It’s Beyoncé Christmas! The mother of music, the Queen B, the patron saint of all that is good and pure, has dropped a new 40-track live album in time for the release of her new Netflix documentary, Homecoming. Homecoming: The Live Album dropped on streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music (as well as iTunes) shortly after midnight PT on Wednesday. The live album is taken from her 2018 headlining performance at Coachella, which was a big-band-fuelled tribute to America’s historically black colleges universities. Imagine Crazy in Love with a drumline, Diva with a full brass section, Single Ladies elevated to the energy a massive college football half-time show. The diva knows how to coordinate a launch. The live album hit just as fans were tuning into the Netflix documentary, with the Apple Music Twitter account dropping album art just as Netflix’s Twitter account was changing its bio to a string of six bee emojis. This isn’t the first time she’s dropped a full experience on fans — if the word “Lemonade” doesn’t mean anything to you, then you must have been hiding under a rock when the visual album hit the world like a pop explosion. Rumours of a seventh album from Beyoncé were swirling ahead of the launch, with buzz about a mysterious “B7” album emerging on social media. There’s no word on whether we’ll get some other perfectly-formed piece of art beyond this live album, but for now, fans have 40 tracks to play on repeat until the… [Read full story]
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