The two albums of previously unreleased music come after a similar unauthorized leak of SZA music under the name "Sister Solana."
Streaming services lit up on Thursday night after two new albums dropped featuring previously unreleased tracks by Beyonce. But the biggest question on everyone's mind is if these are legit or the work of leakers.
Hardcore Bey fans are familiar with most of the tracks on the albums, titled "Have Your Way" and "Back Up, Rewind" and they were released under the name "Queen Carter." Now, that's in line with her recent dual release with Jay-Z under the name The Carters, but that doesn't mean these are official releases.
As of this writing, "Have Your Way" appears to have been removed from Spotify, but again, it's unclear what this means. Fans on Apple Music have been reporting that both albums have already been removed, happening to some of them midstream.
If these albums were released without Beyonce's involvement -- which is seeming more likely -- we can just imagine her team is working overtime tonight to get them taken down and it's just a matter of time before it all becomes a weird footnote in music, and probably leads to stricter policing of what gets uploaded to the streaming services.
On the other hand, Queen Bey is not beyond a surprise release or two, and she's proven with "Everything Is Love" that she's even willing to not put her famous moniker on an album cover. Still, these are particularly suspicious releases, comprised entirely of older music and coming packaged as two separate albums with rather generic album cover art.
If this is an illegal leak of her music, Beyonce is not the first to fall victim to this tactic. Pitchfork reports the same thing happened to SZA on Thursday as well, with the artist reporting via her Instagram Stories that new music leaked under the name "Sister Solana" was unreleased "scratches" from 2015.
Her label's president further stated that the tracks were "stolen and leaked," which could hint at an even larger problem. If these "Queen Carter" tracks are also stolen and leaked, could this just be the tip of the iceberg of hidden "new" music on the streaming services from more artists?
The Queen Carter leak has been blowing up on Twitter, with the moniker trending into the night on Thursday. And while it's seeming more likely the tracks will be removed sooner or later, the Beyhive is more than willing to partake in the tracks while they can. And all the while rooting for the girl to find who was behind these leaks and take care of some business.
Below are the most excited responses to these surprise releases (or leaks, as the case may be):
so I almost passed out until I realized it’s old music...so who is releasing Beyoncé’s old music as Queen Carter on iTunes?? I WANNA FIGHT pic.twitter.com/ZvsqffJpUf— CPS (@so_caly86) December 21, 2018
Me listening to Queen Carter before Beyoncé shuts down all music streaming services pic.twitter.com/lVpXy0PpD2— fierce ⚡️ (@sashagradd) December 21, 2018
whoever leaked queen carter and sister solana is going to JAIL!!! PERIODT!!! imma still listen though... pic.twitter.com/hJb5ksDDNf— MAC💫 (@ryncarnate) December 21, 2018
*See's new music from Queen Carter on Apple Music. Clicks on first track* pic.twitter.com/uzJPAB77JG— Sholla Ya May Tha Gawd (@noTORRIEus) December 21, 2018
If this whole Queen Carter is a leak......wheew chile the lawsuit pic.twitter.com/UnEQK69LXy— Oxtail Enthusiast (@mayavado) December 21, 2018
I’m going to need who ever is behind Queen Carter to leak Rihanna’s unreleased music pic.twitter.com/CynENird1n— Rebecca JeanBaptiste (@_RebeccaJB_) December 21, 2018
