Beyoncé’s Reign as Queen Continues With Surprise Live Coachella Album

Beyoncé surprised fans on Wednesday morning, dropping a live Coachella album the same day of her Netflix documentary was released. The singer, who is known for surprise albums, released her performance at Coachella, Homecoming: The Live Album, on the same day her documentary, Homecoming, aired on Netflix. The documentary and the album highlight Beyoncé’s iconic performance during last year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Queen Bey was the first Black woman to headline the annual festival in Indio, California and performed with dozens of dancers, a marching band, and special musical guests including her sister Solange and her husband Jay-Z. She also reunited with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to perform three Destiny’s Child songs: “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.”

The concert was live-streamed for those who could not be there to witness the performance in person. Earlier this month, Netflix teased viewers and fans, known as the Beyhive, in a Twitter post with the words “Homecoming.” The documentary offers behind the scenes moments and exclusive footage from rehearsals, The New York Times reported.

Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyoncé's historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America's historically Black colleges and universities,” Netflix announced, according to The Chicago Tribune. “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 40-track, two-hour long album of the same name also comes with two bonus tracks. One of the bonus tracks is titled “I Been On,” which is the studio version of the song she first performed at the Coachella festival, according to Entertainment Weekly. The second track is titled “Before I Let Go,” a cover of a 1981 song by Frankie Beverly and the Maze. Fans were also surprised to find the singer’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” “Anyone not quite so clued in to every racial or cultural thing Beyoncé was elevating could still feel floored by the righteousness of it as pure spectacle,” Variety’s review of the documentary stated. “What’s documented here is surely the first concert in history you could imagine Cecil B. DeMille and W.E.B. Du Bois being equally proud of.”

The Grammy-winning singer promoted her album, Everything is Love ,with Jay-Z during their On The Run II Tour in 2018. The tour earned more than $250 million, Billboard previously reported.

This is not the first time the R&B singer has surprised the Beyhive. The singer’s sixth studio album, Lemonade, was released in April 2016 and included a short film that was a “conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing,” Tidal said in a previous statement to Rolling Stone. The album won a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album and countless other awards, including the BET Award Album for the Year, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album, and the Soul Train Music Award for Album/Mixtape of the Year.

On Wednesday, Variety reported that the Emmy award-winning Lemonade film will be available on all music streaming services on April 23, which will mark the third anniversary of the film’s debut appearance on HBO.

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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.