Beyonce Releases Controversial Album

Khari Davis

“A conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing” was the description of Beyonce Knowles’ sixth studio album, Lemonade.

Throughout the album, Beyonce drops suspicious and shocking lyrics about marriage, depression, cheating, breaking up and even making up.

In “Hold Up”, she sings, “Can’t you see there’s no other man above you / What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you.”

Beyonce had more direct lines about an affair happening in a marriage in “Don’t Hurt Yourself”: “This is your final warning / You know I give you life / If you try this sh*t again you gon’ lose your wife.”

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Lyrics like the ones listed can be found all throughout the album. Some whole songs are even about heartbreak and cheating. For example, the chorus of “Hold Up” says “Hold up They don’t love you like I love you.”

The content of the album was a surprise to fans. Loren Usher, a Decatur High School sophomore and Beyonce fan, was taken off guard by the potential cheating scandal in the album.

“It was very shocking when she released her album because nobody really knew and the media never talked about Jay-Z cheating on her,” Usher said.

Media outlets like TMZ, HollywoodLife and RadarOnline started pointing fingers at Jay-Z.  However, Beyonce never has confirmed that these lyrics are about her and Jay’s marriage.

Some fans are confident that Lemonade is more than just an album and think Beyonce is opening up and expressing herself about an ordeal many women face.

“I think it was great that she did it, because it shows she goes through the same things as any other person would go through in a relationship,” Usher said.

Not everyone believes Beyonce is trying to tell her story of heartbreak and forgiveness, however. Junior Colby Clark feels that the album isn’t authentic.

“I think this was a publicity stunt, to be honest,” Clark said.

Clark believes this was a plan to get more attention between the couple.

“She exclusively released it on Tidal, which is Jay-Z’s company, and Jay-Z has been out of the spotlight, so he can use this to as a way to get people to start looking at him more,” said Clark.

Publicity stunt or not, the story she told was heard by millions. Lemonade had huge streaming numbers on Tidal with 115 million streams. The album also had 485,000 sales, landing it number one on the Billboard Top 100 chart.


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