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Beyonce Is Dropping A New Visual Album Named ‘Black Is King’ On Disney+

Joanna Freedman

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Beyonce Is Dropping A New Visual Album Named ‘Black Is King’ On Disney+

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Queen Bey always knows when we need her.

This weekend, smack bang in the middle of a pandemic and nationwide racial and political unrest, Beyonce just swooped in like an angel from above, dropping news that a new visual album was on the way.

Named Black Is King, the album is based on her music from The Lion King: The Gift, and is written, directed and executive produced by Bey herself.

Check out the first teaser below:

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"A celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience," the project is premiering globally on Disney+ on July 31st, one year after the Disney Lion King remake hit screens - in which Beyonce starred as Nala.

And it's set to feature an array of The Gift's featured artists, along with some extra special guest appearances, too.

While the official cameos haven't been announced, stars who joined Bey on the album include Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell,Jessie Reyez, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Jay-Z, Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy and Mr Eazi, among many others.

'Black Is King' celebrates Black excellence (Credit: Disney+)
'Black Is King' celebrates Black excellence (Credit: Disney+)

We're crossing our fingers that Blue Ivy Carter makes an appearance, too!

"Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience," Beyonce's announcement read at the weekend.

"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."

Beyonce and Disney added that the visual album hopes to re-imagine the lessons of The Lion King for "today's young kings and queens in search of their own crowns."

Bey's visual album drops at the end of the month (Credit: Disney+_
Bey's visual album drops at the end of the month (Credit: Disney+_

It will look at "the voyages of Black families, throughout time" through Simba's metaphorical story, and find new meaning in his "journey through betrayal, love and self-identity".

"His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father's teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne," the announcement continues.

"These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power."

We've got shivers.

Disney+ premieres the visual album, Black Is King globally on July 31st.

Topics: Disney, News, Disney+, Music News, Beyonce, The Lion King

Joanna Freedman
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