NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Jay Z (L) and Beyonce attend the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
It was unclear what Queen Bey had in store, but many fans speculated that she would release an album on the cusp of her upcoming "Formation" world tour, which kicks off Wednesday in Miami.
And that's exactly what she did.
In a series of music videos linked with transitions, the singer revealed an hourlong special presentation and the first listen to "Lemonade," her sixth studio album since breaking away from Destiny's Child.
The Weeknd, Jack White and Kendrick Lamar were among those featured on different songs, and celebrities like Zendaya, Serena Williams and Amandla Stenberg appeared in the videos.
"It's such a shame, you let this good love go to waste," she says in one song ("Hold Up").
She continues: "Something don't feel right because it ain't right, especially coming up after midnight / I smell your secrets and I'm not too perfect to ever feel this worthless / How did it come down to this, going through your call list?"
And then: "This is your final warning. You know I give you life. If you try (that) again you gone lose your wife" ("Don't Hurt Yourself").
Many of the songs talk about grief and pain and being lied to and cheated on.
In the end, it seems the power couple have reconciled -- even if there was a bumpy patch. The rapper appears in the "Forgiveness" video, and the "Lemonade" album was released Saturday on Tidal, a subscription-based music streaming service owned by Jay-Z.
"We built sandcastles that washed away / I made you cry when I walked away / And although I promised that I couldn't stay, baby / Every promise don't work out that way," Beyonce sings in "Sandcastles."