Beyoncé announces new visual album Black Is King

Carla Harmon
June 29, 2020

"'Black Is King' is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience", said Disney and Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment in a statement.

In surprise news, the songstress revealed she's dropping "Black Is King" - a visual album based on the live-action film's soundtrack - to the company's streaming platform, Disney+. View the teaser video here. Titled Black Is King, the visuals will arrive on the platform July 31, a little over one year after the premiere of Disney's Lion King remake, in which Beyoncé voiced a prominent character, Nala. He uses his father's teachings, as well as guidance from his childhood love, to earn the virtues he needs in order to reclaim his home and throne.

While the official cameos haven't been announced, stars who joined Bey on the album include Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Jessie Reyez, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Jay-Z, Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy and Mr Eazi, among many others.

The 38-year-old superstar made the big announcement late Saturday (June 27) night with a teaser trailer for the film that was exclusively posted to her website. Queen Bey will be releasing a new visual album called Black Is King on Disney+. With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs.

"& # 39; Black Is King & # 39; is an affirmation of a great objective, with exuberant images that celebrate the resistance and culture of blacks", said the producers. "A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future".

This announcement comes after the Houston superstar released "Black Parade" which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and had a theme of black pride and empowerment. "Black excellence is a form of protest".

"Black Is King" pays tribute to voyages of Black families throughout time.

"Your voices are being heard and you're proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain".

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