It’s been a little under three months since Beyonce released her seventh studio album Renaissance and in that time, the dance-centric album has only become more popular and influential. Maybe that’s why fans are so disappointed that the singer has yet to release a single music video for it — not even its standout lead single “Break My Soul,” which shot to No. 1 on the Hot 100 and revitalized interest in the house music styles that inspired it.
The Hive has certainly gotten restless, sharing its collective impatience with Queen Bey on Twitter.
— The Moment. (@itsKARY_) September 12, 2022
Beyoncé pls drop the visuals we getting desperate pic.twitter.com/qvTXOw1GX5
— Vaaanjie (@xoMinnieJo) September 18, 2022
America won’t be the only one with a problem if Beyoncé don’t drop them damn visuals pic.twitter.com/cOvpuVHmdJ
— IAMLEX (@iamlexstylz) September 25, 2022
— suger mommy (@suger_mommy) October 12, 2022
Not to be that person but @Beyonce please drop these damn videos. It’s been nothing but female rap beef, Kanye’s antics and low vibrational discourse every week since ‘Renaissance’ dropped in JULY!
— Coolness941 (@Coolness941) October 11, 2022
For anyone who is baffled by this phenomenon, the only explanation I can give is that Beyonce sort of brought this on herself. When her fifth, self-titled album dropped in the middle of the night in 2013, it was accompanied by a full slate of high-quality music videos filmed in secret over the course of the months leading up to the album’s release. Then, in 2020, Beyoncé released Black Is King, described as a “visual album” set to songs from her 2019 album, The Lion King: The Gift. Released on Disney+, the musical film paired the songs with vivid imagery that won the singer Grammy Awards for Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl” and Best R&B Performance for “Black Parade.”
Basically, she’s set a standard for herself — one that fans very much want to hold her to. Who knows? Maybe she’s got something planned for the future — or maybe she wants fans to experience the music in isolation, in the same context as the house classics that inspired Renaissance.