Omg, someone is using the name “Queen Carter” & dropping albums w/ Beyoncé’s old songs, it’d be ashame if they released an album called Koolaid and put all of the Lemonade album on Apple Music and Spotify... pic.twitter.com/zloI1DzmWE— Kaci Marie (@kac_facee) December 21, 2018
Can’t risk waiting to find out if it was a leak, or a legit record drop by Beyonce 😂😭.— ❝ᴡɪᴄᴋᴇᴅ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ sɪʀᴇɴ❞ ♏ (@La_Bella_Amor) December 21, 2018
🔥 Me currently listening to Queen Carter and Sister Solana: pic.twitter.com/0ySvKLcr2B
sister solana, and queen carter on their way to court pic.twitter.com/VRBClbCxJ7— 6’7-Eleven Inches (@LebandzJames4) December 21, 2018
these Queen Carter demos/b-sides are lit pic.twitter.com/eQXwP5zSHl— Marc (@marc_rowbish) December 21, 2018
Beyoncé when she finds out who released “Queen Carter” on iTunes. pic.twitter.com/Cf2xWGApT9— UltraInstinct (@shanuddin8888) December 21, 2018
Me listening to Queen Carter as much as possible before Beyoncé snatches it back pic.twitter.com/gFVDSn3GZf— Organic African Feminist 🏳️🌈 (@YaaAsantewaaBa) December 21, 2018
RIP Queen Carter: 2018-2018 pic.twitter.com/D1GZeBOf8M— Brian Gay (@brian2596) December 21, 2018
WHAT IS GOING ON TONIGHT?? Sister Solana, Queen Carter, WHO’S NEXT??? Baby Fenty? ROBYN? Rih I know you got something for us on this beautiful evening. pic.twitter.com/mocIlUA8V1— The 5th Halliwell (@poisedslay) December 21, 2018
Me rn tryna listen to Sister Solana and Queen Carter before they get taken down 😭😂 pic.twitter.com/S8C6v6mpdr— Jay Z (@_jazrodriguezz) December 21, 2018
so someone really released bey’s unreleased music on spotify.. i mean im not complaining but she’s about to hit queen carter with a HUGE lawsuit 😭 pic.twitter.com/yGVZvGObbI— Ro 로 헤일 🌸 (@shadesofvantae) December 21, 2018
Me listening to these Queen Carter tracks knowing she’s coming to sue us all pic.twitter.com/OCy2C3T8iz— joshua (@craftjoshua) December 21, 2018
well sister solana & queen carter will be gone by the end of the night lol watch— Nina Mosley (@jvlin_) December 21, 2018
Wait a fcking minute.. did Beyoncè release Queen Carter music or was it leaked? Hmmmm.. Lemme go listen to see what y’all talking about. I'm weak ladies.. pic.twitter.com/ggqksj7uPg— vish (@yasiru_vismini) December 21, 2018
This new Queen Carter Album got me like..🔥🔥😫😫😂😂 pic.twitter.com/H46Kd8chKG— Kimani Jackson (@KimaniJOfficial) December 21, 2018
The Queen Carter songs are disappearing AS I’m listening to them. Knew it wouldn’t be long 😩😂😂 pic.twitter.com/iey0NmtOhY— Summer Payton (@Somamoma) December 21, 2018
Trying to listen to Queen Carter but it’s no longer available pic.twitter.com/uh2EguOkuf— Elissa Brown (@Lissatiara22) December 21, 2018
Beyoncé seeing Queen Carter on Apple Music pic.twitter.com/GMNExWaUSE— jason momoa’s side thotty (@Mikey_Talks) December 21, 2018
So nobody copied Queen Carter real quick? Y’all had like 7 secs that’s more than enough time pic.twitter.com/rEIAa3H0G9— • (@prizord) December 21, 2018
Queen Carter is being removed pic.twitter.com/6K6sTNANTs— Y’all Won! (@imintheHOVlane) December 21, 2018
They already took Queen Carter off Apple Music. On Spotify, only 1 of the 2 albums are left.— ❝ᴡɪᴄᴋᴇᴅ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ sɪʀᴇɴ❞ ♏ (@La_Bella_Amor) December 21, 2018
The devil works hard but Beyonce’s Publicist works harder: pic.twitter.com/7Q5m5x2Stl
“Queen Carter” sitting in jail by morning realizing it really wasn’t worth it. 💀 pic.twitter.com/26EhDxfmFQ— juwan 🧸 (@juurassic) December 21, 2018
Beyoncé’s lawyers gonna be walking into court tomorrow to sue Queen Carter. pic.twitter.com/dZwCOMEoBL— Zackery Alexzander Stephens (@zackeryastephen) December 21, 2018
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