There’s one more week left until Beyoncé drops the first act of her seventh studio album, Renaissance, and on Friday (June 22), Queen Bey stirred up some more excitement by dropping a capella and instrumental versions of her lead single, “Break My Soul.”
With its pulsating beats and synths throwing back to the ’90s house genre, the instrumental version is a track made for the dance floor, while Beyoncé’s stunning vocal runs are the main focus in the a capella take.
Earlier this week, Beyoncé unveiled the 16-song tracklist of Act I: Renaissance on her Instagram Story. Some intriguing titles included “I’m That Girl,” “Alien Superstar,” “Virgo’s Groove,” and “America Has a Problem.” “Break My Soul” was listed as the sixth track for the album. Apple Music also revealed via the album’s composer credits that Bey has collaborated with Skrillex, Drake, Pharrell Williams, The-Dream, Honey Dijon, and numerous others.
An alternative album cover was also released on Thursday (July 21) for the vinyl, and while it similarly emanates a regal aura of Beyoncé riding astridé a transparent noble steed, there are differences. Now Bey is adorned in more sparkly silver jewels flowing over her body and a matching headpiece. A white cowboy hat sits upon her head, and the singer sits astride a feathery saddle on her horse. What completes this masterpiece is a painting of horses behind her in the background, partially draped with a red curtain.
The inside of the vinyl displays Beyoncé lying on her back atop the horse, singing her heart out to a microphone and holding her square Stetson. There are also four different portrait shots of her on each side of the two inner sleeves.
In an interview with British Vogue in June, Beyoncé stated that the new album will have “soaring vocals and fierce beats” and “music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, music that will unite so many on the dance floor, music that touches your soul.” Additionally, Variety reported Renaissance will not just dance tracks but also country-leaning tracks.