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Everything you need to know about Lemonade

Beyoncé's new visual album

Everything you need to know about Lemonade Beyoncé's new visual album

If your name is Beyoncé, you can afford to make a visual album which exposes your personal life. This is Lemonade, the singer's work released few days ago. 

The album, accompanied by a short-film which shows all the videoclips for each song in succession, with some segments of different scenes and monologues, creating a single 57-minute film (this explains the name “visual” album), is a sort of autobiography, a secret diary which opens itself to public to tell the most intimate aspects of the singer's life and marriage. 

Right, because the album's focus seems to be her marriage with Jay-Z and the (supposed?) crisis the couple faced in the past, considering also the many rumours about it which started some years ago. There are whispears that the singer, through Lemonade, admits that her husband had a secret relationship with another woman (maybe that “Becky with the good hair” who appears in Sorry), and she tells the troubled period she has faced since she discovered it until the reconciliation.

The 12 tracks of Lemonade also mention Beyoncé's family life like her chilhood and the relationship with her father, and also her points of view about some political events (that the single Formation has already stated). 

However, there are still some things you may still don't know about Lemonade. We selected 5 curiosities for you: 


#1 Why the name “Lemonade”?

The name should refer to the well-known maxim “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and so to the emotional crisis period the singer went through. At one point, Beyoncé seems to refer to this during a speech in the album: 

Take one pint of water, add a half pound of sugar, the juice of eight lemons, the zest of half lemon. Pour the water into one, then to another several times. Strain through a clean napkin. Grandmother. The alchemist. You spun gold out of this hard life. Conjured beauty from the things left behind. Found healing where it did not live. Discovered the antidote in your own kitchen. Broke the curse with your own two hands. You past these instructions down to your daughter, who then passed them down to her daughter.”


#2 What are the titles at the beginning of each videoclips?

For Tidal, Lemonade represents “every woman’s journey of self knowledge and healing”. So, those titles should be the steps to be taken from the arise of the crisis to healing: Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope, Redemption.


#3 Who are the women in the video?

Beyoncé wanted on her side some famous women, friends and, above all, who she admires and represent the Beyoncé's Philosophy: Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Amandla Stenberg, Winnie Harlow, Zendaya, the duo Ibeyi, Chloe and Halle Bailey. 


#4 Who are the women showing portraits? 

They are the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and other men killed by American police, It's a tribute that Beyoncé paid to Black Lives Matter during her video.


#5 Family videoclips


In Lemonade, some “real” videoclips appear, in particular during Daddy Lessons, where we can see exclusive scenes of a baby-Beyoncé and her father, Blue Ivy with her maternal grandfather and other intimate family moments.