Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ now widely available for streaming, 3 years after release


INDIO, CA – APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

(KXAN) — Beyoncé Knowles, the Queen of surprise releases, dropped another unexpected release on Tuesday, when she finally made her landmark 2016 album “Lemonade” available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music three years to the day after its release.

“Lemonade” has been available to stream on Tidal — the music streaming service Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z own — since its release and neither Beyoncé or her label ever gave an indication when — or if — the album would ever be available elsewhere. 

At the time, “Lemonade,” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was accompanied by a full-length visual album which premiered on HBO. It won several Grammy Awards and was ranked as the best album of the year by publications like Rolling Stone, The Associate Press, the New York Times and Complex.

In 2016, the University of Texas at San Antonio offered a class based on the album and its impact on pop culture.

The “Lemonade” re-release comes hot off the heels of both an audio and visual release of Beyoncé’s iconic 2018 Coachella performance, known pop culturally as “Beychella.”  

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