August 17, 2022

The OG Queen of Pop has formally given her blessing to Queen Bey. Madonna and Beyoncé have teamed up for the aptly titled, “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix).”

As the primary single from Renaissance, “Break My Soul” launched us to Beyoncé’s new disco-influenced, club-ready period. It makes complete sense, then, that the “Queens Remix” would middle on a pattern of “Vogue,” Madonna’s 1990 traditional that helped introduce Ballroom tradition to a higher viewers. It doesn’t seem that Madonna provided any new vocals to “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix),” however fairly gave Beyoncé permission to make use of “Vogue”‘s well-known piano riff (which is necessary, given latest discourse surrounding Beyoncé’s failure to safe permission earlier than sampling songs).

In fact, Beyoncé wouldn’t simply pattern “Vogue” with out making it her personal. On this model of “Break My Soul,” Bey provides her personal spin on Madge’s spoken-word bridge — during which she name-drops such cultural icons as Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire — by pointing to her personal cultural icons — most of that are Black ladies.

“Queen Mom Madonna, Aaliyah, Rosetta Tharpe, Santigold, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Betty Davis, Solange Knowles,” Beyoncé sings. “Lauryn Hill, Roberta Flack, Toni, Janet, Tierra Whack. Missy, Diana, Grace Jones, Aretha, Anita, Grace Jones.”

For now, “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)” is just accessible on Beyoncé’s on-line retailer for $1.29.

Days after releasing Renaissance, Beyoncé was swayed to take away a phrase from the music “Heated” after many identified that it was usually used as an ableist slur. Quickly after, Monica Lewinksy implored the singer to suppose twice about her music “Partition,” the place she name-drops Lewinsky for her notorious involvement with President Invoice Clinton.

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