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There's A Beyoncé 'Lemonade' Album Accidentally Filled With Punk Songs

Thank you, world.


You've just got your hands on a precious lemon-yellow vinyl press of Beyoncé's Lemonade and you're ready to put the needle of your trusty record player to it for the very first time. You've heard all of the tracks before – I mean, there aren't many Bey fans as super as you – but you know this is going to be a very special moment. Unsleeving the record, five of your facial muscles go into spasm through sheer excitement – rich, silky, zesty lemonade awaits.

BANG BANG BANG CHHHH BANG BANG BANG CHHHH... “THERE IS NO SANCTUARY!” You feel as if those aforementioned muscles are about to burst: “This isn't... Beyoncé?” you utter confusedly. “WOOOAAH...NOWHERE TO RUN NOWHERE TO HIDE.” Either somebody's made a huge mistake or Beyoncé's decided to fuck with you – neither of which is at all cool for you right now. You skip through the next four tracks in disbelief: yep, the A-side of your long-awaited Lemonade has been thoroughly defiled by thrash punk.

In a hilarious turn of events, instead of hearing “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up,” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” a small minority of Beyoncé fans got half of Canadian band Zex's 2017 album Uphill Battle, due to a manufacturing error at Columbia Records. Thank you, world.

“Due to human error at the Celebrate Records plant in Germany, which Sony uses to manufacture vinyl, a small amount of the European run of the Beyoncé Lemonade vinyl included music from Canadian punk band, ZEX, on Side A,” Columbia Records explained. “Beyoncé and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress. Fans who purchased the vinyl will be refunded and given a replacement copy. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”

The mistake obviously makes the LP – retailing at $29.98 – worth much more. A copy of the album has already surfaced on Discogs for a sweet £500.

Listen to the mix-up in all its glory below.

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