Coming back to work after Labor Day is hard, but coming back to a new YouTube upload from Beyoncé makes it just a little bit easier.
The release of Beyoncé's new, standalone video of her somewhat scandalous hit "Hold Up" came on September 4 — Queen B's 35th birthday and a day that U.S. gymnast Simone Biles declared should be an international holiday.
The "Hold Up" video was previously only available on iTunes and Tidal as part of the full Lemonade epic mini-movie, which won "Best Female Video," at the MTV VMAs, but now we can freely loop the video on YouTube to our hearts' content. It's only her second standalone video pulled from Lemonade, after "Sorry."
With the release of this fierce video, we can't help but agree with Biles, and we have a feeling those who spent time with the star on her birthday weekend would, too.
After spending the first part of a busy weekend with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha and then chatting up former President Bill Clinton at the Budweiser Made in America Festival on Sunday, Bey threw herself a Soul Train-themed party on Monday night — partygoers donning '70s-inspired sequins, wigs, and disco jumpsuits.
After finally ending the party around 5 a.m. Tuesday (and hopefully getting a good night's sleep!), Bey took to Instagram to thank her friends and family for her celebration.
I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the beautiful and thoughtful birthday wishes. I am so fortunate to have the love and support of my family, my friends, and my hive. We've grown up together and you guys continue to inspire and motivate me everyday. I'm so grateful for every challenge, every smile, every tear, every discovery, every sacrifice, every triumph, every stretch mark, every kiss, every scar. I strive to make you proud. I love YOOOUUUU!!! 😙B