Alert the Beyhive! Beyoncé just dropped a surprise new album alongside her Netflix documentary premiere.
Homecoming, which hit Netflix this morning, was accompanied by the release of brand-new tracks from Queen Bey. The new album, titled Homecoming: The Live Album, is available for download at iTunes and Amazon, as well as available for streaming at Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Tidal, which she co-owns with husband Jay-Z.
Homecoming, the album, is 40 tracks long (!!!) and features the live Coachella recordings of “Crazy in Love,” “Freedom,” “Formation,” “Bow Down,” “Drunk in Love” and “Lose My Breath” (featuring Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams) from her historic set that made her the first black woman to ever headline the event. It also features Blue Ivy’s a cappella version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” as well as bonus tracks “Before I Let Go,” a cover of the 1981 song by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and “I Been On.”
Beyoncé’s Netflix documentary was a highly anticipated and super-secretive project about Beychella, aka Beyoncé’s historic Coachella performance of 2018. Over the past two weeks, Netflix introduced the special with a few teasers. The streaming service released a full-length trailer last week.
Audio from an interview with Maya Angelou serves as the voiceover for the trailer, in which Queen B hopes to “tell the truth” and be a “representative” for her race. This selection is especially fitting, since Bey’s Coachella performance paid tribute to the historically black college experience, and served as a vehicle to introduce her Homecoming Scholars Awards Program.
Beyoncé has given the Beyhive plenty to get excited about in recent weeks: She just announced a new Adidas collab, accepted the NAACP award for Entertainer of the Year (without wearing any pants, naturally) and was crowned with the Vanguard award alongside husband Jay-Z for their continued support of the LGBTQ community at this year’s GLAAD Awards.
And now, a 40-track album. Yep, we’re bowing down (and listening to these tracks on repeat All. Week. Long.).