The superstars also dropped a music video for the nine-track project’s lead single, “Apes—t.” It was filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris in May.
The album is not the couple’s first collaboration. They previously released 12 songs together, including “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” (2002), “Crazy in Love” (2003), “Drunk in Love” (2013) and “Part II (On the Run)” (2013).
Jay-Z, 48, revealed in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times in November that he and Beyoncé, 36, had begun recording a joint album. However, the project was temporarily shelved as they shifted their focuses to their most recent solo albums, 4:44 (2017) and Lemonade (2016), respectively.
“We still have a lot of that music,” the Roc Nation founder said at the time.
The pair are currently in the midst of their coheadlining On the Run II tour. They are traveling across Europe and North America from June to October, with stops at U.S. stadiums such as the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles; MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; and Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Queen Bey previously headlined the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, in April with a show-stopping set that fans branded “Beychella.”
The Grammy winners — who are the parents of daughter Blue Ivy, 6, and twins Rumi and Sir, 12 months — previously toured together in the summer of 2014. Their HBO concert special from the Paris stops of the On the Run trek received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Program.
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