Is Beyoncé's Latest Album Tidal-Exclusive?
Entertainment April 25, 2016

Hail Beyonce Queen of Enigma

Beyonce’s Lemonade album set for a wider release? Only time will tell. But that’s hardly the only ambiguity the controversial album presents.

Is Beyoncé's Latest Album Tidal-Exclusive?
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Beyonce has stood by her husband Jay Z through thick and thin, but her latest album, Lemonade, may not be exclusive to his music streaming service, Tidal.

According to New York Times, Lemonade will be available on iTunes’ Apple Music platform. This appears to be best for business, after all Apple Music boasts 11 million subscribers in contrast to Tidal’s three million.

On the flip side, The Verge seems to have received word from Tidal that the exclusive streaming period for Lemonade would continue “in perpetuity”, meaning it won’t stream on other platforms anytime soon.

But where and how the album will be available are not the only points of ambiguity Bey’s latest album presents.

The 60-minute HBO concept film for Lemonade are rife with references of infidelity. Many sources have interpreted this as an allusion to Jay Z’s alleged disloyalty.

Beyonce in the "Lemonade" concept film
“What’s worse? Looking jealous or crazy? Jealous or crazy?” sings Beyoncé

In one scene, Bey says, “You remind me of my father, a magician, able to exist in two places at once.”

In another, she asks point-blank, “Are you cheating on me?”

Rumors seemed to come to a head when Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked Jay Z in an elevator in 2014. Solange, Jay Z and Beyonce released a joint statement that offered no real closure, merely urging the public to move on from the incident.

A popular theory puts fashion designer, Rachel Roy, at the heart of this conflict. Rumors have gone on for a while about Jay Z being too close to Roy, who also happens to be Damon Dash’s ex.

In a track titled “Apathy”, Bey sings, “He better call Becky with the good hair”. Soon after the Lemonade concept film debuted, Roy posted a photo on Instagram with a caption that read: “Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light #nodramaqueens.” Considering the backlash that followed, no surprise her Instagram account is currently privatized.

Beyond the drama, the concept film is also rich in symbolism, through which Bey spotlights black lives and the plight of women.

Only time will tell where and how Lemonade will be available to the public and we probably won’t ever know if indeed the album is her exorcism of the ghosts that haunt her from Jay Z’s adultery, but one thing’s for sure, Beyonce remains the queen of enigma.

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