It wouldn't be a Beyoncé event without a surprise album attached, would it?
That's exactly what happened when Queen Bey finally released her highly anticipated Netflix documentary, titled "Homecoming," early Wednesday morning (April 17). While some fans waited up until midnight to see what the Vanguard Award recipient had up her sleeves, what the Beyhive didn't expect was a 40-track, one-hour live album to drop on all digital platforms at the same time.
Homecoming: The Live Album is the singer's fifth live album, following Live at Wembley, The Beyoncé Experience Live, I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas, and I Am... World Tour, released in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010, respectively.
As expected, it didn't take long for the surprise live album to hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart. In fact, before noon, Homecoming: The Live Album was reportedly No. 1 in over 40 countries, including the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, Spain, and Turkey. Talk about star power.
Beyoncé's behind-the-scenes Netflix special arrived just one year after her critically acclaimed performances at Coachella. The HBCU-themed shows featured bands and dancers from historically black colleges and universities and signified the importance of black culture.
Although her mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, admitted she was worried the predominantly white audience didn't understand the messages her daughter was trying to convey, she says the "Formation" singer didn't let that stop her.
In a recent interview with US Weekly, the matriarch revealed, "[Beyoncé] said, 'Mom, let them go research it and figure it out. That's why I did it, so that they could learn about the culture and black kids could feel good about black colleges, and if I get black kids to be interested in going to black colleges, then I've done my job, but it ain't about pleasing people, it's about doing what's right.'"
After watching the two-hour jaw-dropping documentary, it's safe to say Beyoncé did just that. Check out Homecoming: The Live Album ahead, then watch the documentary for yourself on Netflix here.