Beyoncé unleashes surprise Homecoming album alongside Netflix concert doc

Brenda Watkins
April 17, 2019

Mere days after Coachella 2019 - where the specter of Beyoncé's grand performance past year loomed large - she premiered Homecoming: A Beyoncé Film on Netflix today, as expected. "Homecoming", as the special's name, makes sense, given it shares a name with Bey's scholarship program for students at HBCUs (Historically Black US Colleges and Universities).

The album entitled "Homecoming", just like the film, was released in the early hours of Wednesday across all major streaming platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play. The former is a cover of a Frankie Beverly & Maze classic featured in the documentary's closing credits, while the latter is an updated version of a song that was uploaded to SoundCloud back in 2013; "Bow Down" was included on the singer's self-titled album that year.

"Rewatching it on film a year later, "high water mark in 21st century entertainment" actually nearly feels like it's underselling it".

"The "intimate and 'candid" moments touted by Netflix are brief in comparison", they add, "appearing between long, uninterrupted musical segments from the show".

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The film presents behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from before, during and after the show.

Fans have reacted with enthusiasm about the documentary on Twitter, with A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay writing: "Gah!"

"I can watch it on repeat and never, ever get exhausted".

Sarah V tweeted: "Listening to Blue Ivy signing on Beyoncé Homecoming album she is clearly a young star in the making!"

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