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Beyoncé surprises fans with new album

Beyoncé surprises fans with new album
Beyoncé (Photo credit: Bang Media /Splash News)

Beyoncé has dropped a new live album to accompany her Netflix documentary, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé.

The new record, Homecoming: The Live Album, features 40 tracks, many of which were recorded at the “Formation” hitmaker’s iconic headline set at Coachella in 2018.

Among the extensive live recordings is Beyoncé‘s cover of “Before I Let You Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, which soundtracks the end credits to the film.

Queen Bee’s show-stopping, three-song reunion with her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams comprised of “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name” and “Soldier” is also featured.

Announcing the documentary, which premiered today, April 17, 2019, Netflix said: “Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyoncé‘s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically Black colleges and universities. Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming traces the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.”

The trailer for Homecoming showed Beyoncé‘s 7-year-old daughter Blue Ivy — whom she has with husband Jay-Z — nailing her mother’s choreography.

Their little girl could be seen sitting in a chair before the 37-year-old superstar and her backup dancers started rehearsing their routines, including Beyoncé‘s signature hair whip move.

Rapper Jay-Z — who also has 12-month-old twins Rumi and Sir with Beyoncé — can also be seen sharing sweet moments with his wife in the film.

The “Crazy in Love” hitmaker made history at Coachella by becoming the first Black female solo artist to headline the world famous festival.

Beyoncé included the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” widely known as the Black national anthem, in her set, which features Blue and is also on the live release.

The “Halo” hitmaker had previously sung the song to her daughter Rumi.

Speaking about the inclusion of the anthem, she said previously said: “One day I was randomly singing the Black national anthem to Rumi while putting her to sleep. I started humming it to her every day.

“In the show at the time, I was working on a version of the anthem with these dark minor chords and stomps and belts and screams. After a few days of humming the anthem, I realized I had the melody wrong. I was singing the wrong anthem.

“One of the most rewarding parts of the show was making that change.

“I swear I felt pure joy shining down on us. I know that most of the young people on the stage and in the audience did not know the history of the Black national anthem before Coachella.

“But they understood the feeling it gave them.

“It was a celebration of all the people who sacrificed more than we could ever imagine, who moved the world forward so that it could welcome a woman of color to headline such a festival.”

Homecoming: The Live Album is available to stream now on TIDAL, Spotify and Apple Music.

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