No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Services
Beyoncé has done it again. While everyone was frantically refreshing their Netflix homepage at midnight on Wednesday (April 17) to be among the first to press play on Beyoncé, A Homecoming -- a documentary about the pop supernova's historic performance at Coachella Music Valley & Arts Festival in 2018 -- Queen Bey was preparing to drop a surprise live album of that same concert, titled Homecoming.
Ever since 2014's self-titled album, which arrived on the iTunes store on an unexpected midnight in December, Beyoncé has set a platinum standard in the art of the surprise album release. Her Lemonade LP arrived in concert with an HBO special, and last year's Everything Is Love was released with her husband JAY-Z -- as the Carters -- seemingly out of nowhere.
Unlike those past releases, however, Homecoming can be found on all streaming platforms. Beyoncé was only available for purchase via the iTunes store, Lemonade was a TIDAL exclusive, and Everything Is Love was added to all digital service providers only after spending a few days solely on the streaming service owned by JAY-Z. Since then, some of her LPs have become available on select DSPs: Beyoncé is now on Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited while Lemonade is only additionally on Apple Music and Pandora.
In December of 2018, the Beyhive was disappointed to find that alleged new music from Beyoncé, which had appeared on Spotify and Apple Music as an album titled Have Your Way (and an EP titled Back Up, Rewind) under the name Queen Carter, was actually an unauthorized leak and was swiftly removed. Both included a mix of previously released and new music.
The 40-track Homecoming compilation includes several songs not performed during her historic set, which was the first headlining performance by an African-American female artist at Coachella that became widely known as "Beychella." "Before I Let Go" is a cover of Maze & Frankie Beverly's original that is featured in the closing credits to the documentary and "I Been On" initially appeared on SoundCloud in a different form in 2013.