On Thursday night (December 20), a pair of albums — called Have Your Way and Back Up, Rewind — mysteriously appeared on Spotify and Apple Music, credited to the very obvious alias "Queen Carter." They came loaded with various B-sides, demos and unreleased material, but both the albums were removed within hours of appearing online.
In the wake of the incident, Beyoncé's publicist went into damage control, telling PEOPLE that the two albums were not intended as another one of the star's famed "surprise" releases. Reps for Spotify and Apple Music, meanwhile, have not publicly addressed the leak, making the whole thing quite the mystery.
Strangely enough, SZA also had a similar incident last night, as an album of older material suddenly surfaced on Spotify and Apple Music under the artist name "Sister Solana."
"These are random scratches from 2015. Def not new new," SZA shared on her Instagram story. "But… creative? And scary? Lol HEART U THO.. I SWEAR the new is coming!"
As of press time, it's unclear if the albums were simply a hoax, a surprise gone wrong or something entirely else. Whatever the case, the releases by both Beyoncé and SZA sent fans into quite the frenzy, and you can see some of the reaction below.
so I almost passed out until I realized it's old music...so who is releasing Beyoncé's old music as Queen Carter on iTunes?? I WANNA FIGHT pic.twitter.com/ZvsqffJpUf— CPS (@so_caly86) December 21, 2018
The Queen Carter albums are SENDING ME!!! 😭😭😭😭😭— with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (@SixInchHeeels) December 21, 2018
WE BEEN KNEW BOUT THESE SONGS. YouTube to MP3 ass...
OG Beyoncé fans right now... pic.twitter.com/naEyqqkOoZ— Niecy Nash's Waist (@hotlinebling) December 21, 2018
If you thought those "leaked" songs from Beyoncé were new, YOU'RE NOT A REAL FAN! pic.twitter.com/FJuBcELrhu— Michelle Obama's thigh high glitter boots (@TaRiiOoo) December 21, 2018