Entertainment Music Beyoncé to Release Long-Awaited 7th Studio Album, 'Renaissance', in July Renaissance marks Beyoncé's first solo album in six years, after she released Lemonade in 2016 By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is a Staff Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines and Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 16, 2022 08:18 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Beyoncé fans, rejoice! The Grammy Award winner's seventh studio album, Renaissance, is officially scheduled to drop on July 29th, Columbia Records announced on social media early Thursday morning. Sharing an image of a black square with "act i" and "RENAISSANCE" written in white on each side, the record label simply captioned the post: "Beyoncé. RENAISSANCE. July 29." The same graphic was shared on social media by high-def streamer Tidal around the same time. Beyoncé, 40, also updated the bios on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to reflect the upcoming release. The soon-to-be-available project is said to have 16-tracks total, per BeyLegion. Four unique box sets are currently available for pre-order on Beyoncé's website, which include a CD, T-shirt, mini-poster and a 28-page photo booklet. The product "begins shipping July 29th upon album release." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Beyoncé Receives Her First Daytime Emmy Nod for Mom Tina Knowles-Lawson's Facebook Watch Series A rep for Beyoncé did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. For more on Beyonce, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. Renaissance will mark the star's first solo album in six years. She previously released 2003's Dangerously in Love, 2006's B'Day, 2008's I Am... Sasha Fierce, 2011's 4, 2013's Beyoncé and 2016's Lemonade. Kevin Winter/Getty Beyoncé also appeared on the 2018 collaborative album Everything Is Love with husband JAY-Z, as well as 2019's The Lion King: The Gift, a soundtrack for Disney's live-action adaptation that features original music by the artist. The star also released Homecoming: The Live Album in 2019, which went hand in hand with her iconic Coachella performance from the year prior. The LP features live renditions of some of the former Destiny Child member's biggest hits. Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage News of Beyoncé's latest project comes about after she dropped hints for her loyal legion of fans — collectively known as the Beyhive — in recent days. The "Crazy in Love" singer previously teased fans with some potentially big news last week, mysteriously deleting her profile photos from her pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. According to The Tab, she last deleted her branding right before she dropped Lemonade years ago. Beyoncé has been known to utilize the element of surprise with her solo music career, providing no warning before she dropped her self-titled 2013 album exclusively on iTunes. The lack of marketing didn't hurt, as the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. RELATED VIDEO: Beyoncé and JAY-Z Are Stylish Couple Goals Beyoncé previously chatted with Harper's Bazaar for its September 2021 cover story, where she touched upon new music. There, the 28-time Grammy Award winner included a "renaissance" mention, telling the publication, "With all the isolation and injustice over the past year [from COVID-19], I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again. I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible." Beyoncé then told Harper's Bazaar that she had "been in the studio for a year and a half," noting, "Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies." Added Beyoncé: "Still, there's nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!" Renaissance will be available to purchase and stream on July 29.