Beyonce: Lemonade on iTunes
Following a busy weekend that kept the Beyhive buzzing with new music, Beyoncé has released her sixth studio album, Lemonade, is now available for purchase on iTunes. The album was first released on Tidal, where it is still exclusively streaming in perpetuity.
The New York Times previously reported the album would be released to iTunes on April 25 at midnight, and as of Monday morning the 12-track collection, which includes “6 Inch” featuring The Weeknd and “Freedom” featuring Kendrick Lamar, and the film, is available for $17.99. The album has yet to appear on Spotify or Apple Music.
Immediately following HBO’s airing of the video bundle, Lemonade was made available for an exclusive streaming window on Tidal, the music service owned by Beyoncé’s husband, rapper Jay Z. Tidal previously had a hand in releasing other 2016 albums like Rihanna’s ANTI and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, which became the first album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a majority of its album equivalent units coming from digital streams.
Lemonade is the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman’s sixth studio album and second visual album, with music videos filmed for each track. Celebrities like tennis star Serena Williams, actress and singer Zendaya, America’s Next Top Model alum Winnie Harlow, and Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis appear in various clips from the set, while the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown also make appearances.
The album is described as “a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing,” though it is widely speculated that the album was supposedly inspired by Jay Z’s infidelity. The track “Sorry” feautres a dig at a woman named “Becky” who has “good hair” (“He only want me when I’m not on there / He better call Becky with the good hair.”), which fans believe is a reference to fashion designer Rachel Roy. Roy seemed to out herself as the woman in question, posting “Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting” on Instagram following the album’s release.
In support of the album, Beyoncé will embark on the Formation World Tour, which is set to kick off April 27 in Miami. Check out Lemonade on iTunes here.