Beyoncé Drops Surprise Live Coachella Album Alongside Homecoming Documentary
Homecoming: The Live Album follows the documentary Homecoming as a record of Beyoncé's 2018 Coachella performance
Just after the documentary Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was released on Netflix early Wednesday morning, the 37-year-old singer gave her fans another surprise: Homecoming: The Live Album, the album version of her Coachella set.
Both the documentary and the album cover the historic Coachella performance. Beyoncé, the first black woman to headline the music festival, paid tribute to historically black colleges during her set and surprised fans by bringing out her Destiny’s Child groupmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Homecoming: The Live Album contains 40 tracks spanning her two weekends performing at the music festival, including a special version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” sung by Beyoncé’s 7-year-old daughter Blue Ivy in rehearsals.
The album is available on most major streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music.
“It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary,” Beyoncé said of her Coachella performance.
“We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare,” she continued. “The performance was an homage to an important part of African-American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”
Last week, Netflix teased the release of the documentary with a mysterious post that simply read “Homecoming.”
The next day, alongside a trailer, the streaming service wrote on social media that the documentary would be “an in-depth look at Beyoncé’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance from creative concept to cultural movement.”
“It’s hard to believe that after all these years I was the first African-American woman to headline Coachella,” Beyoncé said in the documentary. “It was important to me that everyone that had never seen themselves represented felt like they were on that stage with us.”
“As a black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little box, and black women often feel underestimated,” she continued. “I wanted us to be proud of not only the show but the process, proud of the struggle, thankful for the beauty that comes with a painful history and rejoice in the pain, rejoice in the imperfections and the wrongs that are so damn right.”
The singer added in the documentary: “And I wanted everyone to feel grateful for their curves, their sass, their honesty — thankful for their freedom. It was no rules, and we were able to create a free, safe space where none of us were marginalized.”