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Reacting to Beyoncé's 'Break My Soul'

Get ready for a house music summer

British Vogue

By Brittany Hampton

By now you've probably heard the new Beyoncé song, "Break My Soul." Compared to our usual Queen Bee music, we definitely get to hear a new side of the singer. Fans are comparing the house vibe of the track to the sounds on Drake's new album Honestly, Nevermind. We'll see how many other artists jump on this trend.

Get ready to sweat on the dance floor! Both releases prompted fans on social media to call for a "House Music Summer." Beyoncé is preparing us for a new era by reaching back to the dance music of her childhood. The song samples (or does it?) 1993’s “Show Me Love” by Robin S. and New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia’s ‘“Explode." Her husband Jay-Z and The-Dream landed cowriting credits.

It has been six years since we’ve heard any official solo Beyoncé music. In 2016, she released her last full-length album, Lemonade. Since then, Beyoncé has participated in many collaborations such as the joint album, Everything is Love, alongside Jay-Z. A visual album, Black Is King, followed within that same year. She surprised fans in 2019 with the epic soundtrack The Lion King: The Gift. This made sense after being cast as the voice of Nala in Disney’s Lion King remake. Then there was the Juneteenth single “Black Parade” in 2020.

The 40-year-old superstar’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson took to social media to express her gratitude and excitement for her daughter and her accomplishments. "I really do miss her singing!" she posted on Instagram. "Break My Soul is my Summer Anthem right now!"

"‘Break My Soul’ is the first single from the upcoming album Renaissance, due July 29. A British Vogue photoshoot inspired by the era (see above) coincided with the release. All the attention proves that regardless of musical style, Beyoncé is the Queen of Marketing and Branding. We can't wait to hear (or see) what's next.

Beyoncé - BREAK MY SOUL (Official Lyric Video)

There are a few things in life I’m absolutely positive of and this is one: I would have gone feral for Elvis.

In another life, I was born to be a roadie. Going on tour buses with bands across the country, living my best life with my rockstar boyfriend.

That lifestyle isn’t new – Elvis started all of it indirectly. He mesmerized people with hip-shaking dance movements and promiscuous lyrics. He made both men and women want to be freer when it came to music.

Over the years there have been plenty of odes to Elvis Presley. Many have played the crooning heartthrob, but few have done it with success. Filing those blue suede shoes is an incredible daunting project – there’s so much to get right, and so many opportunities for error and criticism.

People want an Elvis that makes them feel like he’s still with us; still an unfound symbol; still impacting the music industry as we speak. They want a star they can continue rooting for after the credits roll. For Baz Lurhmann, Austin Butler was everything and more.

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Jordan Edwards and Demi Ramos talked to frontman Awsten Knight about the band's evolution, the support he gets from Joel and Benji Madden, and why he's so excited for the rock resurgence.

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Last week, Dutch duo Vicetone released the single "Barcelona Nights." Inflected with Spanish guitar and a laid-back dance groove, the track is an infectious summer jam that reflects Ruben den Boer and Victor Pool's global reach. It follows the album Legacy, released last year.

Since forming a decade ago, Vicetone have become festival favorites and in-demand producers. They've also remixed songs by superstars like Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, and Adele. Listeners may know them best from singles like "Astronomia" and "Something Strange," which both boast more than 270 million Spotify streams.

Pool and den Boer took a break from recording to talk to our Ryan Gingery about "Barcelona Nights," how they approach remixes, and life in their home base of Nashville. Watch the full interview (and the track's visualizer) below.

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Vicetone - Barcelona Nights (Official Audio)

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Singer-songwriter Nova Miller released the single "Venus" on Friday (June 17). The track is a soaring ballad that showcases the strength of her voice.

Born in Sweden and based in Los Angeles, Miller boasts a five-octave range and an ability to easily shift between upbeat pop and melodic breakup songs. We talked to her about "Venus," the LA music scene, and being part of her home country's rich pop legacy.

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