Beyonce, Jay-Z spring surprise with joint album

The joint album marries the styles of Jay Z and Beyonce, with songs driven by warm, sultry soul but with a hip-hop delivery.
The joint album marries the styles of Jay Z and Beyonce, with songs driven by warm, sultry soul but with a hip-hop delivery.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

NEW YORK (AFP) - Music's most famous couple Beyonce and Jay-Z hit headlines by releasing a joint album on Saturday (June 16), a collaboration that celebrates their marital passion.

The pop diva and hip-hop superstar announced the album, Everything Is Love, from the stage in London as they wrapped up the British leg that opened a global tour.

The album came out exclusively on Jay-Z's fledgling Tidal streaming service.

Musically, it marries the styles of the two artists, with songs driven by warm, sultry soul but with a hip-hop delivery.

The two stars have recorded together before but the album comes after an especially public window into their marriage.

Beyonce on her last solo album Lemonade in 2016 revealed infidelity on the part of Jay-Z, who a year later asked forgiveness on his own album 4:44.

This year, as the title of Everything Is Love implies, their relationship is apparently swell.

On one track, Lovehappy, the two acknowledge past pain but also their efforts to reconcile. "We're flawed / But we're still perfect for each other," Beyonce sings.