VIDEO: Beyoncé releases surprise single: “Formation”

American singer, Beyoncé, has surprised fans with the release of her first new single and music video in over a year.

The new song titled “Formation” dropped Saturday afternoon via her Instagram account and official website – a day before her highly-anticipated halftime performance at the Super Bowl 50 alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars in Santa Clara.

“Formation” plays as an extended tribute to the people and culture of New Orleans with the video featuring references to Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Creole culture and a guest appearance from her daughter Blue Ivy.

The song, which was produced by Mike Will, is built on a sample from New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia.

“What happened to the New Orleans?” begins the track, which finds Beyoncé in a variety of striking Crescent City locales: a mansion, a parking lot, a high school gym, and a New Orleans police cruiser slowly sinking into a flood. It reads as a celebration of blackness not unlike Kendrick Lamar’s video for “King Kunta,” with lyrics referencing Beyoncé’s “Jackson 5 nostrils.”

The video references the Black Lives Matter movement, showing a little black boy throwing his hands up in front of a line of police, who then throw their hands up as well. The video then cuts But the video belong to Beyoncé, and a catchphrase that rings throughout the track: “I slay.”

The 34-year-old has however not yet confirmed whether she will perform the song during Sunday’s halftime show. Watch video below:


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