Next week (Nov. 19), movie buffs will be to both head into theaters and tune into HBO Max to check out the new film King Richard, which stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father to decorated tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams. Today (Nov. 11), Beyoncé unveils a new single from King Richard titled “Be Alive,” a powerful number that she co-produced alongside DIXSON. The song — first teased in the movie’s trailer — is filled with themes of love in regards to family, Blackness, and achieving goals in the midst of struggle:
“It feels so good to be alive, got all my family by my side, couldn’t wipe this black off if I tried, that’s why I lift my head with pride, I got a million miles on me, they want to see how far I go, the path was never paved with gold, we worked and built this on our own, and can’t nobody knock it if they tried, this is hustle personified, look how we’ve been fighting to stay alive…”
Not counting her assist on the remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s chart-topping single “Savage,” “Be Alive” is Beyoncé’s first release since 2019’s Lion King: The Gift and its deluxe upgrade in 2020. That quasi-compilation was produced and curated for Disney’s Lion King remake, and contained notable contributions from RAYE, Burna Boy, Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Major Lazer, and more. Last year also saw Beyoncé liberating the visual album Black Is King, a companion of sorts to the aforementioned Lion King piece. The last official LP from the Destiny’s Child alum was 2016’s Lemonade, a 12-track body of work with additional features from Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake, and Lamar — that project skyrocketed to number one thanks to 653,000 album equivalent units sold during its first week out. Subsequently, Lemonade has been certified three times Platinum in the U.S.
Press play on “Be Alive.”