Listen to Beyoncé’s Surprise New Song ‘Formation’
Who run the world? Queen Bey does.
Bey is back!
The day before she's scheduled to perform during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Beyoncé dropped a new surprise single called "Formation."
The track features a swampy, springy beat from producer Mike WiLL Made-It, and is packed with biographical lyrics about her proud ties to the south—"They'll never take the country out me / I got hot sauce in my bag / Swag"— and how much she simply slays the competition.
In the accompanying music video, Beyoncé is seen lying atop a partially submerged New Orleans police car, dancing in an antebellum Big Easy home with various outfits of the era, and generally looking like the Queen of the Creole South. Bounce-music icon Big Freedia and Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy Carter both make brief cameos.
Later in the video, a line of police officers stand opposite a dancing child in all-black clothing; they put their hands up and a wall tagged with the words "stop shooting us" appears—a serious nod to #BlackLivesMatter.
The song is available for free download, via Tidal, and is her first new release since the 2014 release of Beyoncé: Platinum Edition. Fans can also check out her new line of "Formation"-themed merch, including a shirt that says "Hot Sauce."