On Saturday, Beyoncé pulled a Beyoncé and dropped a surprise new single and accompanying music video without giving fans any warning.
The new track, “Formation,” which is available as a free download on Tidal, was also accompanied by a new music video.
The clip features several costume changes and dance breaks for Beyoncé, plenty of references to how much Queen Bey slays (as if we didn’t already know), a powerful image of the words “stop shooting us” written on a wall and a smiling Blue Ivy.
To promote the surprise track, Beyoncé posted several images on Instagram shortly after its release. Three of the pictures, posted side-by-side, show Bey and a long line of dancers all striking a pose.
Beyoncé May Join Coldplay at Super Bowl Halftime Show
Beyoncé also posted the single’s cover art, a still from the video in which she leans her head and long braids out the window of a car.
The singer is reportedly going to perform with Coldplay during Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show, although neither she nor the band will confirm the performance. She recently appeared in Coldplay’s latest music video for their song “Hymn for the Weekend.”