Beyonce Lemonade: The unlikely artists to feature on the singer's new album

From Diplo to Father John Misty, it's quite an eclectic mix

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 25 April 2016 16:46
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Never one to do anything half measured, Beyoncé dropped her new album on Saturday night sending her fans into a frenzy.

Her first record since her surprise self-titled debut in 2013, Lemonade was initially made available to stream on TIDAL but has since been uploaded to iTunes.

The record includes 11 brand new tracks alongside the previously released "Formation" which she performed at this year's Super Bowl 50 halftime show alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars.

Fans immediately noticed that several lyrics off the record appear to openly criticise her husband Jay-Z. Casting your glance over the track listing's credits, however, may throw forward a few unexpected names.

For example, the album's second track "Hold Up" - which memorably samples "Maps" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs - was collectively (and rather uniquely) co-written by Father John Misty, Diplo, Soulja Boy and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koening.


A Jack White collaboration arrives with the song "Don't Hurt Yourself" which also bears a writing credit for Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant (probably due to the sampling of their classic song "When the Levee Breaks").

Elsewhere, The Weeknd guests on "6 Inch" - which features samples of Animal Collective song "My Girls" and Isaac Hayes' "Walk on By" (meaning Burt Bacharach notches up a credit too) - while Kendrick Lamar provides vocals on "Freedom".

James Blake - who is headlining this year's Field Day - features on song "Forward" as well as producing "Don't Hurt Yourself" and opening track "Pray You Catch Me".

Interestingly, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song lyric that is used in "Hold Up" was tweeted by Koenig five years ago; since Lemonade's release, he has responded to the same tweet leading fans to believe that the project - or the collaboration, at least - has been in the works for quite some time now.

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The full track listing and credits for Lemonade can be found below:

1. "Pray You Catch Me"

Produced by Beyoncé and Kevin Garrett. Written By James Blake, Beyoncé, and Kevin Garrett

2. "Hold Up"

Produced by Ezra Koenig, Beyoncé, and Diplo. Written by Nick Zinner, Karen O, Brian Chase, Soulja Boy, Kevin McConnell, Antonio Randolph, Mort Schuman, Emile Haynie, Doc Pomus, MeLo-X, MNEK, Ezra Koenig, Beyoncé, Father John Misty, and Diplo

3. "Don't Hurt Yourself" ft. Jack White

Produced by Beyoncé and Jack White. Written by John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, James Page, Wynter Gordon, Beyoncé, and Jack White

4. "Sorry"

Produced by Wynter Gordon, Beyoncé, and MeLo-X. Written by Wynter Gordon, Beyoncé, and MeLo-X

5. 6 Inch ft. The Weeknd

Produced by boots, Beyoncé, Ben Billions, and Danny Boy Styles. Written By Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Brian Weitz, Noah Lennox, Dave Portner, boots, Belly, The-Dream, Ben Diehl, Danny SchofIeld, Beyoncé, The Weeknd

6. "Daddy Lessons"

Produced by Beyoncé. Written by Wynter Gordon, Beyoncé, Kevin Cossom, Alex Delicata

7. "Love Drought"

Produced by Mike Dean and Beyoncé. Written by Mike Dean, Ingrid Burley, Beyoncé

8. "Sandcastles"

Produced by Beyoncé and Vincent L. Berry II. Written by Vincent L. Berry II, Beyoncé, Malik Yusef, Midian Mathers

9. Forward ft. James Blake

Produced by Beyoncé and James Blake. Written by Beyoncé and James Blake

10. Freedom ft. Kendrick Lamar

Produced by Jonny Coffer, Beyoncé and Just Blaze. Written by Jonathan Coffer, Beyoncé, Carla Williams, Dean Mcintosh, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Tirado, Alan Lomax, and John Lomax Sr.

11. "All Night"

Produced by Diplo, Beyoncé, and Henry Allen. Written by Diplo, Beyoncé, Rock City, Ilsey Juber, Akil King, Jaramye Daniels, André 3000, Sleepy Brown, Big Boi

12. "Formation"

Produced by Mike WiLL Made It. Written by Swae Lee and Beyoncé

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