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Beyoncé and Jay-Z have dropped a surprise joint album under the name The Carters.
Titled Everything is Love, the album, comprising nine songs, was released on Sunday and can now be streamed on Tidal.
As quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, a reporter attending the pair's London concert of their On the Run II tour on Saturday said that Everything is Love was announced on stage with a big "ALBUM OUT NOW" message.
The video for "Apes**t", the second track on the album, has also been released.
Directed by Ricky Saiz, it was shot at the Louvre museum in Paris.
The video depicts Beyoncé and Jay-Z performing, with backdrops of masterpieces such as statues Venus de Milo and Winged Victory of Samothrace, as well as paintings such as the Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon and The Raft of the Medusa.
According to Billboard, #EverythingIsLove quickly became a trending topic on social media.
In "Apes**t", Beyoncé appeared to be rapping for much of the song, a departure from her usual singing traits, which drew the attention of fans and artists.
Beyoncé didn’t have to SNAP with her rap verse like this! pic.twitter.com/OGrwFhrnkK— B. (@B0tcx) June 16, 2018
In November 2017, Jay-Z told the New York Times that he and Beyoncé had started working on something as they produced their respective albums, 4:44 (2017) and Lemonade (2016). “We were using our art almost like a therapy session,” he said. “And we started making music together.”
On several songs in Lemonade, Beyoncé implied marital infidelity, which ended with redemption. The album 4:44 was considered Jay-Z's response to Lemonade, while Everything is Love depicts the couple in a state of romantic happiness, but confirms that they almost split up.
"We broke up and got back together," Jay-Z raps on "LoveHappy". "We came and we conquered/Now we’re happy in love," Beyoncé adds.
On "Apes**t", Jay-Z also made references to the Superbowl and The Recording Academy of Grammy Awards. He was nominated for eight categories in this year's Grammy Awards but in the end received none.
Beyoncé also posted scenes from the "Apes**t" video on her Instagram account. (wng)
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