Sunday, May 26, 2024

Beyonce Releases A New Album, Trying to Make “Lemonade” from the Lemon that is Tidal

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Tonight Beyonce released a new album. You can only it hear it by subscribing to Tidal, the failed streaming system owned by her husband, Jay Z.

It’s not on iTunes, Amazon, or Spotify. You can’t download it and you can’t buy the CD.

She released it during an hour long special on HBO at 9pm, when some people (like yours truly) were at Seders. I actually forgot it was happening.

So now what? Rihanna and Kanye West did similar things and regretted it. EVentually the music had to go on regular services since no one has Tidal. There’s still no CD for Kanye’s “Life of Pablo.”

How does Sony feel? This may be the last album on Beyonce’s contract with Sony. What could they say? Maybe they’ll release it officially next Friday.

“Lemonade” has these songs, which you cannot hear:
Don’t Hurt Yourself
Sorry
6 Inch
Daddy Lessons
Love Drought
Sandcastles
Forward
Freedom
All Night
Formation

Has Beyonce made lemonade out of lemons? Hard to say. Guest stars include Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Diplo, James Blake, and her buddy Boots. There are a lot of samples including Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks” and Hal David and Burt Bacharach’s “Walk On By.” I hope the publishers charged a lot for those.

Stay tuned…Let’s see what happens next in this latest bizarro chapter…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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