The first week’s numbers will be adequate for the latest release of the permanent A list singer.
The weeks after that will be really bad.
It can’t be propped up for long.
There is no streaming service games that can be played this time around.
Beyoncé edits two songs on Renaissance after social backlash
Even Beyoncé is not immune to the cycle of outrage. Though her critically acclaimed latest album, Renaissance, has been out for less than a week, Beyoncé is already making changes to two of her songs after being called out on social media.
The singer got into a beef with Kelis for interpolating a portion of her 2003 hit “Milkshake” in “Energy” without giving her a heads-up. (Kelis is not a credited author on the song.) “I heard about this the same way everyone else did,” Kelis said in an Instagram comment. As of Wednesday, the interpolation had been removed.
The song “Heated” originally included lyrics featuring the same ableist slur that got Lizzo into hot water on Twitter only a few weeks ago. On Monday, only three days after the album’s release, it was reported that Beyoncé would swap out the word. As of Wednesday, the song’s lyric has been changed from “sp***in’ on that ass” to “blastin’ on that ass” on YouTube, Apple Music, and Spotify (though the written-out lyrics on Spotify still have the old version).
The Kelis situation is specific and likely more about her feud with Pharrell than it is about her relationship with Beyoncé. But the slur in “Heated” is part of a long industry tradition of retroactively editing songs. It’s almost a right of passage — an artist writes a lyric that ages poorly and is eventually tweaked or removed altogether. In the past, that process could take years, and the original versions would be preserved in physical albums or prior song downloads. The changed lyrics would only be evident in rereleases or when the song would be played at concerts. In the age of Twitter and Spotify, that response is as immediate as the backlash. – Source
Beyoncé to re-record offensive Renaissance lyric
The song Heated, which was released on Friday, contained a derogatory term that has often been used to demean people with spastic cerebral palsy.
The star’s publicist told the BBC the word, which can have different connotations in the US, was “not used intentionally in a harmful way”.
It “will be replaced in the lyrics”, they added, without giving a timescale.
The backlash came just a couple of weeks after US pop star Lizzo apologised for using the same word in her song GRRRLS. – Source
Beyoncé to change lyric on ‘Renaissance’ after ‘ableist slur’ accusations
After activists online accused Beyoncé of including an “ableist slur” in a song from her latest album Renaissance, the singer announced she would remove the offensive lyric.
The problematic lyric was featured on the album’s 11th track, Heated, which twice contained the word “spaz,” an offensive term for cerebral palsy (also known as spastic diplegia).
“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” a representative for Beyoncé, 40, told Good Morning America on Monday.
In June, pop singer Lizzo faced the same controversy and changed a lyric in her single Grrrls following a backlash from disability activists online.
Lizzo, 34, had also used the word “spaz” in her song, which was later removed.- Source
Beyonce’s ‘Renaissance’ Secures One of 2022’s Biggest First Weeks After Just 4 Days
Beyoncé’s Renaissance is heading for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with one of the biggest weeks of the year. Notably, if it opens atop the chart, it will be the first album released by a woman in 2022 to hit No. 1.
According to initial reports to Luminate, Renaissance, which was released on July 29, has earned over 275,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first four days (through Aug. 1). Of that sum, more than 175,000 are in album sales, with the rest mostly streaming-generated activity. – Source
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