Beyonce’s ‘Break My Soul’ propels Robin S, Great Resignation

’90s hitmaker Robin S is basking in the glory of the Beyoncé Effect, a phenomenon Bey’s new single “Break My Soul” brought to the veteran artist.

Another winner – or loser, depending on how you look at it – is the Great Resignation. (More on that in a moment.)

Beyoncé samples Robin S’ hit single “Show Me Love” on her new track “Break My Soul,” a liberating house jam taken from Bey’s forthcoming studio album Renaissance. And the ’90s star is getting plenty of love almost three decades later.

Robin S didn’t seem to know the Grammy winner or her team would be using the 1993 hit, but she didn’t seem to mind either.

“It doesn’t need to be confirmed. A singer knows her songs,” she said on Wednesday ITV’s Good Morning Britain. (The S stands for Stone, her last name.)

The “Shout Out Loud” singer said her son drew her attention to recording “Show Me Love” after it started trending when the new song was released.

“My son called me and was like, ‘Mom, mom. You’re trending everywhere,'” she said. “You know, ‘Beyoncé released her song and it’s ‘Show Me Love,’ and you’re trending everywhere.'”

Robin S said she hopes she and Bey could “do a collaboration, you know, it’s always a dream.” But for now, it seems like she’s just happy about it bey-accepted.

“This is Robin S and this message goes to Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, to the whole team,” she added. “Thank you for giving me my flowers while I’m still alive. I feel honored and excited to see what else can happen.”

The veteran artist – whose other songs include “Shout It Loud” and “Luv 4 Luv” – is currently touring North America and Europe on a sold-out tour through August.

According to TMZ, “Break My Soul” offers her new business opportunities and sources of income. The singer-songwriter told the website that record labels, companies and other artists had reached out to her and wanted to work with her. According to TMZ, her team’s phones are constantly ringing with requests to license her Show Me Love master recordings.

In 1993, Robin S had a full-time job in Long Island as secretary to former Mayor James Garner of Hempstead, NY, but took a leave of absence to promote her debut single, The Times reported at the time.

The song eventually peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has since been re-recorded and sampled by other artists, including Jason Derulo on “Don’t Wanna Go Home” and Charlie XCX on “Used to Know Me”.

In the ’90s, Robin S scoffed at the overnight hit phrase she used to describe her breakthrough with Show Me Love, which she recorded with Big Beat/Atlantic Records.

“It’s one long long overnight – about 16 years,” she said at the time, noting that she first performed in church choirs and then sang R&B and jazz in New York-area clubs for years.

“I’m very religious, so I prayed difficult something was going to happen,” she said. “But if not, I was also prepared to just keep singing where I could, in clubs or wherever. I just love singing in front of people. Gather a few people in a basement and I’ll sing to them.”

Needless to say, her old managerial position has been eclipsed by her artistic endeavors — a happy foretaste of Bey’s “Break My Soul,” currently dubbed the anthem for the working-class trend “Great Resignation” because it has lyrics about burnout and termination of employees there.

“Break My Soul” was produced and co-written by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, who worked on Beyoncé’s hit “Single Ladies.” It also includes a prominent sample of New Orleans Bounce artist Big Freedia’s song “Explode,” whose rap ode on the track urges listeners to “free your mind” and “free your job.”

“It’s been interesting to what extent the phenomenon has entered the zeitgeist,” Nick Bunker, an economist at jobs site Indeed, told CNBC on Tuesday.

The song, Bunker said, “is an example of a broader public awareness or discussion about people quitting their jobs, which reflects what’s happening in the labor market and in society.”

With more than 6.8 million views since its release late Monday, the lyric video for “Break My Soul” is currently the #1 trending music video on YouTube.

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Sarah Ridley

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