Mariah Espada, TIME

Beyoncé has released the cover to her upcoming album Renaissance which is set to come out on July 29. The cover art features the singer with pink lipstick and Y2K-inspired crimped hair, sitting on top of a glowing stallion. 

“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” she writes in an accompanying Instagram caption, “I hope you find joy in this music.”

Renaissance: Act 1 will mark Beyoncé’s seventh solo studio album and was announced in June after the singer was featured on the July 2022 cover of British Vogue. In an accompanying piece, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who got a sneak peek of the project, calls the album her “most ambitious musical project to date.” “[It’s] music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, music that will unite so many on the dance floor, music that touches your soul,” Enninful writes.

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