Beyonce Tops Billboard With ‘Renaissance Song’, First Time in a Decade


Beyonce has returned to the top of the US charts for the first time in 10 years after releasing her latest album, “Renaissance”. Quoting AFP, “Break My Soul” became his first solo song to top Billboard’s Hot 100 since the song “Single Ladies” was released in 2008 ago.

It didn’t stop there, the seventh solo album from the 40-year-old singer immediately reached number one on the Billboard album chart. The success of Beyonce’s album came in second this year after Harry Styles’ song “Harry’s House”.

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Beyonce’s new album is also able to shift global Latin trap sensation Bad Bunny from the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, where her “Un Verano Sin Ti” has topped the top five weeks in a row.

Previously, Beyonce will remove the term in her new song “Heated” which is considered insulting to people with disabilities. As is well known, the word “spaz” was criticized by activists because it was considered offensive.

The US pop superstar will re-record the song, which is part of his latest album “Renaissance”. Co-written with Canadian rapper Drake, the song appears to use the word “spaz” in a colloquial sense to describe the act of temporarily losing control or acting erratically.

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But disability activists note that the word comes from the word “spasticity”. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spasticity is a movement disorder involving stiff muscles and awkward movements experienced by 80 percent of people with cerebral palsy.

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Singer Lizzo had a similar experience in June who re-recorded her song “Grrrls” to remove terms deemed insulting to certain groups. Australian disability activist Hannah Diviney said Beyonce’s inclusion of the word was a slap in the face to the disability community and a slap to the advances made in the Lizzo case.

“I think I’m going to keep telling the entire industry to ‘do better’ until the word with connotations of disdain disappears from the music scene,” Diviney tweeted.

Beyonce’s seventh studio album “Renaissance” was released on Friday (29/7). The album has received positive reviews especially regarding the disco feel and electronic dance.

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Other collaborators on the album also include Nile Rodgers, Skrillex, Nigerian singer Tems, Grace Jones, Pharrell, and Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z.

In a post on Instagram soon after the album’s release, Beyonce said creating the album allowed her to find a place to dream and find escape in a time that was scary for the world.

“My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free from perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, let go, feel free,” Beyonce wrote.