Beyoncé surprises absolutely no one as Renaissance takes rightful place at number one in the charts

In news that will shock absolutely no-one, Beyoncé’s Renaissance hit number one in the charts (Picture: Beyonce/Instagram)

She’s done it! has claimed her fourth UK number one album with Renaissance – but missed out on the number one single.

The Queen returned with a bang last month as she released her – her first since 2016’s Lemonade.

It has enjoyed absolutely massive acclaim from both her fans and the critics, and this popularity has now culminated in Renaissance hitting the top spot in the charts.

And that’s not all: so successful is the house music album that it outsold its closest competition three to one, despite .

However, despite the stunning success of Renaissance, Beyoncé’s lead single Break My Soul failed to break the top spot.

It reached number two on the singles chart following tough competition from Afraid To Feel by LF System.

Fans and critics have been raving about the new record (Picture: Carlijn Jacobs)

Break My Soul is Beyoncé’s highest-charting solo song since If I Was A Boy, which topped the charts and took over the airwaves in 2008 – a whopping 14 years ago.

She did, however, get to number one as a featured artist thanks to Lady Gaga’s Telephone in 2010.

Break My Soul has yet to have a music video attached to it, though the music icon did tease fans with a ‘cliquebait’ trailer for the upcoming video.

In a newly released four-minute 30 seconds visual, Beyoncé starred for just 20 seconds at the start, while the remainder of the video featured a black screen with the album’s name.

While her appearance was short it was certainly sweet as the music icon still managed to make a big impact by wearing a risque silver body harness that just about protected her modesty, strappy silver heels, smokey eye shadow and bright red lipstick.

Renaissance marks Beyoncé’s first album in six years, since 2016’s Lemonade – which also topped the charts (Picture: Carlijn Jacobs)

There’s plenty more success to come from Queen Bey in the nearfuture however, with fan-favourites Cuff It and Alien Superstar breaking into the top 20 at number 14 and 16 respectively.

The 40-year-old has previously topped the UK album charts on three occasions as a solo artist, thanks to her debut Dangerously In Love (2003), 4 (2011) and Lemonade (2016).

And, as any Bey fan will know, as a member of Destiny’s Child, she reached number one with Survivor in 2001.

Beyoncé has had multiple number one albums as a solo artists, and one from her Destiny’s Child days (Picture: Redferns)

While receiving rave reviews, Renaissance has not been without its controversy.

The star was hit with backlash after listeners noticed the track Heated featured an ableist slur twice towards its end.

Beyoncé has confirmed she intends to remove the word, with a spokesperson telling the PA news agency: ‘The word, not used intentionally in a harmful manner, will be replaced in the lyrics.’

Fellow icon Lizzo had also removed the same word from her song Grrrls earlier this summer following similar backlash.

Lizzo’s new album Special has also faced controversy for the use of an ablesit slur, which has since been removed (Picture: Special Atlantic Records & Nice Life Recording Co.)

Later, Beyonce also removed a snippet of Kelis’ song Milkshake from her track Energy following reported criticism from the singer.

The controversy kicked off hours before the album’s official drop when Kelis took to Instagram to voice her frustration that her song was being used and she hadn’t been given a heads-up.

‘It’s not a collab, it’s theft,’ she wrote, pointing the finger at Pharrell Williams in particular, who had writing credits on her original song.

‘My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,’ she added.

‘Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity, and they have everyone fooled.’


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