After over a year of hiatus, Beyoncé has released new music.
The superstar dropped her original song for the upcoming motion picture King Richard yesterday, a soaring, powerful ballad named “Be Alive.” The new track, her first since 2020’s “Black Parade,” is a celebration of resilience and the wins that come from being “hustle personified,” which perfectly soundtracks the story of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father and coach Richard Williams.
“It feels so good to be alive / Got all my sisters by my side. Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried / That’s why I lift my hеad with pride,” Beyoncé sings at the start of the song with layered, gorgeous harmonies, before a catchy, driving drum beat comes in.
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The track’s lyric video, also released yesterday, starts with footage of young Venus and Serena with their father, with the rest of the video including clips from the film interspersed with the song’s lyrics, which describe being “hustle personified.”
“I got a million miles on me / They want to see how far I’ll go / The path was never paved with gold / We worked and built this on our own,” Beyoncé sings during the song’s verse. “And can’t nobody knock it if they tried / This is hustle personified / Look how we’ve been fighting to stay alive / So when we win we will have pride/ Do you know how much we have cried? / How hard we had to fight?”
The solo song, which Bey made with producer/songwriter Dixson, was previously teased in a trailer for King Richard, which drops in theaters and on HBO Max on November 19. The film has already generated Oscar buzz, with speculation that “Be Alive” may earn the 40-year-old superstar her first ever Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
While her new single may earn the superstar some Oscar gold, her fans are also clamoring for her next highly-anticipated studio album. The superstar previously told Harper’s BAZAAR that she has been working on new music for the past year.
“I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies,” she says in her September 2021 Harper’s BAZAAR cover story.
“Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!” she adds.
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US