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Zan Rowe has defended triple j’s decision to play Beyonce

Zan Rowe has defended the decision to add songs from Beyonce’s new album Lemonade to the triple j playlist arguing that critics should take the time to listen to the music before casting judgement.

After Rowe spun Beyonce’s ‘Hold Up’ this morning she took to Twitter to explain why triple j has decided to playlist songs from Lemonade. “If you haven’t seen or heard Lemonade in full and are slamming it, then nope. That’s just ignorant,” Rowe tweeted, adding the hashtag #cleareyesfullhearts. “For the record, a heap of people who have (and aren’t nornally Bey fans), think it’s remarkable too.”

‘Hold Up’ features writing credits for triple j favourites Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Father John Misty and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and is one of three songs from the album that have found their way onto triple j this week – the others are ‘Freedom’ featuring Kendrick Lamar, and the Led Zeppelin sampling, Jack White collaboration ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’.

The station has added Lemonade to their playlist in high rotation as an “album packet”, which essentially means you’ll be hearing a bunch of tracks from the record in the next few weeks. Other records that have recently been added to the triple j playlist as an album packet include Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered., Santigold’s 99c, Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo, and the new release from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Unruly Mess I’ve Made.

Rowe says that feedback from listeners on the triple j textline and twitter shows that they’re “largely on board” with the choice to playlist Beyonce. But there have also been complaints from several listeners who argue that Beyonce too commercial for triple j and that the decision to playlist her music appears to be at odds with the decision to ban Taylor Swift from the Hottest 100 in 2014.