Beyoncé is dancing her heart out to get what she’s really feeling off her beautiful mind in her new official music video for latest Lemonade single “Sorry.”
On June 22nd (today), Beyoncé gifted the world with her accompanying motion picture for her song “Sorry,” directed by Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles Carter and produced by Onye Anyanwu. The visual was officially part of the cinematic showcase of her hit album Lemonade, which was aired on HBO and is still exclusively available in its entirety there and on Tidal. But for those who had already paid to see the one-hour visual, they had already seen this clip. You can watch the video above, if you have yet to see it!
Beyoncé is currently on The Formation World Tour in support of her new compilation Lemonade, which has gone platinum and sold 1.6 million copies worldwide since its premier on April 23rd! Wow.
So, what’s the music video like, you ask? Queen Bey having a good time, letting out her feelings, throwing her middle fingers up, bopping on a bus, dancing away, wearing her hair in braids, and rocking out to life- not feeling sorry.
The start of the clip is introduced by a single word, “Apathy,” or the noun for lack of interest or enthusiasm. Fitting for the R&B songstress who tries to convey to the unknown figure that she isn’t sorry, and nor does she care anymore.
Immediately then after, we are taken to a scene with a tribe of young women wearing Yoruba-inspired face and body paint, moving in synchronization on a bus ride, as if to say that they are one and strong together. Throughout the video, they jam out with Yoncé.
“Ashes to ashes, dust to sidechicks,” Beyonce poetically moans and utters in the beginning episodes of her release. The black and white keeps it simple, yet real and harsh, as a sampling of the famous Nutcracker instrumental plays in the background. She whispers about her death and the words that her lover would say to serve as her obituary. It is a rather chilling thought– she speaks with an erotic voice and speaks bluntly about vulgar, dark, and sweet things.
We then enter a Southern mansion to find a smiling Queen Bey in her throne looking indifferent, yet happy to get something off her chest.
The lyrics are conspicuously filled with fire, as she blatantly criticizes her heart-breaker. The music is dynamic, with different rhythms and beats and paces and voices leading the song to move at the speed our leading lady moves at.
We are then surprised by the feature of tennis icon Serena Williams, who looks absolutely stunning with her natural hair loose and wears a modernized-Victorian leotard. She dances seductively for the Queen and for the camera, twerking and jerking to the beat. Let’s just say it, damn, she looks hot!
In several different ensembles, Beyoncé demonstrates her versatility and power. From the dress to the braids to the Egyptian look– each one characterizes Ms. Sasha Fierce go at it!
When first watching the video, it felt slightly frightening and nightmarish with basically black and white shaded reels, but it’s emphasizing a point that she can see it plain and simple that he’s no good for her no more. She choreographs robotic-zombie-esque moves into her joyful bouncing scenes. The paradoxic is that the song itself has a blissfully euphoric tune, yet such a cynical and disheartening meaning.
“Now you wanna say you’re sorry…
But I ain’t fucking with nobody
Let’s have a toast to the good life
Suicide before you see this tear fall down my eyes,”
she sings. The same group of young women from the beginning all join the singer-songwriter in a deserted lot to dance on top and in front of a vehicle as they move to and pour their hearts out into the music, letting their emotions run wild.
The whole thing really looks thrilling to film! Williams told Billboard, in an interview held in May, that Beyonce “told me that she just wants me to dance, like just be really free and just dance like nobody’s looking and go all out… So that wasn’t easy in the beginning, but then it got easier. … I thought that particular song on the visual album was really a strong song, and it was also really fun at the same time.”
She concludes the set with her famed line, “He better call becky with the good hair,” with the face of exhaustion and anger- she’s fed up with him.
Just earlier this year, all 12 tracks of Lemonade hit the Hot 100 and also became Bey’s sixth No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.
Well done, Queen B.