasing hit disco-pop albums. Likewise, house music – which rose to popularity in the 90s after the closure of Studio 54 – had its own moment, with huge artists like Drake recording house albums.
So it’s likely that Beyoncé will mix disco and house on her Renaissance album. “Break My Soul,” for example, is taken from Robin S.’s iconic 90s house song “Show Me Love.” Beyoncé’s heightened social awareness in the aftermath of 2020 will likely be apparent in the album’s material, given that disco has championed black and LGBTQ people for decades.
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