Beyoncé's surprise new set, Lemonade (Columbia), made its debut Saturday night on Tidal, a big win for the subscription music company that she is a co-owner in, and shortly following her hour-long HBO special house wrapped.
Notable also is the fact that The Weeknd and 21 year-old Toronto model Winnie Harlow earn credits with the release. The former on "6 Inch," a co-write with Bey that has him inserting a brand mention for Hennessy cognac, and Harlow was seen in a promotional video ahead of Lemonade's release and was featured in the HBO special.
Amazon, Google and iTunes have yet to notify when downloadable copies of the album go on sale, so the initial hype and delivery is a Tidal exclusive with download copies tagged at $17.99.
The HBO special served up a mix of imagery and new songs that run the gamut from angry to defiant to celebrating the redemptive power of true love.
The first song from the set, "Formation," was released in February on the same day she appeared at this year's Super Bowl half-time show with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. And Beyoncé is launching her latest world tour on Wednesday in Miami.