Michelle Obama shares high praise for Beyoncé’s new track ‘Break My Soul’

Michelle Obama has shared high praise for Beyoncé’s new track, ‘Break My Soul’, telling the star that she “can’t help but dance and sing along” to it.

The pop icon announced last week that she would be releasing her seventh solo album, ‘RENAISSANCE’ – the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed ‘Lemonade’ – on July 29.

On Tuesday morning (June 21), she surprised fans by dropping the album’s first single, ‘Break My Soul’ – a house-inspired dancefloor cut that NME‘s Kyann-Sian Williams called “a groovy self-love track” that oozes confidence in a four-star review.

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Among the fans of Beyoncé’s new single is former First Lady Michelle Obama, who took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the up-beat club track.

“Queen @Beyonce, you’ve done it again! ‘Break My Soul’ is the song we all need right now, and I can’t help but dance and sing along while listening to it,” Obama wrote, adding: “Can’t wait for the album!”

‘Break My Soul’ samples both ‘Show Me Love’ by Robin S and ‘Explode’ by Big Freedia, the New Orleans bounce music torchbearer whom Beyoncé collaborated with on ‘Formation’.

The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, who previously worked with Bey on ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’, are also credited on the track as well as JAY-Z and Adam “BlaqNmilD” Pigott, a producer from New Orleans who has worked with Drake on the singles ‘In My Feelings’ and ‘Nice For What’.

It was previously reported that ‘RENAISSANCE’ will feature pop and country tracks with contributions from Ryan Tedder, the OneRepublic frontman and hit songwriter who co-wrote Beyoncé’s 2008 hit ‘Halo’.

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Another contributor is said to be Raphael Saadiq, who, besides being co-founder of pioneering R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! and the brainchild of early 2000s supergroup Lucy Pearl, has crafted hits as a songwriter for Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé’s sister Solange for her 2016 album ‘A Seat At The Table’.

Beyoncé confirmed she was working on new music last summer. “I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half,” she explained. “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.”

The singer continued: “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!”

Back in November, Beyoncé dropped a powerful new track called ‘Be Alive’ which appears on the soundtrack for the Will Smith-starring King Richard.

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H.E.R. sues record label, seeks release from her contract with MBK Entertainment

H.E.R. (aka Gabriella Wilson) has filed a lawsuit against her longtime record label, MBK Entertainment, pleading to be released from her contract with it.

The label is owned by Wilson’s current manager, Jeff Robinson, with whom she signed in 2011 at age 14. According to court documents obtained by The Blast (via Variety), the singer claims that her long-held contract has exceeded the seven-year statute specified by California’s business and professions laws (it reached that point in May 2019), and therefore violates the state’s labor codes.

As a result, Wilson claims that MBK “has significantly limited” her “employment rights”, and that she “has not been free to provide her recording services except as permitted or dictated by MBK”.

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“Wilson’s seven years have run… MBK’s attempts to thwart this important and fundamental California public policy should not be condoned,” the lawsuit reads.

Elsewhere in the suit, Wilson alleges that upon signing her to his management, Robinson fired her previous law firm before bringing in his own lawyers, causing subsequent contracts and touring agreements to be negotiated by Robinson’s representation. Wilson claimed that “those lawyers took [five per cent] of the deals they negotiated”, despite the singer allegedly never agreeing to that fee.

With California’s seven-year statute allegedly expired, Wilson is seeking to be released from her MBK contract. She asked the court to officially acknowledge the label’s violation, which would mean her agreement is “voidable and may not be enforced”.

To date, Wilson has released just one studio album as H.E.R. – 2021’s ‘Back of My Mind’, which earned the R&B singer a Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year. That album, along with two previous compilations, were distributed by Sony’s RCA Records, who were not named in Wilson’s lawsuit.

Robinson, MBK Entertainment and RCA Records have yet to publicly respond to Wilson’s lawsuit or its claims. NME has reached out to RCA for comment.

Wilson is not the only artist who has sued their label, alleging violation of the seven-year statute. In 2001, Courtney Love filed a similar lawsuit against Universal Music Group, while rock band Incubus took Sony to court pursuant to the same law in 2003.

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News of Wilson’s lawsuit broke the same week as her joint performance with Coldplay, when she shared the stage with the band in Florida as part of their North American ‘Music Of The Spheres’ tour.

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Listen to Beyoncé’s new single ‘Break My Soul’

The first single from Beyoncé‘s upcoming new album ‘RENAISSANCE’, ‘Break My Soul’, has been released.

The pop icon announced last week that she would be releasing her seventh solo album – the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed ‘Lemonade’ – on July 29.

News of the record came after she recently deleted her profile pictures from her official social media accounts, marking the beginning of a new musical era for the former Destiny’s Child singer.

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Using her social media profile pages once again, on June 20 Beyoncé informed fans via her Instagram and Twitter bios that the lead single from ‘RENAISSANCE’, a song called ‘Break My Soul’, would be released tonight at midnight EST (5am GMT).

In another surprise, the lyric video for ‘Break My Soul’ has been released two hours early. The song also got an early release on TIDAL. “I’mma let down my hair / ‘Cause I lost my mind / Bey is back and I’m sleeping real good at night,” she declares. Listen to the song below:

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It was previously reported that ‘RENAISSANCE’ will feature pop and country tracks with contributions from Ryan Tedder, the OneRepublic frontman and hit songwriter who co-wrote Beyoncé’s 2008 hit ‘Halo’.

Another contributor is said to be Raphael Saadiq, who, besides being co-founder of pioneering R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! and the brainchild of early 2000s supergroup Lucy Pearl, has crafted hits as a songwriter for Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé’s sister Solange for her 2016 album ‘A Seat At The Table’.

Ryan Tedder and Raphael Saadiq
(L-R) Ryan Tedder and Raphael Saadiq are said to have worked on Beyoncé’s new album. CREDIT: Getty Images
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Beyoncé confirmed she was working on new music last summer. “I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half,” she explained. “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.”

The singer continued: “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!”

Back in November, Beyoncé dropped a powerful new track called ‘Be Alive’ which appears on the soundtrack for the Will Smith-starring King Richard.

Jimmy Kimmel, meanwhile, recently apologised to Beyoncé for mispronouncing her name for “20 years”.

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