WATCH: 'Almeda' from Solange's brand-new album, 'When I Get Home'
Solange Knowles, best known as Solange, released her latest album, When I Get Home, on Friday.
The long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s A Seat at the Table — her breakthrough record — features a variety of contributions from the likes of Gucci Mane, Pharrell, Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator, among many others.
Knowles, 32, revealed that she was working on the record back in 2018.
In a New York Times interview, she stated: “There is a lot of jazz at the core, but with electronic and hip-hop drum and bass because I want it to bang and make your trunk rattle.”
Her words apparently held up. Longtime fans of the singer were taken aback by the sonic elements of the infectious, beat-filled record.
Solange Knowles attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City.
After months of inactivity on social media, the Cranes in the Sky singer revealed that she had created a Black Planet page.
For those who may not know, Black Planet is a social media platform for black men and women to discuss social and political issues.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) February 26, 2019
Her account featured a number of quotes, sultry pictures, short video clips and choreographed dances. Fans took this as a hint towards new music from the singer.
Some of the fanatics who thoroughly scanned the website were surprised to find a number of hidden easter eggs, including the well-known — and likely retired — phone number of American rapper Mike Jones.
The phone number, 281-330-8004, was first revealed in Jones’ 2005 rap hit Back Then.
Solange has me at work tryna call Mike Jones number like pic.twitter.com/yddOCJiaNY
— Planet Thickness (@Maia_Magnif) February 28, 2019
Those who called the number were met with a snippet of music from When I Get Home.
Solange continued to share a few more secrets on her Twitter account.
if u press numbers 1-13 u will hear moreee 💫💫💫 https://t.co/CV1w0CU7uw
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) March 1, 2019
With an outpouring of love from her fans, Solange continued to show her appreciation.
“Y’all! I’m filled with so much joy right now!” she wrote.
“I can’t thank y’all enough for this moment and for all the feelings I feel in my body,” she added. “I’m bringing home with me everywhere I go, y’all, and I ain’t running from s**t no more. Your love lifts me up so high. Thank you!”
Solange Knowles (L) and Beyonce Knowles perform onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 21, 2018, in Indio, Calif.
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While many believe the singer stands perpetually in the shadow of her older sister, Beyoncé, Solange’s talents do not go unnoticed, as pointed out by the people of the internet.
Here is a mere portion of the kind messages sent to Solange via Twitter on Friday:
me listening to this new solange pic.twitter.com/P9Qxg5tjtM
— dingus (@ulcerthot) March 1, 2019
this solange album……. the flavor……………. i-pic.twitter.com/XjG2Bvc9kO
— ni$ (@LostInTh0t) March 1, 2019
love how Solange has consistently taken to the task of doing more with less, from a sonic standpoint. It feels like each project is becoming more sparse, but also more filling.
— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) March 1, 2019
waking up this morning to listen to new solange pic.twitter.com/grhXlmoXKI
— bailey (@bailey_castle) March 1, 2019
I’m so happy Solange found a way to have her own lane and not be just the little sister to a star. True talent always prevails
— Donté (@SazonSmitty) March 1, 2019
solange got production from pharrell steve lacy dev hynes earl sweatshirt and tyler the creator on the same album pic.twitter.com/IXdEjhBADD
— kelbster (@whoiskelby) March 1, 2019
Solange’s music seeing a therapist
— livvy donovan (@livvydonovan) March 1, 2019
I’m so tired of reading about that trashy family and their trashy doings. I just wanted to see y’all tweet about Solange and Women’s History Month. See y’all in April! pic.twitter.com/tvscekWaTt
— Tanisha Long (@tanishalong) March 1, 2019
Waking up + remembering there’s new Solange pic.twitter.com/PZqwvj611r
— Lydia Ogwang (@lydiaohh) March 1, 2019
One user wrote: “Oftentimes, the albums you don’t quite understand or are uncertain about on first listen end up being the best.”
“It’s like seeing a new colour for the first time,” they continued. “It’s both beautiful and puzzling. But in time, you can’t imagine the world without it.”
When I Get Home quickly shot to the top of iTunes album charts across the globe.
Solange Knowles attends the 70th Annual Parsons Benefit at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 21, 2018, in New York City.
As of this writing, Solange has no scheduled Canadian concerts, although she is soon expected to announce a tour.
Solange summer festival dates 2019
May 30 —Kværndrup, Denmark @ Heartland Festival
May 31 — Warsaw, Poland @ Orange Warsaw Festival
June 1 — Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Barcelona
June 6 — Porto, Portugal @ Primavera Sound Porto
June 9 — Manchester, England @ Parklife Festival
June 14 — Manchester, Tenn. @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
July 12 — London, England @ Lovebox Festival
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