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Beyoncé’s iconic status meant album backlash was always going to be intense

Tanya Sweeney


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Beyoncé has had to backtrack on two of her album’s songs. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Beyoncé has had to backtrack on two of her album’s songs. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Rebekah Vardy hasn't gone quietly. Photo: Reuters/John Sibley

Rebekah Vardy hasn't gone quietly. Photo: Reuters/John Sibley

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Beyoncé has had to backtrack on two of her album’s songs. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In the music industry, ‘doing a Beyoncé’ is a long established technique whereby someone drops an album with little notice, sending fans into paroxysms of delight.

In 2013, there was a notable breaking of the internet when Beyoncé dropped her eponymous fifth album; it happened again in 2016 for the release of Lemonade. And with nary a fanfare, Renaissance was released in much the same way last week.


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