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Beyoncé drops surprise album as Homecoming concert film debuts

Surprise album drops aren't new for Beyoncé fans, but the pop star managed to catch music lovers unaware again on Wednesday by debuting an unexpected live concert album as a companion to the highly anticipated film of her famed Coachella gig.

Live album is companion to Coachella behind-the-scenes concert film on Netflix

Beyoncé released the live concert album Homecoming on streaming platforms overnight as her Netflix film of the same name debuted. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella)

Surprise album drops aren't new for Beyoncé fans, but the pop star managed to catch music lovers unaware again on Wednesday by debuting an unexpected live concert album as a companion to the highly anticipated film of her famed Coachella gig.

Homecoming: The Live Album was released overnight across streaming platforms such as Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music and Tidal. 

It's the singer's first solo album since her influential Lemonade, which she only released on Tidal, the service she co-owns with rapper husband Jay-Z, and to physical retailers in 2016.

The new album arrived as the Beyhive — the singer's hardcore fanbase — began diving into Netflix's Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé,live concert film offering a behind-the-scenes look at her critically acclaimed appearances at last year's edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Previously unannounced, the companion album presents her pair of Coachella performances as a 40-track release. The set list also includes bonus material, including a cover of Before I Let Go, a modest 1981 R&B hit by soul and funk group Maze. 

Homecoming follows the singer's 2018's Everything Is Love, a collaborative album she and Jay-Z (billed as The Carters) released during their concert tour.

Historic gig

Beyoncé, who postponed her appearance at Coachella for a year due to the birth of her twins Rumi and Sir, was the first black woman to headline the popular American music festival. 

Beyoncé made history at Coachella in 2018 as the first black woman to headline the popular music festival. Hailed as a celebration of black culture, her performances became a pop culture sensation. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Her 2018 performances one for each of the festival's two weekends and dubbed Beychella by fansbecame a sensation widely hailed as an ode to black culture inspired by America's historically black college and universities.

In the Netflix film, Beyoncé offers a peek into the gruelling effort she put into creating the show, including revealing personal details about complications she encountered while pregnant with twins and her attempt to balance family life with a return to the stage.

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