Beyonce addresses ‘Renaissance’ album leak, thanks fans for ‘Love and Protection’

So, Beyonce’s Renaissance leaked early. So what? It was the collective comeback of her swarm of fans, affectionately known as the BeyHive, when Bey’s seventh studio album spilled onto the internet ahead of its official release.

The set arrived two days earlyWednesday (July 27), according to TMZ, who first reported the news when songs from the album including “Alien Superstar,” “Church Girl” and “Cuff It” began circulating.

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Queen Bey’s fans gathered, lined up and encouraged each other to wait for the big release party, which started properly at stroke of midnight.

The party starter herself, Beyonce, has thanked her loyal supporters everywhere for their great patience.

“So the album leaked and you all actually waited for the right time for the release so you can all enjoy it together,” she writes on social media. “I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t thank you enough for your love and protection. I appreciate you calling anyone who tried to sneak into the club early. It means the world to me.”

Her message continues: “Thank you for your unwavering support,” she continued. “Thank you for being patient. We will take our time and enjoy the music. I will continue to give everything and do my best to bring you joy.”

Bey signs off with “I Love You Deep.”

Renaissance said to be “Act 1” of three, and was cut over a three-year period of the pandemic, with creative support from an all-star cast of artists and producers.

“Creating this album gave me a place to dream and find escape in a scary time for the world,” she wrote in a post on her official website, before publication. “It allowed me to feel free and adventurous at a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream , release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”

spanning 16 songs, Renaissance is the follow-up to the 2016s Lemonade, her landmark album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the superstar singer her sixth straight chart topper. To date, none of her studio albums have missed the No. 1 chart target.

Unlike Bey’s previous album releases, Renaissance doesn’t drop with an assortment of accompanying music videos, aside from a 17-second teaser of YouTube eye-candy for “Pure/Honey,” which can be seen below.

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