After releasing Black Parade in 2020, Beyoncé, also known as Queen B or Bey. made her comeback with a powerful first song for 2021, “Be Alive.”
The song was written by Beyoncé and produced with producer/songwriter Dixson for the upcoming movie King Richard.
King Richard is about tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams’ true-to-life story together with their father and coach, Richard Williams.
The song is a celebration of resilience and the wins that come from being “hustle personified,” which perfectly soundtracks the life of the Williams family and how they hustled and worked their way up just to get wherever they are now, “on top of the world.”
It is also her battle cry to people of color — to have more strength and perseverance.
The 40-year-old Grammy winner sings about feeling “so good to be alive” with her sisters by her side and lifting her head with pride.
“There was no other person that could do the song except for Beyoncé because I feel we’ve had a similar path in our lives. We trained from an early age to reach a goal,” Serena said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview.
“The original song is amazing,” the tennis legend added. “It all came together really so perfectly.”
The powerful ballad will appear in the film’s closing credits. Actor Will Smith will portray Richard Williams alongside Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Aunjanue Ellis, Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal.
“The marriage of a movie and a song is a kind of magic that’s unmatched in entertainment,” Smith said in Hip Hop N More. “I was so happy when Beyoncé called.”
Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green who also helmed Monsters and Men, King Richard debuts in theaters and streams exclusively on HBO Max.
In her interview with Harper’s Bazaar in September, Beyoncé said, “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.
“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 shared.