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Hear stirring Beyoncé song ‘Be Alive’ from ‘King Richard’ soundtrack

The singer's powerful new song closes out the Venus and Serena Williams biopic

By Charlotte Krol

Beyoncé wears a sparkly blue suit on stage
Beyoncé. (Picture: Wikimedia commons/ J.ébey)

Beyoncé has shared ‘Be Alive’, a song from the Venus and Serena Williams biopic ‘King Richard’.

The powerful track was previewed last month in a trailer for the film that’s released next Friday (November 19). It’s Beyoncé‘s first new music since ‘Black Is King’ (2019), a visual companion album to 2019’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ (2019).

In the song Beyoncé sings: “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.”

‘Be Alive’ will feature in the closing credits for ‘King Richard’. The film stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars the Williams sisters, appearing alongside Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Aunjanue Ellis, Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal.

According to Warner Bros., ‘King Richard’ depicts Smith’s character as “an undeterred father” with a “relentless drive and unapologetic vision to change the game” who is “instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever”.

It’s directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and will arrive simultaneously in cinemas and on HBO Max.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Beyoncé’s saw a preview screening of the movie and felt inspired to contribute to the project. “The marriage of a movie and a song is a kind of magic that’s unmatched in entertainment,” Smith said. “I was so happy when Beyoncé called.”

Meanwhile, Beyoncé recently covered ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ classic ‘Moon River’ for her ‘About Love’ Tiffany & Co. campaign with husband Jay-Z.

She promised fans earlier this year that more new music is on the way, saying that her new material will help listeners escape the trauma of the coronavirus pandemic.

“With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again,” the singer told Harper’s Bazaar. “I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible. I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half.”

Her last solo album that wasn’t tied to a film release was 2016’s ‘Lemonade’, which received nine nods and won two at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017.