The gay music gods have smiled upon us! Not one but TWO queer icons have released their long awaited albums today – Hayley Kiyoko has gifted us Panorama, and Beyoncé absolutely serves in Renaissance.In the face of leaks and even reported sales of physical CDs starting more than a day before the album’s release, the BeyHive waited anxiously for Beyoncé’s new album, and they have not been disappointed.

The pop queen released Renaissance July 29, as ‘act i’ of a three part project recorded over the course of the pandemic. Fans are always anxious for more of the singer’s killer vocals, but have been dying for more ever since Bey gifted the world ‘Break My Soul,’ the only single off the album and the newest dance anthem blasting out of every club’s speakers.Though she sustained the Hive with Everything is Love (along with Jay-Z),  Homecoming, and The Lion King: The Gift, the collection of 16 tracks is Beyoncé’s first full single studio album since 2016’s masterpiece Lemonade.The artist thanked fans for their respect for her work, waiting until the album truly came out despite its leak. “I’ve never seen anything like it.

I can’t thank y’all enough for your love and protection,” she wrote in a statement.The album’s songs feature thumping bass, and ‘Pure/Honey’ feels made for voguing.