Beyonce’s highly anticipated visual album, Black Is King, arrived in early hours of Friday morning (July 31), premiering on Disney+ about a year after the 2019 release of the Lion King remake, which Beyonce voiced Nala in.
Black Is King includes a cast of notable and familiar faces, such Yemi Alade, Shatta Wale, WizKid, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, and moves across the world — from New York, to Los Angeles, South Africa, different parts of West Africa, to London and Belgium
On Instagram, Beyoncé shared that the film is meant to “celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry.”
“I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited. 🎶please don’t get me hype🎶🤪 “Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching, and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose. The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. 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. I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge. I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people. This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️✊🏾 Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story. This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.”
Produced by Beyoncé’s production company, Parkwood Entertainment, Black is King also includes four full-length videos for the tracks “Already,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Mood 4 Eva” and “My Power,” which was featured in the latest trailer.
‘Whole New Mess’ is the stripped down companion piece that was part of the conversation around last year’s ‘All Mirrors’.
It’s out on August 28 through Jagjaguwar and was recorded with Michael Harris at The Unknown, the church turned studio created by Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum and producer Nicholas Wilbur.
“I hadn’t been to The Unknown, but I knew about its energy. I wanted to go sit with the material and be with it in a way that felt like a residency,” Olsen says. “I didn’t need a lot, since it was just me and a guitar. But I wanted someone else there to hold me accountable for trying different things.”
Nine of its songs share DNA with ‘All Mirrors’ tracks, but Olsen points out that they’re not demos. ‘Whole New Mess’, a press release adds, “is its own record with its own immovable mood.” Stream director Ashley Connor’s video for the title track below.
Nigeria’s top artist and songwriter David Adeleke is popularly known as Davido has been trending on social media after the official Twitter page of Columbia Record United Kingdom congratulated him of achieving the highest stream.
According to the records, Davido’s “A Good time” album has surpassed 1 billion streams. The album of Davido is the first Nigerian album to reach 1 billion views on major platforms.
Nigerian rapper and music executive, Olamide Adedeji has revealed that his new album is finally complete.
Olamide who recently disclosed on Twitter that he has been busy cooking in the kitchen metaphorically talking about his album has resurfaced on Instagram to announce to his fans that the long-awaited album is 100% ready and will soon be ready for consumption.
Sharing a photo of himself a member of his YBNL record label, looking very excited about this, the ‘Wo’ hitmaker captioned;
According to The Sun, the Australian pop star will debut new single “Say Something” this Thursday (23 July) ahead of the launch of her 15th studio album.
The record was described as a “disco classic” that will mark a departure from Minogue’s last country-inspired album Golden, which topped the UK album charts following its 2018 release.
It comes as rumoured information about the album appeared on social media on Tuesday (21 July) after “leaking” on Amazon Italy.
The new album is allegedly titled Disco and will be released on 6 November, although this is yet to be confirmed by Minogue’s representatives. The Independent has approached them for comment.
In May, Minogue, 52, revealed that she had been recording new music from her living room during lockdown, saying: “I’ve been really busy, setting up a home studio (AKA, my lounge room!) and learning so much about remote recording.
“It’s been a steep learning curve for all the team as there are technical obstacles to navigate but I’m so thankful to be able to continue work on my album in this way. I’ve been riding the emotional wave along with the rest of the world, but creativity has been a big help,” she said
The 33-year-old singer named her new record ‘Brightest Blue’ following a period of ”self discovery” in New York, where she had been feeling lost and homesick, but unexpectedly found a surge of happiness when she visited a gallery in the Big Apple.
She explained: ”I’d visited an exhibition by this guy called Doug Wheeler and it was this bright blue room.
”I was homesick at the time and my identity was tied up with touring and music but I wasn’t on the road and in one place. So it was a period of real self-discovery, so when I saw this blue, I had this feeling of happiness.”
The ‘Starry Eyed’ hitmaker hopes the record has an individual sound and thinks it will fit in with the pop music being produced in both the UK and the US.
She said: ”I didn’t want my album to sound like anything else and there’s a lot more soul to this album and I think that is a combination of personal growth and always evolving. Pop music is very different here and in the US, and I fit into both.”
Ellie felt nervous about releasing the deeply personal album, which is her first since 2015 ‘Delirium’, but knows the time is right and waiting any longer would have been ”completely ridiculous”.
She said: ”Any earlier wouldn’t have been right and any later would have been completely ridiculous.
”The past five years have been really crucial for my mental health and have got me to where I am now.
”I am in a pretty chilled place and I’m ready to enjoy it.”