Beyoncé hasn’t released a full-length album since her 2016 opus Lemonade, but rumors are swirling that she is working on something new. Per MSN, an anonymous source told the Sun on Sunday newspaper that she has “completed three songs” for an upcoming album, which are “all about women supporting women and lifting each other up.”
“They are fierce dance floor fillers,” the source added, “which her fans will love.”
Should the reports prove true, it won’t come as a surprise. The singer has for many years been a champion of women’s empowerment — in 2014, she performed Flawless, a song that features Nigerian feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, at the MTV Video Music Awards in front of a towering backdrop emblazoned with the word FEMINIST in all capital letters.
“I put the definition of feminist in my song [“Flawless”] and on my tour, not for propaganda or to proclaim to the world that I’m a feminist, but to give clarity to the true meaning,” Beyoncé told Elle. “I’m not really sure people know or understand what a feminist is, but it’s very simple. It’s someone who believes in equal rights for men and women. I don’t understand the negative connotation of the word, or why it should exclude the opposite sex.”
Beyoncé’s brand of feminism elicited some pushback, including from Adichie, who criticized her for giving “quite a lot of space to the necessity of men.” But the singer has nevertheless proven herself to be an astute commentator on the complexities of modern womanhood, especially black womanhood. Lemonade, which was accompanied by a stunning video album that inspired scholarly dissections, “writes black women back into national, regional, and diasporic histories by making them the progenitors and rightful inheritors of the Southern gothic tradition,” Rolling Stone’s Zandria F. Robinson opined in 2016.
“Lemonade’s multiple chapters — intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope, redemption — are at once about one couple; many couples; the sometimes complicated relationships between black women, men, fathers and daughters; and black women’s relationship to an unequal America.”
Read more at MSN.