The Obvious Reason Why Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Will Premiere on Disney+ and Not on Netflix

Queen Bey is here to bring a new streamable project to Disney fans. This one features the music of her already-released album, The Lion King: The Gift. Why is Beyoncé partnering with Disney+ for this visual album? Does this artist still have content available on Netflix? Here’s what we know about Beyoncé and her upcoming release, Black is King.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter attends the European Premiere of Disney's 'The Lion King'
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter attends the European Premiere of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

Beyoncé appeared in Disney’s ‘The Lion King,’ later creating the album ‘The Lion King: The Gift’

She’s not just a Grammy-award winning singer. Beyoncé acts in a number of movies. Most recently, she voice acted in Disney’s photo-real reboot of the animated classic, The Lion King. She portrayed adult Nala alongside Donald Glover, who voiced adult Simba. 

Inspired by the story of The Lion King and African culture and music, Beyoncé released the album, The Lion King: The Gift, which featured songs like “Bigger” and “Spirit,” as well as the award-winning song with Blue Ivy, “Brown Skin Girl.” Now, Beyoncé is taking her music one step further, creating a visual album titled, Black is King.

Beyoncé’s ‘Black is King’ will premiere on Disney+

As somewhat of a surprise to fans, Beyoncé is releasing a visual album featuring music from The Lion King: The Gift. (This comes less than a year after the premiere of her documentary, Making the Gift, and her Grammy Award-win for the Lion King-inspired soundtrack.) This visual album, Black is King, will premiere exclusively on Disney’s streaming platform.

Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment said in announcing the visual album, according to Variety. “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.”

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I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited. please don’t get me hype “Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose. The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy. I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge. I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people. This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️✊ Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story. This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride. Love y’all, B

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‘Black is King’ features the music of ‘The Lion King: The Gift’

Although Beyoncé previously had a partnership with Netflix, the reason this visual album is premiering on Disney+ most likely has to do with the album the production is based on. Not only will there be songs inspired by Disney’s The Lion King but, presumably, sound clips from the photo-real adaptation of the movie.

Beyoncé’s content is still available for streaming on Netflix, though. There’s the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which details her experience preparing for her Coachella performance. 

Presumably, this partnership with Disney will not alter already existing content on Netflix. This wouldn’t be the first time an artist partnered with both streaming giants. 

Taylor Swift released her documentary, Miss Americana, on Netflix, later releasing a live performance, Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert, on ABC and Disney+. Black is King premieres exclusively on Disney+ on July 31. To learn more about Black is King and to stream the visual album, subscribe to Disney’s platform.

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