The Renaissance era of Queen B is a matter of queens paying homage to queens.
“Thank you, queen,” Beyoncé said in a heartwarming note to Madonna following the two’s surprise release of “Queens Remix” of her most recent single, “Break My Soul,” on Friday.
“I’m so grateful for you. You have opened so many doors for so many women. You are a masterpiece genius. Thank you for allowing me to sing in your song, and thank you for naming the remix.”
Madonna posted the message on Instagram with a photo of a bouquet of flowers from Beyoncé: “Thank you!! From one [queen] to another. I love the re-mix!” Madonna wrote in the caption of the post.
The “Queens Remix” from “Break My Soul” is a snippet of Madonna’s iconic 1990 song “Vogue,” but with an enhanced twist for Beyoncé’s Renaissance era: The star recites the names of Black female artists in the spoken-word way Madonna initially used to mention other personalities on the original song.
In that part of the track, Beyoncé reads the names of iconic females like her Destiny’s Child bandmate Michelle Williams, Chloe x Halle, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Aaliyah, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Santigold, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Betty Davis, Lauryn Hill, Roberta Flack, Renaissance contributors Grace Jones, Aretha Franklin, and her sister, Solange Knowles.
Queens of Music
The original version of “Break My Soul” topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week, becoming the first chart-topping solo in the United States since 2008’s “Single Ladies.”
Renaissance – which contains contributions from Grace Jones, Big Freedia, and Pharrell Williams, and a legendary Donna Summer sample honoring Black artists and the genres they created in clubs globally – made the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 on its debut.
The album made Beyoncé among a few musicians who have reached the No. 1 spots on Billboard albums and singles in the same week.
Madonna released a new version of her 1984 hit “Material Girl” last week, featuring Saucy Santana, titled “Material Gworrlllllll!”