Beyoncé and Naughty Boy share new song “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” with new music video.

Beyoncé Is Back: Hear Her New Naughty Boy Collaboration “Runnin’ (Lose It All)”

Beyoncé Is Back: Hear Her New Naughty Boy Collaboration “Runnin’ (Lose It All)”

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Sept. 18 2015 10:46 AM

Beyoncé Is Back: Hear Her New Naughty Boy Collaboration “Runnin’ (Lose It All)”

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything new from Beyoncé—almost a year, in fact, since she collaborated with Nicki Minaj on “Feeling Myself” and released Beyoncé outtakes like “7/11.” If you’ve been missing her voice in your life, good news: Naughty Boy just released the full version of his own collaboration with Beyoncé, “Runnin’ (Lose It All),” which also features the lesser-known Arrow Benjamin.

Beyoncé takes the first verse, belting with the kind of force few the other singers can muster, as she promises to stop running from herself (and presumably from love). Arrow Benjamin’s vocals come next, echoing that promise, before their voices finally unite on the chorus. The song has a triumphant, love-conquers-all spirit similar to Beyoncé’s own “XO,” and the video is a surreal take on a classic premise—two people search for one another across great distances, and finally come together in an embrace. The twist? All of this occurs under water. (No, they are not mermaids.)