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. While its predecessor featured individual music videos for each track, Lemonade was accompanied upon its release by a one-hour film aired on HBO. Mainly 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 May 6. The record was widely acclaimed by critics, who praised it as Beyoncé's boldest and best crafted 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) earning Beyoncé her sixth consecutive number-one album in the country. The album was supported by six singles: "Formation", "Sorry", "Hold Up", "Freedom", "Daddy Lessons" and "All Night". In April 2016, Beyoncé embarked on the Formation World Tour to promote the album. Several music publications included the album among the best ones of 2016, including Rolling Stone at number one.