On June 18, Jay-Z and Beyoncé made their surprise album Everything Is Love available on Apple Music and Spotify, two of the biggest rivals of the couple's Tidal music service. Jay-Z and Beyoncé, using the name The Carters, initially released the album exclusively on Tidal on June 16. (Jay-Z's real name is Shawn Carter.) According to XXL, Jay-Z and Beyoncé performed songs from the album live for the first time during the June 16 show of their On the Run II world tour. That same day, the Carters released a video for "Apesh*t," which was filmed at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and features the Carters in rare close proximity to the museum's most famous item, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting, which is usually heavily guarded at close range.
A Louvre spokesperson told Vulture why the Carters were allowed to film the video at the museum: "Beyoncé and Jay-Z visited the Louvre four times in the last 10 years. During their last visit in May 2018, they explained their idea of filming. The deadlines were very tight but the Louvre was quickly convinced because the synopsis showed a real attachment to the museum and its beloved artworks.”
Tidal was launched in 2014 and relaunched in 2015 when Jay-Z bought the company and brought in other artists as stakeholders, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Rihanna, Usher, Jason Aldean, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Nicki Minaj, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris. Since then, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and many of the artist stakeholders have released their new music first as Tidal exclusives. Lil Wayne and T.I. have since joined the artist roster of stakeholders, but Kanye West left Tidal in 2017 over a financial dispute.
Here is the tracklist for Everything Is Love:
1. “Summer” (produced by Cool & Dre, Beyonce and Jay-Z)
2. “Apesh*t” (produced by Pharrell, Beyonce and Jay-Z)
3. “Boss” (produced by Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II, Derek Dixie, MeLo-X, Mike Dean, Jay-Z and Beyoncé)
4. “Nice” (produced by Pharrell)
5. “713” (produced by Cool & Dre and 808-Ray)
6. “Friends” (produced by Boi-1da, NAV, Jahaan Sweet and Sevn Thomas)
7. “Heard About Us” (produced by Jahaan Sweet, Vinylz, !llmind and Boi-1da)
8. “Black Effect” (produced by Cool & Dre)
9. “LoveHappy” (produced by David Andrew Sitek)