Queen Bey surprises her fans by releasing ‘Homecoming: The Live Album’ to go with her highly-anticipated Netflix documentary.
Taking over Netflix is ‘Homecoming’, a film by Beyoncé capturing her iconic 2018 Coachella performance. Making history as the first black woman to headline the music festival since its debut in 1999, Beyoncé captured the entire process of creating Beychella on film. Fans are able to relive the singers career-defining performance while also catching her organic and candid moments during rehearsals as she prepared for the festival.
In the documentary, Beyoncé reveals that she was very hands-on in carrying out her vision. She personally hand selected each of the 200 dancers, and made sure everything was perfect, from the detailing on the hats that the dancers wore, to the design of the pyramid. Bey used her dreams of always wanting to attend an HBCU as inspiration to create the Homecoming theme. She says the eight months of preparation, allowed her to connect with her dancers, singers and musicians as if they were all at a university. As she says in her ‘So Much Damn Swag Interlude’, “The things these young people can do with their bodies and the music they can play. And the drumrolls and the haircuts, and the bodies and the- It’s just not right… It’s just so much damn swag.”
During the film, Bey also opens up about the struggles of her health conditions during her unexpected pregnancy. She had high blood pressure, developed preeclampsia, and even had to undergo an emergency C-section. She says she was 218 pounds the day she gave birth, and worked tirelessly to get back into shape before the festival. On top of her daily rehearsals and practice, she did SoulCycle, hit the stairs, and went on a restrictive diet. “In order for me to meet my goals, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carb, no sugar, no diary, no meat, no fish, no alcohol — and I’m hungry,’ she explains. Beyoncé was not only facing pressures to rebuild her body, she also had to regain confidence, and overcome the struggle of missing her babies during the long, hard work days. She managed to find a way to balance 15-hour work days while breast feeding her twins, but it didn’t come easy. “I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could… I will never, never push myself that far again,” the singer claims.
While fans sat and waited for the film to drop, what they didn’t know was that she would also be dropping a live album to go along with the documentary. ‘Homecoming: The Live Album’, features 40 songs including a cover to the black national anthem, “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze. The album also includes Blue Ivy’s version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Stream it now on Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Tidal.
Billboard predicts that Beyoncé’s Homecoming will be nominated for “Best Music Film” and “Album of the Year” at the 2020 Grammys.
Written by: Quianna Nolan