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Beyoncé & Jay Z drop surprise new album; run amok at the Louvre Museum

A new joint album by Beyoncé and Jay Z has dropped, featuring nine tracks, each credited to both artists as ‘The Carters’.

The album, titled Everything Is Love, clocks in at just under 40 minutes – which is pretty short considering previous epic releases by both artists individually. There is a bonus track, however, available through Tidal only, entitled Salud (Spanish for ‘Cheers’).

Various tracks have been produced by Pharrell Williams and Dr. Dre along with fledgling musos on the urban scene like Sevn Thomas, Vory, Jahaan Sweet, and the trickily spelled Boi-1Da.

News of the LP began trickling out on Saturday afternoon, with social media posts containing images from the Everything Is Love visual campaign that included stills from the new video for the song Apeshit.

The clip for Apeshit features our modern-day icons Bey and Jay posing in front of old-school icons of the art world. Shot entirely at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the pair are featured in front of famous artworks including the Mona Lisa, the Sphinx, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace (ie: that famous pretty angel with no head).

Dancers, too, are gyrating in front of these masterpieces.

In the middle of the clip Jay Z starts to diss the Super Bowl, and elsewhere in the song Beyoncé throws shade at Spotify, the company that is competition to she and Jay’s own streaming channel, Tidal.

All up, the clip is tres cool; kind of classic respect meets streetsmart critique. The question is, how in the hell did these two get away with going apeshit in the world’s most sacred museum? Antonino Tati

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