Lemonade is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé. It was released on April 23, 2016, by Parkwood Entertainment and distributed through Columbia Records. The record is Beyoncé's second "visual album", following her eponymous 2013 record, and a concept album according to official description "a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self knowledge and healing". While its predecessor featured individual music videos for each track, Lemonade was accompanied upon its release by a one-hour film aired on HBO. Primarily an R&B album, Lemonade encompasses a variety of genres including pop, reggae, blues, rock, hip hop, soul, funk, Americana, country, gospel, electronic and trap. It features guest vocals from James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Jack White. The album contains samples and interpolations of a number of hip-hop and rock songs.
The record was made available for online streaming on April 23 through the streaming service Tidal, which Beyoncé co-owns, and released for paid purchase through the service the following day. It was later launched for purchase by track or album to Amazon Music and the iTunes Store on April 25, and at physical retailers on May 6. The record was widely acclaimed by critics, who praised it as Beyoncé's boldest work to date. Lemonade debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 485,000 copies in its first week (653,000 with additional album-equivalent units), and earning Beyoncé her sixth consecutive number-one album in the country. The album was supported by five singles: "Formation", "Sorry", "Hold Up", "Freedom" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) and "All Night". One promotional single was released for the album: "Daddy Lessons" (featuring the Dixie Chicks). In April 2016, Beyoncé embarked on the Formation World Tour to promote the album. Several music publications included the album among the best of 2016, including Rolling Stone, which listed Lemonade at number one. As of December 2016, it has sold 1.52 million copies in the US, making it the 3rd best selling album of the year in the country.
For the 59th Grammy Awards, Lemonade received 9 nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Film. Its leading single "Formation" received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Music Video, while "Hold Up", "Don't Hurt Yourself" and "Freedom" were nominated in pop, rock and rap categories.