Not only were fans of Beyoncé thrilled when her documentary, Homecoming: A film by Beyoncé, was released on Netflix in the early hours of Wednesday, April 17th, chronicling her 2018 Coachella performance, but the artist surprised fans with a new live album too.
The album, titled Homecoming: The Live Album, features 40 live tracks including fan favorites such as Crazy in Love, Formation, and the classic Single Ladies. It also features Destiny's Child hits Bug A Boo, Say My Name, Lose My Breath, and Soldier. Rolling Stone writes that fans can also expect "a handful of re-recordings and fresh tracks" on the album that's available on all major streaming platforms. In fact, Bey made her album available not only on Tidal, the music streaming company partly owned by her husband, Jay-Z, but on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, iTunes, and other services all at the same time, ensuring every fan is able to enjoy it.
In addition to Beyoncé's live performances, the Homecoming album also features a special rendition of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” sung by 7-year-old Blue Ivy Carter. There's also a cover of Frankie Beverly and Maze‘s 1981 song “Before I Let Go” that was previously performed by Destiny's Child, although never released.
The singer's performance at Coachella, commonly referred to as Beychella, was 8 months in the making, and it showed. She delivered one of, if not the most, extravagant, impressive, artistically and technically perfect performances the music festival has ever seen. As the first black woman to headline Coachella ever, Beyoncé created a musical and visual spectacle that will live on in infamy. And now, thanks to both her documentary and a live album, fans can relive the concert in all its glory.
Beychella featured over 200 different marching band members, dancers, and singers during the two-hour performance performed on both weekends of Coachella that also featured appearances by Jay-Z, sister Solange, and her former Destiny's Child group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
“When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella,” the performer says in her documentary. “I went to battle of the bands. Because I grew up seeing those shows and that being the highlight of my year. So I studied my history, I studied my past, and I put every mistake, all of my triumphs, my 22-year career into my two-hour Homecoming performance.”
Homecoming: The Live Album is now available on all major streaming platforms.