Beyonce surprised fans yet again by dropping a new single and a politically-inspired music video without giving them any warning on her social media accounts until the tune was released.
On Feb. 6, Queen Bey released “Formation,” a new single which is available as a free download on Tidal.
She also released a new music video in support of the song.
A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 6, 2016 at 12:50pm PST
Beyonce and husband Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy is featured in the video.
Once the track was out, Beyoncé posted several images from the much-talked-about video on Instagram.
Rumor has it that Beyonce will join Coldplay at tonight’s Super Bowl Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Beyoncé also posted the single’s cover art on Instagram, where she is seen leaning her head out of the window of a car in a dramatic fashion.
A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 6, 2016 at 12:52pm PST
The singer has not formally confirmed she will be appearing on the big game entertainment extravaganza, but she did recently appear in the band’s music video for their song “Hymn for the Weekend.”
“Formation” is a politically-motivated video, and fans might be surprised at the subjects the singer chose to depict in it, including police brutality, Hurricane Katrina and black power.
The New York Times reviewed the video and critic John Caramanica revealed that, “At the end of the clip, a line of riot-gear-clad police officers surrender, hands raised, to a dancing black child in a hoodie, and the camera then pans over a graffito: Stop Shooting Us.”
New York Times critic Jenna Wortham stated of the video, “She wants us to know — more than ever — that’s she still grounded, she’s paying attention and still a little hood. I think she wants us to know that even though she’s headlining a mainstream event like the Super Bowl, she has opinions and isn’t afraid to share them, nor is she afraid to do it on a national and global scale.”
Will Beyonce take her political statements to the global Super Bowl stage? Fans will find out tonight when Super Bowl 50 airs on CBS.