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Is Beyoncé still a pop star?

By Anna Nicolaou

04 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this because whether you are a fan of her music or not, Beyoncé's cultural influence is undeniable. So much so that the usual industry rules do not seem to apply

The cultural clout of the artist looms larger than her commercial power

Is Beyoncé still a pop star? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself over the past week as I walked around Brooklyn, where her latest album has been blasting steadily from cars and portable speakers, providing a soundtrack to late summer barbecues and block parties. I even witnessed one man playing Renaissance loudly through his phone while dining in a restaurant (no one complained).

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