RANDALL ROBERTS: This is certainly one of the biggest live albums ever released, both in terms of onstage participation and thematic breadth. Across the record, Beyoncé and her band riff on work by Nina Simone, Fela Kuti, Parliament-Funkadelic, Led Zeppelin, second-line New Orleans brass bands and heavy-hitting drumlines. Listening to it at full volume this morning was an overwhelming experience. So much action. So many cues and rhythms, so much narrative momentum. Its melodic and rhythmic quotes need footnotes to fully absorb, and her voice resonates with history. … [Read more...] about Did Beyoncé just surprise-drop the best live album of all time?
Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) INDIO, CA – APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella ) Beyonce performs with Jay-Z Saturday during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, April 14, 2018. KYLE GRILLOT/AFP/Getty Images Singers Beyonce (L) and Solange perform onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California. (File photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella) CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 04: Recording artist Beyonce performs during a Get Out The Vote concert Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Wolstein Center on … [Read more...] about Beyonce’s surprise ‘Homecoming’ live album: Here’s what you’ll find
Updated 8:52 am PDT, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Beyonce has released a soundtrack to her Netflix documentary “Homecoming,” called “Homecoming: The Live Album.” The documentary explores Beyonce’s historic performances at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. She was the first black woman to headline the event in which she paid tribute to America’s historically black colleges. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Beyonce has released a soundtrack to her Netflix documentary “Homecoming,” called ... more Photo: Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP … [Read more...] about Beyoncé drops surprise new album
Beyonce dropped a surprise live album Wednesday morning, in companionship with her highly anticipated Netflix documentary, "Homecoming," and we cannot keep our cool. "Homecoming: The Live Album" features the iconic set she performed for Coachella in 2018. The album is 40 tracks long and features everything from her performance, including "Crazy in Love" with Jay-Z and a Destiny's Child reunion for "Say My Name." It also features a track of her daughter, Blue Ivy, singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The documentary, which was released to Netflix early Wednesday morning, is an intimate behind-the-scenes look at her performance at Coachella. Written, directed and produced by the singer, the documentary follows her over the course of eight months. In the two-hour and 17-minute documentary, she opens up about her difficult pregnancy with twins, suffering from toxemia, high blood pressure and preeclampsia, to the difficulty in losing the weight from her … [Read more...] about Beyoncé drops surprise live album for ‘Homecoming’ documentary
What: A surprise new album, just in time for the year’s most highly anticipated concert documentary. Who: Who else? Why we care: A general rule of thumb in life is: Don’t sleep on Beyoncé. On some days, however, fans literally can’t. The reigning cultural queen has disrupted R.E.M. patterns once again by surprise-dropping a whole album at midnight. Anyone waiting up for the release of HOMECOMING: A Film by Beyoncé, the Netflix doc chronicling the months-long journey to 2018’s Beychella, suddenly had many reasons to abstain from slumber. HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM‘s 40 tracks include a recording of daughter Blue Ivy singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a new studio version of Bey’s cover of Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go,” along with all the hits Beyoncé fans would demand. It’s a true bey-nanza. And it might only happen once, or twice, or possibly three times more, … [Read more...] about Surprise! Beyoncé dropped a secret live album the same day her Netflix doc became available