Friday 22 September 2017

The single ladies queue up to be Bey's Becky

Beyonce's new album might be a scorned woman's revenge, writes Sarah Caden, or just more brand management

Beyonce on stage with Destiny's Child. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes/File Photo
Beyonce on stage with Destiny's Child. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes/File Photo
Rita Ora. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Designer Rachel Roy. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Beyonce with husband Jay-Z. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment

Sarah Caden

Last week, Beyonce's sister, Solange, was photographed smiling. This may seem like a minor thing, of no consequence or significance, but in the narrative of Beyonce's life, that is rarely the case.

Solange, the stories ran around the smiling photograph, was pleased to be vindicated. Last week's release of Beyonce's Lemonade, a 12-track album with an hour-long video-movie, has been taken to explain why, in May 2014, Solange attacked her brother-in-law Jay-Z in a lift after the New York Met Ball.

The allegation has always been that Solange was defending her sister Beyonce's honour, in the wake of Jay-Z cheating on her. And last week, as Beyonce sang on Lemonade about infidelity, about last chances, about "Becky with the good hair", she seemed to confirm the faithlessness of her husband.

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