Beyoncé’s latest and seventh studio album, Renaissance is still having a trailblazing impact after its July release. Earlier this month, the megastar released a remix of her chart-topping lead single “Break My Soul,” entitled “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix),” a collaboration with Madonna that samples the music legend’s 90’s hit “Vogue.”
In the song, Beyoncé pays tribute to iconic Black women who helped define the music industry. During the bridge of the song, Beyoncé names Black female singers who set new heights for music’s past, present and future.
“Queen Mother Madonna, I love ya. Rosetta Tharpe. Santigold. Bessie Smith. Nina Simone. Betty Davis. Solange Knowles. Badu. Lizzo. Kelly Rowl. Lauryn Hill. Roberta Flack. Toni. Janet. Tierra Whack. Missy. Diana. Grace Jones. Aretha. Anita. Grace Jones. Helen Folasade Adu. Jilly from Philly. I love you, boo,” Beyoncé harmonizes while “Vogue” is sung underneath.
She also shouts out Michelle Williams, Chlöe and Halle, Aaliyah, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj and makes mention to hit show “House of Revlon;” prominent drag family, “House of LaBeija;” New York-operated ballroom house, “House of Aviance,” and fashion designers Jeanne Lanvin, Telfar Clemens, Manfred Thierry Mugler, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Isaac Mizrahi.
Last week, Madonna hosted an exclusive roller disco party in Central Park, where the song had partygoers dancing into the next morning. The song will be featured on her upcoming 50-track version of her dance remix collection, Finally Enough Love: 50 Number One, featuring Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Maluma, and many others. The album is set to be released August 19.
Beyoncé sent Madonna a vibrant bouquet and note of appreciation applauding Madonna as a “masterpiece genius,” days after the release of their collaboration. In a 2015 Entertainment Weekly article, Madonna referred to Beyoncé as a “great performer. She’s a professional, you know what I mean? She ticks all the boxes. She’s great live, and all the stuff around her, it’s complete entertainment.”