Beyoncé is set to drop a new album that is inspired by her most recent movie, The Lion King. Here's everything you need to know about Black Is King before its release.
It is a visual album will start streaming globally on Disney+ on July 31, 2020, just a little past the first anniversary of The Lion King remake which premiered on July 9, 2019. Beyoncé voiced Nala, one of the main characters in the movie.
What does a visual album mean? According to Disney and Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment, the Black Is King visual album would reimagine the lessons of The Lion King. It is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, the Beyoncé-curated soundtrack album.
Black Is King will celebrate Black resilience and culture. It will also highlight the tradition and excellence of the race and focuse on today's generation who are in search of their crown. It also pays tribute to the journey of Black families throughout time.
The press release for the album stated that it will tell the story of a young king's journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity. His ancestors will guide him along with his father's teachings. All of these will give him the virtues and courage he needed to reclaim his home and throne.
It took the production crew a year to finish the film with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity. A trailer for Black Is King dropped on Beyoncé's official website over the weekend as well as on Walt Disney Studios' official YouTube account. The multi-award-winning singer/songwriter also shared it on her Instagram account.
The visual album was written, directed, and executive produced by Queen Bey herself. It will feature the Lemonade singer's husband, Jay-Z, and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
It will also showcase several artists from The Lion King: The Gift album including Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Tierra Whack. Beyhive would also see Pharrell, 070 Shake, and Jessie Reyez in the movie and other African artists such as Wizkid and Tiwa Savage.
Beyoncé's upcoming offering came after she dropped "Black Parade" on Juneteenth. The song, which she co-wrote with Jay-Z, focused on Black empowerment. It also showed the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests following the killing of George Floyd by police. The proceeds from the song will benefit Black-owned small businesses in need.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Beyoncé accepted the 2020 BET Awards' Humanitarian Award. The Grammy-winning artist was introduced by former First Lady Michelle Obama.