Love Drought

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"Love Drought"
Song by Beyoncé
from the album Lemonade
Released April 24, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded Jungle Studios, New York City
Genre R&B
Length 3:58
  • Dean
  • Beyoncé
Music video
"Love Drought" on YouTube

"Love Drought" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album, Lemonade (2016). It was written by Ingrid Burley, Mike Dean and Beyoncé while the production was handled by the latter two. Burley was inspired to write "Love Drought" following an unpleasant experience with representatives at Parkwood Entertainment. Following the release of Lemonade, the track managed to appear on several music charts, including 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and top 100 in the UK, Scotland, and Canada. The song's music video, directed by Kahlil Joseph, is part of a one-hour film with the same title as its parent album, originally aired on HBO on April 23, 2016. Beyoncé performed the song in a medley with "Sandcastles" at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017.


"Love Drought" was written by Ingrid Burley, Mike Dean and Beyoncé while the production was handled by the latter two.[1] During an interview in June 2016, Burley revealed that the song was not inspired by Jay Z's infidelity, although such speculations circulated in the media. She revealed that Beyoncé herself, was also unaware that the lyrics of "Love Drought" were aimed at Parkwood Entertainment. Describing it as a "metaphor about music", she recalled that the song was conceived after two representatives of the label lied to her that Beyoncé was not considering working on new music.[2] Following a Los Angeles writing camp, she witnessed that the singer wrote notes for new material and explained that she wrote the lyrics "Ten times out of nine I know you're lying / But nine times out of ten, I know you're trying", "just thinking as I'm looping this beat I couldn't get out of my head the fact that they just lied to me".[2]

Commercial performance

After the release of Lemonade, "Love Drought" managed to appear on several music charts. It debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 47 for the chart issue dated May 14, 2016.[3] The same week, the song also entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs and the Canadian Hot 100 charts at numbers 28 and 84, respectively.[3][4] "Love Drought" debuted at a position of 69 on the UK Singles Chart for the chart dated April 29, 2016.[5] The following week it descended to the position of 84 before falling off the chart.[6] On the UK R&B Chart it peaked at 26 in its first week of charting.[7] For the week of April 22, 2016, the track debuted at number 152 on the singles chart in France.[8] In Australia, it managed to peak at number 19 on the ARIA Urban Chart following the release of Lemonade.[9]


Chart (2016) Peak
Australia Urban Singles (ARIA)[9] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 84
France (SNEP)[8] 152
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 91
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 69
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 26
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 47
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 28


  1. ^ Lemonade (Media notes). Beyoncé. Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment. 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (June 16, 2016). "Beyonce Co-Writer Reveals Real Meaning Behind 'Love Drought' From 'Lemonade'". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "All 12 of Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Tracks Debut on Hot 100". Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Beyonce Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100: 06 May 2016 - 12 May 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "ARIA Australian Top 40 Urban Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "Sverigetopplistan". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  12. ^ "Desiigner Holds Off Drake Atop Hot 100, Prince & Beyonce Hit Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Beyonce Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2016.

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