Beyoncé returns with visual album, “Black Is King.”
American music star, Beyoncé sets “Black Is King” (Album) in a visual format. Her latest body of work ties her work with The Lion King and her advocacy for the Black community. Queen Bey features music of The Lion King: The Gift, including “Spirit” and “Brown Skin Girl.”
“Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment said in announcing the visual album, according to Variety.
“The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Beyoncé dropped a visual album for fans, as Lemonade became one of her best-known albums.
“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” according to the announcement for the visual album. “Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”
The film will be a “visual album” inspired by The Lion King: The Gift album. A trailer has been released, which reveals that the likes of Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell and Jay-Z, among others, will appear throughout Black Is King.
She previously released Black Parade.
Black Is King has been in production for the last 12 months, and is “a celebratory memoir for the world on the black experience.” The film, which has a runtime of 85 minutes, brings Beyonce’s latest album to life through songs, skits and interpretive dance, with cameras traveling to New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium to capture the actors and choreography. Black Is King also includes full-length videos for the songs “Already,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Mood 4 Eva” and “My Power,” all of which appeared on The Lion King: The Gift.