Hot off the heels of the “Black Parade” premiere, Beyoncé has a visual album set to premiere on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+. Is Black is King appropriate for children? Why is it premiering on Disney’s streaming platform? Here’s what we know about the latest visual album from this award-winning artist.
Beyoncé is releasing her second visual album
Queen Bey is about to be the queen of Disney’s streaming platform. Recently, Beyoncé appeared in the photo-real adaptation of The Lion King, creating an album inspired by the film. This album, The Lion King: The Gift, then inspired a visual album, which is titled Black is King.
Because of its ties to The Lion King, it will premiere on Disney+. This visual album will be available exclusively with a subscription to Disney+, a service that houses content created by Marvel, Pixar, and National Geographic.
There’s also music-related movies, like Taylor Swift’s live concert, titled City of Lover. This is the first of Beyoncé’s visual albums to be added to the library, though, joining Disney+ on July 31.
Will ‘Black is King’ be rated PG?
Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, typically holds movies that are appropriate for young children, but it’s not without exceptions. There’s some shows that are considered to hold “adult content,” including The Simpsons, and movies that are rated PG-13, including Avengers: Infinity War.
The music of The Lion King: The Gift does not contain any explicit lyrics or warnings, according to Spotify. In fact, one of the songs was used in Disney’s photo real adaptation of The Lion King: The Gift, “Spirit.” Unless one of the characters curses in between the songs, there will, presumably, be little to no explicit language in Black is King.
Because of the streaming platform it will be housed on, Disney+, and the music featured in the production, it’s safe to assume that Black is King will be appropriate to watch with children. Presumably, more information on this visual album will be announced in the coming days, though.
‘Lemonade’ doesn’t have an official rating
Prior to releasing Black is King, though, Beyoncé debuted her groundbreaking visual album, Lemonade, on the premium television network, HBO. This included songs like “Formation,” “Sorry,” and “Freedom,” which, together, told the story of her relationship with Jay-Z. Finding out he cheated on her didn’t exactly result in a “clean” body of work.
Common Sense Media gives Lemonade a PG-13 rating. There is some cursing throughout the album, as well as depictions of violence. For some though, the empowering message and representation outweighs the curse words. Presumably, Black is King will feature similar empowering images and even acting from Beyoncé herself.
Black is King debuts on Disney’s streaming platform on July 31, just a few weeks following the premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Until then, fans can watch the 2019 adaptation of The Lion King on Disney+. To learn more about Disney+ and to subscribe, visit their website.